Business anarchist, again

I’ve been thinking quite a bit more about the ‘business anarchist‘ idea, following a couple of great conversations yesterday with Bas van Gils in the Netherlands and Stuart Curley in London. Hence a few more notes:

  • Every business-consultant is, in effect, a business anarchist: the whole point of their role is to break the existing rules and create something new.
  • The same applies to business strategy (unless the strategy is ‘business as usual’ – though that isn’t a viable strategy anyway when “the times they are are a-changin'” 🙂 ).
  • Anarchy is the appropriate response in a chaotic context, but the key concern is what guides the anarchy:
    • self-centric (i.e.”the kiddies’ anarchy”) leads to dysfunctional anarchy and fragmentation
    • principle-based (i.e. anarchy in the true Quaker-style sense) leads to functional anarchy and integration
  • At the exact point of action and decision, the business-context is always inherently chaotic, requiring personal responsibility in the moment – hence some level of anarchy is always impled
  • In the SEMPER diagnostic, level 1 (actively dysfunctional) and level 5 (wholeness-responsibility) are both examples of anarchy – but the former is self-centric, the latter is principle-based

Definitely seems worth thinking about in more depth. More later on this, anyway.

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One comment on “Business anarchist, again
  1. Nigel Green says:

    Hi Tom,
    Sounds like an interesting discussion – I don’t know Bas, but I can imagine a discussion between you and Stuart (my brain’s getting hot thinking about it!). I’d like to hear more about – I’ll email you to fix a date for a meet (as I think we suggested a while ago).
    Nigel

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