From Safety to Safer: Middle Management’s Dangerous Transition

Safety is a common conversation, explicitly or implicitly, in the halls of middle management. Change agents among the ranks of middle managers experience conversations about the need for safety and the dangers of change on a daily basis. Safety is the focus because there are many for whom safety means the preservation of status, roles … Continue reading From Safety to Safer: Middle Management’s Dangerous Transition

From Safety to Safer: Middle Management’s Dangerous Transition

Safety is a common conversation, explicitly or implicitly, in the halls of middle management. Change agents among the ranks of middle managers experience conversations about the need for safety and the dangers of change on a daily basis. Safety is the focus because there are many for whom safety means the preservation of status, roles … Continue reading From Safety to Safer: Middle Management’s Dangerous Transition

Middle Managers need to use their Networks and Authority

Middle managers like to complain about being squeezed by pressures from above and below. Their organisations love to blame them for all the ills in the place. Middle managers have two great advantages that they can use to drive change: They can place themselves in the heart of the network of their organisations. They have … Continue reading Middle Managers need to use their Networks and Authority

Leadership in Transformation

A common topic of debate in the Responsive Organization movement is whether an organization can become responsive or it must be born that way. Undoubtedly many of the leading case studies of future of work organizations are organizations created or rebirthed from near death by charismatic founders. Some use this as evidence that the elements … Continue reading Leadership in Transformation

The Last Thing We Need is an Enterprise Social Network

Dear CEO Re: The Last Thing We Need is an Enterprise Social Network The purpose of this email is to explain why the last thing we need is an enterprise social network. This email is in response to the conversation about enterprise social networking in the executive leadership meeting yesterday. We thought it best to … Continue reading The Last Thing We Need is an Enterprise Social Network

Applying the Four Drivers of Value in Collaboration

  After publishing my recent post on the four drivers of value creation in collaboration, I chatted with Anna Chu about how these concept is applied. The conversation highlighted to me that there was value in further explaining how to use these drivers to connect senior leaders and employees to the value of collaboration.  This … Continue reading Applying the Four Drivers of Value in Collaboration