There’s a key phrase i use in the core illustrations around the Socially Dynamic Organisation: that it’s ‘guided‘, not ‘governed‘. This harks back to the core need for change: we must dismantle the Victorian legacy of accreted power that plagues the systems around us, holding them constrained and paralysing our efforts at evolution. We must re-architect from the ground up: away from controlling entities of formal power and control, towards scaffolded organisations that are enabling, deeply fair, facilitating and agile.
This is a significant task: in their current state, these organisations are full of great people, doing the things we have trained and rewarded them for. There is no ‘them‘, who wickedly resist change: there is simple more ‘us‘, well intentioned and willing to engage. If the engagement is worthwhile. If there is a chance to own and shape it, to be seen and be heard. They are just invested in different futures.
The pace of change around us is significant, and not just in visible planes: the technology evolves, the market evolves, our fundamental sociology evolves, and, crucially, our sense of expectation and engagement evolves. No longer permanent, no longer demanded, no longer subject to the levers of power wielded by the organisation itself.
Our challenge is not simply one of recognition: it’s one of rebuilding. We can be part of the change, if we are brave enough to deconstruct that which no longer works, that which no longer applies, that which is outdated. You cannot build the Socially Dynamic Organisation on crumbling foundations: you can only build it on a solid foundation of mindset and a willingness to learn.