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It seems that many of the conversations I am engaged in these days focus on the need for organizations to collaborate. When I first started working in the area of collaboration, the focus was on creating cultures in organizations that supported people in collaborating across their often siloed functional structures.  Maybe that was the beginning of the emergence of complexity in organizations, when leaders began to recognize that functional silos couldn’t address the challenges of delivering services and products that would meet...
In his March 11th 2013 article “Female candidates faced big obstacles in concluded polls” in the Standard Digital, Michael Wesonga asserted that “Kenyan women stand out as the greatest losers in the just concluded General Election after they failed to clinch top seats. No woman was elected as governor or to the Senate”. He further observed that “they were relegated to county women representatives and few MP slots, as the more appealing governor and senate positions remained a preserve of their male counterparts....
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I have been interviewing family owners of large global family enterprises that have sustained the family wealth and positive connections over several generations. One member of the 4th generation of a family--now numbering more than 100 family owners--reflected on her experience of going to annual family business meetings for nearly a half century! At first the meetings were information sessions, where the paternalistic family leader presented the news of the business to passive family owners. Over time, while family members were always proud...
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Today's organizations tend to focus on getting better and better at what made them successful. This can be problematic, according to Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma. “The problem is that this leaves companies vulnerable to the disruptive innovations that emerge in the murky, low-margin bottom of the market," Christensen explained in a recent interview with Wired magazine. Christensen noted that journalism, publishing (more broadly), and anything supported by advertising are the next industries that,...
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It does not take much analysis to conclude that we are at the threshold of much needed change. We live in a world in crisis: economic, social, and environmental. Our nations are trapped in an economic model that no longer works. We believe that more technology, higher consumerism, and fewer regulations will fix our economies and life will be better again. Socially, we have come to accept the disparities between those that have plenty and those that do not have much at all. We excuse our indolence about this struggle by stating that the poor...

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