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Civil disobedience facing strategic blindness

This quick note is to alert you to the publication of the first 2020 Briefing Note just published. You can see it here and you can also sign up for future Notes.

I have also written two complementary articles you can read either on my website or on LinkedIn. Comments are closed here so Linkedin will let you react to my thoughts! Which I hope you will.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

What is culture?

In my 18+ years of strategic advising, I’ve seen so many variations of how people interpret the word. My conclusion? The word culture means everything and nothing. It’s a flexible word we can use as we wish. It is used by senior management and communicators to inspire people. HR specialists use the concept to help guide hiring decisions. Advisors and consultants say they can help you shape your culture. (more…)

Working out loud is natural for gig mindsetters

One of the important gig mindset behaviors I studied in the 2018 survey is the following: Behavior 3. “I am comfortable with opening up early, working out loud, and taking feedback from outside the project team into account as the project advances.”  This is not the traditional way of working! Even gig mindsetters can make progress here because it is a tough way to work if your organizational culture does not support it. Tough and risky. (more…)

The lost art of reading, the lost art of writing

I just finished my 3rd Briefing Note of 2019 which I entitled: The lost art of reading, the lost art of writing. Pessimistic? Yes, but that’s the reality I see around. I included notes about Alan Rusbridger’s new book: Breaking News. The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now.

I’ve been a fan of Rusbridger ever since I read Play It Again. An Amateur Against the Impossible. I wrote about it in 2014: What we can learn from a newspaper (and it’s not the news)

I’m running late on my Briefing Notes, and I”ll just blame my book project for that, but it’s no excuse!