From Leaderless to Leaderful Organisations with Didier Marlier
#186 – 17 October 2023 – Season 3 – Episode 8
Business simplicity is achieved by shifting from leaderless to leaderful organizations, promoting collective leadership and psychological safety. Complex Adaptive System Theory guides this change, fostering efficient decision-making. Anecdotes like the 1998 French football team highlight the difference between leaderless (removing dominant figures) and leaderful (elevating everyone to their level) approaches.
Didier’s professional purpose is to support Business Leaders in challenging the orthodoxies they retain about their business and help them prepare their people and organisations for the disrupted economy. He is a blogger, author, Board advisor, consultant, executive coach, father, husband, professor and an agent-provocateur, Didier advises leaders on how to “intellectually compel” and “emotionally engage” their people into large-scale changes (strategic, organisational, cultural or post M&A), using the levers of Logos (intellect), Ethos (behaviors) and Pathos (emotions).
Didier is co-author of “Engaging Leadership” which has been written for leaders who are about to engage their organisations in change. Whether the need is driven by a sudden disruption, a new strategic intent, the desire for a new culture, a painful re-organisation or the integration following a merger or acquisition, this book provides the tools for successful change.
The conversations on The Business Simplicity Podcast are inspired by the Simple Business Design framework, which is described in detail in the Simplicity Toolkit. Get it below for free!