The myth of being in charge

Nearly twenty years ago, when we introduced our social network inside The BBC it was clear that we were all nodes in the network and that a healthy network made up of healthy nodes led to a healthy organisation.

The unhealthy, cancerous, nodes were those that thought they were different for whatever reason, most commonly that they were superior to other nodes, that they needed to be in charge.

Helen Blunden has a great post today about Microsoft’s announcement about Viva Engage from which the following quote makes clear that our fundamental misunderstanding persists...

Viva Engage gives leaders new tools to shape culture and align their workforce by unlocking communication and engagement opportunities for everyone. And for employees, it provides new ways to build a sense of community, strengthen relationships with coworkers, share their work and perspective, and find answers to their questions.