Category Archives: Control

Crowds

I recently shared a taxonomy of Social organisation, looking at ‘tribal’ structures, ‘communities’, and ‘organisations’. I’m continuing to evolve this, partly to allow me to try out new language. The vocabulary we use, to describe things, is laden with predetermined … Continue reading

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Intertwined Systems

There’s an illusion of a woodcut that you may have seen: look at it, and you see the silhouette of an old women, but then, the image shifts, and you see a young woman’s face. Concentrate hard, and it shifts … Continue reading

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Types of Power: Manifestations of Control

I’m reflecting on inertia today: many organisations desire agility, want to change, intend to do better, and yet fall to constraint. Within the work on the Socially Dynamic Organisation, ‘constraint’ is a state of well intentioned inability: an inability to … Continue reading

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Vertical Mechanisms of Control: The Evolution of HR

The architecture of many modern organisations is rooted in the iron and steam of Victorian engineering. Massive pillars: mechanisms of control, exerted by the organisation over the individual. HR, despite it’s best intentions, despite it’s desire to change, is all … Continue reading

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Reflections on CIPD 2015 HR Conference

There’s an inescapable irony in the fact that the first time i asked someone “What’s the best thing you’ve seen at the HR conference today“, they replied with a case study of a company that’s ditched HR. If the writing … Continue reading

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Uncertainty is the only constant

The Social Age is about constant change: the evolving nature of work, a changed relationship with knowledge, agile technology and the blurring of the space between formal and informal spaces. This is not a period of transition between stable states: … Continue reading

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Graffiti: the stories we tell

I found a new Bortusk poster in Amsterdam today. A slightly torn and weathered neon monster staring out at me from the side of a skip as i cycled past. I think that brings to about fifteen the number i’ve … Continue reading

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Changing culture: evolving values and needs in the Social Age

You can view organisational culture in two ways: created by the organisation and inhabited by people, or co-created by the people and framed by the organisation. I subscribe to the latter view, recognising that tribal knowledge and experience massively influences … Continue reading

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The 2nd Dimension of Social Leadership: Engagement in the NET Model

In a new series of articles, i’m outlining the NET Model of Social Leadership, which covers three dimensions: Narrative, Engagement and Technology. NET is a comprehensive model that looks at the skills and behaviours that Social Leaders need in the … Continue reading

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The Social Business

We’ve been exploring the Social Age from a number of angles recently: Social Leadership, the Social Contract, Social Technology. Today, as i sit on the train to London, i’m reflecting on the Social Business. What does a social business look … Continue reading

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