Culture or Cultures?

Clark Quinn

A twitter pointer led me to an HBR article arguing that We’re Thinking about Organizational Culture all Wrong. In it, the author argues that it’s fallacious to think that there’s just one organizational culture, , and that all people buy into it. The first is that the cultural values may be interpreted differently. The second is that people may comply with the culture even if they don’t agree with it. Cultures are developed and do change.

Jay Cross Memorial Award 2017

Harold Jarche

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2017 is presented to Marcia Conner. Marcia co-organized and co-hosted the Creating a Learning Culture conference at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, leading to a book of the same title. She currently helps organizations go beyond their current approaches, changing their culture.

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An Engaged Culture Improves Performance, Not The Other Way Around

Dan Pontefract

The talk was focused on organizational culture. Dan's Related Posts: The Link Between Leadership, Learning & Organizational Performance Employee Engagement is Still Poor but it Does Drive Bottom Line Results Lessons In Culture From United Airlines If Your Enterprise Social Network Is A Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your… Do You Work With A Bully? Culture employee engagement Performance company culture engagement performance

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Now in its second year, the IIC introduced the winners of its 2017 competition at an event held on October 12 as part of Boston’s annual HUBweek. The 2017 IIC received around 300 applications from all over the world. The company applies its work to loan repayment, providing insight into how personality drives credit risk across cultures, allowing users to score potential borrowers anywhere at any time.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Now in its second year, the IIC introduced the winners of its 2017 competition at an event held on October 12 as part of Boston’s annual HUBweek. The 2017 IIC received around 300 applications from all over the world. The company applies its work to loan repayment, providing insight into how personality drives credit risk across cultures, allowing users to score potential borrowers anywhere at any time.

#1 Story of the Year 2017

Nine Shift

Symbolic of the change was the Lauren Herstik (shown in image below) NY Times story about Los Angeles becoming a pedestrian culture, having a tax increase for mass transit, building dense neighborhoods near light rail stations, city leaders visioning a new city, and the first report of the automobile in the past tense, ‘when the car was king CITIES REBUILD FOR THE 21st CENTURY. Toronto is building an area ‘from the Internet up.’ (top top drawings in the image below).

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#5 Story of the Year 2017

Nine Shift

Working from home (wherever you choose 'home' to be) is changing the workplace culture, increasing productivity, allowing organizations to hire specialists, and boosts employee morale, health, mental health, and greater personal leisure time. TELECOMMUTING, THE SILENT REVOLUTION, KEEPS GROWING. Over 40% of workers now telecommute at least part time. Telecommuting has doubled in the last ten years.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: January 2017

David Gurteen

Knowledge Management Summit Indonesia 2017 - call for papers [link]. Three Strategies for Creating a Culture of Everyday, Everywhere Experimentation [link]. We don't get the organizational culture we deserve–we get the culture we tolerate. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Why Conversation, not Content, is King [link].

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: September 2017

David Gurteen

Building a “Speaking Up” Culture in Teams @nancymdixon [link] #KM #KMers #GurteenTalk. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Heuristic for epistemically humble adults: Try saying 'I disagree' at least 10x as often as you say 'I'm offended'. Humans May Be the Most Adaptive Species - Constant climate change may have given us our flexibility [link].

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: October 2017

David Gurteen

Nine Propositions to Spark Culture Change [link] #CultureChange. Building a “Speaking Up” Culture in Teams @nancymdixon [link] #KM #KMers #GurteenTalk. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office [link]. Feynman's Breakthrough, Disregard Others! by @davidpottinge [link].

The Top News Article of 2017 - - So Far

Nine Shift

Here's the best news article of 2017 so far. A pedestrian culture." lauren Herstik's NYTimes story on Los Angeles, "A City Famous for Sprawl Chooses to Fill in the Gaps," has at least these five reasons to make it my choice for the best story of the year, so far. Number 5. "A LA officials and Herstik understand that 21st century cities have walkable neighborhoods, with mixed zoning (housing, office, shops all together, often in the same building). Number 4.

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Socio-cultural engineering?

Clark Quinn

Ok, social engineering and cultural engineering have bad connotations in a number of ways. Yet, if I can talk about learning engineering, the desirable properties of cultures for learning, and moves in that direction, aren’t we really talking about socio-cultural engineering? So, if we’re choosing cultural values, and working towards them, both in ways that reflect what science tells us about doing our best, aren’t we really doing such engineering?

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: May 2017

David Gurteen

Conversations that Improve Organizational Culture [link]. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Let's get rid of the report out [link]. The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know -- I'm a Professor [link]. 20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity [link]. We need to elevate speaking to same level as reading and writing #Oracy [link].

