Finding Balance

I’ve been delivering sessions throughout this week in Canada, sharing work around Social Leadership, the Socially Dynamic Organisation, and the Landscape of Trust. I’ve been starting each of these sessions with the new images and conversation about Dynamic Tension, and the more I use this, the happier I am with the notion. Our challenge is not to have a dominant formal system, nor an overwhelming social one, but to maintain the dynamic tension between the two.

Dynamic Tension

The formal system can give us strength, can leverage effect at scale, whilst the social system can give us innovation and trust. We need both, but we need an equal balance between the two, and a foundation of fairness and respect.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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2 Responses to Finding Balance

  1. xlsrx says:

    Equal amounts of the two – I wonder – I have found the concept of Minimum Sufficient Stucture helpful – in some situations the formal needs to be high in others low and it can change over time for a wide range of reasons

  2. Ian Blake says:

    We are currently discussing exactly this dynamic tension and how it is related to people collaborating. I am looking at social media people are using to share at work – is it the internal ones, or is collaboration happening ‘outside the walls’ for example Linked In. Another aspect is what barriers are people meeting with collaborating; are they afraid of judgement or reprisals?

    An interesting topic!

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