Creating the AAA Organization
NOVEMBER 2, 2014
For an organization to be agile and adaptive, the people in it need to be aware of what is happening around them, have alternative pathways to gather information and knowledge, and must be allowed to act to meet/solve both local and global goals/problems.
OCTOBER 4, 2013
Lateral organizations, or more egalitarian structures, have been the exception. In the endless allure of non-hierarchical organizations , David Creelman notes that both forms have their flaws, but says it’s best to thoroughly understand the history of the field.
self-organization is the future
MAY 4, 2016
If we as a society think it is important that citizens are engaged, people are passionate about their work, and that we all contribute to making a better world, then we need to enable self-organization. Like democracy, self-organized teams are hard work.
MARCH 8, 2016
That is, not only what activity might mean learning, but what mean meta-learning? I started wondering about a vocabulary, but realized that you’d have to have activity that you could actually detect was evidence of meta-learning.
Activities for Integrating Learning
APRIL 30, 2015
It draws heavily on the notion of activity -based learning. The learning process is broken up into a series of activities. Each activity starts with giving the learning teams a deliverable they have to create, with a deadline an appropriate distance out.
Organizing for diversity and complexity
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
It comes down to the fact that what we know and do inside our organizations is insufficient to address external complexity or to be innovative. Connecting the diversity of markets and society to the organization, instead of creating firewalls, is a major challenge for leadership today.
The Hyper-social Organization – Review
DECEMBER 4, 2011
The main premise of The Hyper-social Organization is that social media, connectivity and always-on technology are enabling what humans do naturally; to be very social. In a separate study, IDC estimated that only 20 percent of all content developed by the typical marketing department is actually used by the sales organization. Tweet.
Yammer and why activity streams are a key foundation for integrated applications and organizations
MARCH 26, 2012
I was particularly interested in talking with them about Yammer’s shift to activity streams. In the massive convergence of enterprise social platforms that we’ve seen over the last years, one of the major emerging spaces is activity streams. Last year I wrote about activity streams in the context of Tibbr’s launch. Employees are able to follow their colleagues and they can also follow updates on any activity, including events, projects, or even invoices.
The Coherent Organization
JULY 4, 2012
We’re each teasing out the meaning of what we call the Coherent Organization with models. The Coherent Organization. Clark adds specific activities that go on amidst reflection. This is an overlay on the model Harold and I have employed when helping organizations work smarter through networks. the corporate activity stream) and outside it (e.g. We’ve opened a discussion group in the Social Learning Centre to discuss the models and The Coherent Organization.
Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design
MARCH 9, 2016
One is that I specialize in helping IT organizations and digital businesses bring together agile, DevOps, and design thinking in order to adopt new methodologies and be able to deliver more continuous value, so I’m really interested in the relationship between design and engineering and design and IT in particular. The other thing is, I think a lot about the relationship between designing and operating systems and designing and operating organizations.
OCTOBER 10, 2012
My ITA colleague Jay (always a spark igniter) has been thinking about well-being in organizations, and it activated my thinking on wisdom. And I think that’s hard to accomplish in an organization where everything you say can and will be held against you. Coupled with appropriation of collaboration and cooperation , I suggest organizations can and should be working wiser and more coherently.
Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations
OCTOBER 31, 2012
For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. Cities are centers of economic activity, innovation and creativity.
Building Stronger Organizations
FEBRUARY 17, 2011
A recent Ross Dawson blog post included a mention of building flexibility: “the more flexible the organization, the more able it is to succeed. Along the lines of the biomimicry field, Eileen was inspired by her scientist husband’s work on organisms that live in extreme conditions of heat, salt, cold, and more.
Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks
JANUARY 26, 2012
It began to dawn on me that the next step was to explore ways of instigating completely self-organized, peer-to-peer online learning. The ultimate test of peer learning is to organize a course without the direction of an instructor. Photo by Aussiegal.
Detailing the Coherent Organization
NOVEMBER 13, 2012
As excited as I am about the Coherent Organization as a framework, it’s not done by any means. Sharing is individual putting out things, which is less pro-active and interactive than actually contributing.
Types and proportions of learning activities?
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
First, let me suggest that what’s going to make a difference to organizations is not better fact-remembering. I’ve been on quite the roll of late, calling out some bad practices and calling for learning science. And it occurs to me that there could be some pushback. So let me be clear, I strongly suggest that the types of learning that are needed are not info dump and knowledge test, by and large. What does that mean? Let’s break it down.
Learner self-organization in complex knowledge settings
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Consider learning: it can be organized for us or we, as individuals, can organize ourselves. In higher education, we have largely ignored the self-organizing aspect of learner activity. I’m a fan of dichotomies, recognizing very well the weaknesses they hold.
Is it time for a BYOL (Bring Your Own Learning) strategy in your organization? #BYOL
APRIL 20, 2012
Furthermore, as Dan Pink has shown us in Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us , autonomy is a highly motivating factor within an organization: “ Control leads to compliance, autonomy leads to engagement.”. Get organized.
How and When Should Your Nonprofit Organization Invest in Mobile
OCTOBER 15, 2012
Nonprofit organizations are under the gun to keep up with current technology. However, many organizations are working with very limited financial resources, particularly when it comes to technology. But how does an organization decide if it is time to move to a responsive design site?
The Talent Development Pipeline: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations
MARCH 16, 2015
Talent Development is all about guiding those rock star staff members who are able to contribute to the organization’s impact and success. I love that the training activities go beyond the traditional webinars and workshops, and incorporate mentoring and on the job learning activities.
