PSPS Q3 Program - 'Leadership is not a Thing'
Presenter: Ashley Goodall
The world of work, today, is overflowing with ideas and assumptions, and systems and tools built on them, that aren’t quite right—and that push directly against our ability and opportunity to express what is unique about each of us in the work we do every day. It’s not true, for example, that people care most which company they work for. Or that the best people are well rounded. Or that leadership is a thing. These ideas are by now so commonplace and ingrained that they are hard to see for what they really are. But as Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure, that just ain’t so.”
Look closely at work today, and you’ll discover a great deal that just ain’t so. We could call these things “misconceptions,” or “myths”, or even “misunderstandings,” but because they are pushed so hard at us, almost as if there is motive behind them steering us away from the world as it truly is, we’ll call them “Lies.”
Ashley Goodall is co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of Harvard Business Press’s prescription for the world of talent in the 21st century, entitled Nine Lies About Work. In this session, he will introduce each of the lies before exploring in depth perhaps the most damaging of them all—the idea that Leadership is a Thing. And he’ll share instead a view of leadership from the real world, and what we can learn from it.
Each attendee will receive a FREE copy of Nine Lies About Work at the event! You must be present to receive book!
About Ashley Goodall
Ashley Goodall is an executive, leadership expert, and author, and has spent his career exploring large organizations from the inside. He looks for the lessons from the real world that help people and teams thrive, and that make work a more human place for all of the humans in it.
His first experiences of teams and leadership were as a student musician and conductor. He was fascinated by the unspoken understanding between people playing together and carried this fascination into the corporate world. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence (LTI) at Cisco, a new organization he has built to focus entirely on serving teams and team leaders, and which aims to reveal the answers to some of the most challenging questions about work. What is special about the best teams? Why do we follow one leader and not another? How can we make more teams like our best teams, and more leaders like our best leaders?
The new approaches he has pioneered address everything from performance management, to feedback, to team activation technology, to real-time team intelligence, to social network mapping, to strengths-based leadership—and together these challenge much of the conventional wisdom of work today.
Ashley is the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2019), and of two cover stories in the Harvard Business Review: The Feedback Fallacy, (March/April 2019), and Reinventing Performance Management, (April 2015).
Now approved for 2 SHRM PDCs! Currently pending 2 HRCI Credits!