A year ago, I took a leap. I took my skillset and applied it to cannabis. Canada is leading the world. The rules of engagement are emergent, everything is being created live. The industry is full of advocates, optimists, hustlers … Continue reading A Year In Canadian Cannabis.
Dave Weinberger co-wrote the Cluetrain Manifesto, which introduced us to the network economy, through which disorganizers emerge from the hierarchy in their power. Weinberger also wrote a book about a unified theory of the web called Small Pieces, Loosely Joined, but really, … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 85: Small Pieces, Loosely Joined.
Stretch Towards Everything. This is the second case study of seven, reviewing how category design can generate outsize organizational outcomes. This post, we discuss how we can dissipate boundaries inside an organization, and with external stakeholders. We are all on … Continue reading Category Design Case Study II: Get In The FLOW.
The organizational psychologist Adam Grant talks about a personality matrix on two axes: givers and takers, and agreeable and disagreeable. We can imagine that colleagues who take are a nightmare to work with, selfish and focused on their own needs. … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 84: Be a Disagreeable Giver.
COVID times have impacted all of us; buffeted us. Everyone has had to bounce back in some way. We respond. This is the reaction. Hopefully, the response to it has not taken all our energy. There is an opportunity too, … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 30: White, Male Privilege.
Well, that was a year! I will sign off this diary with a bit of flag waving. Canada is a wonderful place, but it’s not NUMBER ONE, BABY! in much. Ah, but cannabis! Not quite the first to legalize it, … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 52: Canada Prognostications.
I watched a speech by Jonny Ive from Apple about the challenge of matching curiosity – seeking new learning; and focus – the execution of tasks to move forward. Curiosity and focus are in antagonism – they repel and feed off … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 83: Curiosity and Focus Are Antagonistic.
I introduced the idea of communications and culture category design last week. A reminder as to its definition: A way to create and frame a new service or product, often in an emergent or game-changing way, using the principles of … Continue reading Category Design Case Study I: Team TRUST.
I used to spend a lot of time lying on my sofa staring at the ceiling. My then-girlfriend, who was always busy, would ask me “what are you doing?” to which I would answer, “Nothing.” Only it was everything. A journey … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 82: Meander More.
I wrote a book. This week, I got my hands on a hard copy for the first time. It is a slim tome, 100 pages in total, readable in under two hours at one’s leisure. It is 10 years in … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 29: Books.
Penultimate week of this diary, let’s consider the (sorry) state of the Canadian Licenced Producers (LPs). This week saw the beginning (or end) of another quarterly hot mess of financial results. It is so continuously bad that it has merged … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 51: LP Prognostications.
I deployed my first cloud technology solution 10 years ago, to replace an old, creaking piece of tech. In the process, I helped get IT to enter the twenty-first century, and the leadership team to jump a generation or two in … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 81: People Before Potatoes.