In this third edition of our Leadership Café, we are reflecting on Leadership and Compassion. Alex is leading an organization with 5.000 employees and 50.000 volunteers as Managing Director of Caritas Wien.
In our coffee talk, he explained how his team approached him suggesting to explore new ways of management. He shares his experience of how introducing sociocratic decision-making lifted their way of management to a new level and helped to build commitment in a passionate environment.
We all know some elder people around us. While some rest in themselves and radiate deep wisdom, others are bitter and complain all the time – about the weather, the circumstances and getting old itself. What is the reason for this? Isn’t it a pity to live out your days like this? If you ask a person whether he would rather be wise or bitter, he will hardly choose the latter. But it’s not quite that simple. And yet you have a choice.
Let’s face it. Most of the time we only think until the next sprint or the next quarterly review. Our whole working life is short-sighted. Strategy meetings may be the exception – but they only take place once a year. But what about the big picture? What do we want to leave behind in the long term?
One of the most unpleasant tasks for a manager is the separation from employees. Of course, I am not talking about a narcistic boss who needs this to confirm himself and secure his power, nor about immediate terminations after major misconduct on the part of the employee.