Addressing the blind spot of our time

Otto Scharmer shows in Theory U how groups and organizations can develop their leadership capacities in order to create a future that would not otherwise be possible. Here is a summary of his book Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerge. The journey through the U consists of seven essential cpacitites: Holding the […]

How to confront complex challenges as a team?

I am now reading Leading from the Emerging Future by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer. Chapter 4 of the book is about the Source: Connecting to Intention and Awareness. Whenever a team, or an organization, is to confront a complex challenge which requires collective creativity, the following stages emerge: Suspension. A precondition is to stop […]

On working in a connected workplace

Jon Husband has been studying the sociology of human social systems and the structures and dynamics of the organizations in which they work and play for the last 40 years. He has coined and defined the term and concept of wirearchy, which is a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on knowledge, trust, […]

Behövs “management”?

Behövs management för att vi människor ska kunna samarbeta? Jag är inte så säker på det, men det beror ju på vad vi menar med management. Jag skriver management i kursiv stil därför att en direkt översättning av ordet saknas i svenskan. Den bild jag har av management är en företagsledning som styr de resurser – människor och maskiner […]

Creative forces of self-organization

After reading We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy by John Buck and Sharon Villines, I have become very interested in sociocracy, a.k.a. dynamic governance. Gerard Endenburg, who started pioneering and applying dynamic governance, has recently written an interesting article about the Creative Forces of Self-Organization together with John Buck. In this article, they […]

Two extremes of leadership

The two extremes of leadership listed in the table below are from Carl Rogers’ book On Personal Power: Inner Strength and Its Revolutionary Impact (pp. 91—92). The leadership aspects listed in the left column are not simply theoretical ideas, but grew out of Carl Rogers’ clinical experience and research. Carl Rogers was a diagnostic-prescriptive clinical […]

Book Review: Mind and Heart

Mind and Heart – Mapping Your Personal Journey Towards Leadership For Sustainability by Petra Kuenkel is a book which shows how we can use our life and leadership experiences to make more meaningful contributions to the world. Petra invites us to review our own leadership journeys in the light of other people’s experiences. She offers […]

The DemoCratic workplace

Rune Kvist Olsen is a very interesting researcher, author, and thinker. Here is his paper on The DemoCratic Workplace, which is about empowering people (demos) to rule (cratos) their own workplace. This is done enabled by organizing individual and group decision processes through personal competence-based authority. In another paper Rune describes the Change from Leadership […]