This week, Jim Steinman died. He is the genius behind Meat Loaf, and all that overwrought, operatic rock craziness with the really long song titles – like You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Nights). The … Continue reading Bat Out Of Hell.
Traditionally, inside a company, you want to be an insider. Close to the action, in the oak-panelled room, smelling the power. <SNIFF>. You listen closely for the organizational narrative and make sure you always onside with the guy in the corner … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 31: Edge is the New Core.
When you are at the edge – of the ocean, of the cliff – you have a long horizon. You can see for miles. You see the weather front rolling in. You see the change in conditions; you call to … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.15: Move to the Edge.
I read a book about Becoming A Deliberately Developmental Organization (DDO), called “An Everyone Culture.” It was the title that attracted me first. I am putting so much of my energy into culture work and the thinking behind workplace culture. I … Continue reading Edge + Home + Groove = An Everyone Culture
The other day I summarized my year as raising 10 digits for digital. That theme arose because I was reviewing my twitter posts for December, and everything seemed digital-focused. Clearly, alinea… #Alinea: The beginning of a new train of thought. … Continue reading Small, Fast, Antifragile, Edgy, Visionary, Human: A Digital December
Where to begin? OK, well, this is a data dump. It might even be a love letter. It is about a group of people who have helped me be better at work, more productive, more urgent, more optimistic, more open. … Continue reading Everyone, Anytime, Everywhere, Anything*
I was reading Julian Stodd today, and his take on the power of narratives that are personal, co-created and organizational. This interplay of micro-to-macro impacts is intriguing to me. It highlights the complexity of the promises and outcomes of work. … Continue reading I Make Promises That Are Ambiguous, And I Think It Makes Me A Better Worker.
I ran a day hackathon. I put it on my yearly goals as a challenge, and I did it. This is what I learned: There is no such thing as an organizational hackathon, from my research. We hear talk about … Continue reading Here Are 10 Things I Learned From Running An Organizational Hackathon
Yesterday I wrote of my deep appreciation for the work of walking artist Richard Long. His A Walk Across England is one of the only two books I have out of shelving, the more likely to dip into… I have … Continue reading Change Starts At The Edge, With My Own Choices, My Own Experience
I wrote a few days ago that communicators should not be a police force. No more hiding in the shadows, monitoring – be the Chief Conversation Starter instead. That takes balls of steel. One way to deal with it: channel … Continue reading The Mad Drunk Uncle At A Wedding Is READY For The Future OF Work #14Actions
Gosh, think about the idea of communication for a moment. Knowing, connecting, aligning, embracing. What a beautiful thing. Consequently, what a beautiful role to have inside an organization, am I right?! The fluidity that allows narratives to pass around, for … Continue reading Prosper In The Future Of Work: Be The Thief, Never The Police #14Actions
A bit like HR, the Communications dept. of the modern enterprise has become bloated and self-important. Everything communicators touch is just so important that they need an extra team member to coordinate that project, or professionalise this process. Bunkum and … Continue reading The Secret To My Success: Fewer Resources, Smaller Budgets