Tag: social business

Lawyers, Guns and Money

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Lawyers, Guns and Money

Last week I tweeted If corporations were socially responsible, we wouldn’t need a name for it. and was taken aback by how many retweets I got for it. It obviously struck a chord with a lot of folks. And, picking up on my previous post, it has everything to do with how vested interests respond […]

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How The Light Gets In

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How The Light Gets In

The rate of change, the number of sources of change and the impact of change are at an unprecedented level in human history. Has it now reached such a pitch that change itself is a paradigm changing phenomenon, regardless of the content of the change?

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Organizational Models for Social Business

Organizational Models for Social Business

Here we go with the third (and last) blog in this series which looks at some underlying theory about organization and management. In the social business context I consider the most significant approach to be Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model (VSM). The VSM has two central concepts. The first is feedback, which enables an organization to constantly learn […]

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Why Becoming Social Isn’t Just For Woolly Headed Idealists

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Why Becoming Social Isn’t Just For Woolly Headed Idealists

In my last article, ‘Love in the Time of Cholera: How to do Business in a Recession‘, I sketched out what being a social business is about and made the claim that making the change to such a model might be a reasonable response to the current state of the world. Social business can sound pretty idealistic and […]

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Love in the Time of Cholera: How to do Business in a Recession

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Love in the Time of Cholera: How to do Business in a Recession

A consultant posted a plaintive cry on an online consultancy user forum recently asking for ideas on how you can motivate staff when you have nothing to offer in the way of cash, promotions or training and when they might even face redundancy. Tough indeed. But common enough in the current environment. We’re in the middle (yes, I think it’s still […]

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