I read a lot of overly simplistic cultish twaddle about the death of hierarchy.

This post from Flip Chart Fairy Tales nails this rather well:

Hierarchy works | Flip Chart Fairy Tales

We use hierarchies for different things. They are much less useful than they used to be for fast paced collaboration.  They remain an effective conductor for things like accountability.

Rumours of the death of hierarchy have been greatly exaggerated.

You Are Here (well, roughly, today at least)


About ten years ago I did two Myers Briggs assessments about 9 months apart.  In the first I was ESTP and in the second I was ENTP. I have all but forgotten what they mean.  It does not matter much now.  It really did then.  It helped me make a start.  As I am sure would HBDI and various other models.

I often read about how misleading, inaccurate and over simplified these tests are. 

The argument goes something like this:

The human condition is a vast and complex spectrum of characteristic and preference.  Being put in one of 16 pigeon holes is insulting and an over simplification.

As an end game I agree, totally, we are all very complicated, which is handy because I am very easily bored.

However, as a start they are invaluable.

When I am lost, what I need most is a frame of reference and some orientation. I don’t need to know precisely where I am, nor the precise route.  The detail and complexities wouldn’t sink in.  I might even lose heart and give up.

So, coaches, HR wonks and academics, remember you are often working with ordinary people who are lost.  On day one, we likely just need to know roughly where we are and which way is up. Like I leaned to count with building blocks when I was three, so I could do partial differential equations many years later.

Of course, don’t leave it at that as we will likely just get lost again, please do show us how clever you all are, just not all at once please.


Around The World in 80 Days (ish) – A reblog of sorts

This one got posted on the TR web site but I thought I would share it here also.

There is a link to a Prezi embedded in this post. though the link is small and easy to miss.  A colleague, Carla Chynoworth did that.  I really like it.
Happy New Year