The Cynefin framework defines different types of problems and the leadership approach required to address them. It’s a helpful framework as we think about the success of the vaccine roll out – and to understand many other situations that we experience as human beings, and as leaders, navigating through challenging times.
The Covid pandemic continues to test us at all levels of society, in our homes, with our families and at work. As we write (March 2021) the rapid roll out of vaccines, at least in the UK, offers hope for the year ahead, but we are still far from anywhere near ‘normal.’
Resilience is always important, but never more so than in times of uncertainty and volatility. At Mezzana Partners, we’ve had 25 years experience working with Olympic athletes, exceptional leaders, and global businesses, develop their resilience in a proactive and strategic way.
The leadership skill of horizon scanning has never been more important – the events of the last year has demonstrated this in abundance. The ability to gaze over the parapet and the confines of your world, to anticipate and predict the future, and to then apply that insight to plan and contingency plan is absolutely core for any leader, and particularly if you’re responsible for the future direction of your business.
“It’s all about gaining altitude” said William Winstone as he framed the second in our four-module Leading in New Worlds programme “The ability to zoom in and out gives us different perspectives and a different relationship with the ground we work on – a bit like Google maps!” he added.