“Being a victim of disruption or being the disruptor?”

by Didier Marlier on Saturday March 27th, 2010

As promised, last week, I propose to give us some time for reflection on the theme of the “Open Economy” and would like to invite you (via e.mail or on the blog) to  co-create the “Disruption Experience” which we want to be novel, powerful and impactful.

The Disruption Experience (“The most life-changing Executive Think-Tank you’ll ever attend”) will be a highly innovative workshop aiming at supporting CEO’s and their teams explore and understand what the emerging Open Economy is about. It will help you and your team structure your thoughts and response to it (“Preparing for the future instead of guessing it”) and ready yourselves in terms of strategic process, organization (creating intelligent organizations) and leadership. We hope to run the first workshop in August/September in São-Paulo (Brazil is the country where many of these things are already happening) and take it to other places later.

The series of articles I just wrote on the Open Economy can be found under “categories” on the right of the blog page (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/category/open-networkopen-source-leadership/).

Open Economy articles follow the  structure below:

A) Introductory articles:

“From guessing the future to preparing for it”: was sharing back in September, the first intuitions my partners and I had that the future of strategy would be far more around the process of engaging people and organizations into strategy than the mere content.(http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2009/09/11/from-guessing-the-future-to-preparing-for-it/)

“The biggest disruption in History”: was following the previous post, explaining that the fundamental assumption of scarcity of information had shifted to abundance and that it was making the capacity of the leaders to engage their people into the future of the organization each time more compelling (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2009/10/04/the-biggest-disruption-in-history/)

“Which footprint do we want to leave as leaders of the next decade?”: was building on an excellent post of Umair Haque (Havas Media Lab and Harvard Business Review blogger), “The Builders’ Manifesto” inviting us to be reconstructing leaders rather than maintenance leaders(http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/01/09/which-footprint-do-we-want-to-leavelive-as-leaders-of-the-next-decade%E2%80%9D/).

B) Articles around the history and emerging values of the Open Economy

“On our way towards Open Economy” really launched the series of posts about the topic. It provided a bit of background and history (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/01/23/on-our-way-towards-open-economy/)

“Please don’t call this Economy 2.0!” developed the sets of values which are starting to emerge from the Open Economy (Generosity/Responsibility & self discipline, Abundance principle of, authentic Value, Interdependence, Trust, Authenticity, Sharing attitude) http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/01/30/dont-call-this-economy-2-0/

C) Articles around the impact of Open Economy on our ways of organizing

“The starfish and the spider” build the case for migrating from traditional, hierarchy dependent and centralized organization towards decentralized and purpose-led organisms which we call “Intelligent Organizations”. (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/02/06/%E2%80%9Cthe-starfish-and-the-spider-or-the-urge-to-design-intelligent-organizations%E2%80%9D/)

“Why I can’t agree with Groucho Marx” continues to buid the case of “Intelligent Organizations” taking several military cases and contradicting G. Marx famous provocation “Army intelligence is a contradiction in terms” (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/02/14/why-i-can%E2%80%99t-agree-with-groucho-marx/).

“From pyramidal to organic structures” develops the first criteria for building intelligent organizations: a strong and shared sense of Purpose (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/02/22/from-pyramidal-to-organic-structures/)

“The plane that was flown by 500 pilots” expands on the second condition for designing an intelligent organization: a permanent and purpose related feedback loop (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/02/28/the-plane-that-was-flown-by-500-pilots/)

“Connecting People” elaborates on the third condition to maintain an intelligent organization: a fertile ground of relationships (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/03/07/%E2%80%9Cconnecting-people%E2%80%9D/)

D) Article around the way Open Economy impacts leadership

“Leading in the Open Economy: disrupting, connecting, tribalizing and engaging”: builds on several inputs to describe how leadership styles and purpose will evolve with the Open Economy (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/03/14/%E2%80%9Cleading-in-the-open-economy-disrupting-connecting-tribalizing-and-engaging%E2%80%9D/)

E) Article about the strategy impact of the Open Economy

“The Game Changers in the Open Economy” presents some of the strategic Game Changers that Gerd Leonhard sees raising with the Open Economy (http://blog.enablersnetwork.com/2010/03/21/%E2%80%9Cthe-game-changers-in-the-open-economy%E2%80%9D/)

I hope you will find this summary helpful. In Salvador (Bahia) for a few more days and back to Switzerland soon. Have a great week

Didier

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