A Contrarian’s Guide to Organisational Transformation →

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Patrick Hollingworth:

At its most abstract level, this contrarian approach to organisational transformation is about working from where you already are, rather than aiming for where you want to be. It is about working with what you’ve already got, rather than what you’d like to have. It is about quietly going-about an ongoing transformation with minimal energy expenditure, rather than loudly going-about a finite transformation with massive energy expenditure.

This is a great read. The contrarian approach to organisational transformation (or change) that Patrick outlines makes an awful lot of sense.

Via Kevin Bishop.

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What if All I Want Is a Mediocre Life? →

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Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui:

What if I all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between. Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?

So many feels. It’s easy to see why this blog post has gone viral. Krista poses some interesting questions. I’d be perfectly happy spending my days in a house by the beach, sitting on the couch drinking a beer and patting my dog.

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Marianne Roux on Australian Leadership →

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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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