At the Deming meeting on Thursday I hope to check some ideas out during the pauses.
Leadership remains the main issue for people in Lancaster at the Dept of Management Learning. My impression is that Deming emphasised top managment to check they supported the project, not because quality arrived top-down. I have put a message at the Leadership Research Workshop with a link to a conference
The talk about 'distributed leadership' seems to be moving back to looking at organisations. The 'Learning Organisation' got lost in critique but is still a useful approach, I think.