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Operational principles for organizational intelligence

Organic organizations naturally exhibit something mechanical organizations invest a lot of money, time and energy to achieve: organizational intelligence. Most efforts to achieve this unavoidably fail. Why they fail deserves a longer piece, for now just briefly: they use the wrong tools and they miss some things. Tools, being mechanical...

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This is you. Or not.

Gerard Recently I read an article in Gizmodo about algorithms taking over the hiring process. It starts with: ‘If you think looking for a job is already daunting, anxiety-riddled, and unpleasant, just wait until the algorithms take over the hiring process. When they do, a newfangled “digital recruiter” like VCV, which just received...

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Intelligence vs. AI

“Consciousness of the Absolute is the prerogative of human intelligence, and also its aim.” Frithjov Schuon   This is a quick note to our recent easy talk on AI. From a traditional point of view the question of artificial intelligence doesn’t deserve much attention: it’s merely a stage in an experimental...

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Ageism – C’est la vie?

One of our consistent critiques against “business” in general or management in particular is that it doesn’t hesitate touching domains above its own only to drag them down to its own level – often pushing them even below that; by squeezing higher concepts into the business domain, it even feels qualified to change the meaning...

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Points of reference for reflection on transparency

As usual, instead of looking at the obvious aspects of an issue, in this case transparency, we’d like to provide perspective from a higher vantage point. There existed a particular social order that provided an almost completely careless life for people. They didn’t have to mobilize any kind of creative energy in relation to...

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Taste, intelligence and manners

When it comes to people, business tends to be rather confused – this is a main reason why we feel it’s important to have discussions around the topic of authenticity. This time we have picked manners to demonstrate this confusion. This may sound surprising at first glance, since it was business that coined the term …...

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Interview with prof. dr. Ron Meyer.

  “Uber is an example of value-driven leadership gone bad”   Ron, how do you picture the ideal business organization? For me an ideal organization, whether a business organization or not, is an organization which is leadership-led and not management-led. An organization which is management-led is one in which we use formal...

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The thing there is no app for

The construction of the Eiffel Tower, which started one year after Karl Benz had developed the first gas-powered automobile, was completed in 2 years, 2 months and 5 days, in 1889. Back then the job title project manager didn’t exist, not to mention CAD, project management and other productivity software – and McKinsey was...

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Transaction people

There is a gate between mechanical business organizations and what should be perceived as normality encompassing business, giving it a context. But instead of business being an island of abnormality in an ocean of normality, business has become an ocean of abnormality with smaller and smaller islands of normality in it. The gate between...

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