Tag Archives: Leadership

To Fail Fairly

I’m generally unconvinced when people say “it’s ok to fail”. Because it generally isn’t. Failing is typically rewarded with blame and loss. And it can be unfair: not unfair in the judgement, but in the distribution. When we fail, we … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [4]: Diffusion

How do we fight, how do we conquer? In oppositional models of power, we deploy overwhelming force, to disrupt the structure. The sledgehammer solution. But when the structures of violence are held within coherent social units, the sledgehammer reinforces them. … Continue reading

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Context of the Social Age

I’m editing ‘The Change Handbook’ today, and decided to rewrite the whole chapter on ‘The Social Age’. In this post, i share the new version, with the original content after it. This is part of #WorkingOutLoud, and i’m glad i … Continue reading

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The Social Punks: #WorkingOutLoud on the Podcast Series

For the last year or so, i’ve been writing an Explorer newsletter every Friday (that’s why there’s no blog published fridays!). ‘The Captain’s Log’ has given me an opportunity to explore a different type of writing: it’s slightly longer form, … Continue reading

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Sorrow and Joy

I set out today with great expectations: a new microphone, a clear day, and thirty podcasts to record. Eight hours later, i had achieved virtually nothing. Having first cleared the dual hurdles of prevarication and delay, i recorded the first … Continue reading

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The Violence of Stories

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words are, allegedly, harmless. Or maybe not. There can be a violence in communication, not an act of physical aggression, but aggression nonetheless. The violence of vitriol, carefully constructed to cause pain. I … Continue reading

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A Failure of Foresight: Foundations of Failure

The way we view the world may be wrong: our greatest Organisations, structures of power and control, may be trapped in an outdated mindset, caught in redundant webs. Through our own failure of foresight, i believe that we sow the … Continue reading

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