#cltrshck weekly ammo 2

This week’s fresh Culture Shocky linkage.

The open follower model – an older piece by grandmaster Stowe Boyd, but there’s something very interesting in this snippet, both for organisations and in the context of the social web. Picking up the organisational point, it makes me think directly about Gore, whose concept of ‘followership’ rather than leadership I write about in Culture Shock, and also other great orgs like Valve and Semco. Will the web’s model infiltrate organisations?


The John Lewis motto should be ‘never knowingly underpay’ – piece by Polly Toynbee in The Guardian highlighting how the wonderful partnership has outsourced cleaning, so while the empowered John Lewis workers benefit from bumper bonuses cleaners get £6 an hour. Really interesting in the context of a future where less and less people are ‘on the payroll’ (given current trends). Via @jonathas


‘Here are the things that are proven to make you happier’ – intensely link-rich post with tons of things that make us happier. The usuals – gratitude, people, giving. Via @neilperkin

But I just love the opening quote, which turns out to be from John Lennon:

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”


‘What makes work worth doing?’ – short, undemanding HBR blog, looking at how call center workers created much better results for a student scholarship programme after being briefed in person by a recipient of the organisation’s aid. Just another good reminder of the importance of meaning and purpose (both very cultureshocky).


Two weeks away from Meaning  WHOAH! So excited, so nervous, but mainly very excited. When I look at the speaker lineup I am still amazed and delighted. Can’t wait for Monday 1st October, and tickets are still being grabbed in ones and twos. I know many of you are coming along, but if you’re not, are you CRAZY?!

Ooh, and Culture Shock now has four reviews, which is ace. If you are reading the book or have finished it I’d genuinely love to hear what you thought of it!

Thanks for the links people – keep ’em coming 🙂

One thought on “#cltrshck weekly ammo 2

  1. Brilliant post – I’m going to share it ALL! I think I’m going to explode with inspiration after Meaning if this is how I feel after one blog post 🙂

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