Tag Archives: Hierarchy

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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The Intersection of Formal and Social

In the old world, the separation between formal and social was clear: in formal spaces, like the office, formal rules applied. In social spaces, like our homes and cafes, social rules ruled. Today, that differentiation is gone: in the Social … Continue reading

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CIPD Show 2015 Day 2: Power and Control

“But what will the boss say?” Today is my second day at the CIPD show in London. Yesterday i charted a range of themes and conversations that i felt were prevalent. Today, i wanted to draw together a different perspective: … Continue reading

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Collaborative, cooperative and hierarchical leadership

In my socially aspirational post university days, a group of us used to have a wine tasting evening most weeks. Someone would choose a country and we’d all tip up with a bottle, share it round and make a few … Continue reading

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Linking formal and social authority in Social Leadership

Social leaders operate across both formal and social spaces: this is what gives the model it’s authority, the fact that it recognises the evolving environment of work and the convergence of these two spaces. I was talking to a few … Continue reading

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Longevity, expertise and position: the subversive power of reputation

Working today on Chapter 2 of the new book, ‘Learning and working in the Social Age‘. Sharing here the start of a section on how reputation, forged in communities, subverts more formal models of power and authority. The links will … Continue reading

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On the eighth day of Christmas Learning: reputation

I’m dedicating the last twelve days of writing to a series of reflections on key trends and features of learning in the Social Age. Today it’s about reputation and the role it plays in communities for social learning and leadership. … 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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