It is clear that collaboration is a necessity in navigating today's complex work environments where ambiguity and change are constants. What is not clear is how to make collaboration part of an organization's culture and the default behavior pattern for leaders. One possible solution comes from Morten T. Hansen's 2009 book, Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid The Traps, Create Unity, And Reap Big Results. Hansen has been studying collaboration since the 1990s and offers a clear model for thinking about and managing collaboration. He...
As leaderless mobs of angry, unemployed 20-somethings continue to march on Wall Street this week picketing against big business and the federal government, my thoughts can't help but drift back to the pages of Marvin R. Weisbord's 2004 book, Productive Workplaces Revisited: Dignity, Meaning, and Community in the 21st Century. They return specifically to the chapters of the book that discuss the work of Eric Trist, Fred Emery, and the Tavistock Institute in 1950s London. At the time, Tavistock's study of groups in organizational...
We are at the portal of what systems scientist Béla Bánáthy called the "fourth generation" humans. What distinguishes this fourth generation from its predecessors is evolutionary consciousness, according to Bánáthy, a professor emeritus at Saybrook University until his death in 2003. Bánáthy defined evolutionary consciousness as the knowledge and awareness of how we get to a point in our human history from the perspectives of our consciousness, our cognition, and our social systems. We...
Steve Jobs broke all the rules of leadership and management. He was an erratic micromanager; a brutal force to be reckoned with at meetings, often eviscerating staffers for their "bozo ideas"; and typically shrugged off his associates' suggestions in favor of his own gut instinct. "He never mellowed, never let up on Apple employees, never stopped relying on his singular instincts in making decisions about how Apple products should look and how they should work," New York Times columnist Joe Nocera told Forbes in August...
On Sunday, The Financial Times reported that the recent drop in Eastman Kodak’s share prices may be the final, overt sign that the photography giant is nearing its end. For a company that spearheaded innovation—in 1885, founder George Eastman invented roll film, which benefited the motion picture industry and inventor Thomas Edison—the only sign that may be left that Rochester, NY, was once the home of something great sits midway down East Avenue where the George Eastman house sits. In the late 19th century, Eastman sparked...
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