Archive for July, 2010

Hindsight Links for Jul 30, 6:00 am

// July 30th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Jul 30, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • Users vs Customers, Alexander Osterwalder @ Business Model Alchemist:
    Last week I met with Steve Blank and Ann Miura-Ko at the University Coffee in Palo Alto to chat about Business Model Generation and our upcoming Business Model app for the iPad. It was a real treat. One of the questions Steve and Ann brought up was how to differentiate …

Insight Links for Jul 23, 10:19 pm

// July 23rd, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Jul 23, 10:19 pm // Opinion

  • Why Values are Important to the Evolution of Human Consciousness- Courtesy of Richard Barrett, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    What are values?
    Values are a shorthand method of describing our individual and collectiv

  • Climate Change Update – The Good News, The Bad News, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    After Copenhagen the climate change news has gone very quiet. Though we know that there are big preparations for the Cancun meeting this December to create a new climate change treaty, there is little public information on how well those negotiations are going. Assuming the worst case, we are going to have to encourage business to get us out of this mess, with the help of regional, national and local governm

  • 22nd July 2010: Relevant Scholarly Literature for Top Secret America, Chris @ Alex Burns:
    Dana Priest and William Arkin’s three part Washington Post series Top Secret America has attracted flak from intelligence and security analysts. Foreign Policy‘s Thomas G. Mahnken replies with a model counter-argument: weak thesis, little context, accurate and misleading data, misses important dimensions, and unawareness of the relevant literature. Mahnken’s final observation is that secrecy is […]
  • Seven Things that Make us Rich (and help us seduce the universe), Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:
    The church bells are ringing in the distance as I sit down to write this Sunday morning, full of gratitude for the incredible LIFE that I have been given. Yet life can be, on a bad day, a “bitch”, as they say in the less salubrious parts of town. Up and down, like a rollercoaster, but then, that appears to be how the universe operates: in cycles.

    I got to thinking about what it is, exactly, that makes me so very happy. I found the answer on the back of my Integral Life Pract

  • 23rd July 2010: Drezner and Kaplan on Top Secret America, Chris @ Alex Burns:
    Fred Kaplan and Dan Drezner are two very savvy commentators on intelligence and national security issues. So it’s intriguing to compare their divergent  responses to The Washington Post‘s Top Secret America series which argues the United States national intelligence system has grown into a vast institutional bureaucracy. Has “too big to manage” or “too big […]
  • The Rebounding of Dialectical Thinking in Turbulent Times- Otto Laske, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:
    For several years I have been following and enjoying Otto Laske’s very European contribution to the fields of developmental psychology and its implications for the practice of coaching, consulting, facilitation and leadership. His synthesis of dialectical approaches with the much more common formal logic or metasystemic thinking approaches (think “integral”, “spiral dynamics” and “AQAL” as examples of the latter), is a real step forward i
  • Role Model for Sustainable Living in the Corporate World: Carrie Freeman, Robin Wood @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:

    Can a young woman make a difference in an 80,000-employee strong male-dominated IT multinational corporation with offices in 150 countries? Carrie Freeman never imagined spearheading a Sustainability Program at the largest semi-conductor manufacturing company in the world. However, she did know early on, growing up in Cortez, Colorado, a s

  • Why we care? The Gulf & the Amazon, danariely @ Dan Ariely:
    There are a few topics that Mother Teresa and Joseph Stalin agreed on, other than the cause for human apathy. So I suspect that both would be surprised – as I am — about the reaction to the BP oil spill. If six months ago someone were to describe to me a tremendous oil spill […]
  • Behavioral finance lesson – frequent flyer points?, danariely @ Dan Ariely:
    Here is an email that I got last week from a financial planner: Dear Dan. My hourly model lets clients use whatever retail custodian they like.  For various reasons, I tend to recommend the two best as Vanguard and Fidelity.  I go over the pros and the cons for each and, as soon as I […]
  • Philips Livable Cities Award, Graham Boyd @ Everyone’s Blog Posts – R2 Global Meshwork:
    The Philips Livable Cities Award (3 cash award) may be useful to those engaged in city development. Here’s the link: http://www.because.philips.com/The rest is up to you! (Read more…)

Insight Links for Jul 21, 6:00 am

// July 21st, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Jul 21, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • Help Stop the Epidemic of Mindlessness- Living Mindfully and Conscious Evolution, Robin Wood @ R2 Global Meshwork:
  • Why we care? The Gulf & the Amazon, Dan Ariely @ Dan Ariely:
    There are a few topics that Mother Teresa and Joseph Stalin agreed on, other than the cause for human apathy. So I suspect that both would be surprised – as I am — about the reaction to the BP oil spill. If six months ago someone were to describe to …
  • Behavioral finance lesson – frequent flyer points?, Dan Ariely @ Dan Ariely:
    Here is an email that I got last week from a financial planner: Dear Dan. My hourly model lets clients use whatever retail custodian they like.  For various reasons, I tend to recommend the two best as Vanguard and Fidelity.  I go over the pros and the cons …
  • 20th July 2010: Advice to a Young Researcher 1, Alex @ Alex Burns:
    I have mid-term and long-term goals for your personal ‘program of research’. This may involve multiple streams of research, collaborative projects, forming national and international teams, and building the reputation and status of your field and discipline. A mid-term goal may be three to five years away whilst a long-term …
  • Role Model for Sustainable Living in the Corporate World: Carrie Freeman, Robin Wood @ R2 Global Meshwork:

