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principles and models for the network era

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One theory that has informed my own work is David Ronfeldt’s TIMN (Tribes-Institutions-Markets-Networks) Theory showing that all four of these forms will co-exist as we enter the next evolution of society, but networks will dominate. The duty of being transparent in our work and sharing our knowledge rests with all workers, especially management. Models for Working and Learning.

The connected leader

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Leadership, like culture, is an emergent property of people working together. Networked contributors (whether they are full-time, part-time, or contractors) do the bulk of the knowledge work at the edges of the organization. From this bird’s-eye view, those in leadership roles can help set the work context according to the changing conditions and  work on building consensus.

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Structuring for the network era

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It is only through  enforced  standardization of  methods,  enforced  adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and  enforced  cooperation that this faster work can be assured. The duty of being transparent in our work and sharing our knowledge rests with all workers. Collaboration means working together, with an objective, and usually for a boss.

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Connected leadership is not the status quo

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As networked, distributed work becomes the norm, trust will emerge from environments that are open, transparent, and diverse. Networked contributors (whether they are full-time, part-time, or contractors) do the bulk of the knowledge work at the edges of the organization. Working and loud and personal knowledge management ( PKM ) are becoming critical skills, as work teams ebb and flow according to need, but the network must remain connected and resilient. A key function of connected leaders is to listen to and analyze what is happening. Leadership Wirearchy