Summary of The Management Shift

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Vlatka Hlupic is hardly the first management thinker to argue for ditching boss-centered leadership and spreading autonomy through an organization. She would be just one voice in a popular choir, except that her presentation stands out for its rigorous research and data-driven method of helping companies assess their culture. Hlupic sketches the characteristics of a traditional “orderly” culture built for the industrial age and contrasts it with the “collaborative” mind-set needed in today’s innovation-driven economy. The knowledge workers who are so critical to an innovative workplace distrust hierarchy and thrive when given autonomy. Hlupic shows how the “6 Box Leadership Model,” which she developed over nearly 20 years, can pinpoint the areas where a company can transform its culture. Some may find her methodology descriptions a bit dense, but she argues persuasively that companies must change in order to remain competitive. If you’re looking to make a case for transforming your organization’s leadership culture and want to assess its progress, getAbstract recommends Hlupic’s timely exposition to entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and HR and talent departments.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why companies must abandon “command and control” management,
  • How a company’s cultural change can create business success,
  • How the “6 Box Leadership Model” helps you assess your company culture, and
  • How companies have achieved growth and innovation by implementing “the Management Shift.”

About the Author

University of Westminster professor and consultant Vlatka Hlupic, is the founder and CEO of London’s Drucker Society. She speaks at major conferences and wrote more than 160 academic articles, including Harvard Business Review’s “To be a Better Leader, Give up Authority.”



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Companies today face waves of unprecedented change. Markets shift unpredictably and new competitors show up without warning. The global marketplace grows increasingly complex and uncertain. Even the pace of change constantly changes.

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    JJ van Delsen 3 years ago
    Excellent summary and a convincing argument for new de-centralised leadership styles. If you want to improve innovation in your organisation, this provides you with great guidelines and ideas.
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    Dynamic Dylan 3 years ago
    Great summary! Summary could be used with coaching your team using the part of summary is the list of Individual and Organizational development levels--this connects well with Tribal Leadership culture levels. Makes it easy to identify the individual levels and then work to nudge them higher with coaching.

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