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The nitty gritty of Organizations Don't Tweet, People Do

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I am often asked "What is it like to work with The United Nations or The European Commission". struggle with the question because I don''t. work with people who work for those organisations. In fact I will be working with those people in both organisations again in the next couple of weeks. They struggle. It is not easy. It is not a conversation.

Organisational anarchist or corporate jester?

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Please go and read the whole thing but hopefully Phillipe will excuse this extensive snip: Immanuel Kant describes anarchy as "Law and Freedom without Force" - this idea combined with one school of thought of anarchism - where the focus is on non-hierarchical organizations - was to me a kind of ultimate long term result.

2.0 on the outside but 1.0 on the inside

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This is what I was getting at in the chapters "We all need to grow up", "The ultimate in democracy" and "Evolution on steroids" in my book.

A healthy outlaw approach

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"To live with courage in any work or in any organization, we must know intimately the part of us that does not give a damn about the organization or the work. That knows how to live outside the law as well as within it. In a conversation of equals, there is all to play for. We see with the eyes of those who do not quite belong.

Organizations Don't Tweet now out in hardback

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Looks like Amazon now have my book Organizations Don't Tweet, People Do on their "shelves" ! Something I hadn't realised previously was that my publisher John Wiley & Sons is able to do special runs of the book with individualised company inserts such as a frontispiece or introduction.

Accountability

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This is true not just of individuals but of groups, organizations and society itself. There is something testing about putting your thoughts in writing, especially in public. The discipline of being forced to consider “Is this really what I think? What will people’s response be when they see what I think? Will I be OK with that?”

The eBook edition of my book is published!

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Thanks to the guys at Wiley the eBook edition of my book "Organizations don't tweet, people do" is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

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When the BBC lost the plot

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So too with organizations. Yet, studies of organizations across a number of sectors have shown that those which score higher on such values perform significantly better than other organizations on precisely those practical things. Having a sense of goodness is just as important for organizations as for individuals

Google Author Rank

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Organizations Don't Tweet - People Do! Although I don't claim any expertise in marketing I do, increasingly, get drawn into conversations with clients about how to do it on the social web. Given my grumpiness about the way marketing has hijacked the phrase social media and turned it into so much less than it could be this is ironic!

Protecting their bollocks

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Organizations fabricate these shiny images of themselves and then fight fiercely to protect them. It fascinates me the amount of effort that goes into maintaining brands. They spend loads of money polishing their shiny façades and even turn the myths inwards on their staff. But it's bollocks and we all know it. What are brands so scared of

Note to self:

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Very simply, because all economic organizations involve at least some degree of power, and power always pisses people off. Why does every new management theorist seem to want to outdo Chairman Mao in calling for perpetual havoc on the old order? That is the human condition. Matthew Stewart via Dennis Howlett

Formal study of Organizations Don't Tweet, People Do

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For a couple of years now Dr. Silagh White, of Lehigh University in the USA, has included study of my book as part of a course on Entrepreneurial Communications for Creative Industries. Last year I took part in a live Twitter chat with the students and this year I have just been reviewing some of the questions that the book raised for the them.

Real conversations with real people about real products and services.

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Remember Organizations Don't Tweet - People Do. Most companies still hold the internet at arms length, whether through the controlled actions of their own marketing departments or, even worse, by using digital agencies many of whom are still stuck in the internet dark ages. They are going to have to join in some time.

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Developing a thick skin

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Remember Organizations Don''t Tweet - People Do! "That''s what I should expect if I stick my ideas out there onto the internet". This was my daughter''s mature reaction the other day when a group of people took exception to one of her tweets. Their reaction had hurt her, and was unexpected, but not unusual.

Some of my best friends are grown ups

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My fantasy is a world where we all operate as autonomous, self directing cells in the greater organism of society. I often quote an exchange, many years ago, between myself and Dave Snowden in which Dave accused me of being anti-religious evangelicals while at the same time being evangelical about my own world view. Do we?

The power of intent

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This is why I talk of "the industrialisation of social media", it is also why I called my book Organizations Don''t Tweet, People Do! Yesterday I linked to this story of a company and the 45 day process it went through to come up with what it saw as a killer tweet. It doesn''t have to be this way.

