Inside Outsiders — Why and How

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Why and how to be an inside outsider as an individual

  • Do you spend a significant amount of time on external networking, to learn and share with people outside your organization?
  • Do you take responsibility for your own learning, and then share what you learn with others, interacting in ways that build on what you and they have observed?
  • Are you comfortable questioning the status quo in your organization for work practices or business strategies?
  • Do you do your best to bring your external intelligence and insights to the attention of the “official” decision makers to help influence decisions?

Why and how to be an inside outsider as a leader

  • Are people in your organization able to communicate directly with you or your immediate team when they have ideas that may challenge the status quo, without having to go through layers of management?
  • How often do you consult with workers at the edges of the organization, especially those who work directly with customers? When was the last time you talked firsthand to a customer?
  • How often do you spend time with people on the front lines and in operational roles?
  • Do you make regular attempts to meet startups and other small companies that work in your industry. What about startups in related but different areas?
  • Do you give people time for outside activities such as external networking, attending conferences, and taking external online learning programs?

What are your thoughts?



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Jane McConnell

Author: The Gig Mindset Advantage. 20yrs advising large organizations, 12 yrs of global research on work culture & leadership. Podcast