The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have just published their report on ICT in Government. For me it was …well …conventional.
This is about managing change in organisations. It’s about organisms and mechanisms; the model of the world we carry in our heads; and the importance of words.
The model of the Industrial Age was all about mechanisms. Naturally. But, the Knowledge Age is about organisms.
Today, if you work in an organisation, listen to the conversation and the words people use.
How much is ‘mechanical’ language?…
- “We must build a new team.”
- “We need to make this happen.
- “This set-up is not working.”
- “This approach is broken.”
- “Lets put together a plan”
And how much is ‘organic’ language?…
- “We should grow that community.”
- “This project is not really flourishing.”
- “We need to germinate […]
Unusually, I have been to several conferences over the past few weeks. They were all well-organised with interesting speakers on very relevant topics; but I have to say I was left wanting. They were mostly run on traditional – speaker speaks, audience listens – lines; and I just think that, especially now, we should be getting more. Here’s a shot at explaining why and how…
Nowadays I hear much of the need for organisations to become collaborative, innovative, agile and suchlike; and I hear that achieving these things will depend much on transformation of culture and behaviour; but I can’t […]