Posts Categorized: Work

fifteen years

Today marks fifteen years of self-employment. After two years I had noted that my business was good enough for some cheeses but still too young for most wines. Today I’m a very old chunk of cheese but a much better wine, I hope. By the four-year mark I had experienced clients not paying me and… Read more »

autonomous workers in learning organizations

The Learning Organization The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, is one of the seminal management books of the previous 75 years. It is based on four interrelated disciplines unified by the fifth discipline: systems thinking. Personal Mastery Mastery comes through deliberate practice. Personal knowledge mastery is the ability to see patterns hidden to the undisciplined… Read more »

human capital

“No, people are NOT capital. YOUR ‘human capital’ is what you’ve learned and not forgotten. It’s ‘capital’ each person ‘owns’ themselves; FAR more equally distributed than financial capital. Our economy needs institutions to make learning and earning better for those with less money.” —Byron Auguste In firms that are ‘human capital-intensive’, “Should employees be shareholders?”… Read more »

agile sensemaking

“Complex environments represent a continuous challenge for sensemaking in organizations. Continuous ambiguity exerts continuous pressures on organizations to modify their patterns of interaction, information flow and decision making. Organizations struggle to address situations that are precarious, explanations that are equivocal and paradoxical, and cognitive dilemmas of all kinds. This creates a demand for innovative approaches… Read more »

connected coaching

“Teaching and coaching are fundamentally about helping making other people better. Learning to do this can’t be done via shortcuts. It requires a willingness to be patient, to take your time and have a deep desire to develop your craft.” —@IamSporticus My work over the past several decades has confirmed that the best leaders are… Read more »

self-determination ensures democracy

Self-determination theory (SDT) is based on three innate human requirements: Competence, Relatedness, and Autonomy. Deci and Ryan [the researchers] claim that there are three essential elements of the theory: 1. Humans are inherently proactive with their potential and mastering their inner forces (such as drives and emotions) 2. Humans have an inherent tendency toward growth… Read more »

business schools are a technology of the last century

Our dominant models of how we organize and work as a society are fundamentally changing as we transition from an Information-Market economy to a Creative-Network economy. Charles Green succinctly explained the order in which this transition happens: “Ideas lead technology. Technology leads organizations. Organizations lead institutions. Then ideology brings up the rear, lagging all the… Read more »

automation + capitalism = a perfect storm

I have often discussed the automation of work here and how we need to focus our development and education efforts on human competencies that cannot be done by software or machines. But is automation really the major cause of workplace disruption? For example, in Sweden automation is welcomed by workers who have state support systems for… Read more »

soft skills are human skills

Creative people are at all levels of an organization, including the janitor, and are not ‘human resources’ but individuals who have the capability of  gaining wisdom. What are often referred to as ‘soft skills’ are becoming more important than traditional hard skills. Why is this? First of all, work in networks requires different skills than in… Read more »

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 »