In the last six weeks of the IBL blog, we have compared the old plays of the Industrial Age playbook to the new playbook for leaders found in Leadership Is Language. Here’s a recap. First, we have two different work modes. Redwork is the active production work that benefits from reducing variability and a prove...


The joy of an industrial ageThe period when humans developed large complex organizations based on machines. Factories, assembly lines, plantations, and railroads were dominant during the Industrial Age. The Industrial Age organizational design was optimized to use humans to reduce variability and comply with their masters’ instructions. This fundamental structure shapes our organizational design and language...

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