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.

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