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: April 2017

David Gurteen

The myth of managed culture change - Chris Corigan [link]. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Pop The Bubble: Having Conversations that Make Us Think [link] #GoodToTalk. Tacit Knowledge and cognitive bias [link]. Incentives Don't Help People Change, but Peer Pressure Does [link]. Want to encourage cooperation?

How Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Explains Culture, Purpose & Employee Engagement

Dan Pontefract

Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram. Culture employee engagement PurposeYou're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I have several favorite chocolate bars. Crunchie is one. Toffee and chocolate. What a combination. So too is a Reese Cup. Peanut butter and chocolate? Dan's Related Posts: Q&A on the Future of Social, Mobile and eLearning. A Few Easy Steps For Entrepreneurs To Take To Enact A Higher Purpose. Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer.

Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017

TOPYX LMS

2017 has been no exception. Various eLearning trends have marked 2017 as one of the most influential and evolutionary years in the history of online learning. Online learning enthusiasts as well as corporate leaders are interested in what 2017’s eLearning trends are. Read on to discover a few online learning trends that can bolster company culture and increase employee productivity in 2017. At least, as of 2017 it does.

Why I Will Never Use Uber Ever Again

Dan Pontefract

CEO corporation Culture leadership travis kalanick uberAs early as 2014 I had heard the rumblings of male chauvinism at Uber headquarters. There were even whispers of misogyny. But the world seemed to be smitten. Dan's Related Posts: How To Build A Truly Purpose-Driven Company Through The Example Of Stocksy The First Step To Improving Employee Engagement Is To Connect With Your Team The Iconic Leader: Stage 4 of 5 in the Leadership Tonic Scale Should Employees Schedule Time To Be Social?

Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and CultureIs the Robocalypse upon us?, asked MIT economist David Autor in his presentation at a recent Forum of European central bankers. His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,”

connections not things

Dave Snowden

Especially for anyone brought up in a culture that emphases the role of the individual and causality which is the case in the dominant cultures of North America and northern Europe. Following last weeks highly successful Cynefin Retreat we had a Cognitive Edge management meeting at my home in Wiltshire.

Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017

TOPYX LMS

2017 has been no exception. Various eLearning trends have marked 2017 as one of the most influential and evolutionary years in the history of online learning. Online learning enthusiasts as well as corporate leaders are interested in what 2017’s eLearning trends are. Read on to discover a few online learning trends that can bolster company culture and increase employee productivity in 2017. At least, as of 2017 it does.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy“In primitive economies, people traded mostly with members of their village and community,” wrote David Brooks in a June, 2014 NY Times OpEd, - The Evolution of Trust. “Trust was face to face.

The Cognitive Era Is Cool But I’d Like To See The Human Era First

Dan Pontefract

How Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Explains Culture, Purpose & Employee Engagement. You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Several large-scale organizations have begun to align around a concept known as the “cognitive era.” ” Based on artificial intelligence and advanced cognitive systems, “cognitive era” Dan's Related Posts: The Platonic Leader: Stage 3 of 5 in the Leadership Tonic Scale.

Never Under-Estimate the Immune System

John Hagel

Use the edge to drive home that everything will need to be challenged and a different mindset, culture and practices deployed to address the edge opportunity. Every large and successful institution has an immune system – a collection of individuals who are prepared to mobilize at the slightest sign of any “outside” ideas or people in order to ensure that these foreign bodies are neutralized and that the existing institution survives intact and can continue on course.

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Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and StrategyEarlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. The study interviewed almost 3,000 C-Suite executives from over 80 countries and 20 industries to learn about their company’s blockchain plans. Survey responses where classified into three groups: explorers, investigators and passives.

In uncertainty lies resilience

Dave Snowden

Just as people think they can render a culture into a set of platitudes in a value statement, when real culture is evolved practice over time, not fully understood and never fully articulated. This post is illustrated with Body of Knowledge , a steel sculpture created in 2010 by Jaume Plensa, located at the Westend Campus of Goethe University Frankfurt.

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Acting at your own level of competence

Dave Snowden

One of the most common, and the most irritating aspect of change workshops is the number of times they end up with broad statements about how people need to change their culture, change their attitude etc. Everyone makes decisions about how other people should make decisions; it gives the comfort of being seen to do something while palming off the responsibility on others. This happens top down but also bottom up. We can’t do anything untill ….

AI and The Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyLast month I attended AI and the Future of Work , a conference hosted by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and its Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE).

