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Winter solstice – the still point of the turning world
December’s newsletter: 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 Read more about Winter solstice – the still point of the turning world[…]
The bank that cares about more than money
Here’s a fascinating article about Handelsbanken, the Swedish bank that has over 200 branches in the UK and is the fastest growing bank in the UK. The article explains how the bank has a very different approach from the typical large banks, which are very focused on finding the benefits of large-scale. Handelsbanken is much Read more about The bank that cares about more than money[…]
Humans – simply imperfect machines?
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 world. I forget to honour my body’s need to move, to breathe Read more about Humans – simply imperfect machines?[…]
Love and the corporation
28 years ago I travelled with a backpack in the north-east of Thailand, staying in guesthouses and visiting towns and small villages. It was an amazing experience. I fell in love with the people, who sought to live their lives with dignity and joy whilst struggling to survive in a poor and very dry region. Read more about Love and the corporation[…]
Farewell to feudalism? Time to change company law!
It is a rare thing to hear a Conservative prime minister call for more responsible capitalism. Theresa May’s remarks at the recent party conference of the UK’s Conservativeare party are a sign that large corporations are breaking the unwritten contract they have with society. Corporate scandals that regularly hit the headlines (most recently Sports Direct and BHS, Read more about Farewell to feudalism? Time to change company law![…]
Reflections on the 2016 Human Organising Festival
Here’s some reflections I had after the first Human Organising Festival in June: Firstly, here’s a selection of comments from participants: “what a great festival it was! Congratulations! And thank you for the inspiration.” “Well done on organising an inspiring gathering.” “Thanks so much for this extraordinary festival.” “I think there is a huge need Read more about Reflections on the 2016 Human Organising Festival[…]
For years I have been working in the field of organisational structures, driven by a fascination with how business is organised, what our social structures do to people and what implications that has for society and the planet. In this post I give an overview of developments in this field and how the Human Organising Read more about Human Organising?[…]
Psychological safety makes for a good team
There’s an interesting recent article in the New York Times here about Google’s search for the perfect team. After a lot of research, they ended up focusing on “psychological safety” – the notion that in the most effective teams, people can say what they think or feel without fear or criticism or attack. “We must Read more about Psychological safety makes for a good team[…]
How great leaders serve others
Here’s a nice TED talk by former captain of a US nuclear submarine. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxScottAFB-David-Marquet-How Some quotes: when he was first given command, he had “a crew trained for compliance and a captain trained for a different submarine.” So “we stopped giving orders…I had no list of what anyone on that submarine had to do, other Read more about How great leaders serve others[…]
For several years I have been very interested in a group practice that I feel has great potential for application in business. It is a method of decision-making that is sometimes described as dialogue. It is as old as the hills and variants thereof can be found in the Quaker business method, Native American Indian Read more about On dialogue[…]