This is optimistic Jonathan writing. COVID provides us with constraints. We can lean in to those constraints, and thereby realign perspective. We can drive breakthrough. I have been watching / listening to NPR’s Tiny Desk series – a brilliant reimagining … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 42: Constraint.
I was recommended to watch Linda Hill’s TED Talk about innovative workplaces and teams. She and her team determined successfully creative workplaces had an interplay of creative abrasion, agility, and resolution. Remember, creativity is the killer app – it is one of the … Continue reading Creative Workplaces.
This category design case study is about getting ahead of the organization, especially around change. Show leadership, be an exemplar. Bring the team with you on the journey to the emergent service offering. Here are the other case studies: Intro … Continue reading Category Design Case Study III: SCALE Everything.
In the last episode I discussed small pieces, loosely joined. We don’t need a single methodology to act and make a difference. We need to move out in multiple directions and join the dots as we go. How do we do … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 86: Sticky Notes.
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.
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 once developed a big digital transformation presentation for my Executive team. I needed some wow factor, some edge thinking that would surprise them and stop them in their tracks. BLOCKCHAIN! It kicked off an interesting discussion that went from bamboozlement, to … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 47: Identify Your Kryptonite.
As a communicator, I like this little bit of organizational physics: for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction (and a social media overreaction) If you want to change what goes on around you in the workplace, you … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.4: Creative Tension
In the previous episode I shared the original – Joseph Schumpeter – definition of entrepreneurship – creative destruction! Now, let’s jump ahead in time, to the most famous management consultant of all – Peter Drucker. In his seminal textbook on … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.3: Upset and Disorganize
The term “entrepreneurship” was first defined by the economist Joseph Schumpeter, and its definition is utter genius: creative destruction! Schumpeter argued that progress occurs in ‘cracks and leaps’ not “infinitesimal small steps” Daniel Isenberg, the author of Worthless, Impossible, and … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.2: Creative Destruction
Regime Change After an extended Spring Break where we turned off most of the rules of household engagement, school is back and that requires some organization. What do we need to achieve today, this week? Let it be known for all to … Continue reading COVID19 Diaries – Week 4