When Leaders “Buy-In”, What Is The Outcome For YOU?

Two further lovely neat challenges from the recent conference call with Adjuvi talking about dealing with “change.” All very well that leaders proclaim the need for new / change / the future! But are they putting themselves first in the firing line, or do they mean YOU, not them…? Hmmmm. No comment.   Leader “Buys in” = “My org should compromise to the new initiative, but not me” –Larry Everson #CAWW — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) July 10, 2014   Leader takes “Buy-in” literally – they bought the software, but nothing else!! – @Dennis_Pearce #CAWW — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) July 10, 2014 … Continue reading When Leaders “Buy-In”, What Is The Outcome For YOU?

We Want In Our Public Lives What We (Already) Have In Our Private Lives

I often point at my iPhone at work and say “Why can’t things work here (location) like they do for me here (device)?” I was on a video call last week with the Adjuvi team – Dion Hinchcliffe and Larry Everson – Dion made such a simple, powerful point… "App store is your personal IT dept." – @dhinchcliffe nice! — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) July 10, 2014 It brings to mind an article I have been heavily influenced by, called Brands as Patterns by Method. It uses the iPhone interface as a mechanism to discuss how to organize artifacts and themes. So, we have EVERYTHING … Continue reading We Want In Our Public Lives What We (Already) Have In Our Private Lives

Generosity Is Not Just “Good”, It Has (Increasing) Value

John Stepper writes a lot about the act of generosity in working out loud. When you seek to assist your network to get stronger, more resilient, enable breakthroughs – for its own sake! – you will be paid back handsomely. Now, this goes against a lot of late-capitalist thinking about the dog-eat-dog world of globalization. We live in fear – and/or are entrepreneurially energized – that globalization in fact eats the dog, that eats the dog, for breakfast. Stepper says otherwise. Leading with generosity: By framing your posts as contributions you’re more likely to engage other people. You’re not just looking … Continue reading Generosity Is Not Just “Good”, It Has (Increasing) Value

X Is The New Y: Another Take

Last year I worked through a few changes in the way people and organizations (co)exist, especially as technology changes our world(view) and networks blow away rigid structures. I called this series X is the new Y. Well, one article I read today really has 9 new Xs, so to speak, all from the genius of Joi Ito, head of MIT Media Lab. (Explanations begin around 16:30 of video) Ito calls them principles of innovation, and they fit perfectly into the x:y perspective. Resilience is the new Strength Pull is the new Push Risk is the new Safety System is the … Continue reading X Is The New Y: Another Take

TRANS-Enterprise Social Networks: Impact Hub Westminster

So, I’m reflecting on how ESNs are limiting, and that the new frontier of work is TESN (TRANS-enterprise social networks). We are moving beyond relative boundaries of the industrial age. We are, instead, availing ourselves of new opportunities to commune and collaborate with the very best people in our networks. Recently, I attended the #ResponsiveOrg unConference in London at Impact Hub, Westminster. As with Hive YVR, the environment is a mix of hot desk and semi-permanent work stations, and community and collaboration are at its heart. As their website states: We provide flexible access to workspace and curate a supportive, … Continue reading TRANS-Enterprise Social Networks: Impact Hub Westminster

Redundancy And Repetition Are Good For You: Revisited

Reading a recent Harold Jarche post – Ten Years, Ten Thoughts – thought 7 reminded me of a few posts I wrote last year that are worth revisiting, not least because redundancy and repetition are good for you! Jarche reminds us that: An informal professional learning network, with its redundant connections, repetition of information and indirect communications, is a much more resilient system than any designed professional development program can be. I made a few tangential points in this direction. In How we learn, channeling an older version of the Jarche post: [Repetition and redundancy] sounds luxurious, but it is not. Digital, networked … Continue reading Redundancy And Repetition Are Good For You: Revisited

Economies Of Unscale: Here’s One For The Little Guy

Here’s one for the little people, the freelancers, the intrepid, the cast aside, the let go and left behind, the consultants and the small business entrepreneurs. The world is tilting in your direction. From Amazon to eBay, from Facebook to Twitter, from AirBnB to the Khan Academy, technology is tuning into the frequency of the small scale and the individual. These tools, these opportunities are tough for The Man to engage with and leverage – but the individual, the citizen, the friend, the compadre, for them these tools are given from Heaven above to use and own. A recent theme … Continue reading Economies Of Unscale: Here’s One For The Little Guy

#Unsquirrel 5: Frivolity And Boredom

The frivolity and boredom which unsettle the established order, the vague foreboding of something unknown, these are the heralds of approaching change –          Hegel, preface to The Phenomenology of Mind. How many leaders have you met who laugh(ed) at the rise of social business over old-school-tie-who-you-know business, the power of networks over hierarchy? Do you, perchance, find them frivolous and bored, like the Court of Louis XVI? Off with their heads! ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading #Unsquirrel 5: Frivolity And Boredom

#Unsquirrel 3: Morphing Is The Canadian M.O.

“Canada is a land of multiple borderlines, psychic, social, and geographic. Canadians live at the interface where opposites clash. We have, therefore, no recognizable identity, and are suspicious of those who think they have.” –          Marshall McLuhan Morphing is [Canada’s] modus operandi…states the anonymous article. Hear, hear. In an age of constant change, such a situation – perhaps, once, a weakness – is a +1. Those with an identifiable identity will increasingly scurry to update their status and bemoan the[ir] stupidity of youth. Newer nations, unencumbered by layer after layer of history – like Canada –  will be ahead of … Continue reading #Unsquirrel 3: Morphing Is The Canadian M.O.

Embracing Complexity: Cities

I am digging complexity, and see it EVERYWHERE! Let’s start at a macro level, with cities. “Cities are like a star” says Luis Bettencourt, in a video on the SFI Introduction to Complexity MOOC. “The reactor is getting hotter…More mass – reactions at the centre are faster; the start is hotter, everything is faster.” The complex social system cavorts with complexity and trembles on the edge of chaos. Innovation, patents, GDP (as well as crime) all increase at logarithmic scale with city size / density. Visiting a city like New York, or going back home to London, I feel very … Continue reading Embracing Complexity: Cities

#FutureOfWork Words: Swarm, Weak, Sketch, Spontaneity, Patterns, Experiments, Hyper

A fascinating analysis of the future of work over the next decade by Gartner analysts come my way. Read the article here, but I want to highlight two emergent themes. This near future will be full of shadow, a grey zone of uncertainty: work will be spontaneous; sketched, non-routine, in perpetual beta, following patterns and insights, and everywhere / anytime. Secondly, we will be constantly forming, storming, and norming our work networks: we will take advantage of weak links, swarm, move out into our ecosystem, hyperconnect. Are these words and ideas you can subscribe to? Can you grab on to … Continue reading #FutureOfWork Words: Swarm, Weak, Sketch, Spontaneity, Patterns, Experiments, Hyper