The Myth of Managed Culture Change →

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Chris Corrigan:

A culture is emergent and is the result of millions of interactions, behaviours, artifacts and stories that people build up over time. It is unpredictable and results in surprise. The idea that a “culture change initiative” can be rolled out from the top of an organization is not only a myth, it’s a hidden form of colonization. And worse, the idea that people need to be changed in the way the boss determines if we are to become the kind of place that we all aspire too is cruel and violent.

Some fantastic notes and practices from Chris. Essential reading for those of us working with groups and organizations to address ‘culture change’.

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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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