Dee Hock on control

Life is not about control. It’s not about getting. It’s not about having. It’s not about knowing. It’s not even about being. Life is eternal, perpetual becoming, or it is nothing. Becoming is not a thing to be known, commanded, or controlled. It is a magnificent, mysterious odyssey to be experienced.1 … I have long […]

What if control is inappropriate?

My conclusion after having read Brian Robertson’s new book on Holacracy and Gerard Endenburg’s first book on Sociocracy is that neither Holacracy nor Sociocracy replace Command & Control (C&C). Both use C&C within limits. This triggered feedback from Holacracy people that the Lead Link Role doesn’t manage day-to-day work and doesn’t manage others, but that […]

Managing without soul

Henry Mintzberg writes about the epidemic of managing without soul … “Managing without soul has become an epidemic in society: managers who specialize in killing cultures, at the expense of human engagement.” “I’ve been in the business of studying organizations for so long that I can often walk into a place and sense soul, or […]

The Elements

The Elements with Joseph Jaworski is an interesting series of short videos on: Generative Strategy — integrating experience along the strategic path as it unfolds Discovery — The heart of the entrepreneurial impulse is your capacity to discover new ways to grow a business Power Of Intention — opening doors with commitment Generative Dialogue — […]

How will companies approach the management challenge?

Here is a visionary tweet by Kenneth Mikkelsen on how companies in the future will approach the management challenge. The businesses will: Have a higher purpose beyond making profit Hire people who are passionate about this higher purpose See all shareholders as equally important Cultivate long-term relationships with suppliers Have open doors and be transparent […]

Beliefs influence results

Peggy Holman writes in Open Space Technology: A User’s NON-Guide, pp. 48—50, that different methods can work in a given situation but what matters most are the beliefs of the facilitator. “My belief (and I don’t have sufficient empirical evidence for it to be more than an opinion) is that while method may be one […]

Wild Mind

Bill Plotkin introduces in his book Wild Mind—A Field Guide to the Human Psyche a way to understand the human psyche. While acknowledging that reality is always more complex and nuanced than any map, he provides two diagrams in the book: One on how we relate to ourselves, and the other on how others see […]