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The plane that was flown by 500 pilots

Sunday February 28th, 2010 2 comments

This week, we will cover the second feature of “Intelligent/Organic enterprises”, after last week’s “Strong and shared sense of Purpose”. A permanent feedback loop: Staying with the human body metaphor: the only way to compensate for the lack of a centralized governing body (is it the heart, brain, nervous system???) is for all the components, aligned on the shared Purpose,…

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"From pyramidal to organic structures"

Monday February 22nd, 2010 0 comments

I hope to have made the point by now that, in order to strive in the fast changing “Open Network Economy”, we should not rely on the traditional, pyramidal, leaders-dependent organizations but rather start design “intelligent organizations”. In other terms, we must help our enterprises to migrate from an organizational model towards an organic one. What does an organic company/intelligent…

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Why I can’t agree with Groucho Marx

Sunday February 14th, 2010 4 comments

Still in “The starfish and the spider: the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations”[1], Brafman and Beckstrom report the story of Dave Garrison, CEO of Netcom (one of the first Internet Service Provider firm) in 1995 who was on his way to a road show to get financial backing from international investors. When he reached Paris, he was taken totally off-guard…

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“The starfish and the spider or the urge to design intelligent organizations”

Saturday February 6th, 2010 5 comments

In their book, Brafman and Beckstrom[1] compare the obedient, centrally organized and hierarchical Aztecs and Mayas to the rebellious, purpose led and decentralized Apache tribes, in their capacity to deal with totally new and unexpected “competition” coming out of nowhere (to the Spanish readers, I don’t mean that Spain is “nowhere”;). Whereas the first were rapidly defeated by the conquistadores,…

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