Monthly Archives: January 2018

#WorkingOutLoud sharing ideas on ‘The Humble Leader’

I’ve been toying with the idea for a while of a very short book, maybe 3-5k words, on ‘humility’, or ‘kindness’. More a reflective essay than anything else. I used the flight from Berlin to work on some notes for … Continue reading

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Perpetually Opposed

As i’ve been thinking about communities, and the forces that bind them, i’ve reached what feels like an inescapable truth: that for any unity, there must be opposition, for any membership, there must be exclusion. I don’t mean active disenfranchisement … Continue reading

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A Permission To Be Wrong

I often talk about ‘permission’ an easily shoplifted thing: you can be given it, or you can pick it up and walk away with it. And nobody can stop you. Permission can be granted, or it can be claimed. Not … Continue reading

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On Learning

‘Learning’ is probably a more visceral, and less refined experience than we care to believe is true: a lurching series of beliefs, rationalised in retrospect, validated in our preconceptions and bias. Very little learning happens in isolation of context: either … Continue reading

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Innovation and Culture

In my work around Innovation, i’ve become increasingly interested in culture, specifically the notion that we may require a certain fluidity, that culture may be optimised in specific spaces, and that the very optimisation that permits us to thrive, may … Continue reading

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Closed Competence

I have an uneasy relationship with electricity: last time the main fuse blew in my house, i fixed it, tentatively, but turned it back on at arms length, with a wooden spoon, hiding behind a cushion. World class protection from … Continue reading

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Designing the Socially Dynamic Organisation

I’m sharing a new iteration of the design principles for the Socially Dynamic Organisation: this format is an attempt to capture the systemic nature of adaptation, and the internal tensions that exist as we strive to build it. Increasingly, i … Continue reading

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