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  • Modeling Leadership @SemanticWill
  • 1. Problem statement2. Domain awareness3. Context of leadership & management4. Power, Authority, Influence5. Organizations as systems6. Modeling conversation7. Enframed by language8. The Paine Principle9. Questions of leadership
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  • Lets start with a little Frederick Taylor and management science@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • His ideas about management were informed by the Prussian Military@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • His ideas of control were also shaped by the penal system of discipline & punish@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Taylors ideas about human nature were informed by Freud@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Who did an epic amount of coke.@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • But also the more sober ideas of Kurt Lewin the founder of social psych.... Who was influenced by Max Weber@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Three forms of authority distinguished by Max Weber@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • the ability of one agent within a social relationship to carry out her own will despite resistance@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • the probability that a command within a specific context will be obeyed@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • legitimate domination@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Authority is more enduring than non- legitimate forms of domination Authority is related to the belief in legitimacy Authority is related to the belief in legitimacy It may persist even if those obeying have a It may persist even if those obeying have a greater material interest in disobeying greater material interest in disobeying Authority is engendered by powerby power Authority is engendered@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Foucault and Power@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Authority is predicated on power Power is not a substance. It is not something you possess Power is a relation between people Power is not a substance. It is not something you possess A set of actions on the actions of others Power is a relation between people A set of actions on the actions of others relation is a power relation Every Every relation is a power relation@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • structuring the field of action of others.@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Power and Knowledge Power and Knowledge are intertwingled Every field of power creates a body of knowledge Every body of knowledge creates a field of power Power/Knowledge is a flow. Knowledge is encoded in language@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Power is created through 3 axes of subjectivity Language (knowledge) Governance (rules) Governance (rules) Ethics (cultural norms) Ethics (cultural norms)@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Language enframes process; Process becomes the Panopticon@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • SO WHAT OF INFLUENCE?@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Influence is the ability to affect others beliefs and behavior without power. Influence requires a defined context. That context well call a social system. (which are complex adaptive systems)@SemanticWill | Will Evans
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  • SOCIAL SYSTEMS ARE SYSTEMS OF CONVERSATION@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • We need a model of conversation to understand power IF ORGANIZATIONS ARE SYSTEMS dynamics, decision making, and influence OF CONVERSATION@SemanticWill | Will Evans
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  • Yeah, but@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Kanban creates a shared context.. Using cards as social objects Which allow teams to have conversations@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • ORGANIZATIONS ARE CONVERSATION SYSTEMS A system is defined by boundaries between itself and its environment Social Systems are created by selecting what is meaningful to reproduce itself (Autopoiesis) An organization creates itself through conversation with practices encoded in language@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • An organization increases its efficiency by creating An and refining aincreaseslanguage. by organization shared its efficiency creating and refining a shared language.This common language helps the organization arrive This common language helps the organization at decisions more efficiently. arrive at decisions more efficiently. @SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Yet while language fosters efficiency, it also limits thelanguage fostersability to evolve. Yet while organizations efficiency, it also limits the organizations ability to evolve.@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • The language and grammar of efficiency is very different from the language of innovation yet both are necessary@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Constrained by a one vocabulary, the organization becomes unable to adapt to exogenous shocks to the system.@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • Unable to adapt, the organization eventually declines and dies.@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • By continually changing its language, and its conversations, an organization may continually regenerate itself.@SemanticWill | Will Evans
  • The Paine Principle An outsider introducing new language may incite radical change Named after Thomas Paine - an outsider to the American colonies, who brought a new language of radical freedom, and gave a voice to the revolution. (He was, in essence, translating Voltaire into the context and vernacular of colonial America)@SemanticWill | Will Evans