Tag Archives: business

The Business Covenant: Sustainability & Community

When Tesco opened a small branch in the village, it inevitably sounded the death knell for the old bakery next door. The village butcher and greengrocers weren’t far behind. There were grumbles, indeed, there had been a protest, letters to … Continue reading

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Personal, co-created and organisational narrative

I want to follow a story, on it’s journey from an individual through to a global business. It starts with a time when we learn something. This creates the initial disturbance, it causes us to think about change. As we … Continue reading

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Exploring the Social Age of learning

We are in the Social Age of learning, where the bywords are agility and engagement, where formal experiences are less valuable than applied ones, where traditional models of authority and expertise are subverted by more social methodologies that rely on … Continue reading

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The Learning Festival

I was at a festival this weekend, enjoying some great music in the sunshine with my friends. It’s a beautiful site, a Big Top for the larger bands, stalls for food and drink, and a small acoustic tent for more … Continue reading

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The Social Business

We’ve been exploring the Social Age from a number of angles recently: Social Leadership, the Social Contract, Social Technology. Today, as i sit on the train to London, i’m reflecting on the Social Business. What does a social business look … Continue reading

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The Social Contract

My friend’s a retail manager. We were chatting about his role when he said “It’s a horrible company to work for: they don’t care if i leave because there are ten other people who will take my place“. I wonder … Continue reading

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The nature of work in the Social Age

Organisations used to own us: they recruited us as graduates or apprentices, mapped out a career path, trained and assessed us and then, finally, gave us a carriage clock and sent us out into retirement. It was safe, it worked … Continue reading

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The growing pains of social learning communities: my Yammer diary

For a long time, my own organisation has used Yammer as a social learning and collaboration tool, but in a very informal way. There have only been a small community of users and it’s been very ad hoc in it’s … Continue reading

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Should access to learning be open to all? Meritocracy or equality in learning.

On what basis should organisations provide access to learning? Should it be meritocratic, whereby the most qualified and highly performing individuals get access to progressively more opportunities, advancing their way to the skills and behaviours needed in a homegrown leadership … Continue reading

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