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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 14 Apr 22

By Joost Minnaar and originally published at corporate-rebels.com Around the year 1900, rats were a huge problem in Hanoi, Vietnam — known then as French Indochina. The colonial government came up with a new public policy to solve the problem: a citywide rat bounty program. In an effort to encourage the local entrepreneurial spirit, and to provide locals with a new source of income, the government started to pay citizens to kill rats. But since the colonial rulers didn’t want to be bothered with the task of rat corpse disposal, they decided to pay a bounty of one cent to …

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By Joost Minnaar and originally published at corporate-rebels.com Around the year 1900, rats were a huge problem in Hanoi, Vietnam — known then as French Indochina. The colonial government came up with a new public policy to solve the problem: a citywide rat bounty program. In an effort to encourage the local entrepreneurial spirit, and to provide locals with a …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 31 Mar 22

By Stephan Grabmeier and originally published at https://stephangrabmeier.de/bani-versus-vuca/ We live in a VUCA world: this summary used to hit the nail on the head during the last few decades. Through this lens, however, we no longer can derive useful information from this model. Instead, we seem to face chaos larger than VUCA – in politics, global warming and the current pandemic, any many other spheres of life. For future purposes, I therefore would like to propose that we apply the BANI acronym instead of VUCA. The meaning of each component of this new word – B:rittle, A:nxious, N:on-linear and I:ncomprehensible …

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By Stephan Grabmeier and originally published at https://stephangrabmeier.de/bani-versus-vuca/ We live in a VUCA world: this summary used to hit the nail on the head during the last few decades. Through this lens, however, we no longer can derive useful information from this model. Instead, we seem to face chaos larger than VUCA – in politics, global warming and the current …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 7 Mar 22

Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness: A 12-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentPart I: The Social Grammar of DestructionIn this blog, I invite you to join me in a meditative journey on the current moment. We start with Putin’s war in Ukraine, unpack some of the deeper systemic forces at play, look at the emerging landscape of conflicting social fields, and conclude with what may well be the emerging superpower of 21st-century politics: our capacity to activate collective action from a shared awareness of the whole.1. Crossing the Threshold“The world will never be the same.” These are, according …

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Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness: A 12-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentPart I: The Social Grammar of DestructionIn this blog, I invite you to join me in a meditative journey on the current moment. We start with Putin’s war in Ukraine, unpack some of the deeper systemic forces at play, look at the emerging landscape of …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 22 Nov 21

Decision-makers at the COP26 UN climate summit might do well to remind themselves of a game called ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’. Because only by understanding the interconnection of the world’s problems can we recognize how they can be rapidly solved by addressing them systemically at the root. Invented in the 1990s by three college students, ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ was based on the idea that prolific actor Kevin Bacon has appeared in films with a vast number of other actors. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the movie ‘Dave’ with Laura Linney who was in ‘Mystic River’ with …

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Decision-makers at the COP26 UN climate summit might do well to remind themselves of a game called ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’. Because only by understanding the interconnection of the world’s problems can we recognize how they can be rapidly solved by addressing them systemically at the root. Invented in the 1990s by three college students, ‘Six Degrees of Kevin …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Sep 21

By Norbert Netten and originally published in its entirety at https://powerofconnection.world/ This is Part 4 of a 4-part series in Enlivening Edge Magazine. Read Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3 . Radical Self-management: Total freedom and full responsibility for yourself, each other and the result To optimize a team or organization, many people use what is known as the ‘structural-approach’. Their focus is on getting the right people on the right job, coach them to learn the skills they need, focus on business strategy for success, create complimentary teams, assign tasks and responsibilities, establish basic operating principles and more. That …

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By Norbert Netten and originally published in its entirety at https://powerofconnection.world/ This is Part 4 of a 4-part series in Enlivening Edge Magazine. Read Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3 . Radical Self-management: Total freedom and full responsibility for yourself, each other and the result To optimize a team or organization, many people use what is known as the ‘structural-approach’. …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 18 Aug 21

