The Iceberg Leader

The Iceberg Leader

The more we read about leaders, the newer thoughts shall emerge. Today, I share some of my new thoughts on leaders and leadership that emerges in my mind. My mind bifurcated between many options on what title to give this buzz. I considered β€œThe Emergent Leaders” and β€œThe Emergent Leaders, but finally opted the one this buzz has.

Sound leaders allow employees to interact. The more interactions they have, the more likely new ideas would emerge. Even, if a leader is the type of β€œdemand and control” he/she has no power on employees to interact on social forms and secretly between them.

Interactions may lead to emerging waves of different nature and arrangements. This is possible by just simply imposing simple rules. Let me first show visual example, and then relate this to leadership.

If you arrange dots within simple rules a wave dancing wave may emerge. For example, the dots may produce a snake-like wave. If you wish to know the iterated simple rules that may generate this wave, then watch the video below

I played with the simple rules to generate different waves. Unfortunately, beBee doesn’t allow for embedding GIF images, so I show a static one.

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You can see the same by arranging the dots (ball) at increasing lengths on a pendulum to generate a pendulum wave. Again, adherence to iterating simple rules to create the pendulum shall only lead to the formation of observed waves. The video below shows how.

Dots could be replaced by sand grains. If sand grains are arranged following simple rules of selecting the shape of grains and their sizes you may hear different sound waves as the video below shows:


What does the above have to do with leadership?

Well, if we replace the sand grains or the dots with team members then the team may generate waves that no employee alone may generate. It is the interaction of employees within simple rules that generate the waves. You probably have seen this in soccer stadium with audience waving hands in one direction in a certain sequence we may notice the formation of the wave. The wave isn’t there. It results from the interactions of the audience within few and simple rules.

Same for culture within a team. It is the interaction of employees with each other that generate the β€œculture wave”. The β€œsound” that the wave generates shall reflect the quality of interaction between the team members. It is listening to the sound that alerts the leader to make appropriate decisions. The leader can tell the quality of sand reflecting the qualities of the interactions among team members.

Self-organizing team are ready to self-organize and send sounds that tell more the quality of their self-organizing. Without organization no sound would be heard and again this is telling the leader that something must be done.

It is not only the emergence of sound waves that are important; equally important for the leader are key performance indicators these waves offer discretely for the attentive leader. These are intangible indicators, but they are significant in their importance. These are thee indicators for what is boiling under the icy surface of the iceberg.

Social Self-Organization and Effect on Work

The team members have connections not only with their peers, but also with the outside world. The domain of leadership has an expansive boundary. These interactions are reiterating, and their influence goes beyond the workplace to the society and the world. External factors have their rapid impact on the work place and the attitudes of team members to work. The culture of the work place may vary accordingly, and an attentive leader knows that such waves may disrupt the work culture. The young generation of employees tend to spend huge times on social media platforms. Their attitude to work is different from the old generation. Currently,Β 88% of millennialsΒ get news from Facebook, and because of the way Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm works, users tend to receive more news stories like the ones they’ve engaged with in the past. This has produced an β€œecho chamber” effect, where users end up surrounding themselves in news and ideas they already agree with. Interestingly, it is the echo of the echo chamber that is the key indicator for the leaders. This trend shall now grow without limitation and the effect of over-doze shall reverse the trend and stop this trend. It is self-catalytic.

The interactions among people are increasing and creating new waves of social phenomena that shall not be existent if there were no interactions. I believe when these interactions reach their β€œcriticality” point they shall rearrange to a new order or collapse like a pile of sand collapsing at one point with only one grain of sand added. Leaders should be us of the emerging new waves of trends and their impact on the work environment.

The β€œpersonality” of organization shall bifurcate to new personalities and behaviors. Watchful leaders take notice of these developments.

