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The subtitle of my most recent book (Making Meetings Matter) is “How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age.”

The key words in that phrase are “Leaders,” “Orchestrate,” and “Digital Age.” My premise is relatively simple: in the digital age, we all have access to tons of information; the most important work activity today is information-based; and the role of leaders is to enable – or “orchestrate” – conversations that help those knowledge workers exchange ideas, collaborate, and build new knowledge.

Simple, right? Well, it may be easy to describe but it’s highly challenging to pull off. And, as I have observed several times, the best examples of digital-age leadership that I know are the orchestra conductor and the professional sports coach. [click to continue…]

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