New approaches to leadership will be the theme of Palex's report at LocWorld

  • New approaches to leadership will be the theme of Palex's report at LocWorld

Palex will be talking at the Localization World conference about how to increase the efficiency of project management by creating teams, about the nature of these teams and about the qualities their individual members need to possess. The largest global forum of experts in the area of translation and localization will take place in Dublin on June 4–6.

The report will be presented by Yulia Sirazitdinova, the company's business development manager. Her talk will be based on concrete success stories, as well as the results of research jointly carried out by Palex, the author of Complex Adaptive Leadership approach in management, Nick Obolensky and the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) in CIS countries.

"Localization, like indeed many other areas of the technology industry, has undergone dramatic changes in the last few years," says Yulia Sirazitdinova, "This is linked to many factors, including the development of new technologies, the reduction in turnaround time in bringing products to market, and the automation of project management processes. Taken together, these factors are forcing providers of localization services to become more flexible. At Palex we have adopted a method of forming project teams to provide clients with complex solutions that completely meet the new industry requirements."

The basic idea of Nick Obolensky's approach is that a company needs to create conditions for the development of certain teams (or systems) that are able to independently adapt to new conditions thanks to the leadership originating from individual members. "This results in greater effectiveness than found with the classical hierarchical approach to leadership," says Yulia Sirazitdinova.

The research started at Palex in January. The object was to evaluate the company’s ability to develop such self-regulating systems and determine the most common leadership strategies among the employees of different departments. More than 40 people took part in the study.

"We ascertained which factors, according to employees, positively influence the creation of conditions for developing Complex Adaptive Leadership, and which don’t," concludes Yulia Sirazitdinova. "In addition to this, we have also identified the dominant strategy for leadership on both an employee and management level and the conditions under which the company can reach new levels of leadership."

The research was carried out using methodology provided by the director of Complex Adaptive Leadership, Nick Obolensky. Mr Obolensky explained his desire to take part in this work quite simply: Palex is an international company that started life in Russia and it is "interesting to test what may seem a challenge in Russia – moving the theme of leadership away from leaders and seeing it more as a polyarchy than oligarchy".

"However, there are Russian companies which can be seen as more polyarchical than some of those in the West," explains Nick Obolensky. "Palex is revealing how a dynamic approach to leadership following Complex Adative Leadership principles can get results – a 300% increase in project efficiency".

Yulia Sirazitdinova will talk about the sort of projects referred to and what was done to reach these efficiency indicators as part of the Localization World international conference in Dublin on June 6. As regards the conclusions drawn in the course of the investigation, these will form the basis for adjusting the strategies of Palex's project teams, drafting development plans and increasing the competencies of company employees.

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