Many companies struggle to implement new business strategies because they underestimate how their existing culture can undermine their efforts.
The postmodern organizations to be found in most contemporary societies are subject to rapid change and rapid growth; furthermore, they have become complex as a result of attempts to accommodate this change and growth
Those who are leading (and learning) into the future, will find the order that underlies much of the chaos in contemporary organizations. If these leaders are to learn into the future, they will have to be intellectually honest—acknowledging the chaos that inevitably underlies much of the apparent order to be found in contemporary organizations.
Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises: XIII. Assessment in the Enterprise Cycle (Part Two)
[Note: This essay and most of the previous essay in this series are based on a document I prepared in …
A powerful process called collusion is operating when the expert and advice-follower dance together in creating an illusion of knowledge and foresight. Collusion is a complex and often subtle process, typically involving all parties in a relationship or group. Even if a participant is not actively involved in the collusion, the mere acquiescence to the collusion will exacerbate the collusive process.
We had moved in our postmodern world into a form of global capitalism that requires high levels of consumption, which in turns requires ceaseless transformation in style, a connoisseurship of surface, an emphasis on packaging and reproducibility.
We have discovered that there might be a “perfect storm” operating at the point when these three systems interact. Pandemic virus meets race riot/police abuse meets government ineffectiveness.
We are moving from a world that uses metaphors of sight (“having a vision of a future world,” “imagining an alternative”) to metaphors of speech (“finding one’s voice,” “telling one’s own story”). We are in a world where language has itself become reality and where globalization competing with a pull toward segmentalism.