Power, Dominance and the Corruption of the Hierarchy

“For years I had to convince people to follow my ideas and decisions. Then I became a supervisor and finally had the power to make them to do what I wanted…” – manager of a financial services firm  “The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.” ―… Continue Reading

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Checking in Sharpies: Lessons in Overused Hierarchies

Recently a friend of mine was sharing a story about an experience he had with an organization he works with. He had stopped by the supply closet to pick up some supplies for a collaborative meeting he was hosting. When he was handed the supplies, including sharpie markers, he was asked what time he would… Continue Reading

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  1. […] my last post I discussed the overuse of hierarchies as organizational structures and how they lead to systems of […]

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18 Hours to Wheels Up! What Special Operations’ Rapid Deployment Can Teach us About Good Hierarchies

Standing vigilant around the clock, 365 days of the year, and ready at a moments notice, Special Operations Command designates a continually rotating force ready to be ‘wheels up’ and deploy in 18 hours anywhere in the world in response to national security threats. It is a remarkable feat. Thousands of operators from distant locations… Continue Reading

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Train Wrecks, Tyranny, and the Erie Railroad: McCallum’s Unintended Legacy

Unless you work for yourself, a small business, or a rare forward-thinking company, you probably spend much of your day trapped in a dysfunctional hierarchy. A hierarchy in which status is obsessively tracked and privilege granted on an organizational (org) chart. Interestingly, this (all too often) tool of tyranny actually began as a railroad switching… Continue Reading

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  1. […] my last post we introduced the idea of the origins of the organizational chart, McCallum’s original intent for […]

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Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA): Four Elemental Forces

    In a recent post I presented the idea that we’ve arrived at a Fork in the Road. A Fork characterized by a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (vuca) environment. A reality emerging at the confluence of elemental forces: free and frictionless information, rapid technological disruption, and globalized compression of a noisier world becoming… Continue Reading

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My NOT 2nd Post

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt I find this quote to be simultaneously humorous and relevant today. I launched this blog last Thursday and my intent was to post on a variety of closely related topics I collectively label as… Continue Reading

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  1. martha jolley says:

    Wow! Love it!

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The Fork in the Road

Color between the lines and get good grades. Play by the rules and fit in. Work hard and keep your head down. Put your time in, keep the system happy and enjoy retirement. As interchangeable ‘resources’ we were commanded, coerced, and controlled. We followed, complied, and conformed. We had downwardly-directive, upwardly-focused, industrial-age hierarchies of power… Continue Reading

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  1. […] a recent post I presented the idea that we’ve arrived at a Fork in the Road. A Fork characterized by a […]

  2. […] my first post I called out that we are at a Fork in the Road; that this Fork will demand new approaches; and that […]

  3. Good read. Couldn’t agree more. Hard to believe the default top down model still exists, but it is widespread.

  4. […] my first post I called out that we are at a Fork in the Road; that this Fork will demand new approaches; and that […]

  5. […] I called out in my first post, it will also require heretic leaders. It was a pleasure chatting with ‘Heretic’ Gromen and I […]

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