Marianne Roux on Australian Leadership →

Marianne Roux:

Many Australian institutions remain closed, elite, slow, exclusive and linear.

Some astute observations. Herein lies a challenge.

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Brian Eno: We’ve Been in Decline for 40 Years →

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Brian Eno:

… society should be built on the more egalitarian model of a folk or rock band, who just get together and do their thing, rather than a classical orchestra. “Can’t you see,” he says with the passion of a visionary, “if you transpose that argument into social terms, it’s the argument between the top down and bottom up? It is possible to have a society that doesn’t have pre-existing rules and structures. And you can use the social structures of bands, theatre groups, dance groups, all the things we now call culture. You can say: ‘Well, it works here. Why shouldn’t it work elsewhere?’”

I love this metaphor.

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Ethics Can’t Be a Side Hustle →

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Mike Monteiro:

As designers, developers, engineers, or whatever you call yourself these days, you need to realize that there is an ethical component to what we do. And it’s more important than ever to exercise that judgement. It’s not optional. It’s not something you adapt to the ethics, or lack thereof, of your employer, and it’s not something you can save for a side hustle.

Decision making is not black and white. On a daily basis we are confronted with a wide range of ethical dilemmas. Mike raises some important points about being aware of this, making informed choices and exercising good judgement.

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Why the Millions We Spend on Employee Engagement Buy Us So Little →

Jacob Morgan writing for HBR:

When organizations make real gains, it’s because they’re thinking longer-term. They’re going beyond what engagement scores are telling them to do in the moment and redesigning employee experience, creating a place where people want, not just need, to work each day.

Some compelling evidence that shows our focus should be on how people experience their organisation day by day.

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Confusing the Roles of Consultant, Moderator, Facilitator →

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Eric Lynn:

It has become desirable–unfortunately–for “consultants” to describe oneself as a “facilitator”. The word seems to sound good, and where the client themselves are not quite clear on the significant differences in these roles, they may well be impressed enough to provide you with business, while being unaware of the consequences of not clarifying either precisely what they want/need or the depth of skills the consultant actually brings with them.

This continues along the same lines as my post from last Friday. It’s so important to distinguish between the roles of Consultant, Moderator and Facilitator. The article also highlights how critical contracting and re-contracting with clients is.

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