As days drag into months there is a relentless nature to 2020. For me, escaping that experience involves a rediscovery and recreation of my boundaries. We had barely escaped the summer bushfires and their hunt of climate crisis when the pandemic surfaced. The pandemic led to ever tighter lockdowns, economic upheaval and working from home. … Continue reading Relentless
Remember handshakes? They were an archaic work and social practice which disappeared in early 2020. Signalling respect, offering a peaceful intent and acknowledging agreement, they formed a peaceful symbol of connection in a busy world. Connection matters The handshake may be gone (forever) along with physical offices, indoor meetings and conferences, but connection between people … Continue reading Connection
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances,And one man in his time, plays many parts,His acts being seven ages. William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII If you are too busy to lead, then you are not a leader. Leadership … Continue reading Leadership Theatre
Let’s not forget the value of human relationships and all that they bring. As strong as the pull of the transactional, addressing the real opportunities in our lives, work and society will depend on relationships founded in generosity, trust and empathy. Teams of One It can be easy to see the world in transactional terms. … Continue reading Relationships
Organisations exist to manage uncertainty. They must place a priority on learning change and adaptation to do so. Once the greatest uncertainty was consumer demand. Now organisations must deal with multi-dimensional and volatile uncertainty. Theory of the Firm Economists are highly rational people. For a long time, economics has struggled to justify exactly why organisations … Continue reading Uncertainty is the Work
Let’s say you have a dream. Let’s also say it is important to you, a special dream that you have shared with nobody or only a few trusted friends. If you are brave or foolhardy you may have shared it everywhere. Either way, the dream has such a tight grip on your heart that not … Continue reading So What?
A week ago I was despairing that a collaborative project had an end April deadline and hadn’t been started due to the pressure of other projects. A week later it was delivered a day early. It is worth reviewing why because it is a reminder that the key to step change in productivity is the … Continue reading Do the Basics Right
No amount of love, collective energy or human potential is going to change our work for the better, if it ignores these fundamental dynamics of power.
We don’t do crowds anymore. We are missing an opportunity for collective creation and collective wisdom in the face of adversity. Live in even a moderately busy city and you become used to the opportunity to lose yourself in a crowd. In the throng of people, we can slip into the flow and become anonymous … Continue reading The Absence of Crowds
We go. From first thing in the morning to late at night our lives are all go. It’s time to learn how to stop. Go Go Go Digital and mobile technologies have sped up our world of work and expanded the channels of communication. We are in continuous contact with work colleagues, customers, the community, … Continue reading Learning to Stop