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Companies and Movements

John Hagel

Movements and companies – what’s the intersection between these two? Sure, there are movements against companies – we all can name dozens of boycotts against specific companies for a variety of reasons, ranging from unfair labor practices to the politics of the countries they’re from. Even the labor movement that gave rise to Labor Day was at one level a movement against companies. But, what about companies that are catalysts and drivers of movements of their own?

networks are the new companies

Harold Jarche

This is a necessity in an economy where the average company lifespan continues to decrease. The company no longer offers the stability it once did as innovation, and resulting business disruption, comes from all corners. And to the earlier point, networks are the new companies.

The connected company

Dave Gray

Do you know what the average life expectancy for a company is? In a recent talk , John Hagel pointed out that the average life expectancy of a company in the S&P 500 has dropped precipitously, from 75 years (in 1937) to 15 years in a more recent study.

Connecting Companies and Markets

Harold Jarche

Companies therefore need to push work beyond daily practice and out to communities and networks. Connecting companies to markets in the network era. In times of rapid change, and decreasing lifespans of companies, cooperation trumps collaboration.

Apple is a clothing company

Doc Searls

Or that Angela Ahrendts , who runs those stores, came to the company from Burberry? Or that its Watch , sold as what the fashion business calls an accessory, clearly matters far more to the company than what we used to call “peripherals” (screens, printers, drives, etc.)

Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?

Dan Pontefract

Late last year I was at a dinner with a Board I won’t mention by name. There were roughly 50 people at the event. Tables were pre-assigned and I found myself sitting across from a chap in his mid-50′s whose professional job was an accountant. He worked at a rather large firm as a partner.

The Rise of the Global Superstar Company

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The current rise of large companies is somewhat unexpected. Big, multinational companies dominated most industries, - from GM, Ford and Chrysler in cars to Esso/Exxon, Mobil and Texaco in oil and gas. Companies popped up to solve specific problems and then disappeared.

My Latest TEDxTalk “How Schools Can Save Companies From Collapsing”

Dan Pontefract

I decided to take the opportunity to discuss the link between what companies need in terms of graduates … and what schools of all shapes and sizes in the K-16 spectrum ought to be producing.

It’s not a company. It’s an idea.

Adaptive Path

What emerged was an intoxicating notion: Adaptive Path wasn’t just a company; it was an idea. A couple years ago, we took a step back to indulge ourselves in a navel-gazing exercise to consider what Adaptive Path was and what it should do.

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

This is the main reason and biggest issue why most companies are talking about employee engagement as a way to retain their talent, but why they also keep failing to deliver, because they aren’t capable of coming through to meet the needs of that social contract. .

Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I gave a seminar at an executive management class for a large, global company. The class consisted of up-and-coming executives, roughly in their late 20s and early 30s with 5 - 10 years in the company. Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies. It is different with large companies.

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In particular, he wondered if we could apply empirical, quantifiable and predictive scientific methods to help us better understand complex biological organisms and social organizations like cities and companies. How come cities live forever, while companies do not?

While most companies weren't looking, social business remade the economy

Dion Hinchcliffe

Although many companies today are struggling to apply social media to the way they operate, a successful new crop of ''collaborative economy'' startups seems to show that traditional business will be fundamentally transformed instead. CXO Consumerization E-Commerce Emerging Tech IT Priorities Start-Ups Leadership Social Enterprise

Should Companies Block Access to Digital Tools?

Luis Suarez

In “ Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work? ” he comes to talk about that number of companies out there who, still, in 2013!,

Should companies drive their traffic to Facebook?

Dion Hinchcliffe

Social networks like Facebook seemingly have a vast, ready-made audience for businesses to do just about whatever they need. Or are they just honey traps that make it easy for businesses to set up shop and lose control over their relationships and data? I explore the issues and strategies for making the most of external social networks

What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?

Xyleme

. Is your company''s learning and development strategy wedged between a rock and hard place? This has invariably led to doubts among L&D professionals - and corporate leaders alike - about their role and relevance in the company''s overall structure.

What is a connected company?

Dave Gray

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In a wired world, companies have to re-wire

Harold Jarche

All levels are necessary and knowledge has to flow between them, or companies will get disconnected from their markets and their people. Networked markets are beginning to self-organize faster than the companies that have traditionally served them.

How To Build A Truly Purpose-Driven Company Through The Example Of Stocksy

Dan Pontefract

In fact, the company celebrated its 2 billionth Uber ride this past July. Whichever way you slice it, both companies are wreaking havoc on existing business models. These are not truly “sharing economy” companies.

“Never get sucked into the ‘company knows best’ approach to your career”

Jane Hart

Always remember that YOU are in charge of your career Never get sucked into the “company knows best” approach to your career.” And watch your company take off.” The quote in the title of this blog post comes from my favourite post in April 2016, When it comes to career. it’s up to every individual to stay relevant (Talent Management and HR, 25 April). Here’s a longer quote from that article.

The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

Ross Dawson

The piece is below, providing a high-level view on the role of company directors in driving innovation. Whether companies are already industry leaders or are striving to grow their market presence, they must be able to reliably generate new approaches to their business.

2014 survey shows again that company training/e-learning is the least valued way to learn at work

Jane Hart

Results of the 2014 Learning in the Workplace survey ©C4LPT Not important Quite important Very important Essential VIP + Essential Company training/e-learning 24% 39% 21% […]. Here are the results of the 2014 Learning in the Workplace survey taken by over 1,000 respondents worldwide*, who rated the importance (value/usefulness) of 10 different ways of learning in the workplace.

