Tag Archives: Failure

Outside The Sphere Of Consequence

One artefact of culture is to create spheres of consequence: if you are within the sphere you experience the consequence that the culture imposes upon you, whilst if you are outside of it the consequence is almost entirely irrelevant. One … Continue reading

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The Fictional Leader

I spent this afternoon with a great team, putting together what the curriculum for a postgraduate qualification in Learning and Development would look like. We threw out ideas of ‘what would make someone excellent as a leader’. We were, if … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud – How Formal Systems Fail

Without apology, another early stage #WorkingOutLoud post today as i work to complete the paper i’m writing on ‘Black Swans and the Limits of Hierarchy’ for a conference later this year. Early stage because, having set the foundations, i’m trying … Continue reading

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Six Tenets of Social Leadership

Social Leadership is a style fit for the Social Age: it’s about building social authority, reputation based leadership that is consensual by the community. It’s complimentary to formal leadership but vital at a time when formal authority delivers a diminished … Continue reading

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DIsruptive Environments: why wallpaper may not matter

The relationship between environment and culture is an interesting one: i’ve been particularly lucky this week to work in a wide range of organisations, sporting different physical spaces, from the high tech glassy to the downright arty slum. In one … Continue reading

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Saplings

“Charles Dickens wrote ‘A tale of two cities’ under this very tree” said Andy, as we sat in the sunshine. “Interesting“, i replied, afraid to admit i’ve never read it. One of so many classics to have passed me by: … Continue reading

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Charting how organisational culture fails

I’m running a workshop next week around the CAIR Model of pressure on organisational culture: it’s an exploration of how cultures fail because of internal pressures. Essentially it’s a friction between our core values and the cost of membership of … Continue reading

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