November 4, 2005
LeadU NEWS
Vol. 2, No. 44

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From the Founder – Mike R. Jay, Master Business Coach
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Leadership, Virtual Teaming, Bio Teaming & Open Source

It’s obvious to me that things are changing. It is probably silly to suggest otherwise. However, the rate of change is what is different. Change is beginning to occur so rapidly that it is impossible to even conceptualize keeping up with the change at the current rate.

What does this mean for leadership?

Ok, as I’ve thought about this for several years, I’ve come to a conclusion. This conclusion has not been an easy one to come to because it flies in the face of my major striving in life, independence. Therefore, this is no easy task. I have unconsciously and consciously fought this revelation more than any other. Finally it has dawned on me, over the period of the last three years (I’m a bit slow<G>) that the only way to lead is from the bottom.

Now, don’t get me wrong here, you still must lead from the top.

I thought you just said, you have to lead from the bottom?

Yes, I did.

Well, which is it?

It is both and that’s the conundrum.

Ok, so here we are at the topic for today: virtual teaming, bio-teaming, and open source.

Here’s the 3 essential ideas you have to understand about leadership and open source:

1. 'Tit for Tat',
2. 'Stop Controlling' and
3. 'Cluster'

Here are the 5 essential ideas you have to understand about virtual teaming:

The ideal solution framework suggests making a systematic pragmatical reference to five key interdependent components of a successful virtual business team - each of which must be set-up correctly and then kept in constant equilibrium as the team evolves and produces results. These are from:

Bioteaming:A Manifesto For Networked Business Teams:
http://www.bioteams.com/2005/04/06/bioteaminga_manifesto_for.html

1. Shared Team Understanding
2. New Processes and Practices
3. Ongoing Team Coaching
4. Holistic approach to Team Support Technology
5. True understanding of the dynamic nature of networked business teams

Here are the key factors in bio teaming from the source above on virtual teaming:

1. ORGANIC BOUNDARIES ('POROUS MEMBRANES').
2. SELF-ORGANISATION
3. MEMBER AUTONOMY
4. COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
5. ACTION BIAS
6. 3 COMMUNICATION LEVELS: 'Member (M) to M', 'M to Environment' and 'M to Host Community”
7. EXTERNAL TEAM PROCESSES
8. INTERNAL TEAM PROCESSES
9. NETWORKED RELATIONSHIP STRUCTURE
10. LIVE EXPERIMENTATION
11. MAJOR CHANGES EMERGE UNPREDICTABLY
12. DEVELOPMENT CYCLE: Birth, Expansion and Replication.

Now, how I can possibly stuff all these together into a simple set of concepts?

Fitness
Inclusion
Power
Accountability
Authority
Responsibility
Adaptability
Synergy

These critical success factors will occur in differing amounts and with particular attributes for each team, or open source environment.

Oh yes, we can add a lot of other modifiers, but essential this eight-bit model, once it’s spiraled and recursed onto itself through 8 bits each, creates a simple 64K mapping solution I’ve outlined this system in my new book coming in January 2006: CPR for the SOUL: Creating Personal Resilience By Design.

If you want to play with me and become a JV Partner, then just visit:
http://www.cprforthesoul.com/jv and I'll feature you during one of
upcoming weeks in the 2006 CPR Marathon.

Stay tuned for more,

mike

Mike R. Jay, Founder
http://www.leadu.com


P.S. Please visit my blog
http://www.integraleader.com/ to comment on this and
other articles about leadership.

P.P.S. Mike's private, member-only blog is available to those who wish to join, at their own risk: http://www.ontheprofessionaledge.com/founder

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