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The Big Shift in Business Models

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In the Big Shift , we are all experiencing mounting performance pressure. So, what is a business model? It’s ultimately all about money. Payment.

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Robots Can Restore Our Humanity

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Second, highly standardize all of those activities so that they are done in exactly the same efficient way anywhere in the organization. Red alert! Robots are getting more versatile and artificial intelligence (AI) is getting exponentially smarter! Our jobs are in jeopardy and no one is safe! We’ve all seen the headlines. What is work today?

The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge

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We justify our institutions because it is easier and lower cost to coordinate activities across a large number of participants if they are within a single institution than if they are spread across many independent organizations. This rationale defines a task centered view of the organization. So, what is the problem?

Making a Movement: Narratives and Creation Spaces

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One dictionary defines a movement as “an organized effort to promote or attain an end.” This suggests two key elements: intentionality and organization. Movements really take off when they’re combined with a distinctive form of organization – something that I’ve called creation spaces. What is a movement? What happened?

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Platforms Are Not Created Equal: Harnessing the Full Potential of Platforms

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This Summit was organized by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne and Sangeet Choudary – three guys who have spent a lot of time studying and working with platform-based businesses. Well, first of all, that platforms, at least as the organizers think of them, cover a broad range of institutional arrangements. What is a platform?

The Dark Side of Technology

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  That in turn led to a burst of innovation at the infrastructure level, figuring out how to most effectively organize and deliver the value of this technology to business and society. I’m going to disrupt the Silicon Valley script. You know the one.    I want to explore the dark side of these technologies.  Yikes!

Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions

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In a world of accelerating change and uncertainty, they provide a compass to focus people (both within and outside our organizations) and reassure them that they can make a difference at a time when everything seems out of control.   Don’t get me wrong, we all need to find ways to be more adaptable. So, what’s the option? Bottom line.

The Big Shift in Business Strategy

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Often, the organizer of an ecosystem or network becomes a natural aggregator of interactions because the organizer meets the four attributes of an influence point described above. Business strategy has evolved dramatically over the past four decades in response to the Big Shift that is re-shaping our global business landscape.

The Cumulative Power of Narrative

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You’ll be far more successful in pursuing your personal narrative if you're located in a city/region and organization that supports your personal narrative.  Narratives have great power, but their power increases dramatically when building on other narratives. What does that mean in practice? Start with your personal narrative.

Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You

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Taleb points out that the antifragility of a system often comes from the fragility of its components, whether we are talking about the failure of firms that drives the overall success of entrepreneurial regions like Silicon Valley or the death of individual organisms that contributes to the antifragility of nature. Focusing on Black Swans.

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From Race Against the Machine to Race With the Machine

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Smaller, entrepreneurial organizations of course buck this trend, but what happens as soon as they start to scale?  The recent book, Race Against The Machine , has caught the imagination of a growing body of readers. The economic impact of technological progress. They say the problem is even more stark because “. What is to be done?

Passion and Plasticity - The Neurobiology of Passion

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Our brains are remarkably energy efficient organs.  What if you could evolve and shape your brain in ways that help you to get better faster? What if you could unleash a virtuous cycle that connects passion, practice and performance?  What got me excited the other day was the possible connection between passion and plasticity. 

Defining the Big Shift

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Since there are far more smart people outside any one organization than inside, gaining access to the most useful knowledge flows requires reaching beyond the four walls of any enterprise. Given the magnitude, depth and far-reaching impact of the Big Shift, succinctness is a challenge.  But perhaps this is too high level. 

A Power of Pull Milestone

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  This was not just a surface change; it went to the essence of what it meant to be a corporation and would ultimately change all aspects of running a business – strategy, operations and organization, not to mention technology platforms and belief systems. The challenge of timing. The distance from here to there. The window of now.

Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design

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Most of these participants are organized into high performing teams (known as guilds), yet the participants stay richly connected with others outside their teams through rich networks of discussion forums, video repositories and social relationships that transcend individual teams. We want to make the most of the time we have. The next wave.

Revolution from the Edge

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  The annual TED event that I attended was organized around the broad theme of the rediscovery of wonder. What fills you with wonder? What do you wonder about? These different, but related questions were posed often during the TED event last week.  They seriously under-estimate what is going on. The convergence of edges.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Power of Power Laws

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In fact, we expect that they will occur in-sync and as a part of the *Omniscient* or organic changes of a system. Dont Count On It. Or is it?

