Management, the new leadership by Meg Peppin

In July, David Goddin invited guest bloggers to write something in response to the statement “there is no such thing as management”. It was a great series which you can read on David’s blog; this was mine.

People Performance Potential

Welcome to the 4th week in this series and the 7th guest blog post in response to the statement that “There is no such thing as Management”.

Today’s post comes from Meg Peppin (@OD_Optimist). Sharing her own experiences,  I like the sense of balanced management versus unbalanced leadership her piece conveys. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Management, the new leadership

Amongst the writing about leadership we often read about authenticity and humility; I don’t believe that these are the preserve of those highest in the hierarchy, with the most seniority. Leadership can and does come from all levels within the organisation, although when I have worked with senior people who can inspire great things in others – they are both authentic and brave enough to be humble.

Somewhere there has been some contamination of leadership ideals; egos have been fuelled by huge financial gains, and the more money people…

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#CIPD14 – reflect, connect, eggs, bloggers and the art of conversation

I am delighted to be at the conference this year both as a participant tweeting from the various sessions, and working with my colleague Doug Shaw where together, we are hosting some fringe sessions. Attendance to all sessions is free and open to anyone attending the exhibition or conference.  You can discover more and reserve your place here.

To explain a little more, our Reflect and connect sessions run briefly for 30 minutes and are a really relaxed and informal way to come and meet fellow practitioners.  We have both experienced the awkwardness that can sometimes be felt as a lone attendee so wanted to create a space for people to come and say hello.    We are also running an evening session exploring the Art of Conversation (there may be a glass of wine involved) and a breakfast session session building on an experiment we ran last year that we have called “HR Unscrambled”.   Please do join – we’d love to see you and develop some good conversation.

I’ll also be participating on a panel discussing paths to membership, and  – doing some open space facilitation with Andy Lancaster – and I’ll be tweeting too. A busy couple of days.

It feels that there is a good energy flowing into the conference this year and so much opportunity to participate, connect and learn.  There is a  fabulous “blog squad” of bloggers who regularly write about people and organisational issues – the squad will be attending a sessions and tweeting and blogging throughout the two days, so anyone who can’t make the conference can still participate. You can do this through following the hashtag #CIPD14 and watching out for blogs published by the blog squad both during and after the conference.

So, maximum opportunity for participation, whether in person or through the social media channels which the CIPD facilitate – another reminder – #CIPD14.

Hope to see you either in my time line @OD_optimist, or in person  – tweet me and let’s meet.