Bonds of Power, Bonds of Trust

The Social bonds within an organisation cross over the formal structure: whilst formal relationships are forged on bonds of power, social ones are founded upon reputation and trust. The Organisation is able to see, own, and control the formal bonds, with the Social often entirely out of site and, most certainly, beyond control. I’ve been working on a couple of illustrations around this, which will probably end up in the book on ‘Change – building the Socially Dynamic Organisation‘, that i aim to complete by the summer.

The Socially Dynamic Organisation - Bonds of Power

It’s important to understand the relationships between Formal and Social systems, to understand how we can build the Socially Dynamic Organisation: it relates directly to the Landscape of Trust research that i have running at the moment, the ways that we support the building of wider networks of trust and reputation, rather than simple, formal, power.

The Socially Dynamic Organisation - Bonds of Trust

The ‘Landscape of Trust‘ is a global research project running through 2017. You can sign up to take part here.

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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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14 Responses to Bonds of Power, Bonds of Trust

  1. Cesar Awad says:

    Hi Julian! Thanks for your post, very thoughful as always. Do you think the bonds of trust can also be a motivation to move to holacratic organizations to foster distributed decision making ?

    • julianstodd says:

      Hey Cesar, well, i guess Trust is particularly important in a holocracy, although probably equally so in a rigid hierarchy, just less visible. Hopefully we can tease out some answers in the Research. Do take part if you are able. Thanks for sharing your ideas on this. Best wishes, Julian

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