Monthly Archives: January 2014

Emergent reason

Ever so often i become aware that i write too much about serious things. It’s raining hard today, with the odd moment when the sun breaks through. It was during one of those moments that i was to be found … Continue reading

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Mobile Learning: reflecting on the state of play

It’s been a year since i published ‘Mindset for Mobile Learning‘ and a lot has changed. Predictably, most of it in unpredictable ways. My own perception is that conversations within the organisational learning space have not progressed far, whilst the … Continue reading

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The myth of history: why organisational culture is our problem

I keep coming back to culture this week: i’ve had so many people kindly sharing their thoughts and feedback that i can’t put it down. Today, i want to think about heritage and history vs co-creation and current activity. When … Continue reading

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Framing and co-creating organisational culture

I’ve been exploring pressures on organisational culture over the last week or so, looking at how we align our internal values with those of the community and, in turn, choose our course of action. Rifts open up when our personal … Continue reading

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Longevity, expertise and position: the subversive power of reputation

Working today on Chapter 2 of the new book, ‘Learning and working in the Social Age‘. Sharing here the start of a section on how reputation, forged in communities, subverts more formal models of power and authority. The links will … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a Social way of working

First week of the year and i’ve been working on a new model, looking at pressures on Organisational Culture. Last year i defined the Social Age: a mindset and way of working where the primary relationship is between us and … Continue reading

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Where’s the bad penny?

This week i’m exploring why some organisational cultures fail: why some places are better to work than others. The CAIR Model of organisational culture measures four dimensions of pressure that can create internal (to the individual) and external rifts. It’s … Continue reading

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Measuring the pressure on organisational culture: the CAIR diagnosis

I’ve taken this week to look at failures in organisational culture and, specifically, the pressures that work across four dimensions to toxify it. Why do good people do bad things? How do cultures come to fail? The CAIR model charts … Continue reading

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Rifts in trust: how organisational culture fractures

The Banks have failed us: that’s the message we took out of the financial meltdown, but how? Can we blame culture or individuals? Are organisations largely good, with small pockets of bad, or did we all fail by degrees? Where … Continue reading

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Learning to trust: corrosive cultures and the challenge in Financial Services

2014 starts with a conversation about Trust in the Social Age. What is trust? At a simple level, an investment of our wellbeing in the hands of others. To trust is to be vulnerable. To trust is to hope that … Continue reading

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