Posts Categorized: Leadership

learning from the peloton

“The peloton is the main group or pack of riders in a road bicycle race. Riders in a group save energy by riding near other riders. The reduction in drag is dramatic; in the middle of a well-developed group it can be as much as 40%” —Wikipedia “Pelotons are able to operate in the way… Read more »

connected leadership is smarter

If diverse teams are smarter, why do most organizations only put one person in charge, and then continue to replace that person with another individual ‘leader’? “In a nutshell, enriching your employee pool with representatives of different genders, races, and nationalities is key for boosting your company’s joint intellectual potential. Creating a more diverse workplace… Read more »

a network perspective

The three overlapping circles of the network learning model – social networks, communities of practice, work teams – have been described by Patti Anklam as three network types – connectivity, alignment, productivity. This makes sense, because in social networks we mostly connect, while in communities of practice we strive to find alignment between ideas and… Read more »

a note to business ‘leaders’

Would you still be a leader if you lost your positional authority? How would you know? In networks, your authority is derived from your reputation and the value of your connections to others in the network. Value and authority come from engagement with a network, usually over a long period of time. It’s the sum… Read more »

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 »