CollaborationshipPosted by Christian Monö Wed, February 26, 2014 20:40:50
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.
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.
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.”
research states that:
"Creative ideas are by definition novel, and
novelty can trigger feelings of uncertainty that make most people
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
CollaborationshipPosted by Christian Monö Sun, February 16, 2014 10:27:41
finally did it. I started a blog!
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.
an important book, Chris. You should start a blog.” They said.
market your book.”
a blog meant to be updated continuously?”
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
about things you discuss in the book. About the leadership myth, the industry
that surrounds it, the power of collaborationship and the importance of
want me to re-write my book in a blog? It doesn’t make any sense.”
you need a blog to reach out to people. What you write in it is up to you.”
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
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.
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
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.
interested in my more professional profile, you’re welcome to visist http://collaborationship.se/about.htm