Posts Categorized: Leadership

leadership in an age of pervasive networks

Leadership can be examined from the perspective of Marshall McLuhan’s famous media tetrad. Using the tetrad, explained by Derrick de Kerkchove, co-author of McLuhan for Managers — every technology has four effects: 1. extends a human property (the car extends the foot) 2. obsolesces the previous medium by turning it into a sport or a… Read more »

What is connected leadership?

Connected leadership is an emergent property of a network in balance and not some special property available to only the select few. This requires leadership from an intelligent and engaged workforce learning with each other. Connected leaders practice the discipline of personal knowledge mastery which comprises working and learning out loud as well as critical… Read more »

we don’t need better leaders

“Why is everyone so hung up on Leaders, Leadership and Leadership courses – it’s what gets us into a mess. Think banking, politics, sport…” – Donald Clark If all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. If all you know is hierarchical leadership by virtue of one’s position, then all… Read more »

beyond the reach of automation

This week I am reviewing my posts from 2015 and putting some of the core ideas together. Here are some thoughts on how the increasing automation of knowledge work can be addressed by a new approach to organizational leadership. Any work that is routine will be automated. Jobs that only do routine work will disappear…. Read more »

work, learning & leadership

How we organize and get things done as governments, communities, and companies needs to change. We are shifting to a new economy, with global surveillance, and new ways of work. As we shift from a society focused on institutions and markets and prepare to enter the network area, three areas require greater emphasis. collaborative work… Read more »

selling workplace learning to the HSP

Highly successful people (HSP) don’t need help making sense of their days. “What if you could rely on others in your life to handle these things and you could narrow your attention filter to that which is right before you, happening right now now? I met Jimmy Carter when he was campaigning for president and… Read more »

the self-governance maturity model

“If we emphasize Autonomy, the Node Artifact, Autonomy as the core organizing principle, this will result in individuals, small groups and tribes, forming complex responsive flows e.g. through conversations and flexible ad hoc structures.” – John Kellden In the triple operating system (Awareness>Alternatives>Action) work gets done by self-governing work teams with a degree of autonomy operating… Read more »

leadership archetypes

Ubiquitous digital networks are extending our capacity to listen and speak with others. In a hyperlinked world, we can tap multiple global perspectives and easily push our own views through various free and inexpensive media options. This is making many traditional centres of expertise, like news sites, obsolete. At the same time, access to important… Read more »

leadership and learning

The best leaders are constant learners is the subject of a recent post in the Harvard Business Review, written by Kenneth Mikkelsen and myself. This is resonating with many readers who realize that the network era is changing the nature of all organizational relationships. As we attempt to transition into a networked creative economy, we… Read more »