By Norbert Netten and originally published in its entirety at https://powerofconnection.world/ This is Part 3 of a 4-part series in Enlivening Edge Magazine. Read Part 1 , Part 2. Watch for future EE publication of the later parts which are currently visible at the original site. Radical Self-management: Total freedom and full responsibility for yourself, each other and the result To optimize a team or organization, many people use what is known as the ‘structural-approach’. Their focus is on getting the right people on the right job, coach them to learn the skills they need, focus on business strategy for success, …

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By Norbert Netten and originally published in its entirety at https://powerofconnection.world/ This is Part 3 of a 4-part series in Enlivening Edge Magazine. Read Part 1 , Part 2. Watch for future EE publication of the later parts which are currently visible at the original site. Radical Self-management: Total freedom and full responsibility for yourself, each other and the result To …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Jul 21

By Norbert Netten and originally published in its entirety at https://powerofconnection.world/ This is Part 2 of a 4-part series in Enlivening Edge Magazine. Read Part 1 Watch for future EE publication of the later parts which are currently visible at the original site. Radical Self-management: Total freedom and full responsibility for yourself, each other and the result To optimize a team or organization, many people use what is known as the ‘structural-approach’. Their focus is on getting the right people on the right job, coach them to learn the skills they need, focus on business strategy for success, create complimentary teams, …

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By Norbert Netten and originally published in its entirety at https://powerofconnection.world/ This is Part 2 of a 4-part series in Enlivening Edge Magazine. Read Part 1 Watch for future EE publication of the later parts which are currently visible at the original site. Radical Self-management: Total freedom and full responsibility for yourself, each other and the result To optimize a team …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 31 Mar 21

In ancient Jerusalem there was a gate called the Eye of the Needle which was so narrow that when a fully loaded camel approached it, all the bundles had to be removed so that the camel could pass through. Referring to this well-known image of his day, Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”This is what comes to mind as I contemplate images of the Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal. Fully loaded with containers on their way from Asia …

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In ancient Jerusalem there was a gate called the Eye of the Needle which was so narrow that when a fully loaded camel approached it, all the bundles had to be removed so that the camel could pass through. Referring to this well-known image of his day, Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 30 Oct 20

The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn. How to Transform Trumpism After Trump: On Post-Truth, Post-Democracy, and Post-Humanity.The US election next week feels like a planetary watershed moment, with implications well beyond the United States. This moment has an exterior and an interior dimension. The exterior dimension is a referendum on the occupant of the White House. But a change there will not on its own change much. The interior dimension is a change in the heart — a change in the inner place that we operate from as we move forward in this critical decade.Figure 1: Three Conditions of Trumpism, Three …

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The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn. How to Transform Trumpism After Trump: On Post-Truth, Post-Democracy, and Post-Humanity.The US election next week feels like a planetary watershed moment, with implications well beyond the United States. This moment has an exterior and an interior dimension. The exterior dimension is a referendum on the occupant of the White House. But a …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 24 Jul 20

Authentic Stories in the WorkplaceOn the importance of systems-change leaders bringing their whole selves to work.Photo by Toa Heftiba on UnsplashIn many organisational settings, there is an unspoken agreement of separation between self and work. It was long assumed, in management and organisational theory, that what was going on at home or a person’s experiences outside of work, had no bearing on their ability to run a company, be a good employee, or foster a healthy team culture. Or that they shouldn’t. The occasional exception might have been telling a personal story or anecdote that was of direct relevance to a particular …

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Authentic Stories in the WorkplaceOn the importance of systems-change leaders bringing their whole selves to work.Photo by Toa Heftiba on UnsplashIn many organisational settings, there is an unspoken agreement of separation between self and work. It was long assumed, in management and organisational theory, that what was going on at home or a person’s experiences outside of work, had no bearing on …

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