Tag Archives: Social Authority

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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Storming the Castle: the BBC vs Clarkson

For those not aware, i have the mechanical genius of a tortoise. When it comes to fixing the car, i open the hood, look at the engine, pull out my wallet and call the mechanic. Sometimes i poke stuff to … Continue reading

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Chasing the Shadow of the Social Age

I saw a video the other day of a small child discovering their shadow. They were walking along when they suddenly realised that the penumbra trailing close behind was somehow attached. A sequence of bemused hopping and dancing entailed as … Continue reading

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Core skills to navigate the Social Age

A premise of the Social Age is change: change in our ecosystem, change in the Social Contract, changes in how we work, learn, communicate and play. The skills we used to navigate the Knowledge Age will not suffice for the … Continue reading

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Here Be Dragons: The Ecosystem of the Social Age

The world has changed: everyone can feel it, but it’s not always clear what to do about it. There’s a sense of restlessness: hierarchies of power and control are being edged out by more collaborative, competitive, evolutionary and relevant business … Continue reading

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A Guide to Developing Social Leadership

Formal authority is bestowed by the organisation: codified in position within a hierarchy. It’s the power and influence of last resort, backed up by “because i told you so“. Social authority, by contrast, is granted by the community, founded upon … Continue reading

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The Ladder to Leadership

Where does it start? You reply to the advert, get an interview, shortlisted and complete the psychometrics. You get the letter and go through induction, new starter, first team leadership role and finally management. A function, a department, a Division, … Continue reading

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A pattern of adaptation

The Social Age is about change: an evolution of the ecosystem and practice of work and play. Technology has blurred the boundaries between formal and social spaces whilst, concurrently, social attitudes to authority and community are changing. The amplification and … Continue reading

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The Frames of Leadership

The Social Age rewards agility: the ability to frame and reframe problems, to deploy our communities and experiment, question and react at speed. It’s less about mastery of process, more about communication and collaboration. Social Leaders demonstrate a rounded skill … Continue reading

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Healthcare Radicals: Change in the NHS

Introducing momentum is the thing: starting the ball rolling. Inertia is the enemy of change, but overcoming it can be overwhelming. In the Social Age, the ecosystem is in our favour though: amplification and momentum are inherent in socially led … Continue reading

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