#20 Professor Keith Grint and the Wicked Problem of Leadership in Covid 19

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Professor Keith Grint and the Wicked Problem of Leadership in Covid 19

In this edition I am speaking to Keith Grint, Professor Emeritus at Warwick University.

We’re discussing Wicked Problems in general, the specific Wicked Problems of Covid-19, Brexit, and Leadership.

When Wicked Problems were first introduced by Rittel & Webber in 1973, various people have built upon the idea that it was Professor Grint, drawing on the work of Thompson’s Messy Solutions, who introduced the concepts of Tame and Critical problems, thus contextualising the problem-scape.

Keith Grint is Professor Emeritus at Warwick University where he was Professor of Public Leadership until 2018. He spent 10 years working in various positions across a number of industry sectors before switching to an academic career.

Since becoming an academic he has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. He spent
twelve years at Oxford University and was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School.

Scroll down for links to Keith’s books and a special Sage Journal Publication on Covid-19.

I hope you enjoy the show and if you have any comments or suggestions please write to me at: tc@wickedproblems.fm.

Enjoy,

Toby

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Keith’s Links

Read Keith’s article in the special Covid-19 edition of the Sage Journal:

Keith’s books:

  • Leadership (ed.) (1997)
  • Fuzzy Management (1997); The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Society, (with Steve Woolgar) (1997)
  • The Arts of Leadership (2000)
  • Organizational Leadership (with John Bratton and Debra Nelson); Leadership: Limits and Possibilities  (2005)
  • Leadership, Management & Command: Rethinking D-Day (2008)
  • Sage Handbook of Leadership (edited with Alan Bryman, David Collinson, Brad Jackson and Mary Uhl-Bien) (2010)
  • Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010).
  • Keith’s latest book, Mutiny & Leadership is due out in late 2020.

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#8 Project Myopia with Allan Kelly

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Allan Kelly

Allan Kelly was an early exponent of the #NoProjects movement, one of whose key tenets is:

“If you want to start a project, you’ve already failed”

Allan runs workshops on fresh thinking (thought leadership) and Agile team trainings He is also an Agile coach, speaks at conferences and events and spends a great deal of time at ‘Agile on the beach’.

Somewhere in amongst all of this, Allan finds the time to write some excellent books such as:

  • Project Myopia
  • Continuous Digital
  • The Little Book of User Stories FAQ

(links below)

This episode may appear to tilt toward the software and digital spaces, but regular listeners will be aware that here at Wicked Problems I encourage listeners who are involved in other fields to think about how the concepts being discussed might also be applied to help them too, as many of these concepts cross pollinate.

Remember – a Wicked Problem is, amongst other things, a problem with no obvious stopping condition.

Lastly – can you spot where the technical glitch in recording this episode took place? (We did our best to smooth over it!)

I hope you enjoy the show. If you have any comments or suggestions please write to me at:

tc@wickedproblems.fm

Enjoy,

Toby


About Allan

Allan Kelly helps software development and other digital delivery teams to effectively deliver products using agile approaches.

He provides inspiring Agile training to teams and advice for leaders. He works across technology and business teams, both being part of the solution; something he calls call #BizTech. He was an early, and vigorous, exponent of the #NoProjects movement.

Allan’s Links

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