Swarm Leadership and the Collective Mind: Using Collaborative Innovation Networks to Build a Better Business

Peter A. Gloor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

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26 Apr 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
280 pages - 152 x 229mm
This book helps you to become the leader of your own swarm by building its collective consciousness. A successful swarm business channels the competitive energies of all stakeholders towards collaboration. The journey from homo competitivus to homo collaborensis starts with recruiting and building an intrinsically motivated group of early enthusiasts, the Collaborative Innovation Network. These teams of homo collaborensis combine the four principles of social quantum physics to create collective consciousness: empathy that builds entanglement, and reflection that leads to personal reboot and refocus. Once the team is operational, its collaboration can be tracked and boosted using the "six honest signals of collaboration", patterns of collaboration, which will further increase the performance of the swarm. The six honest signals are central leadership, rotating leadership, balanced contribution, responsiveness, honest sentiment, and shared context. These concepts are illustrated with examples from leading organizations based on decades of research by the author at MIT, ranging from the creation of the Web, Uber and Airbnb to Fortune 500 high tech firms and healthcare organizations.
1. Introduction 2. Foundations of Swarm Leadership 3. The Physical Layer: Collective Consciousness 4. The Networking Layer: COINs 5. The Signal Layer: Six Honest Signals of Collaboration 6. The Ethical Layer: Five Laws 7. The Collaboration Layer: From Homo Competitivus to Homo Collaborensis 8. Becoming a Collaborative Individual 9. Becoming a Collaborative Organization 10. Building a Collaborative Society Biography References Index
Peter A. Gloor is Research Scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he leads a project exploring Collaborative Innovation Networks. He is also Founder and Chief Creative Officer of software company galaxyadvisors, a Honorary Professor at University of Cologne, Distinguished Visiting Professor at P. Universidad Católica de Chile, and Honorary Professor at Jilin University, Changchun, China. Earlier, he was a partner with Deloitte and PwC, and a manager at UBS. He got his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Zurich and was a Post-Doc at the MIT Lab for Computer Science. In his spare time, Peter likes to work on projects bridging the digital divide, enjoy nature, and play the piano.
“Peter’s research at MIT and elsewhere, made accessible in this book, is without doubt going to stretch the mind of many executives searching for new keys to leadership and competitiveness in a hyper connected, and data rich world.”|“Collective minds to generate transformational outcomes is the most effective way for organizations to fight irrelevancy and compete to win. Peter has masterfully depicted proven techniques to increase creativity & collaboration in organizations in this book on Swarm Leadership.”|“Peter Gloor’s insights into the nature of collaborative innovation and leadership of collaborative networks have had a profound influence on the work of bringing network organizational models to life in health care. His ideas have been a touchstone for reflection and learning. The book will serve as a practical guide for anyone interested in applying these concepts.”|“Grounded by years of the author’s research at MIT and elsewhere, this book explains how the social physics of interaction shapes our collective mind and how everyone can become a leader of their own swarm.”|The author explains how to communicate to bring together groups, or swarms, of people to innovate, showing how better communication leads to better collaboration and more innovation. He describes how to become the leader of a swarm by building its collective consciousness, channeling its energies toward collaboration. He puts forth a five-layer model of collaboration beginning with four key principles of social quantum physics—empathy leading to entanglement, and reflection leading to reboot and refocus—followed by tracking collaboration using the signals of central leadership, rotating leadership, balanced contribution, responsiveness, honest sentiment, and shared context. Then, team members can apply the laws of collaboration: transparency, fairness, honesty, forgiveness, and listening. He also details how to recruit and build an intrinsically motivated group for collaboration and innovation and uses examples from different companies for illustration, as well as showing how this style of swarm leadership can be applied by the individual, organization, and society.

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