Five Stages of Autonomy

I came across an article by Matt Mullenweg about what he calls the Five Levels of Autonomy. It is an interesting article which is worth reading at length, but in brief the five levels are: Level Zero autonomy is a job which cannot be done unless you’re physically there Level One autonomy where the work isn’t remote-friendly Level Two where work is enabled remotely, for a while, but not intended as a long term solution....

July 13, 2020 · 5 min read · 963 words

A Change Management Primer

Jack Welch was a believer in the importance of a company’s ability to change. To the extent he asserted that when the rate of change inside a company is slower than the rate of change outside it, the end is in sight. Conditions before, during and after change are best illustrated in Lewin’s Force Field Analysis Model. On one side is the driving forces and on the other are restraining forces....

July 5, 2020 · 6 min read · 1069 words

'I' and 'Me'

In No one is to blame for misbehaviour, I made reference to George Herbert Mead’s ‘I’ and ‘Me’. But what did he mean by them and what are their implications for the practice of management? Writing in 1931, John Dewey observed, when trying to sum up Mead’s influence on his own life and work: His mind was deeply original- in my contacts and my judgment the most original mind in philosophy in the America of the last generation… I dislike to think what my own thinking might have been were it not for the seminal ideas which I derived from him....

June 12, 2017 · 10 min read · 1981 words

No One Is To Blame For Misbehaviour

In Michael Crichton’s novel Rising Sun, the character John Connor makes the observation: The Japanese have a saying: ‘Fix the problem, not the blame’. Find out what’s screwed up and fix it. Nobody gets blamed. We’re always after who screwed up. Their way is better. While it is likely this proverb is as much a product of the author’s imagination as the fictional Nakamoto Corporation around which the novel pivots, it doesn’t detract from it being apposite when looking it how organisations and individuals address agency when something goes wrong....

May 19, 2017 · 10 min read · 2046 words