Book about how to solve unsolvable managerial problems

I have written a new book on how you as a manager can deal with those problems that on the one hand are important for you to solve, but on the other hand seems to persist no matter what you do. It can be very frustrating to be held back in your career by such problems. This book offers a practical and research-based approach to dealing with them.

The book is available both in hardcover and as (free) PDF for your e-reader (details below).

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Facilitatortræf Aug. 24th, 2018 bliver super

Ved sidste års Facilitatortræf, holdt jeg et oplæg om at bruge embodied cognition til at øge lederes effektivitet. Siden da har jeg udgivet en bog om emnet: Sensory Templates and Manager Cognition.

I år er jeg en del af planlægningsgruppen og jeg glæder mig meget til at opleve årets oplægsholdere. Det bliver episk. Biletterne blev udsolgt allerede to måneder inden træffet den 24/8. Du kan dog stadig se nogen inspirerende videoer, hvor oplægsholderne fortæller kort om deres emner:

Poetics of the Unsolvable

3 talks on art-based methods in leader development
You are invited to a 2-hour presentation on the results of 3 years research into the use of art-based methods in leader development. I will give the talk three times in different locations. I hope one of these will fit your calendar. You are welcome to bring anyone, who are interested. Just send a mail to let me know when you come.

  • May 21st, 15-17 at CBS, S20, Porcelænshaven 22, Råvarebygningen, 2000 Frederiksberg
  • May 27th, 15-17 at Resonans, Hauser Plads 32, 2, 1127 Copenhagen K
  • May 28th, 8-10 at DPU, A405, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV

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Scores and Performances @ Copenhagen Business School

The students on the Fine Art of Leadership course, lead by Daved Barry, are developing a theatre piece that will be used as an artistic intervention in the Danish organization Cultural Copenhagen. I was invited to teach some general points about how to work with art creation. I chose to teach about the use of scores and improvisation in developing performances.

A score is a set of instructions that performers follow when performing. For example, the manuscript used by actors or the written sheet music used by musicians. In dance, scores are used to frame and focus improvisations. They can be used as guidelines for improvised performances that are shown to an audience or in chorographical work with dancers, where material for a new performance is developed through a series of improvisations.

Here are the slides I used: Scores and Performances

Perceptual refinement: Art-based methods in managerial education

Published paper in Organizational Aesthetics. It is a literature review in which I ask what unique contributions art-based methods offer to management education.

Arts-based methods are increasingly used to facilitate meta-level learning in management education. Such increased use suggests that these methods are relevant and offer a unique contribution meeting a need in today’s management education. Yet, the literature is not clear on what this unique contribution is, even though it abounds with suggestions of varying quality. To explore this matter, I conduct a systematic literature review focused on arts-based methods, management education, and meta-level learning. I find that the unique contribution of arts-based methods is to foreground and facilitate the process of making and expressing more refined perceptual distinctions, not to get accurate data, but as a meta-level learning process in itself. This finding is important, because it implies that using arts-based methods to facilitate other meta-level learning processes, e.g. reflection, critical reflection, or transformative learning, may limit the potential of such art-based methods. It is also important, because it suggest that future research regarding arts-based methods could focus on exploring the impact of perceptual refinement on, e.g., managerial practice, managers concepts of managerial tasks, or managers competence in carrying out managerial tasks.

Leadership as art: Leaders coming to their senses

I published paper in Leadership. I wrote this paper while living in Gothenburg and in California and wondering what to do next after having quit my job as a manager in the UPS. After a few revisions it got selected for publication, and I was asked to write a short biography. In the biography wrote that I was looking for a place to do a PhD in the topic I had written the paper on. The day after I got a mail from one of the editors of the journal, Donna Ladkin, suggesting that I apply for a PhD at Cranfield School of Management and that she would be my supervisor.

In this article I explore the idea that leadership as art is characterized by leaders staying with their senses, rather than drawing on yesterday’s sense-making, and by sense-making being received through the senses rather than produced through an analytical process. Two simple models illustrating these opposing processes are suggested, showing how drawing sense-making from present sensing allows for greater flexibility in the assumptions we base our decisions on, and that this process cannot be done by using our conceptual mind. Key elements in this exploration are the distinction between sense-making and describing sense-making, and placing sensing at the centre of sense-making. I compare leaders to conceptual artists due to similarities in the mediums with which they work, and I discuss some practical implications for leadership.