Building High AR With and Through Others
Recognizing and managing the power of networks for value
It is the interdependencies we have with others that create value. Humans are social animals, and we routinely interact with others to achieve ends beyond our own capacity to achieve. However, those same interdependencies transmit disturbances from the environment and become the sources of the turbulence that must be managed. Being Networked is a capability that recognizes the tradeoffs among value, costs and risks that reside in work-related and organizational relationships.
From a networking perspective High AR comes from explicitly recognizing connections with others, then systematically building new ones where value can be created, nurturing existing ones that continue to deliver value, and ending those where the costs and risks are simply too great. Those who engage in such processes are reticulists – they design, build and manage networks to achieve their ends. Table 8.1 from Mastering Turbulence illustrates this tradeoff and the strategies appropriate for each of four possibilities.