Monthly Archives: October 2017

A Civil Society?

From the macro, to the micro: i was in Oxford yesterday, on a cold night, walking through the city. I ended my journey walking past half a dozen rough sleepers, bedded down for the night, sheltered under cardboard boxes and … Continue reading

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Four Aspects of the Socially Dynamic Organisation

I found myself reflecting on the plane to Las Vegas about some of the key aspects of the Socially Dynamic Organisation: it will be reconfigurable, hold a diversified strength, strongly tribal, and highly authentic. When an organisation is reconfigurable, it … Continue reading

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Prototyping the First Trust Tool

I’m very excited (although, admittedly, easily excitable) that i’m ready to prototype the very first version of the trust diagnostic. This will be a tool built out of the Landscape of Trust research. I shared recently what i had in … Continue reading

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Learning 2017

I’m speaking at two large learning conferences this week, each with a unique focus, but both exploring aspects of what learning really means in 2017, and, probably more importantly, what we do about it. Some of this is old news: … Continue reading

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#MeToo

Except not me. In fact, i would rather it was me. But it’s not. It’s my friends. And i’m dreading every one. The last few weeks have seen the explosion of the Weinstein story: allegations of sexual harassment, and worse. … Continue reading

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The Scale of Social Systems: Tribes, and Tribes of Tribes

Formal systems scale forever: just add more teams, more hierarchy, more structure. Draw more lines. The largest organisations in the world are triumphs of formal structure: executive teams, functional teams, engineering teams, logistics and legal teams, distribution networks, innovation centres, … Continue reading

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The Post Hoc Rationalisation Fallacy

I suspect it’s true that many organisations are highly successful almost despite everything that they do in the formal space to make themselves so. They are successful not because of hierarchy, rules, systems, or control, but rather because they are … Continue reading

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