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August 14th, 2020

Do you have a ‘Chaos Monkey’ in your management system? You should.

Many organizations have a Risk Management function of some sort. Often scattered amongst different constituencies: manufacturing, engineering, R&D etc. It […]

August 13th, 2020

All that must be spontaneous, must be engineered

OK, at least you’re reading. Thanks. The organization is a network. Networks have emergent properties. Translation: things come up from […]

August 12th, 2020

Peer-to-peer networks are the strongest force of action

Peer-to-peer work, transversal, spontaneous or not, collaboration, peer-to-peer influence, peer-to-peer activities of Viral Change™ champions or activists, all of this is […]

August 11th, 2020

In-company clicktivism, not an elevated form of engagement

Clicktivism is a form of digital /online engagement that requires the extraordinary effort of one of your fingers, possibly the […]

August 10th, 2020

Management is analogue. Communication is digital. Have two desks.

A book by ex-Microsoft researcher and now MIT prof Kentaro Toyama (Geek Heresy, 20015) is not precisely novel on the topic of […]

August 8th, 2020

Digital Transformation: the new clothes for the enterprise, and something fundamental is missing

An indepth analysis of the world of ‘Digital Transformation’ shows two things. One is that there is no such thing […]

August 7th, 2020

Thinking leadership in terms of legacy. There will be one.

Big L, small l, legacy is the long term outcome of leadership. There will be legacy. You’re better off shaping […]

August 6th, 2020

3 ways to use ‘Digital’ inside the organization. The trouble with wrong expectations.

Model 1. The technology, for example in the form of digital platforms such as Enterprise Social Networks, ESN (Yammer type) […]

August 5th, 2020

In search of the common traits of good leaders

If you want to learn from biographies of leaders, from their inspirations, about their traits, maybe tricks, read about Lincoln, […]

August 4th, 2020

The Self-Induced Complexity Kingdom (SICK) in organizations looks sometimes like a conspiracy

We all live and work in bureaucratic organizations. The differences between us is the dose. In today’s world, bureaucracy is […]

August 3rd, 2020

Millenials have in common their age. The rest is more about the world we are all in, the meal we have cooked for their dinner.

At a conference I attended, the very sharp mind of Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne, ex HP, ex Nokia, reminded […]

August 1st, 2020

How do people change their mind?

How do people change their mind? How can we influence people to change their minds? Well, any of us will […]

July 31st, 2020

Leaders who have little control on things, but who think they have a lot of it, are the ones who fear losing control most.

Following on from one of the topics discussed during yesterday’s thought-provoking webinar on The Myths of Management – leadership and […]

July 30th, 2020

‘Bottom up’ needs an ally ‘up’. An orphan ‘bottom up’ is just the music with half the band.

In our world of management, and in terms of understanding how we mobilize people at scale, we are always behind […]

July 29th, 2020

3 kinds of people you need to replace; 3 kinds of people you need. Development Plan done.

Three bad news people: People who sell discontent. They become experts. You may have an entire internal sales force of […]

July 28th, 2020

I don’t trust the water to become ice at zero degrees.

  I know it will happen. I’m certain. It’s nothing to do with trust.   Trust requires uncertainty. I trust […]

July 27th, 2020

Nine basic contradictions in organizational life. Ignore at your peril.

Mastering healthy tension between them, or surrendering to an ‘impossible alignment’ is a choice for leaders and managers. The worse […]

July 25th, 2020

There is something only you can do: be yourself. Everything else can be outsourced.

There is something only you can live: your life. Socrates said that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. Being […]

July 24th, 2020

The ultimate form of Employee Engagement is a company of volunteers

I was told, many years ago, by somebody very close to the old Microsoft management, in Bill Gates times, that […]

July 23rd, 2020

Managing by thermostat (I want a culture of feed forward, not feedback)

The Good Mechanics of Continuous Improvement have given us a culture of feedback. Feedback is worshipped. There is a whole […]