Employees create sounds if arranged within simple rules.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
I olok always for your inspiration Randall Burns

Randall Burns

Randall Burns

3 years ago #28

Wow! Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I've been offline for a few days, will get caught up and try to offer an intelligent contribution to this insightful buzz and engaged comments.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
I fully concur with your comment as I experienced the same.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit- Order for free is a sign of dissipative structures. These are defined as "A dissipative system is a thermodynamically open system which is operating out of, and often far from, thermodynamic equilibrium in an environment with which it exchanges energy and matter. A dissipative structure is a dissipative system that has a dynamical rΓ©gime that is in some sense in a reproducible steady state (Wikipedia). When a system is in high tension because of being far from equilibrium it self-organize and gain order =; else it shall die. This is basis of tension marketing whereby we create high tension in customers and the offered product becomes the magic that brings order back to the customers. Disruptive tension is a widely researched topic these days for this reason. These systems defy entropy (tendency to increased disorder) by taking energy fro the environment. This is in line with what you wrote ""...except the leader is the one capable of defying gravity (as a metaphor for leadership)".. I may add also the capability to defy entropy.

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #25

#28
#33 I relate your stupidity-spawns-creativity as being closely linked to what I often describe as the ignorant observer comment. Both seem to me in this case to add to the discussion to either to cause the author justify or rethink the concept. Several times in problem solving scenarios I have been involved in the key to the answer is given by someone, who has limited or no knowledge of the matter in hand.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #24

#24
I think it is worth going back in the beBee time tunnel to the buzz where Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee introduced us to "Madrid Fly" - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/flying-like-a-bee-the-largest-wind-tunnel-in-europe-el-tunel-de-viento-mas-grande-de-europa because that use of air to defy gravity is relevant to leadership here, otherwise we are focusing mainly on the self-organizing aspect to leadership i.e. that part of leadership that learns to recognize the powerful realization Stewart Kauffman described as "Order for Free" Order for Free https://www.edge.org/conversation/stuart_a_kauffman-chapter-20-order-for-free When we are at the level of the echo chamber, much of what is discussed about leadership is its own echo chamber. It actually serves us to distract us to get to the point of understanding what Kauffman discovered about self-organizing systems. If there is a 80% rule in leadership, it is that this portion of leadership is the practice of concrete leadership, rather than the abstractive leadership which is necessary to deal with at much higher levels of leadership practice, where the ability to think abstractly is a bit like the Madrid Fly machine - except the leader is the one capable of defying gravity (as a metaphor for leadership).

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #23

#24
I think it is worth going back in the beBee time tunnel to the buzz where Javier 🐝 beBee introduced us to "Madrid Fly" - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@javierbebee/flying-like-a-bee-the-largest-wind-tunnel-in-europe-el-tunel-de-viento-mas-grande-de-europa because that use of air to defy gravity is relevant to leadership here, otherwise we are focusing mainly on the self-organizing aspect to leadership i.e. that part of leadership that learns to recognize the powerful realization Stewart Kauffman described as "Order for Free" Order for Free https://www.edge.org/conversation/stuart_a_kauffman-chapter-20-order-for-free When we are at the level of the echo chamber, much of what is discussed about leadership is its own echo chamber. It actually serves us to distract us to get to the point of understanding what Kauffman discovered about self-organizing systems. If there is a 80% rule in leadership, it is that this portion of leadership is the practice of concrete leadership, rather than the abstractive leadership which is necessary to deal with at much higher levels of leadership practice, where the ability to think abstractly is a bit like the Madrid Fly machine - except the leader is the one capable of defying gravity (as a metaphor for leadership).

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #22

#24
I think it is worth going back in the beBee time tunnel to the buzz where Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee introduced us to "Madrid Fly" - because that use of air to defy gravity is relevant to leadership here, otherwise we are focusing mainly on the self-organizing aspect to leadership i.e. that part of leadership that learns to recognize the powerful realization Stewart Kauffman described as "Order for Free" Order for Free https://www.edge.org/conversation/stuart_a_kauffman-chapter-20-order-for-free When we are at the level of the echo chamber, much of what is discussed about leadership is its own echo chamber. It actually serves us to distract us to get to the point of understanding what Kauffman discovered about self-organizing systems. If there is a 80% rule in leadership, it is that this portion of leadership is the practice of concrete leadership, rather than the abstractive leadership which is necessary to deal with at much higher levels of leadership practice, where the ability to think abstractly is a bit like the Madrid Fly machine - except the leader is the one capable of defying gravity (as a metaphor for leadership).

