"Positional leadership is a master-servant, parent-child, teacher-student, employer-employee relationship. It puts too much power in the hands of individuals and blocks human networks from realizing their potential. In the network era, leadership is helping the network make better decisions"
In my recent review of James Watt's book Business for Punks I mentioned that I needed to write an additional article on whether or not the book was suitable for people working in large organisations. Business for Punks is at one and the same time the story of how BrewDog was born from a desire…
There was no logic, no sense, no reason, certainly no business or organizational reason. This was magical schizophrenic thinking. The only reason why this happened was because of a capricious request from Bigger Power Holder to ‘reorganize’ and give extra troupes to somebody else. Pure currency, bazaar transaction, absolutely nothing that ‘the business’ could gain from.
These kind of situations are not unusual. The music in the background is the same: it’s business, not me. But the situation above had noting to do with business. It was simply the same as street, neighbourhood, territorial distribution between gangs in downtown Powerville.
The stress between individuals and groups exhibits itself when individuals break the group’s rules. As Jeffrey Pfeffer writes in his article “Power, Capriciousness, and Consequences” (Harvard Business Review, April 2013 edition), people perceive rule breakers as powerful when they’re not caught. On the other hand, motivation declines, learning suffers and stress increases among the people... Read More
It’s been a blast. A year has passed already since I’ve started getting involved in an amazing people-centric transformation project. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on the progress that happened, what remains to be done, and what I’ve learnt along the way.
It seems like what you’re describing is a shift from an ethic of expectation, which is the market model, to an ethic of enthusiasm, which is the patronage model — people are just excited to support the artist and to offer up that enthusiasm in tangible form, as a relationship.
The Life-crushing Magic of Hierarchy Humans are inherently messy creatures. We accumulate history and the entanglements of human relationships and emotions. As a manager this human mess can interfere...
Brazilian entrepreneur Gustavo Tanaka listed eight reasons why he believes that the world as we know it is changing -- and that it is a good thing. His blog has been widely shared, so clearly his message has resonated with many.
Think back. Reflect on your career and write down your five biggest leadership disappointments.
If your experience is typical, your list will include losing top-quality talent. The memory of “suddenly” losing one of your best and brightest never seems to fade. The story is always the same: They weren’t looking, but a great opportunity just fell into their lap.
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