Category Archives: The Big Picture

This section is about the organisation taken as a whole. As it says, the big picture.

Why paradox creates distinction

Organisations are crazy places, chock full of contradictions. People are called on to behave in paradoxical ways: to conform to established patterns and yet to invent new ways of doing things; to argue their corner and yet to go with … Continue reading

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The patterns that blind us

Human beings are programmed to see the world in patterns. This is a fundamental coping mechanism. We simply don’t have the capacity to process the full range of information with which we’re constantly being bombarded, so our brains select and … Continue reading

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The organisation as organism

Organisations are made of people. That’s it. Of course, they also have some forms of stuff, but the stuff doesn’t fundamentally matter. Given the right people, the stuff can always be replaced. People are all different. We may be clumped … Continue reading

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Scarcity and abundance

There is too much rationing going on. We assume that there isn’t enough of things to go around. But we make wrong assumptions about what is scarce and what isn’t. We ration what doesn’t matter and restrict the capabilities of … Continue reading

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Fads and fashions

I belong to a fashion industry, and that’s a pain! My fellow management consultants have made it, and feed it ceaselessly with fad after fad. Managers are made to feel foolish if they’re not up with the latest whizzy idea … Continue reading

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