The next in our series of interviews asking a number of noted thought leaders for their views on essential questions around Organizational Change. On this occasion I was fortunate to spend time discussing some aspects of this with Kenneth Mikkelsen. Kenneth says of himself: I am dedicated to improving the quality of leadership in the…

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photo Aman Shrivastava on unsplash “Far from censoring emotion or striving to eliminate it’s influence, it is necessary to recognize, understand and integrate emotions.” The world, and certainly the world of business, treats our primitive brains as something to be avoided. We are supposed to behave in rational, conscious ways. And yet, Neuroscience shows that…

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You will start to ask, are we really practising True democracy? It’s when you re-evaluate the concepts that are still in our current organizational practices and start to question them that you find that actually, “we say we do this, but is that what we are really doing”?

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I think we’ll move towards people in networks, instead of companies. People will be part of many networks in parallel.

Martin Köppelmann, CEO of Prediction Market platform Gnosis, was kind enough to find time from his busy schedule to talk to me about how blockchain technology may disrupt current organizational structures and how Prediction Markets might be able to help organizations transition to new ways of not just working, but existing.

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Now envision an organization where this is not the case; a place where there is positive, helpful engagement in achieving a business outcome. Where you don’t have to throw away many man-years of work and research because the people who need to act are too frightened to do so.

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So, here, without further digression, are a list of different types of ‘liminal doing’ with tentative descriptions. None are to my knowledge trademarked and so you should be able to use them in whatever way you like, even new, innovative and emergent ways.

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“train yourself to think systemically”

The 5 Whys originated at Toyota as part of the legendary Toyota Production System – the clear and elegant way of working into the systemic causes of problems easily transferred to strategy and management. Why Why analysis is a great way of exploring the systemic roots of a problem for solutions as shown in the illustration above.

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We don’t need 10,000 person organizations where everyone is an employee of an organization. That also might imply some changes to our governmental structures, because the insecurity for the individual in the gig economy, while good for an organization and its bottom line, doesn’t provide the safety nets that we’ve also received from businesses in the past.

Jean is on a quest to catalyze group productivity – cultivating flows for a more thrivable world, she co-creates strategy and culture that delivers on purpose. She is currently the ICO Project Lead at Holo, a distributed cloud hosting gateway helping to build the decentralized internet of the future.

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