Tag Archives: Power

Social Leadership: Structural and Social Authority

Social Leadership is not simply another type of power that exists within a formal system: it’s a reputation led authority that exists outside the system. Whilst an organisation can give you a role, a position within a structural hierarchy, only … Continue reading

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Modes Of Social Organisation: By The People, For The People

Things have always changed: i write today in Chichester, my hometown, an old Roman city, which became the capital of the Kingdom of Sussex. From marching fort and Roman camp, to fortified town and city state. Today, as part of … Continue reading

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Dual Paradigms of Disruption: System vs Ecosystem Change

This week i’ve been sharing my most recent writing around ‘Black Swans: Disruptions in Power’ at a conference in the US. This work is about types of disruption, the underlying power behind that disruption, and the inability of formal systems … Continue reading

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Foundational Shifts in Power

Much of the dynamic of the Social Age relates to fundamental shifts in power: broadly, this is a flow away from formally organised systems, with codified power, into socially moderated systems, with reputation based, and networked, power. We will still … Continue reading

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The Comedy of Equality

“We don’t have equality!”, she said, turning to her friend and laughing. “You cannot be taken seriously if you are not a man”, was the qualifier, shared by one of the mentees, almost doubled up with laughter, as we stood … Continue reading

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Rituals, Artefacts, and the Cohesive Forces of Community

When i met with Valerie yesterday, she gave me a gift: a small wooden pebble, decorated with some indigenous art, inscribed with the word ‘vision’. She gave different pebbles to other people, each different: considered, kind, meaningful. And worthless. At … Continue reading

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Types of Power: Manifestations of Control

I’m reflecting on inertia today: many organisations desire agility, want to change, intend to do better, and yet fall to constraint. Within the work on the Socially Dynamic Organisation, ‘constraint’ is a state of well intentioned inability: an inability to … Continue reading

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