Tag Archives: Adaptability

Resilience: early stage #WorkingOutLoud

I am working on a new idea around resilience: it’s a future state piece, about the intersection of next generation technology, individual psychology, system adaptability, social filtering (and machine filtering) and other aspects of the Socially Dynamic Organisation could contribute … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud – Black Swans and the Limits of Hierarchy

A very early stage #WorkingOutLoud post today as i start work on a more academic paper entitled ‘Black Swans and the Limits of Hierarchy’. I’m not going to get into much detail here, but the notion of ‘black swan’ events, … Continue reading

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System vs Person

“Hello mate, i’m Brett, i’ll be your server”. Brett was a couple of years younger than me, from New Zealand, and definitely hot out of training as the proudest waiter at the Italian restaurant. “i’ll have spaghetti and tomato sauce”, … Continue reading

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Eat. Sleep. Change. Repeat.

The Social Age is a time of constant change, and to remain fit, we need to adapt. Not just once: constantly. A constant pattern of adaptation. When we build things, write things, create things, there’s a natural tendency to be … Continue reading

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Want to Meet?

Instinctively we feel that meeting up in person is somehow better than just engaging in virtual spaces: we sense that the virtual is somehow a shadow of the real thing. This drives us to get people together when we join, … Continue reading

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All of it: not just the tasty bits.

For an organisation to be effective in the Social Age requires broad swathes of change: a recognition of the new ways we work, the ways we collaborate, the impacts of social collaborative technology, the need for evolved leadership models and … Continue reading

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Change or Churn?

As organisations try to change, they start with intent and move to action: it’s a process rather like throwing the engine into reverse on an oil tanker. You get a lot of churn. The water is thrashed into life: there’s … Continue reading

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A Gradient of Formality

As friendships grow deeper, we share a common language: experiences shape us and we reference them constantly. “Do you remember when…“. Over the last day, as Rich has been with me in Amsterdam, we’ve sat at some cafes by the … Continue reading

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To Simple, Through Complexity

Agility comes through fluidity: an ability to adapt to circumstance, to diagnose, to deploy, to learn. In essence, it’s simple: codify enough into process to give replicability and scale, keep enough freedom to adapt, to change course as circumstance demands. … Continue reading

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From Complexity to Chaos: a lens on the Social Age

I’ve been working with a great team today, interested in the challenges of learning in a complex world. Infrastructure, logistics, uncertainty, change, all conspire to create ambiguity and risk. We sometimes see the world as moving from complex to chaotic. … Continue reading

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