International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change
JANUARY 14, 2014
While the primary goal is for students to learn about strategic use of networks and social media for international organizations, I will also be covering some practical career skills such as effective networking and self-directed professional learning (also called “Social Learning”).
Guest Post: Infusing “Social” into Social Justice Organizations
JANUARY 31, 2012
Infusing Social Into Social Justice Organizations – Guest Post by Daniel Jae-Won Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation.
Organizing Big Data Initiatives: Lessons from the Internet
OCTOBER 30, 2013
With few exceptions, all companies expected that these initiative will become more important to their organizations over the next three years. About 20 percent of organizations could not identify any executive with overall responsibility for the function.
National Study Reveals: Digital and Social Media Are Delivering Results for Arts Organizations
NOVEMBER 22, 2011
National Study Reveals: Digital and Social Media Are Delivering for Arts Organizations , Guest Post by Mary Trudel and Rory MacPherson. Just over a year ago, we asked ourselves a question: How are arts organizations using digital and social media, and what sorts of results are they getting?
Facebook Changes for Organization Pages: Focus On Results
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
” For nonprofits, some app developers, like Causes, are already envisioning types of nonprofit supporter actions on Facebook, such as Give and Pledge, which will allow them to prominently feature higher-value actions amidst the sea activity posted to Facebook everyday.
5 Ways to Build and Activate a Community for Your Crowdfunding Campaign
JUNE 16, 2014
5 Ways to Build and Activate a Community for Your Crowdfunding Campaign guest post by Sourabh Sharma. We’ve learned a great deal in the past four years but one of the greatest lessons we’ve learned is summed up into five ways to build and activate a community for your cause.
Seven Ways Your Organization can Put Privacy Into Practice – and Why
JUNE 12, 2012
Seven Ways Your Organization can Put Privacy Into Practice – and Why Guest Post by Taryn Degnan. Promote accountability by giving your users the opportunity to make informed choices, and ask for their active participation in keeping your records up to date. Photo by Sean MacEntee.
Coaching Should Be An Expectation Of All Connected Leaders
OCTOBER 8, 2013
The most overused yet inappropriately applied term in an organization is “coaching.”. Sixty-four percent of leaders feel they are actively coaching only part of the time in one-on-one meetings. book coaching collaboration engagement leadership organization
The First Step To Improving Employee Engagement Is To Connect With Your Team
JANUARY 22, 2014
The simple act of connecting first with your team to surface ideas, options and alternate views to your own (as the leader) is such a simple behaviour to establish at an organization — as an enterprise-wide norm — it shocks me that it’s still not done more pervasively today.
Employee Engagement is Still Poor but it Does Drive Bottom Line Results
JUNE 20, 2013
Work units in the top quartile also saw significantly lower turnover (25% in high-turnover organizations, 65% in low-turnover organizations), shrinkage (28%), and absenteeism (37%) and fewer safety incidents (48%), patient safety incidents (41%), and quality defects (41%).
Should Employees Schedule Time To Be Social?
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
The more present and active you are in online communities, the more you and your organization benefits. I raise the question because the utilization of social tools in the organization isn’t anywhere near 100% yet. It didn’t start with a tweet.
What is your organization’s “One Metric That Matters”?
MARCH 5, 2013
Hunter who shares his approach to working with top nonprofits organizations to embrace performance management. His work has sparked transformation for many of the country’s top nonprofit organizations. Thus, performance management was a way to drive activities, not results.
Whose Job Is Leadership, Anyway?
APRIL 1, 2014
The reasons appear to be related to Americans’ declining attachments to friends and family, lower participation in social and civic activities, and diminished trust in political institutions. Rather than life imitating art, is life imitating the organization instead?
Trainer’s Notebook: Integrating Thinking and Feedback Activities
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Develop a first draft of a crowd funding strategy for their organization. This was the first 90 minutes of the workshop, and while content and interaction kept in active learning mode — the next step was a synthesis.
Steer Clear of Organizational Leadership Turbulence
JANUARY 23, 2012
Better yet, let’s substitute the word film for new employee and the word screen for organization so it reads as: “the following new employee has been modified from its original version. it has been formatted to fit this organization.”.
Bersin and Caterpillar Webinar on High Impact Learning Organizations Now Available On-Demand!
AUGUST 22, 2013
According to David Mallon at Bersin, high impact learning organizations “can affect their organizations in positive and measurable ways to a degree that distances themselves from everyone else, namely their competitors.” Is your organization high impact?
Selling Yourself & Your Ideas is the New 20 Percent Time
OCTOBER 16, 2013
I’ve never personally worked on my own, as a freelancer or as ‘my own boss’ I’ve always worked for ‘the organization’, be it at a high school, a higher education institution or for the past 12 years in the corporate jungle.
Critical thinking in the organization
MARCH 30, 2010
Even the mainstream training field is realizing that reduced layers of bureaucracy mean decision-making gets pushed down the organization chart. Wirearchy as the organizational framework, coupled with active personal knowledge management processes, is a step in that direction.
Can Employee Engagement Improve Customer Satisfaction?
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
It’s no secret that both of these organizations (and leaders) are favourites of mine due in large part to their focus on internal employee engagement. engagement leadership managing organization Culture
Employee Engagement is not about Buzz Word Bingo
NOVEMBER 7, 2011
First off, how does one actually describe an engaged organization? Organizations that sound the trumpet of annual, quarterly or weekly engagement gimmicks are somewhere between daft and imbecilic. Richard Axelrod refers to it as plug ‘n play activities. .