Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

Lead, follow or get out of the way

A while back, it was only those nasty dictatorships that shut down communications, but now “enlightened” democracies like the USA and the UK are doing the same. However, it’s not really about social media, as they’re just the current manifestation of the Internet. The Cluetrain made it clear in 1999, “Hyperlinks subvert Hierarchy”. We are… Read more »

Some notes on Bureaucracy

In 2005, I wrote – Seth Godin’s quotable Bureaucracy = Death raises a number of issues on why preventive actions are seldom taken by bureaucratic organisations. Seth talks about the effects of bureaucracy on marketing, but it also results in inertia in healthcare, education, et al. I doubt that his idea of a Chief No Officer would be embraced by… Read more »

Leadership, Connectivity, Execution, Organization

Powerful metaphors guide our collective thoughts. It took a long time to understand heliocentrism and then modern science even blasts that model apart somewhat. In spite of all our scientific knowledge, many people still believe in the geocentric model. Metaphors that provide the common mental frameworks for our organizations are also powerful tools. For example,… Read more »

Managing in a networked world

In 2009, Anthony Poncier wrote a good post (in French) that covered the eight challenges of management in the virtual era; loosely translated as: Being concurrently nomadic and collaborative. Renewing the workplace social contract. Creating new modes of leadership. Creating value, not just revenue. The production of collective knowledge. Managing with both IQ and EQ (emotional… Read more »

The future's so bright: Workers gotta wear shades

What is the future of the corporate model in a knowledge society? Networked workplaces are on the rise and are challenging the large corporation model. For instance, many big web companies have comparatively few staff. They leverage their networks. But the corporation is not going to become suddenly extinct, as most of our laws and… Read more »

Virtual Trust

Virtual work can significantly reduce useless meetings, eliminate commuting time and free up time for knowledge workers to focus on what is important: being creative and dealing with complex problems. Virtual work also changes the organizational dynamic. Because you can’t watch each person and micro-manage the work, the organization must come up with real performance… Read more »

Fix the workplace

Higher value, paid work is increasingly complex and requires greater creativity. This is how the world works today.  Competition is global. Everything else is getting automated & outsourced it seems. Even lawyers are not immune to this. In a workplace requiring creative solutions to complex problems, learning and working must be integrated. We need to actually… Read more »