Municipal politicians in the small town of Pelham, Ontario are investing in the development of internal creative leadership skills, as they work toward transforming the town’s creative culture. Beginning with the question ‘How Might We…?’, Pelham is looking to change how it approaches challenges and opportunities.
In more stable business climates of decades past, chief executives could leverage efficiency to achieve success. Closely managed corporate routines could be made a little quicker, a little smoother and a little cheaper to maximize profit and improve the bottom line. While that skill still has its place in the boardroom, today’s chaotic and unpredictable business climate also demands that executive leaders learn an entirely new skill: how to be adaptable. Managing organizational routines tightly will produce efficiencies but adaptable CEOs have mastered a much more challenging process of deliberately changing routines.