Posts By: Harold Jarche

mindful finds

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “A writer ought not to be an opinion-machine … The job of the writer is to make us see the world as it is, full of many different claims and parts and experiences.” —Susan Sontag… Read more »

sixteen years

You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter, don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go I owe my soul to the company store — Sixteen Tons Last week marked sixteen years as a freelancer. I was traveling and I don’t blog much when I am… Read more »

our mediated lives

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Can we all please stop using Medium now? “Just so we are clear. Medium takes your content, rolls it up into a pretty SEO friendly package for themselves and sells it. Oh, and turns… Read more »

the status quo

In understanding the shift, I wrote that as we make this transition — from a market-dominated to a network-dominated society — the confusion of post-modernism clouds our vision of a positive future. The traditional political Right wants to go back to the Pre-modern Era — dogmatic, faith, truth — while the traditional political Left wants… Read more »

status update on society

Many of the changes we face today are similar to a time when a new communications technology came along and changed the face of Europe — print. The Protestant Reformation saw the rise of religious wars, which were later followed by the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment. An age of exploration and colonialism followed, which… Read more »

a decade of finds

I started Friday’s Finds in May 2009 as an attempt to capture what I was finding on Twitter, as I had joined that platform in December 2007. I felt that I was making a lot of connections but at that time it was difficult to search and retrieve tweets.  So I started curating weekly compilations…. Read more »

narcissists at work

The following series of tweets by @HoarseWisperer is an incredibly good examination of how people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) control those who work for them. I am sure many of us have witnessed similar behaviours in toxic workplaces. Naming and understanding these behaviours can help us deal with them. I have expanded some abbreviations… Read more »

What is innovation?

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Here goes. Innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people. “An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a… Read more »

three pillars of leadership

“Hierarchical authority is much more effective at securing compliance than it is in fostering genuine commitment.” —Peter Senge Senge and his team have identified three types of leadership in organizations. Local level — to experiment Executives — to support local level & model behaviour Networkers — to make connections between people Leadership today is all… Read more »

meetings, bloody meetings

My introduction to organizing meetings was in the military, where different types of meetings had standard structures. The Orders Format was something any officer could recite from memory. During officer training we were shown the 1976 John Cleese film, which was updated in 1993 — Meetings, Bloody Meetings. Cleese, a manager, is convicted in a… Read more »