I’m going through the rather abstract exercise of writing what i do, so decided to #WorkOutLoud and share it here. My work sits around the Social Age, the term i use to describe the broad swathes of change make up our everyday reality: it’s not just technology (although that is often the most visible manifestation of the change), but rather something much wider. It covers the convergence of formal and social spaces and systems: the juncture of formal leadership (that which is awarded by the organisation) and Social Leadership (that which is consensual of the community), formal learning (stories that the organisation tells) and Social Learning (surfacing the tacit, tribal unheard wisdom of the community), formal technologies (like an LMS or Performance Management System) and Social Collaborative Technologies (spaces of conversation, co-creation, storytelling and rehearsal).
I explore creativity and co-creation: how the organisation unlocks agility by striking up a new Social Contract with the individual, and often by just getting out of the way once it has created the conditions for success. In some ways, i think the space i’m exploring is about everything: the point of organisations, and how we create the adapted organisation: one that is superbly fit for the Social Age: dynamic, adaptive, co-created, fair, kind, effective and socially responsible.
I don’t think it’s too much to ask: indeed, i think that those organisations who ignore the pressures of the ecosystem of the Social Age, are threatened with extinction. And rightly so: the Victorian architecture of control that surround many people within organisations today is no longer fit for purpose. The Future Org must be adapted, the future of work, different.
My most recent work around Change itself, the Dynamic Change Framework, charts manifestations of change within organisations today: it’s intended to provide a practical framework for change. Is it perfect: no, but that’s why i’m #WorkingOutLoud on it, prototyping it, and sharing it as i go, in the hope that, together, we can get it right.
And, of course, that’s not all i do: i am interested in communication more widely, the need for equality, how we find social justice in an imperfect world, and so on. Other aspects of the Social Age. Some parts that do not yet tie together: that’s why we learn, that’s why we quest. To explore the widest field and find our story within it.