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Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive

Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it

Hierarchies must lead the charge to replace themselves with heterarchies or responsible autonomy. 


In politics the world has largely abandoned hierarchy for democracy. In family life, hierarchical patriarchy is no longer acceptable. In the book, The Three Ways of Getting Things Done (2005), the late Gerard Fairtlough asks: when will organizations get with it and abandon the practice of making key decisions based on authority rather than competence?


Hierarchy, it says, is not just a bad habit: it’s an addiction.


When will our organizations kick the addiction?


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 9, 2013 1:52 PM

I also suggest that you read this Wiki post about Three Ways of Getting Things Done.

Stephen Dale's curator insight, December 11, 2013 8:11 AM

From the comments: "In a federated model, the need for nimbleness and capability-focused governance is even more urgent. It becomes harder to control the many pieces, and so more self-reliance is needed. But to ensure that the overall enterprise remains on a well-defined course, there must be a system for reconciling the competing interests of the many federations and for providing not merely polices but incentives for cooperation."

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Build a change platform, not a change program

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It’s not you, it’s your company. Management Innovation eXchange founders Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini believe that continuous improvement requires the creation of change platforms, rather than change programs ordained and implemented from the top. A McKinsey & Company article.

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Don't change ..... evolve!

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 18, 12:41 AM

Transformational-change initiatives have a dismal track record. In 1996, Harvard Business School professor John Kotter claimed that nearly 70 percent of large-scale change programs didn’t meet their goals,1 and virtually every survey since has shown similar results. Why is change so confounding? We don’t think the issue lies with an understanding of its building blocks—Kotter’s classic eight-step change-management model is still a helpful guide. The problem lies in beliefs about who is responsible for launching change and how change is implemented.

David Hain's curator insight, December 18, 2:00 AM

McKinsey, Hamel  on successful change.

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Why Only The Agile Survive

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The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 has shrunk by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to 15 years today, according to Yale professor Richard Foster. Today's rate of change "is at a faster pace than ever," he says. Foster predicts that by 2020, more than three-fourths of the S&P 500 will be companies we don't know about today.

One of the greatest challenges that business leaders and, by extension, their enterprises face is the ability to quickly respond to this constantly accelerating market change and to act as the catalyst of organizational adaptation.

Agility, by definition, is an enterprise's response to change and challenges driven by macro- and micro-economic conditions.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 14, 5:59 AM

4 ways to demonstrate agility and stay relevant for VUCA times.

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10 Ways to Spot an Opportunity

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Once you come up with a promising insight, there is no guarantee that success will follow, of course.

 

You need to turn a great insight into a thriving business, which is incredibly difficult.

 

But with that throat-clearing out of the way, you can apply 10 simple tests to discover an idea worth pursuing.


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antonio velardo's curator insight, December 10, 8:05 AM

Once you come up with a promising insight, there is no guarantee that success will follow, of course.

 

You need to turn a great insight into a thriving business, which is incredibly difficult.

 

But with that throat-clearing out of the way, you can apply 10 simple tests to discover an idea worth pursuing.

 

Some food for thought on these techniques~Antonio Velardo

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Ten Stupid Rules That Drive Great Employees Away

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We met a guy named Vijay at a conference where he and I were speaking. About six months later, we heard from him."So I wanted to let you know, I'm out of here," said Vijay on the phone."What's the
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Leaders, Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door

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I visit a local bakery every Friday afternoon to purchase Challa bread, a sweet egg bread that just seems to go well with just about every meal. I've been buying a loaf there, each week, for years.
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Alumni network - I like the sound of that.

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs

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Why competency-based education matters.

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No need for an expensive MBA - DIY business training programme!

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Donna Farren's curator insight, November 13, 9:59 AM

Modularization of Education - I find this to be true in professional development as well.  We are training more and more little one technology skill classes than ever before.  Instead of training a whole day on how to use the SMART Board - one hour or so training on one or two features of the SMART Board.  One or two apps at a time.  One or two small compentencies...

michaelfally's curator insight, November 17, 7:22 AM

A new world of learning lies ahead. Time to pay attention.

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The 10 Pillars To Creating a Personal Brand in a Digital World

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For many people their career can be their primary building block that provides major personal meaning and purpose outside of their family. Lose your job and the question is asked, “Who am I?” or “Why do I exist?

Being made redundant at 40 0r 50 can raise many doubts about life and its purpose. Being fired due to bad economic conditions, company failure or a political power play can be life shattering for many.

Should your life be so defined?

It’s as if you handed your life to the boss or the company that hired you. That is a scary place to be and can be avoided.

