9 months, 12 days ago

The Scissors of Science

Three centuries ago the average life expectancy in Europe was between 33 and 40 years. Interestingly, 33 was also the average life expectancy in the Palaeolithic era, 2.6 million years ago. What is that we’ve got in the last three centuries that we hadn’t got in all the time before? Well, science! Science did a […]

10 months, 30 days ago

Don’t buy ideas. Rent them.

Some ideas are so good. An idea can be good at first glance or after years of digging and testing, or both. When it looks instantly convincing, it just resonates with your experience. There are so many things that such an idea can help you see in a new light, or help you fill some […]

2 years, 16 days ago

Essential Balances in Organisations

Here are the “slides” from a new session on “Essential Balances in Organisations” delivered last month in Brussels. I had some troubles with Slideshare recently. Now it seems stable but in case the presentation is not accessible there, you can download the same PDF from here. Tweet This Post

2 years, 2 months ago

What’s Wrong with Best Practices?

That is what several people asked me in the last few weeks. I have even made one quick attempt to answer but then I realised that the topic deserves more clarification. While I have a lot of sympathy for those that object to ‘Best Practice’ as a name – even more – to those that object […]

2 years, 3 months ago

The Pathologies of Silo-fighting

The division of labour has been the main principle for structuring organisations in the last two centuries. That is still the dominant approach for allocating resources, information and power in companies and public institutions. The new dynamics in a connected world have revealed a rich spectrum of problems related with these structures ranging from ineffective coordination to […]

2 years, 3 months ago

The Role of Meaning and the Meaning of Roles

Let’s start with roles. ‘Role’ comes from ‘roll’, as it was on a paper roll where the actor part was written. It is about something prescribed and then performed. But it evolved from roles that were performed as prescribed, through those that were not, to performing roles that had not been prescribed at all. Roles […]

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