Love and the corporation

28 years ago I travelled with a backpack in the north-east of Thailand, staying in guesthouses and visiting towns and small villages. It was an amazing experience. I fell in love with the people, who sought to live their lives with dignity and joy whilst struggling to survive in a poor and very dry region. Read more about Love and the corporation[…]

Men in charge – diversity (or lack of it) in the boardroom

I had to laugh. A letter was published some time ago in the Independent newspaper on the subject of the lack of women at board level in companies. Here’s an extract: ‘…I suspect that there might just not be the numbers and, at times, the talent available within the female pool …To be a successful Read more about Men in charge – diversity (or lack of it) in the boardroom[…]

Notes from gathering – 10 November

Here’s the notes from the latest Human Organising Project gathering. Note the recurrent reference to “Teal”. This is borrowed from Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organisations. In our conversation, we used it as a shorthand for “next stage” organisations, ones that are more values-driven than profits-driven. In the first part of the conversation, we explored various Read more about Notes from gathering – 10 November[…]

Our organisations are failing us. But there is hope…

Our organisations are failing us. Just consider some of the news stories in the last year or two. The world’s largest car manufacturer, Volkswagen has been, in the words of its CEO, “dishonest”. VW pursues profit and the Earth’s atmosphere bears the cost. Other car companies are now being investigated. The banks, meanwhile, have been Read more about Our organisations are failing us. But there is hope…[…]

Enlivening Edge

There is currently a surge in interest in ‘next-stage organizations’, meaning those organizations that move beyond power and control paradigms, embrace complexity and seek to draw on the talents and passion of all those within the organisation. There have been renegades and prophets in this field for many years (Dee Hock, Ricardo Semler, E.F Schumacher Read more about Enlivening Edge[…]