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The Ecology of a Social Movement: The Quakers and Social Reform – Public Talk RSA London December 7 2018


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On Friday December 7 2018 I will be at the RSA’s Rawthmell’s Café 8 John Adam Street, London, speaking on the Ecology of a Social Movement, using the Quakers of the First Industrial Revolution as my example. They were an astonishing … Continue reading


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Brexit: Crisis and Opportunity for Britain and the EU – a Systems Perspective


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“In a multi-layered complex system stability is achieved by having the big and/or slow processes govern through constraint the smaller, faster processes. Sudden change can take place in a complex system when agents at one level escape the constraints usually … Continue reading


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Fire and Ice: All I want for Christmas is a Sump Pump!


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It’s been a horrid two weeks week weather-wise in Southern Ontario. First we had a hard freeze, making it unusually cold for this time of the year, then we had a heavy snowstorm, which dumped about 30 cm of snow … Continue reading


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Heading for London, Vilnius and Vienna


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This week I am travelling to London England, which I will use as my base to attend conferences in Vilnius, Lithuania and Vienna, Austria. In Vilnius I am the opening speaker at the International Forum on the Future of Europe. … Continue reading


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Renewing Rome Part III: The Future is the Means – the Present is the End


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Last week I took an ecological perspective on Pope Francis and his efforts to renew the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). His chosen role of prophet (rather than the other two religious offices of priest and king) is to bring passion … Continue reading


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The Natural Case for Employee Engagement


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Yesterday the Strategic Management Bureau asked, “Is the unending search for ‘the business case’ for employee engagement a futile exercise?” and cited an article on the topic. In my response to the question I suggested that the attempt to create … Continue reading


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Shareholder Value Part III: A New Narrative for Capitalism


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The ripples from Joe Nocera’s August 10 column in The New York Times, “Down With Shareholder Value” continue to radiate throughout the blogosphere. This past week I came across Miguel Padró’s Yahoo blog, “Is ‘Maximizing Shareholder Value’ No Longer the … Continue reading


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Recipe for Ruin: Nothing Lasts Unless It Is Incessantly Renewed


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Over the weekend a comment on a management blog referred to a piece by management writer Steve Denning in Forbes magazine. Entitled “The Key Missing Ingredient in Leadership Today”, it argued that real leadership is all about transforming systems, not … Continue reading


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The Re-Enchantment of Management and The Renewal of Capitalism


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Recently the Harvard Business Review, McKinsey & Company and the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) conducted a series of three competitions on “Reinventing Management”. The first was the The Management 2.0 Challenge, which characterized the existing version of management as version … Continue reading


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