Every chapter of Living Networks is being released on this blog as a free download, together with commentary and updated perspectives since its original publication in 2002.
Leadership Across Blurring Boundaries
OVERVIEW: The boundaries between organizations are blurring as technology reduces the costs of transactions. It is becoming essential for companies to work closely with their customers, suppliers, and partners, however this involves very real risks. In this world leadership is required to take whole industries and supply chains into new ways of working based on transparency, collaboration, and sharing value. Those that embrace the networks and lead the way forward will reap the greatest rewards.
Chapter 3 of Living Networks – Commentary and updated perspectives
From the original writing of Living Networks I felt that the issues raised in chapter 3 were at the heart of what the living networks are about. The key concept here is that of ‘blurring boundaries’, something we are experiencing across every domain of society and business, including organizations, industries, and countries.
A quotation I discovered since writing the book, and have used extensively over the last years in my presentations, expresses this perfectly:
“Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.”
This quote comes from the delightful and wise book Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse, which looks at how we either limit ourselves or open ourselves to infinite opportunity in our lives. While it was published in 1986, its messages are more relevant than ever today.