'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

Leadership: A Human Encounter

Thomas Carlyle observed ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men’. In many ways, much business literature about ‘leadership’ only gets as far as Carlyle in its thinking and then rests, sure in the belief leaders are self-made people from whom lessons can be drawn and leadership techniques formalised. A classic example of this is an approach adopted by Howard Gardner in comparing eleven ‘leaders’ with a group of ten political and military leaders to test notions about leadership....

February 18, 2017 · 8 min read · 1566 words

The City of Love

One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist. — Stephen Hawking There is an old adage, the more we have the more we can give. This is true of temporal things as I can’t give money if I have no money, I can’t give time if I have no time, I can’t give of a skill set I don’t possess, but it is also true of spiritual things....

December 27, 2014 · 6 min read · 1138 words

God is Dead

I know I know… you don’t need to shout it I am not so superannuated that I am deaf to your cries. Months I can hear you say, without so much as a drunken ramble or intellectual fart on this blog and then in my first two words I have blasphemed, thereby offending the bulk of the worlds population and sending that little man at the end of my road into an apoplectic spin as he lurches between picketing my drive with signs predicting hell fire will rain down on Sydney and taking matters into his own hands and immolating me on the spot, in an attempt to save mankind....

October 2, 2010 · 5 min read · 909 words