Category Archives: change managment

The tide is coming in: Archives and the digital tsunami

Like all businesses, archives face the challenges from the social media economy.[1] For most people archives can seem a dusty forgotten place that only scholars or researchers would have an interest. In many ways, this is true because it is … Continue reading

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Culture eats your structure for lunch

Peter Drucker allegedly said that culture eats strategy for breakfast.  If strategy is for breakfast then your structure is for lunch.  Culture will overcome any structural chart or any reorganisation. Companies fail because they believe that a restructure will change … Continue reading

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Systems thinking for middle managers: workplace democracy in action.

As middle manager, I have been thinking a lot about how I do my job. As a colleague explained to me, “We are the jam in the sandwich.”  I liked the idea because it shows a central, sweet, and connective … Continue reading

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In the age of social media, will your Chief Executive sort your mail?

The question is shocking, as it seems impossible. Yet, in today’s social media enhanced workplace, the potential is implicit within the technology.   We would not expect a Chief executive to open a company’s mail, sort it and deliver it. Yet, … Continue reading

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Privacy and the right to be forgotten: who owns your personal information?

Over the past year, the right to be forgotten (RTBF) has become a topic of debate and interest.  What began as an academic or theoretical issue has become a legislative proposal within the European Union.  From the perspective of the … Continue reading

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Are you aware of how your solution has unintended consequences?

In trying to manage, it is important to start by understanding the issue or the problem before trying to solve it. As Peter Drucker wrote, an effective executive asks, “What needs to be done?” Often times, a manager may believe … Continue reading

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The rise of the networked managers: sense making in the social media age.

The manager’s role is changing. The new organisation, connected and networked,  requires managers to deal with internal and external issues.  The required skill set is changing.  In the past, the focus may have been on service delivery based on top … Continue reading

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