Archive for the “Organisation and structure” category

Antelopes grazing in the open plan

by Stefan Czerniawski on 20 November 2013

Here’s another interesting talk on the office working environment, this time from Ben Hammersley. Ben talks about the impossibility of reaching the flow state necessary for any kind of thoughtful work in an environment of constant interruptions, and about the (…)

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Off peak office

by Stefan Czerniawski on 18 November 2013

Perhaps I didn’t need to write this morning’s blog post. I could have just linked to this video instead – Dave Coplin on fine form, with bravura illustration. RSA Animate – Re-Imagining Work from The RSA on Vimeo. This is (…)

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Peak office

by Stefan Czerniawski on 18 November 2013

Culture eats technology for breakfast (to adapt the more common version, that culture eats strategy for breakfast – but culture is omnivorous, so no problem there). The critical question which follows from that statement gets much less attention: where are (…)

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Blundering about

by Stefan Czerniawski on 1 November 2013

I had high hopes of The Blunders of our Governments. Its authors, Anthony King and Ivor Crewe have spent decades apiece observing the British political system. If they can’t make sense of what happens, perhaps nobody can. And that’s a (…)

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Out of office

by Stefan Czerniawski on 14 October 2013

The desk drawers are empty. The recycling bin is full. The last email has been sent. The coffee mug has been washed and put away. The farewells have been said. Time to move on. I am not going very far, (…)

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Blundering into agreement

by Stefan Czerniawski on 19 September 2013

Anthony King and Ivor Crewe were on great form today at the RSA where they did a splendid double act in support of their new book, The Blunders of Government. I plan to write a fuller review to go alongside (…)

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Can government deliver?

by Stefan Czerniawski on 17 September 2013

I expected to dislike Conundrum. A book written by a member of the Public Accounts Committee (Richard Bacon) and a journalist (Christopher Hope) starting with a series of case studies about some of the worst examples it has examined in (…)

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The phoenix and the constitution

by Stefan Czerniawski on 7 March 2013

It is hard to change constitutions – deliberately so.  It is hard to re-engineer physical infrastructure – intrinsically so.  It is hard to stop and start again from scratch. Every decision and every context in which those decisions are made (…)

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Ducks can swim, but governments generally can’t

by Stefan Czerniawski on 10 January 2013

Ducks swim calmly and smoothly along, obscuring the fact that below the surface they may be paddling frantically. That’s the analogy used by Louise Kidney commenting on a post I wrote last year to describe how joined up government may (…)

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If you want to change the system, you have to change the system

by Stefan Czerniawski on 21 June 2012

If you want to change a system, you have to understand the system you want to change. If you want to reform the civil service, you have to understand why it is the way it is. Part of that is (…)

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