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Fear of being wrong

CollaborationshipPosted by Christian Monö Wed, February 26, 2014 20:40:50

I’ve spent years observing people’s great interest in leadership. Many people are so certain that leadership is the key to success that suggesting otherwise is regarded as absurd.

I’ve always found this indifference to followers and collaborationship frustrating. However, I’ve now come across an interesting research that might explain why it’s difficult for people to change perspective.

The research presented in the article “The Bias Against Creativity: Why People Desire But Reject Creative Ideas(summarized in this article) conclude that “creative ideas trigger a feeling of uncertainty”. In our case, the idea of challenging the current leadership obsession and the industry around it, may create a feeling of uncertainty - ‘What if leaders aren’t as important as we think they are?’ And, as the research concludes, this “uncertainty causes a fight or flight reaction.”

The research states that:

· "Creative ideas are by definition novel, and novelty can trigger feelings of uncertainty that make most people uncomfortable.

· People dismiss creative ideas in favor of ideas that are purely practical -- tried and true.

· Objective evidence shoring up the validity of a creative proposal does not motivate people to accept it.

· Anti-creativity bias is so subtle that people are unaware of it, which can interfere with their ability to recognize a creative idea."

It’s almost as if we humans have such a need to be right, that when facing the possibility of being wrong, we pretend to be right. This seems to be true even if there are strong indications suggesting that we are in fact wrong.

Fortunately, history has shown that once enough people start changing their perspectives, others tend to follow. A lot has changed since I began working with followership in 2007. Followership is gaining more attention and an increasing number of people are beginning to question the idea of the omnipotent leaders.

We still have a long way to go, however. Our attention should (in my opinion) be neither on leaders nor followers but on collaborationship. I also anticipate a worldwide discussion regarding the whole leadership industry. In the end, I guess it boils down to how open people are to questioning status-quo. It will be very interesting to follow the leadership debate in the coming years.



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E-book on its way

CollaborationshipPosted by Christian Monö Sat, February 22, 2014 09:35:12

I’m in the process of making an electronic version (e-book) of Beyond the Leadership Myth. I’ve been at it for about two weeks now. My main hurdle is getting the text reader-friendly for e-readers such as Kindle. It’s surprisingly difficult, mainly because my book contains a lot of footnotes/endnotes as well as pictures. The pictures I’ve dealt with by removing them completely or by converting them to a better format.

The footnotes/endnotes tend to break up the flow of the text in certain e-readers such as Kindle Fire for example. On other readers, however, such as on an I-pad, it looks fine. Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do about it. I can’t remove the footnotes/endnotes from the text, and I can’t change the way certain e-readers present them. This annoys me but in the end, it won’t change the information presented in the book.

Once the book is launched, it will be available for free during a short period of time. I hope that will result in more people discovering the fascinating topic of collaborationship.



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Democracy at work?

CollaborationshipPosted by Christian Monö Wed, February 19, 2014 22:27:16

A few weeks ago it struck me that we humans have a very peculiar attitude to democracy in a country vs. democracy in a company/organization.

Most people seem to agree that democracy - government by the people - is a far better form of governing alternative for a country than dictatorship.

The idea behind a democracy is that the citizens run their country. Often this means that they choose their leaders and then hold them accountable for their policies and their conduct in office.

While the idea of democracy in a country seems to be generally accepted, the idea of democracy in a company or organization is by many regarded as absurd. Why is that? Why do we believe that the same people who are trusted to make decisions regarding the faith of our country can’t be trusted to decide the faith of a company? Worth contemplating, don't you think?




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About this blog

CollaborationshipPosted by Christian Monö Sun, February 16, 2014 10:27:41

I finally did it. I started a blog!

For many of you, this may not be a big thing but I never felt comfortable with the idea of having a blog. Call me old fashion, but I didn’t really know what to do with one. What would I write about and why would people be interested in reading it? You can therefore imagine my frustration when I, after having published the book “Beyond the Leadership Myth”, was told by a number of people that I needed to start a blog.

“This is an important book, Chris. You should start a blog.” They said.
“Why” I asked.
“To market your book.”
“But isn’t a blog meant to be updated continuously?”
“Yes”
“Well, once I’ve marketed the book, what am I going to do with a blog? I can’t just market the book over and over again. People will think there’s something wrong with me.”
“Write about things you discuss in the book. About the leadership myth, the industry that surrounds it, the power of collaborationship and the importance of followers.”
“You want me to re-write my book in a blog? It doesn’t make any sense.”
“Look, you need a blog to reach out to people. What you write in it is up to you.”

Thanks a lot. I still didn’t have a clue what to do with a blog. All I knew was that people obviously though I needed one. So I did what any normal person would do, I Googled it. I typed in ‘what do I need a blog for?’ Unfortunately, the only answer I got was that bloggers can write about anything and nothing. This was getting me nowhere.

I was on the verge of giving up when it struck me – I’m not going to start a blog to market or re-write my book (if you’re curious about it you can read the first chapters of it at www.collaborationship.se (and that is as much marketing as I’ll ever do here!)). Instead I’ll use this blog to share new thoughts on leaders, followers and how they collaborate. I’ll also share with you the struggle of spreading the concept of collaborationship.

I wrote “Beyond the Leadership Myth” because my curiosity in followership had led me on a fascinating journey into ignored and sometimes forgotten aspects of human nature. Aspects that greatly affect how we humans interact with one another. Aspects that explain why we confuse leadership with power, hierarchy and dominance. By writing a book, I wanted to share this knowledge with others while challenging the current leadership obsession

I’m well aware of the fact that I’m challenging one of the world’s largest industries. Consequently, that means there are many people out there who have financial or reputational reasons to disagree with me. Still, I firmly believe that this debate is important and thus I hope you’ll be interested in joining me on this journey.

So who am I? I guess that depends on who you ask. To my two girls, I’m just goofy, old dad. To my wife, I’m the guy she married for better or worse (hopefully there are more “better” than “worse”). To my friends I’m the guy who rarely calls and seldom joins a party because he’d rather spend his time writing or working on some project.

Personally, I’d like to see myself as an explorer. Perhaps not so much in the physical aspect (I’m far too dependent of a bed, shower and shelter to venture out into the unknown for any length of time). Instead, it’s the human and our social sides I like to explore. I’m of the opinion that no matter how knowledgeable we think we are, there are constantly new things to learn, things that can drastically change the way we view our world. Things like collaborationship.

If you’re interested in my more professional profile, you’re welcome to visist http://collaborationship.se/about.htm

Have a great weekend

Chris Monö



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