Tag Archives: Hierarchy

The Age of Engagement

The mechanisms and mindset of engagement in many organisations lags far behind the lived reality of the Social Age: Organisations exist in a realm of expertise, domain specific input, hierarchical power, at a time when communities are rising, co-creation is … Continue reading

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Organisational Design Principles for a Socially Dynamic Organisation

The Socially Dynamic Organisation is evolved: it is strong not simply through formal hierarchy, infrastructure and governance, but rather through innovation, agility and the strength of it’s communities. It’s fundamentally reimagined from those organisations that came before: no longer a … Continue reading

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Types of Power: the Struggle for Control

I wrote recently about the types of power that exist within organisations: individual power, based upon our relationships and sphere of direct influence, hierarchical power, which is codified within the formal defined power structure of the organisation, and networked power, … Continue reading

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The Limits of Hierarchy: Brittle Systems

I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks exploring the space of ‘Black Swan’ events and the limits of hierarchy. At the heart of the framework are a series of counterpoint notions: Known Frames (the context we operate within) … Continue reading

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Narrative Loops: Disruptive Power

I’ve been #WorkingOutLoud for a few days around a paper i’m writing on ‘Black Swans and the Limits of Hierarchy’. Please note that this is a very early stage #WorkingOutLoud post and, as such, not that good yet… feel free … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud – The False Comfort of Category Errors

Sharing the outputs from another early stage writing session around the Dynamic Response Framework: it’s a piece of more academic writing i’m doing for the IITSEC Conference for a paper entitled ‘Black Swans and the Limits of Hierarchy’. The premise … 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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