What Makes a Company Good at IT?

Andy McAfee

It described some recent research we’ve been working on, in collaboration with McKinsey, on the broad question what makes a company ‘good at IT?’ We limited ourselves to publicly-traded companies so that we could make use of our second data source: their annual reports.

Only 14% think that company training is an essential way for them to learn in the workplace

Jane Hart

3 – Just like company training, the use of company job aids and company documents are also only seen as “somewhat important” I found this quite surprising, I thought more people would value job aids, but maybe this is due to the dearth of good quality job aids available.

People will do more with Big Data than big companies can

Doc Searls

Consider the possibility that all the big companies talking about what they can do with Big Data is just the sound of the old mainframe business saying it can do it all — again — when individuals will end up doing more. Meanwhile, nearly all the “big data” jive out there, so far, is about what only big companies can do.

Power Shift – People Running Companies by Apple?

Luis Suarez

The balance of power from companies running people to, hopefully, people running companies ” [Emphasis mine]. I have been in the IT industry for well over 15 years now and for a good number of them I have been relying on multiple different systems. One of them being Windows.

The importance of entrepreneurial organizations: lessons from global comparisons of company age

Ross Dawson

Last week I ran a workshop for the global leadership of the growth companies division of a major professional services firm. It shows when companies in the FT500 (as of 31 December 2007) were founded, shown by geographic region.

What can people do with data that companies alone can’t?

Doc Searls

After six years on the VRM case, it seems obvious to me that individuals need to be the points of integration for their own data — and of data about them, held by companies. There are apps and services, such as Digifit , that can combine data from multiple devices made by multiple manufacturers, but those services are silos as well — and they don’t include data from companies not on a privileged list.

Can Normal Companies Provide Good Jobs? Yes.

Andy McAfee

In other words, they don’t seem to have a lot of faith that many companies by themselves will start providing their workers with better jobs — ones with higher pay, more predictable hours, better benefits, and greater opportunities for advancement. They portray most companies as feeling relentless pressure to reduce costs, with labor costs looming largest.

Good company

Dave Snowden

So its the second day of the new year and I am on my first flight of 2012 to Zurich.

67% find company training/e-learning of little or no value – according to the Learning in the Workplace 2013 survey results.

Jane Hart

The Learning in the Workplace Survey has now been taken by over 600 people, and although it is still open if you want to cast your vote, I am going to release some interim findings here today as the pattern of results has been pretty stable for some time now.â?¦ ¦ [.]. Strategy

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Will tablets take over enterprise work? More than half of large companies say yes

Ross Dawson

Morgan Stanley has just released the results of a survey showing that 51% of CIOs of large organizations expect to be buying tablets for their staff within a year, with another 16% expecting to support staff using their own tablets on the company’s network.

Company training/e-learning is the least valued way of learning at work: what does this mean for L&D? (New article in the MWL Magazine)

Jane Hart

New article in the Modern Workplace Learning Magazine: Company training/e-learning is the least valued way of learning at work: what does this mean for L&D? In today’s article I look at the results of my 5-year Learning in the Workplace survey and consider what this means for L&D departments. I … Social learning

The No Asshole Rule in One Company: A Simple Decision-Tree

Bob Sutton

I recently posted an updated version  of People and Places that Use The No Asshole Rule. 

Too Big to Fail, Economies of Scale, Cities, and Companies

Bob Sutton

This debate reminds me of some fascinating research on the differences between cities and companies.   Fourth, he shows that companies do scale -- in fact he talks about Wal-Mart, shows their economies of scale,  and describes his dataset of 23,000 companies. After buying data on more than 23,000 publicly traded companies, Bettencourt and West discovered that corporate productivity, unlike. company starts out, it’s all about the new idea,” West says.

Innovation in Education: Companies outside of USA?

George Siemens

What are the most innovative companies that you’ve come across that are NOT US-based Innovation in education is getting attention globally. Entrepreneurship may well be the force that finally brings structural change to higher education after 800 years. The epicentre of edtech innovation is the USA. At least, that’s the impression I get from the blogs and news sites that I follow. In particular, Audrey Watters is an excellent source for what’s happening in startups.

Why Steve Jobs’ resignation is a (relative) non-event as Apple becomes a living company

Ross Dawson

However things are very different today, when a far more mature Jobs, who has also now had experience guiding NEXT and Pixar, has been able to build a company that is far, far more than an execution arm for his vision. Is Apple now a ‘living company’ that truly transcends its founder and any individual in it? Apple in the top few most valuable companies in the world, even without Jobs.

Your Company is Time Travelling.

Mark Oehlert

It''s no secret that I love time travel. Doc Brown and Marty. Wells.and of course, I''ll take this chance to drop in this image ^ Allons-y and all that!

FUBAR, SNAFU, Fast Company, and Good Bosses

Bob Sutton

  I was reminded of two of my favorite sayings today by this excerpt from the  new chapter in the Good Boss, Bad Boss paperback posted today at Fast Company : "When There Is No Simple Solution at Work, Learn to Embrace the Mess." My late father, Lewis Sutton, was a World II veteran. 

The headache (and opportunity) of managing your company’s online reputation

Ross Dawson

In a world of instantaneous information flows, managing company reputation is ever more fraught. An interesting article in Techworld titled How to manage your online reputation goes into the issue, describing how pharma firm GlaxoSmithKline had one of its trademarks hijacked by a dodgy company. While reputations can and will be trashed in moments, the rise of increasingly accurate reputation measures will also make visible the best companies and talented individuals.