Lateral Organizations

Harold Jarche

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.

Creating the AAA Organization

Harold Jarche

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.

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organizing for the network era

Harold Jarche

In my last post I noted that many organizations today are nothing more than attractive prisons. These organizations are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and hard to share, and when connections with others were difficult to make and required command and control.

self-organization is the future

Harold Jarche

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.

The Coherent Organization

Jay Cross

This post continues an ongoing conversation about The Coherent Organization. The article describes The Coherent Organization , the Internet Time Alliance ‘s shorthand for a company where individuals are aligned with the organizational mission and information flows from outside in and back again in ways that accelerate work. ” Yesterday Clark wrote about detailing the Coherent Organization. Coherent OrganizationCo·her·ent (k -hîr nt, -h r -) means.

Innovation is a network activity

Harold Jarche

But of more importance is the ability of the network (society, organization, company) to stay connected to its collective knowledge in order to keep innovating. Just think how quickly an organization would its lose collective knowledge if people did not share their knowledge.

Yammer and why activity streams are a key foundation for integrated applications and organizations

Ross Dawson

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.

Organizing for diversity and complexity

Harold Jarche

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 Coherent Organization

Jay Cross

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.

The Hyper-social Organization – Review

Harold Jarche

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.

Wise organizations

Clark Quinn

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

Clark Quinn

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.

Detailing the Coherent Organization

Clark Quinn

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.

Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

Beth Kanter

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.

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

Adaptive Path

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.

Types and proportions of learning activities?

Clark Quinn

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.

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Learner self-organization in complex knowledge settings

George Siemens

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

Jane Hart

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

Beth Kanter

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 Convergence of Social Activism, Donations, and Social Media: Episodic Giving In A Post Truth World

Beth Kanter

Questions remain: Is this new evolution of online giving that merges social activism, social media, and philanthropy sustainable?

The Talent Development Pipeline: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations

Beth Kanter

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.

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International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

Beth Kanter

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

Beth Kanter

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

Beth Kanter

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?

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Facebook Changes for Organization Pages: Focus On Results

Beth Kanter

” 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

Beth Kanter

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.

Coaching Should Be An Expectation Of All Connected Leaders

Dan Pontefract

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

Seven Ways Your Organization can Put Privacy Into Practice – and Why

Beth Kanter

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.

The First Step To Improving Employee Engagement Is To Connect With Your Team

Dan Pontefract

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

Dan Pontefract

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?

Dan Pontefract

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.

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What is your organization’s “One Metric That Matters”?

Beth Kanter

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?

Dan Pontefract

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?

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Trainer’s Notebook: Integrating Thinking and Feedback Activities

Beth Kanter

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

Dan Pontefract

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!


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

Dan Pontefract

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.

Can Employee Engagement Improve Customer Satisfaction?

Dan Pontefract

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