The tragedy of the commons, a concept described by ecologist Garrett Hardin, paints a grim view of human nature. The theory goes that, if a resource is shared, individuals will act in their own self-interest, but against the interest of the group, by depleting that resource. Yet examples of cooperation and sharing abound in nature, from human societies down to single-celled bacteria. In a new paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, University of Pennsylvania researchers use game theory to demonstrate the complex set of traits that can promote the evolution of cooperation. Their analysis showed that smaller groups in which actors had longer memories of their fellow group members' actions were more likely to evolve cooperative strategies. The work suggests one possible advantage of the human's powerful memory capacity: it has fed our ability as a society to cooperate.
Great findings. Let's remember what others mean to us and set our organizations to encourage self-organized small cells (holarchies) acting and collaborating together to make the ultimate difference and create lasting value for everybody
Leaders: Multifactor Change Agents Our research shows that Australians are clear that what has the biggest factor in determining whether a business flourishes or declines is the leadership. The ideal leader does more than just manages the processes and drives the strategies, they lead the teams and shape the culture. Additionally, they drive the sales and …
Our emerging workforce is not interested in command-and-control leadership. They don’t want to do things because I said so; they want to do things because they want to do them. ~Irene Rosenfeld, CEO, Mendelēz International In an earlier post, ‘Culture for the age of ideas’, we argued that the culture of many organisations is still […]
Claude Emond's insight:
We want employees to change behaviors. Well, changing behaviors has to start at the top!
Very good post by Jason Little. Urgency will get you nowhere if there is no underlying cause and purpose. It is shared cause and purpose that give some sense to our work and that are the foundations of alignment, durable employee engagement and resulting performance and success in the face of continuous change. The French (Jerome Barrand - http://en.grenoble-em.com/directory/jerome-barrand ) have created a new word for all this cause and purpose stuff: «effisens»: «effisense» would be the english translation. Ultimately, if «effisense» is lacking, efficiency is an illusion and effectiveness is targetless ! Urgency gives an «urge» for speed. Cause and purpose give a direction to this speed, it generates velocity (speed with a vector going in the right direction ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6lrr6-ADY0 ). This whole thing reminds me of a poster we had in our offices a long time ago. It was showing a guy running with a big pack-sack on his back with the caption; «I don't know where I am going, but I am sure going there fast». That's the same as having a sense of urgency with no organizational cause and purpose! :)
Leading physicists last year turned game theory on its head by giving selfish players a sure bet to beat cooperative players. Now two evolutionary biologists at Michigan State University offer new evidence that the selfis
Editor’s Note: We are pleased to feature this post highlighting Jon Katzenbach, a leading practitioner in organizational strategies and an acclaimed advisor to executives for PwC’s strategy consulting group, Strategy&. Stay tuned for the upcoming CultureU interview with Jon coming soon. How often have you heard somebody talk about the urgent need to change the culture? They […]
Claude Emond's insight:
All a question of behaviors. Attitude creates Altitude
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