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Jerry Fletcher- thank you so much for your comment. @John Rylance also expressed same confusion about the title in his comment #19. My response (#20) expllains this anomaly and ,hopefully, it shall remove the fog. Please tag me when you write your review of the book. It sounds very interesting.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #20

Ali, your title suggests on thing and the article yet another. I must say that I'm confused. The two don't seem to link yet I find myself fascinated by the videos and how the motions are repetitive. Then, too I've just read a client's forthcoming book on leadership and his discussion of Leadership Myths in the first chapter of the book gets at some of the problems of leadership implied in your article. Sorry, it won't be available until December 1. I'll try to remember to review it here.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Physical properities yes, such as roundness of sand grains and size. Chemical properties- never occurred to me. I wonder if there is a reason why this hasn't been mentioned in literature to the nest of my knowledge. %I wish you would run into a novel explanation Isabella M H Wesoly

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
I laughed with curiosity @Bill King reading your comment just after I have responded to the previous comment. You remind me of my presentation "Stupidity Spawns Creativity" https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/stupidity-spawns-creativity What we call stupid question might be the key to great observations and serendipity, as exactly your observation did. Your observation may be the answer to the still debatable question on why certain types of sand sing only. There are many explanations in support of yours. I honestly believe you should consider making a picture of what happened and publish a buzz. You could be the first person to make similar sounds on a simple simulator. Please do.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Very sound comment and it leaves a singing-comment impression Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven. This way the external motivation (the push of the board (team members) to move following simple rules of synchronization for their movement. self-organization follows and the need for external motivation becomes motivation from within.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Your question is still debatable. Not all sand sing and singing sand produces different sounds. The sound waves are different. Most likely is that the sound grain must have specific range of sizes to allow for sound. Second, some explanation refer to the arrangement of sound grains in a cone shape to allow for the refraction and amplification of the sound wave. Recent explanation is here: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121031-singing-sand-dunes-physics-science-whistling/ The researchers state "Why exactly this happens, and how the sound itself is created, is still uncertain. However, the Parisian group suspects that, during an avalanche, grains of sand move together down the duneβ€”each grain colliding with and rolling around its neighbors, creating a constant stream of collisions. Larger grains of sand move around each other at slower rates, and vice versa for smaller grains". So, your question Isabella M H Wesoly still has no definite answer.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

- I miss you here on these vivid discussions.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
I totally enjoyed your comment @John Rylance and I an grateful it provides me with the opportunity to explain. The fact that our increased interconnections on all levels surprise us by some emerging facts that no matter how hard we try to anticipate them we shall fail. The reason we call them emerging is because of this reason. When we what emerges we realize so many things were going underneath. I tried to find a better and more reflecting title, but I failed. The closest for me was the chosen title. Have we expected the waves from the pendulum video? If we change by the setup by just changing one length of the balls would we know what wave shall result? It is because the whole is greater than the parts that we fail to anticipate what emerges. So many social phenomena are emerging and how many of them could we anticipate? So much interconnections feedback activities going under the water that even if we observe them we still wouldn't be able to see what emerges before it emerges. I hope I explained my point. Thank you again for your valuable comment.

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #13

I enjoyed reading this thought provoking article, and the comments it has prompted. I must admit I expected something different after the title The Iceberg Leader. A piece about hidden depths, still waters running deep, and lights under bushels in relation to leadership. It proves that often it's the title that hooks the reader, if not the picture that accompanies the post.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
How great to see you commenting on beBee my friend Isabella M H Wesoly! Not only commenting, but also contributing a profound comment. Your comment is magical and every thought you mention is a buzz on its own. Yes, bodies tend to stay in place unless moved by an external force (leaders are this force in my buzz moving his team). In my simulation I changed the direction and movement of the balls by simply changing the timing of the movement of the balls than those shown in the PowerPoint video. The leader may not only act as a motivating force, but also changing slightly the team movement so that new waves may appear. In complex system we should be careful to make slight changes and then see their effect because complex systems may change radically with small changes to the extent a leader might disrupt the team. Your mention and questions of the sand grains and the sounds they produce are great. Unfortunately, we still don’t know for sure how sans generate them. But we know that small disturbances of sand might generate sounds that cann be heard over long distances sometimes. I watched your video and I loved it. It is a great effort and I love its relevance to this buzz. Please tag me when you publish a new one.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
I find no better response than to quote again Joanne Gardocki and Joanne that makes the vibration audible. Thank you and as these two last buzzes are part of my talk for the leadership symposium in Istanbul next July your drum sends me in a homogeneous vibration and takes me out of the echo chamber.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #10

