Business in the age of Extinction

Purpose is a popular theme amongst business gurus, consultants and strategists these days. Business magazine Forbes publishes articles that urge its readers to make purpose “a pivotal part of your business strategy”. Motivational speaker Simon Sinek tells leaders to “Start with Why”. Leading the charge are the B corps, who are building a movement of businesses Read more about Business in the age of Extinction[…]

Thinking about adopting self-management? Read this first!

“Can I play Fortnite?”. This is how my son usually greets me upon his return from school each day. After a day of sitting and listening to his teachers droning on, his main desire is to go online, meet up with his friends and kill a few people (virtually, of course). He’s so keen on Read more about Thinking about adopting self-management? Read this first![…]

Balancing the individual with the collective

Balancing the individual with the collective – encouraging the “me” to show up in the great wide “we” Christmas is over. We’ve survived the festive feast and arrived at the New Year full of hope and some little expectation. Hopefully some of that’s true, but as we re-enter the world of work perhaps there’s an Read more about Balancing the individual with the collective[…]

Next stage organisations – leaving the safe harbour

“We want to see flourishing lives on a flourishing planet.” This was the heartfelt desire expressed by one group of participants in an event we hosted in Bristol in June this year. It is surely something that any human being would echo. Our modern institutions and organisations, however, seem incapable of delivering this. Their command Read more about Next stage organisations – leaving the safe harbour[…]

Distributed Leadership anchored in the Power to Object

Andon: Halting the Line In most traditional Japanese ‘lean’ manufacturing plants you will find sets of two cords dangling from above every few meters along the production line, within everyone’s reach, one yellow one red. If the yellow is pulled an alarm sounds, orange lights flash and the affected workstation number affected is displayed on Read more about Distributed Leadership anchored in the Power to Object[…]

the “why” of human organising

The Human Organising Co has come into being at a time when large-scale human political, economic and social systems are in crisis, struggling to cope with the speed and complexity of life and becoming increasingly disconnected from the true needs of people and planet. We believe there are new types of organisations emerging and new Read more about the “why” of human organising[…]

Future of Corporation Event

The Future of the Corporation 20th January 2017 – 6pm to 9 pm in central London (venue TBA) Book your place here. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Peter Drucker Context The world is changing fast and we can all be active in re-shaping our organisations to ensure they are Read more about Future of Corporation Event[…]

Winter solstice – the still point of the turning world

Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, that time in the year when the nights are longest and the days are coldest. In the forest around where I live, the holly trees are at the height of their powers, with leaves that are dark-green and shiny, whilst the oaks and other trees lie Read more about Winter solstice – the still point of the turning world[…]

Humans – simply imperfect machines?

Humans – simply imperfect machines? Posted on 7th November 2016 by Humanorganising Sometimes, I forget I am an animal. Carried away with my ability to think, to calculate and analyse, to plan and strategise, I forget that I have a body with its own urges and needs, its own intelligence and ways of experiencing the Read more about Humans – simply imperfect machines?[…]

The Problem with ‘Change Management

The Problem with Change Management As a coach I have always steered away from ‘change management’, even though it is a huge industry and I would probably have done quite well in it. Intuitively change management has always struck me as unfair or oppressive, even when it was well-intentioned and perfectly rational. It has appeared Read more about The Problem with ‘Change Management[…]