Corporate Disobedience: A Follow-up to NPR Interview

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 8:58pm

Two days ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time with John Dankosky on his radio program, Where We Live (you can download a recording here). The conversation was wonderful and, as is always the case with conversation, there’s more that could be said. Without rehashing all the points we covered on the program, […]


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Fiscal Quarters subvert Leadership, Part 2

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 - 9:41pm

If you haven’t already, you may want to watch the brief interview with Felix Salmon (http://tinyurl.com/3roclya) before reading this post. 13-week Time Horizons Create the Illusion of Engagement and Motivation In late 1993, I was asked to take a position in the corporate Marketing function of the publishing firm I had been working for. I […]


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Fiscal Quarters subvert Leadership, Part 1

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 - 9:00pm

Yes to everything Felix is saying and, while there are significant social implications of what he sees, I’d like to put the talk into the context of our conversations about work and organization. There are many points to raise, but for now let’s stick with just one: the impact of Wall Street’s emphasis on Quarterly results. […]


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On-demand violins

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 - 4:44pm

Those of you who have participated in one of my ‘Five Transformations’ workshops* are familiar with the emphasis I place on the ability to deliver a fundamentally customized, individual-centric product/service. I go so far as to say that it is a ‘price of admission’ for the emerging economy. Individualized Lego sets (that you customize down […]


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Do we really need Training & Development?…not in the way we think we do

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Industrial Era / Social Era | Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 - 9:02pm

“Education is a self organizing system where learning is an emergent phenomena.” ~S. Mitra     If you’ve read my introductory posts on this site, you are familiar with the distinction between Training and Education. One of the things Sugata’s work is demonstrating is that Training – and the presence of a Trainer – can […]


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We are NOT Scientists!…at least not exclusively

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Industrial Era / Social Era | Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 - 11:12pm

The disciplines of Organizational Practice – Organizational Development, Human Resources and Management Consulting – that grew up during the Industrial Era share a fundamentally engineering-oriented view of their work. Engineers work on machines, and their relationship with the machine they are working on is irrelevant to their ability to control the efficiency of that machine. […]


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We are between two worlds, Part 2

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Monday, Jan 31, 2011 - 10:00pm

In the world that is emerging, preparing against surprise will be a liability; said more directly, being overly Trained will be a liability. The world that’s emerging contains significantly more opportunity for those who are prepared for surprise, for those who are Educated. Education is distinct from Training in that the end point of Training […]


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We are between two worlds, Part 1

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Monday, Jan 31, 2011 - 9:27pm

We are in a deep experience of liminality, of living between two fundamentally different worlds. The first is the world ushered in by the Gutenberg printing press and later, and more forcefully, by the Industrial Revolutions (yes, plural; there were two of them). It is a world of control and predictability, specialization and expertise, cause and […]


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