How Social Network Analysis (SNA) Combats the Tyranny of Top Down

We are prompted to write this post by Gary Hamel’s excellent exposition on “Leaders Everywhere”, together with some recent SNA work we have been conducting that speaks directly to the thesis around developing leaders at all levels of the organisation. This also builds on our previous paper ‘Tyranny of Top Down‘. Much of the early thinking around inverted hierarchies can be attributed to J.B. Quinn and his writings on the “Intelligent Enterprise”. Prompted by the slow demise of the manufacturing led industrial sector and the burgeoning growth in the services sector, Quinn proposed the radical idea of inverting the hierarchy…

Gender Diversity – a Need for Some Radical New Thinking

In the past 12 months we have been mining ASX data for trends and insights. The gender diversity movement has been generous in their support in promulgating the new trends and insights we have discovered that support a strong business case for greater diversity in mainstream business leadership. In our blog posts we have regularly argued for a ‘Social Capital’ solution to the clear gender imbalance on ASX and world wide, boards of management . As we release our end of year 2012 results we have to admit some disquiet in the results. Improved gender diversity results are only largely…

Are Board Turnover Rates Limiting Diversity Opportunities and Growth?

Let’s face it, sought after board positions on publicly listed companies are not advertised in the newspaper. Despite listed companies being “owned” by the shareholders, when you receive your invitation to attend the annual general meeting to vote for the re-election of existing directors or installation of a new director recommended by the chairperson, it is likely that you will accede to the chairperson to vote on your behalf. Even when there are owners with a significant shareholding it can still be difficult to achieve board representation, as evidenced by Gina Reinhart’s attempts to gain seats on the Fairfax Media board.…