Posts By: Harold Jarche

we don’t need no stinking hierarchies

When we think of management we usually think of control over others. Management decides. F.W. Taylor in the early 20th century saw management as the necessary controlling layer in order to systematize work and make it efficient and so developed his Principles of Scientific Management. If labourers could not adapt to managers’ directions, then they… Read more »

the random organization

“Post-industrial work is learning. Work is figuring out how to define and solve a particular problem and then scaling up the solution in a reflective and iterative way – with technology and alongside other people.” “The future of work has to be based on willing participation by all parties, and the ability of all parties… Read more »

right thinking

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @ActivateLearn: “I see the internet as one massive table with different people talking, sharing, learning, laughing, connecting, engaging. Unfortunately, my mum can’t cook for them all …” “Experience by itself teaches nothing. Without theory,… Read more »

continuous learning to hack uncertainty

This week I will be speaking at the Landing Festival in Berlin. It is described as Europe’s biggest tech careers event: “two days of intensive learning and networking featuring talks, panels, expert sessions, workshops, a job fair, entertainment activities and a massive boat party to wrap up all the craziness”. My keynote will discuss the… Read more »

retrieving gender balance

Power & Media The TIMN model, developed by David Ronfeldt describes how human societies have organized: first in Tribes, later with Institutions added (T+I), and in our current society where Markets dominate (T+I+M). As we enter an era where the Network form (T+I+M+N) gains dominance, most of the previous organizational forms will evolve to adapt… Read more »

vanity fare

There are many rankings and listings published for most industries and fields. There are also industry prizes, like the Academy Awards or the BAFTA film awards. With some you even have to pay to submit your application. I work in several fields and from time to time get listed as an influencer in some category…. Read more »

if you are the smartest person in the room …

There is a saying that if you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. But there is likely a smart person who is knowledgeable about something in every room. Should they all leave? Looking for people who are smarter than you is a good way to learn. At… Read more »

a foundation for the future of work

So what is the future of work and how can we best learn how to adapt to a post-industrial, network economy? There is no shortage of future skills prescribed by various think-tanks and organizations. The World Economic Forum (2016) identified 10 work skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. McKinsey & Company (2017) stated that, “We will… Read more »

sensemaking is not efficient

Every fortnight or so I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never… Read more »

metrics, thy name is vanity

About a year ago I deleted Google Analytics from this website. I no longer know where visitors come from, what they find interesting, or what they click on. This has liberated my thinking and I believe has made my writing a bit better. I always wrote for myself but I would regularly peak at my… Read more »