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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bad Apples or Bad Barrels? An ecological perspective on ethics in management


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In my last two blogs I have suggested that many of our institutions have lost their sense of purpose, as their means to success have steadily become ends-in-themselves. This loss of purpose has been accompanied by a steady increase in … Continue reading


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When Means Become Ends: Part II – the unintended consequences of outsourcing


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My last blog suggested that many North American institutions have steadily lost their sense of purpose, as means have become ends-in-themselves. This weekend’s New York Times offered some more interesting examples of the many different ways in which the process works and … Continue reading


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When Means Become Ends: Have our institutions lost their sense of purpose?


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Forty years ago going to business school in the Western World, with a view to becoming a manager, was seen as an honorable endeavor. Back then we believed that management was a calling; a practice that had the potential to become … Continue reading


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The Ecocycle: A Mental Model for Understanding Complex Systems


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I found this evocative image a short time ago. It captures the intention and spirit of the book admirably: three dragons – I have named them Passion, Reason and Power – scramble on a Moebius strip in a never-ending three-cornered … Continue reading


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Contextual Intelligence: A String in the Labyrinth


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This week’s interim blog marks the posting of the Introduction to The New Ecology of Leadership as an excerpt.  What follows below is an extract from the introduction that identifies seven rewards for reading the book: Changing a legacy computing system … Continue reading


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Practical Wisdom: Homer 1 Spock 0


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In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the psychologist who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002, describes two great, fictional systems of human thought (fictional because they don’t actually exist as separate systems). System 1 is … Continue reading


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Ecological Rationality: Coming Soon to a Website Near You!


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In the dance of the seven veils (or is it seven dust covers?) that make up the pre-launch of The New Ecology of Leadership, the next scheduled event is the posting of the Introduction as an excerpt. I don’t have … Continue reading


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Good Questions Come Before Good Answers


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A discussion topic posted early in 2011 on the LinkedIn Harvard Business Review Readers’ Group was “What is Key to Success?” What followed were over 600 comments from members all over the globe. I did a highly unscientific sampling and … Continue reading


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The Battle for Management’s Future Best Books for 2011


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My interim blog for this week points to the addition to the site of my Strategy+Business essay, The Battle for Management’s Future. My scope for these best books essays is “management”, narrowly defined, so it excludes categories like Leadership and Strategy … Continue reading


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