Building a personal digital brand can be done in parallel to your job and career.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 20, 7:29 AM

Authoritative advice for 21C life from Jeff Bullas.

David Hain's curator insight, October 20, 7:29 AM

Authoritative advice for 21C life from Jeff Bullas.

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Building a personal digital brand can be done in parallel to your job and career.

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Pocket : The Culture Deck — Medium

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When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
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5 Genius Lessons From the World's Greatest Business Thinker - Huffington Post

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To see why Bush and so many executives look to Drucker's work for guidance, here are five of the best lessons from the man himself... lessons that may very well change the way you think about business, forever....
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Science explains why volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now

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There may actually be such a thing as "volcano season." (Science explains why volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now (@rwylie9): http://t.co/DWjSfSNon6)...

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The essence of complexity! 

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Kapo Trading Company's curator insight, September 30, 12:56 PM

Cause mother nature ain't happy ...

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AGILE random walks (Random walk series Book 1) eBook: Gary J Bamford: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

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 My 1st #Monograph in the Random Walk series on #agile, #software and #management practices. #kindlebook #kindle (ACW ;) 
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5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once | TechCrunch

5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once  | TechCrunch | How to set up a Consulting Services Business | Scoop.it
They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a..
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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work - Brian Solis

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When it comes to the future of work “late adopter is equivalent to out of business.” The question that you should be asking yourselves is what is your organizations doing about these five trends to make sure that you can succeed in the new world of work? If your organization doesn’t think about and plan for the future of work then your organization will have no future.


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Top 4 change management comic strips

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Change management comic – Resistance to change

Expecting resistance to change and planning for it from the start of your change management progamme will allow you to effectively manage objections. Understanding the most common reasons people object to change gives you the opportunity to plan your change strategy.

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As one of my bosses used to say, if you going to make a change may as well make a big one - usually just before the software never worked again! Enjoy.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 16, 1:49 AM

Nice points made with humour by @Torben Rick

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 16, 5:28 AM

Funny and true:-)

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What to Do If You’re Smarter than Your Boss

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You want to work for a great boss — someone you can respect and learn from. But what if your manager isn’t good at his job? What if you’re more competent or have greater skills? Should you be raising a ruckus or keeping your head down? And how do you get what you need without making your boss look bad?


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 14, 2:08 AM

It’s not unusual to feel smarter or more qualified than your boss. Here's some ideas on how to work productively.

David Simpson's curator insight, December 15, 5:37 AM

Ain't gonna happen!

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Rational design vs. Organisation dynamics

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Can an organisation really be designed? Do people really work that way? Should it not just evolve? Does it apply to highly paid knowledge workers? Should people not just work it out?

There are many who criticise rational design. That believe it either just can’t be done or shouldn’t be. That there is another way and by implication that other way is mutually exclusive to the rational design approach.

 I have a huge amount time for this view. Having done my best to understand Economics, I know just how poor ‘we’ are at understanding it. That our tools are so blunt, they are almost useless. Einstein famously wrote on his blackboard at Princeton that:“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”It is with this in mind that we preach several core principles in doing effective Micro design:

 


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Complexity - a messy reality!

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David Hain's curator insight, December 6, 2:05 AM

Very interesting blog on organisation design challenges and solutions.

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How to Be an Entrepreneur and Still Have a Life

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In this series of posts, Influencers and members share their advice for entrepreneurs. Read all the posts here and write your own (use the hashtag #mystartupstory in the body of your post), or upload
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Startup Leaders Reveal Their No. 1 Secret To Success - Forbes

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When I set out to write this post, I had envisioned gathering a variety of leadership “golden nuggets” from various entrepreneurs I’ve worked with over the years.
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Richard Branson's Top 10 Tips for Succeeding at Business - Entrepreneur

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While there are no shortcuts to success, certain attitudes and actions help.
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Pocket : 10 Signs You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

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To Grow Your Business, You Need To Stop Working - Forbes

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Like investment bankers, entrepreneurs are always showing off the empty weekend office, their Friday night computer screens, or their holiday weekend completion list. Are we really getting more accomplished or are we damaging our long-term prospects?
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Eureka - how to avoid Groupthink!

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Should Managers Focus on Performance or Engagement?

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Gallup surveyed more than 8,000 employees to examine this question. The answer isn't as "either/or" as many companies might think.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, September 30, 2:31 AM

Twist or bust ..... 12 elements, and I thought there was only 4!

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How MOOCs Can Solve Common Training Problems

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Internal train courses ..... come in please, your time is up!

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50 Things About Millennials That Make Corporate America Sh*t Its Pants

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We don’t do drug tests.
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Well, with over a million 'likes' I guess the tide really is turning.

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