The Weed Economy, Part 2

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 - 4:06pm

Link: Using Bees to Detect Cancer Imagine what the world will be in a 100 years, when we have fully re-membered our symbiotic relationship to everything around us. This is an aspect of how the world was before the primacy of hierarchy, specialization and authority that we have slowly lost since the emergence of writing: […]

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KONY 2012: What is the source of Integrity in a Social World?

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 - 4:21pm

As I’m sure the vast majority of you experienced yesterday, Invisible Children (an NGO focused on ending conflict in Uganda) captured the attention of tens of millions of Facebook users yesterday (last count for the Youtube version of the video alone was 30 million views). I myself was moved not only by the worthiness of the cause […]

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God’s Heckler

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Be Resource / Be Source, Industrial Era / Social Era | Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 - 5:13pm

As a follow-up to my last post, The Weed Economy, here’s a story from the Hindu tradition: Guha was a barbarian hunter. He hunted in the forest with great skill. He was one with the tangled underbrush, cousin to the monkey and the tiger. The priests in the city thought it was their duty to […]

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The Weed Economy

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 - 5:50pm

No, not that weed economy; I’m at least 20 years beyond making that particular case. The ‘weed’ I’m referring to is the Industrial Era notion that some things belong and are useful and some things…well, don’t. [A weed is] a plant that is considered by the user of the term to be a nuisance, and normally applied to unwanted […]

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Louis C.K. gets where the world is going better than most of our business leaders do

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 - 6:08pm

Comedian – that seems like such a small box for what this guy’s become – Louis C.K. conducted an experiment over the past four days by selling his latest comedy DVD directly to consumers (he had also directed and edited – as well as of course wrote and performed – the whole thing himself). The […]

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Testus Pro

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 - 9:45pm

oc·cu·py ˈä-kyə-ˌpī to engage the attention or energies of to reside or have one’s place of business in to fill or take up (a space or time) Like you, I have read about and watched videos of the Occupy ‘movement’ over the past several months. And, like you, I have had a variety of reactions: […]

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Corporate Disobedience: A Follow-up to NPR Interview

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 8:58pm

Two days ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time with John Dankosky on his radio program, Where We Live (you can download a recording here). The conversation was wonderful and, as is always the case with conversation, there’s more that could be said. Without rehashing all the points we covered on the program, […]

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Fiscal Quarters subvert Leadership, Part 2

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Saturday, Apr 9, 2011 - 9:41pm

If you haven’t already, you may want to watch the brief interview with Felix Salmon ( before reading this post. 13-week Time Horizons Create the Illusion of Engagement and Motivation In late 1993, I was asked to take a position in the corporate Marketing function of the publishing firm I had been working for. I […]

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Fiscal Quarters subvert Leadership, Part 1

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Monday, Feb 28, 2011 - 9:00pm

Yes to everything Felix is saying and, while there are significant social implications of what he sees, I’d like to put the talk into the context of our conversations about work and organization. There are many points to raise, but for now let’s stick with just one: the impact of Wall Street’s emphasis on Quarterly results. […]

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On-demand violins

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 - 4:44pm

Those of you who have participated in one of my ‘Five Transformations’ workshops* are familiar with the emphasis I place on the ability to deliver a fundamentally customized, individual-centric product/service. I go so far as to say that it is a ‘price of admission’ for the emerging economy. Individualized Lego sets (that you customize down […]

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