Category Archives: Control

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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