With age comes wisdom but it is a double edge sword. It cuts to a shorter path to the future where time is the enemy now. The other edge can cut deeply into the false gates we fought so hard to traverse in our youth. But hope is alive in the children and grandchildren. If i might help them ignore only one gate i know to be a false gate then i have done my service. All's right with the world. They say that iron sharpens iron in the days gone by, but today we avoid this process as it is a battle we think we can aviod. Our relationship here has grown because we did not shrink from sharpening each other through the dialogue of wisdom. For this i am in your debt.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Reading comments here and on LinkedIn I sense the beauty of what you wrote here Joanne Gardocki. I mean and I quote you "Like a drum you set others in sympathetic/harmonic vibration. IMHO we are reorganizing into a higher, more positively productive vibration pattern". Yes, it is the production of pattern that we need to see because in complex systems and life is a complex one finding repeating pattern that may be our torch in their darkness. As you helped me, I hope that the torch shall help you to navigate your way to finish soon with "There are some specific thoughts about PtC concepts I will share more fully on LinkedIn when they organize themselves into something coherent". Please tag me when you do.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Harvey Lloyd- you remind me of this quote "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity" by Calvin Coolidge Your wisdom shall stay with me for long times (assuming I shall live that long). Your wisdom enriches me and hopefully will allow me to "pass through the gate"

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #7

This post is very interesting when i compared the previous post surrounding Pareto's law. 80/20 rule. The echo chamber will insure that you stay in the 80%. If we assume, and the word is open to debate, that 20% of the people held the required wisdom to navigate towards success in their leadership, then we can assume also that 80% didn't have that wisdom. If i am part of the 80% in this thought experiment, then i have two choices. Figure out how the game was rigged or discuss with the 20% what they saw that i didn't. All games are rigged when more than one human is involved. Each measures success differently and has a different meta-narrative. To live in this echo chamber may make a point but you will have won the second place trophy again. You didn't get what you originally set out to get. Wisdom is something we should be constantly focused upon. For it is wisdom that will take us through the gate we wish to pass. We may think that knowledge of the rigged journey is great but that is not the key that will get you through the gate. Great post, and in concert with your previous post is astounding in connection.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Thank you for the appreciation and sharing of the buzz dear Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #5

lovely insight sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
There are studies that show the millennial are getting disturbed by focusing so much on FB. One research is this form a reputed research center: http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/10/08/social-networking-usage-2005-2015/ The new adults are getting unhappy about their experience and the trend is stabilizing or retreating. SO, your question is sound . I believe also it is the overflow effect. When we exceed our capacity we reverse direction. I thank you my friend for sharing your experience.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
New environments and more human connections call for very agile leaders Marianne Naughton. Thank you

Marianne Naughton

Marianne Naughton

3 years ago #2

That's a whole lot of leaders Ali, thanks https://www.pinterest.com/pin/232850243218952789/

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Great thoughts and value-added comment to the buzz Bill King. I am not exaggerating to admit that you too got that fidget spinner spinning in my head. You are spot on because the sound we get may be disturbed before reaching us. We have to be careful with our assumptions. We interact not only with people, but with the whole ecosystem and its components. You made me think by your referencing to the "with information I can't help to wonder about refraction, much like the image of a pencil in a glass of water or sound when it interacts at an interface". When we say reflections and reflect upon have we considered the surrounding media and its effects on the reflections? Great observation. A sand grain is a sand grain. Together they become something else as they send us waves for us to think about.

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