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The trust word

Dave Snowden

So there is a degree of ambiguity in this cartoon, what does it mean for culture to be a weapon, or can/should culture be weaponised? If I am speaking I define culture as the way we do things around here that we all understand but we can’t really articulate it when I am speaking. Culture is something that evolves over time, as does trust, and neither can be engineered, defined, enforced or mandated.

thinking about facebook

Harold Jarche

Otherwise you’d have to argue that human cultures never change, and humans never change. These industry titans have such little cultural or educational diversity amongst themselves that they only see the world from their techno-centric perspective. Facebook dominates online social networking. That one company has such global influence should be of concern to all of us. Our social networks define us, as Christakis & Fowler clearly showed in their 2011 book, Connected.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A successful program requires firms to address many elements of a digital and analytics transformation: identify the business case, set up the right data ecosystem, build or buy appropriate AI tools, and adapt workflow processes, capabilities, and culture.”. AI is now seemingly everywhere.

What’s the Value of Blockchain?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I attended the IBM Blockchain Summit 2017 in New York. Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyThe Summit included a number of talks and panels, and - most important, - presentations of concrete blockchain use cases IBM has been working on in a number of areas, including finance, supply chains and healthcare.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyI recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , an article in McKinsey Quarterly by W. Brian Arthur , - External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute , Visiting Researcher at PARC , and former faculty member at Stanford University.

Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Or (suggested from audience) MOOCs, hospital, sports… Think of a learning environment from a teacher’s perspective: we have learner characteristics, assessment, resources, learner support, skills, content… And permeating all of these is culture. For example, consider the residential schools - it was the culture, the values and belief systems that underpin the institution - that made everything else wrong.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF has taken the broad-scope view , having chosen The Fourth Industrial Revolution as the central theme of its January, 2016 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another,” wrote Dr. Schwab in his 2017 book. Focus on people and culture to drive transformation.

Liminal & situated strategy

Dave Snowden

The problem with most planning cultures is that advocating a left field idea is career limiting and even if senior management are open, subordinates may not think they are. I was originally going to move on to post about constraints but a early meeting this morning involved a stimulating discussion with the senior partner of a law firm and as a result I’ve going to carry on from yesterday’s post and return to constraints tomorrow.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF has taken the broad-scope view , having chosen The Fourth Industrial Revolution as the central theme of its January, 2016 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another,” wrote Dr. Schwab in his 2017 book. Focus on people and culture to drive transformation.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyA few months ago, Andy McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson published Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future , - their third book on the impact of the 21st century digital revolution on the economy and society, - following the publication of The Second Machine Age in 2014 and Race Against the Machine in 2011.

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Black box or stepping stones?

Dave Snowden

The culture and measurements are very different. A couple of decades ago I was developing two product ranges, one for decision support and the other for stock forecasting and inventory management. We were an application software business within a division of Datasolve. We had got the critical point where maintenance fees matched fixed costs. For a software products business this is a key turning point as you can now invest licence and implementation fees in the next generation of products.

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Power of the facilitator

Dave Snowden

Such always seem to privilege the therapist and either infantilism of culturally filter participants. Participative Action Research (PAR) has been criticised by anthropologists (I have a reference but can’t immediately recall it) as privileging those who match the cultural perspective of the facilitators. I’m picking up on my earlier posts on experts and professionalism by addressing the more controversial issue of workshops in modern practice.

The Rise of Winner-Take-All Urbanism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Diversity Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and StrategyEarlier this year, Richard Florida published Why America’s Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer in The Atlantic. Florida is a leading urban studies author and researcher, professor at the University of Toronto and Director of Cities at its Martin Prosperity Institute.

Cymbeline: Shakespeare’s worst play (Or: Lordy, I hope there’s a tape)

David Weinberger

Not enough happens in the first two acts, the plot is kuh-razy, it’s a mishmash of styles and cultures, and it over-explains itself time and time again. The hosts of the BardCast podcast consider Cymbeline to probably be Shakespeare’s worst play. That podcast is far from alone in thinking that it’s the Bard’s worst, although, as BardCast says, even the Bard’s worst is better than just about anything.

What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and CultureIn a recent Harvard Business Review article, - The Error at the Heart of Corporate Leadership , - Harvard Business School professors Joseph Bower and Lynn Paine raised a number of important questions. What’s the core priority of corporate’s management, the near-term gains of shareholders or the long-term health of the company? Do shareholders generally share common investment objectives?

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, the World Economic Forum published Global Risks Report 2017 , its 12th annual study of major global risks. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and StrategySeveral weeks ago Vanity Fair published and article by NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd , - Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the AI Apocalypse.