Archetypes of Collaboration in Organisations

We work with archetypes a lot to help organisations characterise the individual behaviours within their cultures. (Our Organisation Culture Cards are a product of that work). This new book from Mehrdad Baghai and James Quigley based on work by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu steps up the archetype approach to model the collective behaviours of organisations as a whole, specifically looking at patterns of collaboration.

I haven’t read the book yet, and I’m expecting to feel my normal sense of over-simplification frequently resident in consulting models (Deloitte is obviously building a new consultancy business around this), but I like the way they have packaged the whole thing, with an iPhone/iPad app, case studies and self diagnostics to accompany the book. If it gives organisations accessible ways of discussing how they collaborate internally, fine. If it drives orchestrated, consultant-led organisational change initiatives based on overly simplistic perceptions of culture, some victims are in for a rough ride. Download the app and play. Decide for yourself.

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