    Can a young woman make a difference in an 80,000-employee strong male-dominated IT multinational corporation with offices in 150 countries? Carrie Freeman never imagined spearheading a Sustainability Program at the largest semi-conductor manufacturing company in the world. However, she did know early on, growing up in Cortez, Colorado…

Foresight Links for Jul 19, 6:00 am

// July 19th, 2010 // Comments Off on Foresight Links for Jul 19, 6:00 am // Digests, Foresight

  • Efficient nano motor cleverly harnesses light, Ole Peter Galaasen @ plausible futures:
    Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley Labs and the University of California have made a new nanoscale motor that can drive a disc 4000 times bigger (by volume) than itself. It is powered via the so-called “plasmonic effect” and could be used to manipulate ultra-small objects like DNA and for powering nanoelectromechanical …

Hindsight Links for Jul 16, 6:00 am

// July 16th, 2010 // Comments Off on Hindsight Links for Jul 16, 6:00 am // Digests, Hindsight

  • iPad in the Kitchen, Brendan Lewis @ One Sock:
    I decided I wanted to purchase an iPad. The first roadblock was my wife, the more level headed of the two of us, who said “of course honey, but by the way, what’s your business case?”. I didn’t have one other than; a. I wanted it….
  • How to monetise anything – part I, Brendan Lewis @ One Sock:
    I drink a lot of coffee. Unless I have decided to be completely anti-social I normally meet someone for coffee twice day. Its part of my investment in networking. First meetings tend to be more wide ranging as we get to know each other, and downstre…
  • How to monetise anything – part II, Brendan Lewis @ One Sock:
    Last post I looked at the question “how do I monetise this” and suggested framework for monetising, as per the below. This post I want to look at identifying the attributes of a situation you want to monetise. Identifying the Attributes The first …
  • How to Monetise anything – part III, Brendan Lewis @ One Sock:
    Last post I continued the discussion on “How do I monetise anything” with a look at the attributes of the situation. This post I would like to have a look at identifying the value in the situation. Value The second step in the process is to ident…
  • How to monetise anything – part IV, Brendan Lewis @ One Sock:
    Last post I continued the discussion on “How do I monetise anything” with a look at the value in a situation. This, the final post in the series, looks at identifying the Packaging that your monetisation should take. Packaging When I say packagi…

Insight Links for Jul 14, 6:00 am

// July 14th, 2010 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Jul 14, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • Seven Things that Make us Rich (and help us seduce the universe), Robin Wood @ R2 Global Meshwork:
    The church bells are ringing in the distance as I sit down to write this Sunday morning, full of gratitude for the incredible LIFE that I have been given. Yet life can be, on a bad day, a “bitch”, as they say in the less salubrious parts of town. Up …
  • lever for a second Western Renaissance: utilizing zero point field energy, Emil Möller @ R2 Global Meshwork:
    As a bold case of not being able to not do it, I gave in to a long time seduction, consisting of a trinity of sorts.
    1. end our addiction to fossils, in fuels and oppressive structures alike
    2. allow all earthlings to prosper, starting with the ability to generate one’s own …

Holacracy, Literacies and Organisational Transformation

// July 13th, 2010 // 3 Comments » // Opinion

Over the last couple of years I’ve had several people point me towards a new “breakthrough” “amazing” “truly integral” “third tier” approach to organisational design and management: Holacracy.  The implication was you need to learn this; the nice side was that people aligned my interests with ‘breakthrough,’ ‘amazing,’ ‘truly integral’ and ‘third tier.’

Frankly, in the world of organisations and getting things done collectively, I’ll settle for anything ‘first tier’ that actually works!  For those not familiar with ‘first tier’ whatever, don’t worry, the references in this piece stop here (or start here if you’re curious – but be warned it’s a deep rabbit hole;).  I’m also quite wary of new ‘management methods’ as they populate like rabbits, and tend to be as useful as the proverbial lucky rabbits foot.

Holacracy is, as the name suggests, an organisational governance method that attempts to embody Holarchy.   Hol what?  Well, holoarchy is an extension of the philosophical observation of holons, a term coined by Arthur Koestler, and popularised most recently by Ken Wilber and his version of Integral Theory, the AQAL model.  A Holon is anything that is both a part and a whole at the same time.  A whole/part – a brief history of holons is here.  The organisational approach is that there are natural (read ‘healthy’) collections of holons (the part aspect) that form functional wholes (teams, organisations etc).  Just so we’re clear, Holacracy isn’t the first effort at this… just the most recent, and the one most often passing across my desk lately.   It is also a misapplication, technically speaking, of how Ken Wilber would regard a holon… another messy little rabbit hole if ever I journeyed one;)

The other week I had a discussion with the executive staff and executive director of a community organisation in the USA.  The community has thousands of loosely associated members worldwide, a 15+ year formation history, and real viability challenges in terms of ‘getting things done.’  Well, that’s not  quite right, they’ve survived this long right?  But from their point of view, they’re looking to take the next steps towards greater coherency in collective actions.  Something most organisations can relate to…

In presenting an opportunity for a (pro-bono) strategic foresight project to them, the method of Holacracy again reared its’ head.   Apparently it’s the flavour of the month, something everyone is aligned to and looking to implement as their next big step.

Well, in line with that, I’d like to offer some reflections as someone who has engaged in organisational establishment and transformation professionally for the past 10+ years.  Let’s call them some not-so-subtle cautionary considerations.  Not-so-subtle largely because I’m in a hurry, but also because I want the warnings to stand out clearly for them: they’ll risk being called half formed, biased and non-appreciative… but if they are, at least we’re talking about them.

So, what are my warnings?  Well, let’s start with a fly-by critique.  Holacracy could easily be described (negatively) as: (more…)