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Leadership Development

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Leadership Development

Our aim is to partner with like-minded institutions to create purpose-centric Leadership Development experiences that build a new paradigm in Leadership and Leadership Development.


Program at Oxford University

Alongside Saïd Business School’s top-rated Executive Education Team, EoM Solutions has co-designed an innovative course for senior business leaders.

The collaborative learning environment encourages exploration and fresh thinking. It empowers executives to launch the Economics of Mutuality within their own companies by co-creating innovative business initiatives with input from leading academics and practitioners.


A Fresh Perspective is Needed

Today’s system is poorly equipped to develop purpose-centric leaders. Research on the leadership development industry identifies strong biases towards values that contribute to public distrust in business leaders: power, self-interest, greed, free-riding and deception.

 

Leaders should act as catalysts to set expectations and embed purpose-driven mindsets through their strategy, organization and people.

UN Global Compact – Accenture Strategy CEO Study 2019

 

Furthermore, despite decades of research and wisdom, more than 60% of transformation projects still fail. The fact is that leading a transformation is an energy management process that challenges our traditional leadership paradigm.

We believe that it is crucial to explore new approaches:

  • How do leaders add value in an unpredictable world?

  • Where does a leader’s power come from when movements replace institutions?

  • What behaviors will earn a leader’s trust from those who matter?

  • How can leadership flourish and emerge when and where it’s needed?

 

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“The most precious commodity that we are lacking today is willpower. That comes from leadership – courageous leadership and at times uncomfortable leadership.”

Paul Polman
Board Chair, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford;
IMAGINE Co-Founder;
Former Unilever CEO

 


Economics of Mutuality Purpose-Centric Paradigm

Four Management Shifts

Seeing a purpose-centric transformation requires expanding the boundaries of your business. The Economics of Mutuality approach sees this enacted in four management shifts, which in turn require shifting your mindset and expanding the boundaries of your leadership.

New Leadership Development Experiences

Our unique approach leads to experiences that: Inspire metaphors much richer than the ‘hero’; Develop leadership in all, not just in those few with a title; Create paths to success that are relational and collective; Celebrate eco-centric successes not ego-centric feats of glory; Value empathy over power; Result in a ‘win-win’ every time; Encourage growth over climbing; Prioritize selfless pride over self-belief.

 

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are — or, as we are conditioned to see it.

Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

We find inspiration in leadership beyond business, apply innovative pedagogies that hit the bull’s eye and have courage to fight fire… with ice cream (call us if you’re curious to know what that means)!


Customized Programs

Too often, organizations see education as the silver bullet that will cause a purpose-centric transformation to break through. At the Economics of Mutuality, we know this to be a fallacy. Education is excellent and essential, but insufficient to break the self-nurturing loop of inertia present in many companies today.

Our customized Leadership Development experiences work to shift the learner’s full ladder of inference*, first by broadening perspectives with new knowledge, then by unifying them into a new worldview and finally by aligning habits. These can be applied at multiple levels of the organization to ensure complete diffusion of the Economics of Mutuality capabilities.

Please contact us for an individualized diagnostic and recommendation.

* Argyris, C. 1990. Overcoming Organizational Defenses. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 0-205-12338-4


Our Partners

Within the overcrowded scene of Leadership Development providers, we are grateful for our exceptional partners who are ready to take risks, break away from the dominant narrative and challenge business as usual.

The following institutions currently inspire us and support us in creating purpose-centric Leadership Development experiences:

 

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