Alone Together - An Important New Book by Sherry Turkle

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  Riesman in fact tied this shift explicitly to the needs of the modern organization. The rise of the push driven organization and its implications for the individual. They learn that their needs are not important but that their status and rewards hinge on being externally focused on the needs of the organization.

Passion Versus Obsession

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This can lead to what traditional institutions perceive to be subversive or rebellious behavior, driving passionate and obsessive people to the edges of organizations and society. When I was a little boy, I was obsessed with chemistry.  When I was not in my lab, I was devouring chemistry textbooks.     

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Community 2.0

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This is especially a problem for large companies seeking to organize virtual communities. Dont Count On It. conference held in Las Vegas.

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A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World

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  They are not bound by geography, job classification, institutional affiliations or demographic categories – they can be found anywhere from the frontlines of the largest organizations to the garages where entrepreneurs are preparing to unleash the next wave of innovation.   Who are passionate creatives?

Pareto Power and Leveraged Growth

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  This profile applies to both organic growth and acquisitions where effective post-merger integration often takes far longer than executives ever anticipate.Companies need to pursue leveraged growth.   In a time of increasing economic pressure, more companies are likely to discover the power of Pareto. Cost restructuring.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Mastering New Marketing Practices

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Dont Count On It. In the meantime, I thought it would be useful to write up my speaking notes to share a high level view of where marketing is going.

Reinventing the Sacred

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When I was a young boy, I grew up with parents who were disillusioned with organized religion. As the first people to go to college, not to mention graduate school, in either of their families, they chose reason over religion.  Until recently, though, I had a hard time verbalizing what I was encountering. Stuart Kauffman.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Hamel on Management Innovation

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Second, what are big organizations bad at? Dont Count On It. So far, so good. Unfortunately, this second article gets buried in the HBR piece.

The Great Reset

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For Richard, economic landscape is not just a metaphor, it is quite literally the way we organize ourselves across the land. Here’s a paradox.    Silicon Valley’s success hinges on an explosive mix of people and place.  Richard Florida, on the other hand, is all about people and place.  Sound familiar? 

Challenging Mindsets: From Reverse Innovation to Innovation Blowback

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These institutional innovations will be far more difficult for Western companies to appropriate precisely because they challenge basic assumptions about roles and relationships across companies, not just the way individual companies are organized or managed. Early view of innovation. Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Reverse innovation.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The World Is Spiky

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But, cost isn't the basic concern for organizations that innovate better. Dont Count On It. But what does all of this mean? Flat or spiky?

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Wasting Talent

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Dont Count On It. This squeeze comes from two different directions simultaneously – customers and talent. But, what do they measure? What is talent?

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: SOA Versus Web 2.0?

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needs not only to align with existing regulations of the organization - it must also be operated in conjunction with company's targets and goals.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Dubai - Global Talent Magnet

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This strategy is paying off – the World Tourism Organization recently declared Dubai to be the fastest growing tourism destination on earth.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Disney, Pixar and Jobs

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Many of the most creative folks at Pixar today are refugees from larger organizations (including, ironically, Disney). Dont Count On It.

The Power of Pull Has Finally Arrived

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These companies will lose their most talented workers to more magnetic organizations that provide better chances for learning and growth. In an even more recent book, Storytelling in Organizations , JSB discussed the role of storytelling in helping to communicate tacit knowledge. Power shift. That mechanism is pull. Next steps.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: From Push to Pull

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Pull and push approaches differ significantly in terms of how they organize and manage resources. Dont Count On It. Here’s the irony.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Zero-Sum Thinking

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Lack of innovation and organic growth will kill a lot of companies before they even realise it. Dont Count On It. Mine, all mine! Go, go, go!

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Innovating on the Edge of Big Waves

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Dont Count On It. It was magical to watch these athletes challenge twenty foot waves with an ease and grace that made it all seem so natural.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Fractal Spikes and Global Competition

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While many Silicon Valley companies participate in process networks, very few have successfully organized and orchestrated these process networks.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Restoring Balance in the New Year

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We can take the notions of emergence and self-organization too far and dismiss the role of forceful leaders. Dont Count On It. Please try again.

Pareto Paring - Achieving Strategic Cost Reduction

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Some companies are organized into P & L driven business units and the exercise is to prune low performing businesses – targeting them for sale or closure. As secular and cyclical performance pressure mounts, leadership teams wrestle with the appropriate response. An old Italian economist holds the key to a much more promising approach.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Ready for Web 3.0?

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Dont Count On It. Are we really ready for Web 3.0? Phil Wainewright seems to think so. initiatives and enterprise CIOs. The pioneers of Web 2.0