Monthly Archives: June 2018

Sorrow and Joy

I set out today with great expectations: a new microphone, a clear day, and thirty podcasts to record. Eight hours later, i had achieved virtually nothing. Having first cleared the dual hurdles of prevarication and delay, i recorded the first … Continue reading

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The Violence of Stories

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words are, allegedly, harmless. Or maybe not. There can be a violence in communication, not an act of physical aggression, but aggression nonetheless. The violence of vitriol, carefully constructed to cause pain. I … Continue reading

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A Failure of Foresight: Foundations of Failure

The way we view the world may be wrong: our greatest Organisations, structures of power and control, may be trapped in an outdated mindset, caught in redundant webs. Through our own failure of foresight, i believe that we sow the … Continue reading

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The Trust Sketchbook: A Guided Journey

I’m preparing to launch ‘The Trust Sketchbook’, in July. It’s the first in a new series of books, which act as guided, reflective, journeys through different aspects of the Social Age. These are intended to help us think about spaces … Continue reading

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Social Leadership in Practice: Earning Trust

Social Leaders take action everyday, action that either builds, or erodes, trust. In our practice, as we develop our Social Leadership capability, it’s vital that we understand the ebbs and flow of trust, and how we can create the conditions, … Continue reading

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Social Leadership Storytelling Certification: Technique #1 – Diagonal Storytelling

Today i am #WorkingOutLoud and sharing one of the techniques i’m using for the Social Leadership Storytelling certification. This one concerns ‘Diagonal Storytelling’, which is an activity intended to stretch storytellers out of their comfort zone, and help to connect … Continue reading

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Be More Punk

‘Anger is an energy’, says John Lydon, as the title of his autobiography. As Johnny Rotten, that energy was always close to the surface. But energy changes over time, and i was not alone in my surprise when Rotten was … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud on the Storytelling Certification: Running Experiments

Sharing a quick update on this work: i’m designing a twelve week certification around Storytelling for Social Leaders, and today have finalised the structure. It will be a twelve week journey, split between two sections: the first covers ‘Ideas and … Continue reading

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Building the Socially Dynamic Organisation

The Social Age frames an existential threat for many organisations: they have grown up in a known world, with established frames of education, career, economics, and power, and now find themselves alienated from all of those ideas. Our new world … Continue reading

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The Ecosystem of Social Learning

The idea that Social Learning is somehow separate from other types of learning is a misnomer. For me, it represents simply the ownership of, and engagement, with the learning story. ‘Formal Learning’ is a story written by the organisation, and … Continue reading

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