Tag Archives: Systems

Leadership Reflections from Apollo at 50: Failure, Complexity, and Control

This post is #WorkingOutLoud, sharing a draft chapter from my upcoming Social Age Guidebook on ‘Apollo: Leadership Reflections from the Space Race’. It’s not proofed or finalised yet, so please treat it kindly. “Failure is not an option” is the … Continue reading

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Loops of Leadership

Engineers describe two types of system: ‘open’ and ‘closed’ loops. In an open loop system, there are inputs, and outputs, but no feedback. The systems presses on regardless. In a closed loop system, part of the output is fed back, … Continue reading

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Apollo

The Saturn 5 rocket, the one that lofted Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, into space and set them on the path to the moon, had more than three million parts to it. It’s sometimes reckoned to be the most complex machine … Continue reading

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Intertwined Systems

There’s an illusion of a woodcut that you may have seen: look at it, and you see the silhouette of an old women, but then, the image shifts, and you see a young woman’s face. Concentrate hard, and it shifts … Continue reading

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Complex Collaboration

One of the core themes around the Socially Dynamic Organisation is that it deeply connected: not simply through formal hierarchy, but through webs of trust, reputation, respect, and fairness. These bonds sit primarily within the social system, hence the journey … Continue reading

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Blowing In The Wind

Trees move in the wind: they bend, because the alternative is to break. I’m feeling deeply curious about systems at the moment: systems of power, systems of communication, formal and social systems, and so on. Particularly in how they are … Continue reading

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Elasticity: Moving But Rooted

There’s an important phenomena called elasticity that we need to understand as it’s an insidious energy of organisational change. Elasticity is where we bend and sway in the breeze, giving an illusion of movement whilst always being rooted firmly in … Continue reading

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