Tribalism vs. Collaboration and Change

Shark Corp; Dolphin Department

The customer is a stranger and humans are not used to paying so much attention to the needs of strangers. The organisation is a tribe, and each department or division is its own sub-tribe. It’s so much easier and more comfortable to be organization-centric. — Gerry McGovern

This reminds me of Dave Gray’s excellent Culture and Change talk at DareConf 2013. Dolphin Department vs. Shark Corp; understanding the organisation’s culture and its potential for resisting change.

We create political suck

No gossiping, no intrigue, no pussy-footing around problems and no telling people what you think they want to hear whilst privately disagreeing. We will be transparent in our dealings.

Violence in our contact with others means that we forgo more compassionate perspectives and effective strategies for meeting needs. Recognise that everyone is trying to be effective within their own context, culture and constraints. Seek to bridge gulfs in communication and mindset. If you feel frustrated, you’re doing it wrong. Rinse and repeat.

Digital Transformation means bridging the divide with reality

Digital Adaptation by Paul Boag

The people farthest from understanding the technology are often the ones making the strategic decisions Dennis Kardys Great opening quote in Paul Boag’s book Digital Adaptation. The inference is that the people most removed from digital publishing are senior management and their influencers. This is often true, certainly in the higher-education sector. However I might … Read more

Enterprise IT: the complexity-simplicity tradeoff

Making life easier for employees requires much more ongoing hard work from management and IT. It takes management time to save employees time and managers are simply not prepared to make that sacrifice. Gerry McGovern …painfully true and why the User Experience function needs to be included in Enterprise IT software selection, intranet information architecture … Read more