The perils of professionalism

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Both relate to Organizations Don''t Tweet, People Do. I have written about this before but a couple of things prompted me to think about it again. To my surprise this kicked off a conversation about job titles! Today the issue of personal insights in professional documents came up. Is it appropriate?

Facebook Graph Search and your company's "digital plumage"

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Batelle sees this as a good thing in terms of individuals: And to me, this is a Very Good Thing. couple of years ago, I wrote a post titled The Rise of Digital Plumage in which I predicted that we’d all become habituated to “dressing” ourselves in structured data, so as to best present ourselves to the world at any given time.

I can feel another book coming on.

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I really enjoyed the process of writing my book  Organizations Don't Tweet - People Do and miss getting my teeth into longer form writing. have a six week tour of Australia coming up in October and November with lots of time possibly spent in hotel rooms so I am tempted to use that time to focus on writing another one.

Vander Wal on Sharepoint

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If your IT department has not yet deployed Sharepoint get them to read this post from Thomas Vanderwal which includes the following telling quote: “We went from 5 silos in our organization to hundreds in a month after deploying SharePoint”.

Run toward the explosion

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As she and her friends organize a Twitter meetup and try to get back to normal in Mumbai Dina quotes Suketu Mehta writing in the New York Times: If the rest of the world wants to help, it should run toward the explosion. It should fly to Mumbai, and spend money. Where else are you going to be safe? New York? London? Madrid?

Learn the ropes | ZDNet.com

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Following on from my previous post a client pointed me to this article on the Virgin Facebook fiasco. The writer concludes with the following paragraph which believe it or not sums up exactly why I originally got into this stuff all those years ago at the BBC. The public firing of staff around this brought a lot of negative publicity.

Organizing

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Quoted at length from Self-organization of complex, intelligent systems: an action ontology for transdisciplinary integration , Francis Heylighen , Integral Review : A mobilization system would combat this confused and unproductive way of acting by redirecting effort in the most efficient way at the most important issues.

Creating the AAA Organization

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They need to both work in their hierarchy and in a self-organizing network simultaneously ! – Valdis Krebs, Orgnet. – Jon Husband.

The post-hierarchical organization

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With an external environment that is highly connected, organizations have to get connected inside. Hierarchies are good for command and control.

Lateral Organizations

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Lateral organizations, or more egalitarian structures, have been the exception. He speculated that it was a fragile form. Wirearchy

self-organization is the future

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It all hinges on individuals taking control of their learning, and organizations giving up control. ” – Isaac Asimov.

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Jay Cross

Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. The resemblance of their suggestions and the content of Real Learning is uncanny. India.

Organizing Talent

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The opposite of ‘routine’ is ‘original’ Labour is routine. Talent is original. Labour is viewing humans as resources.

Networked individuals trump organizations

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As hyperlinks subvert hierarchy , so does work fragmentation subvert organizations. Stowe Boyd. – Ross Dawson.

Reinventing Organizations – Review

Harold Jarche

What is a “Teal Organization”? Evolutionary purpose: let the organization adapt and grow, not be driven. That’s it.

Building the network era organization

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Part of the shift that organizations will have to make in the network era will be not only to add new dimensions, but to retrieve some old ones.

self-organization and self-reflection

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That is when it dawned on us that here was the self-organizing plural sector in action. call these Friday’s Finds. So how do we do that?

Calling Frederic Laloux Of Reinventing Organizations

Dan Pontefract

Dear Frederic, I read your book, Reinventing Organizations. 31 May, 2015. Regardless, there are parts of your book I rather enjoyed.

no organization is an island

Harold Jarche

Organizations are alive when people can exert their autonomy in ethical practice. The organization must be alive. No Man is an Island.

Organize for Complexity

Harold Jarche

” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his recent book Organize for Complexity.

The Coherent Organization

Jay Cross

This post continues an ongoing conversation about The Coherent Organization. The article describes The Coherent Organization , the Internet Time Alliance ‘s shorthand for a company where individuals are aligned with the organizational mission and information flows from outside in and back again in ways that accelerate work.

the keystone of the intelligent organization

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The intelligent organization is based on a simple structure that has the flexibility to deal with complex situations.

Perhaps the Purpose of an Organization?

Dan Pontefract

The yin-yang relationship between an engaged organization and an impeccable level of customer service just might be the new purpose of an organization.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the  T-shaped organization.  Brown offers a very good answer to these questions.