My Interview With Paul Jarvis, Author Of “Company Of One”

Dan Pontefract

After working roughly 20 years in mega-large companies with revenues in the billions I am now a company of one. It’s me and only … Continue reading "My Interview With Paul Jarvis, Author Of “Company Of One”". The post My Interview With Paul Jarvis, Author Of “Company Of One” appeared first on Dan Pontefract. Business capitalism Culture Company Of One Paul JarvisI recently left the corporate world.

There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term ‘Company Culture’

Dan Pontefract

The headline from Harvard Business Review read, Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term. “Organizational culture is assumed to be important to making sure that employees are happy and productivity is good.

An Engaged Culture Improves Performance, Not The Other Way Around

Dan Pontefract

The talk was focused on organizational culture. Culture employee engagement Performance company culture engagement performanceA vice-president approached me one day after I finished delivering a keynote. He was friendly, but rather cocky. The first.

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.

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive.”. Strategy offers a formal logic for the company’s goals and orients people around them.

Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies all over the world have integrated innovation into their overall strategies and marketing campaigns. Nations and regions have launched innovation initiatives in an attempt to attract such companies and their accompanying well-paying jobs. Innovative cultures are paradoxical.

3 Reasons eLearning Enriches Company Culture

TOPYX LMS

According to Entrepreneur.com, a recent study by Columbia University indicated that employee turnover at an organization with rich company culture was likely to be about 13.9 percent, while job turnover at a company with sub-par culture could potentially be 48.4 Organizational leaders may be surprised to learn that eLearning can maximize company culture like no other tool.

Is Your Company Culture Linked to Social Learning Success?

Dan Pontefract

A wonderful article was recently posted by Marcia Conner and Steve LeBlanc over at Fast Company entitled “ Where Social Learning Thrives “ The entire piece purports that a fun, productive and consistent culture will help ensure social learning takes flight.

Create a Collaborative Company Culture with an LMS

TOPYX LMS

Some companies have a culture that is richly collaborative. Does your company host this type of culture? The game plan for creating a collaborative company culture is so simple that it’s easy to miss, and it involves implementing an LMS, or an eLearning system.

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive.”. Strategy offers a formal logic for the company’s goals and orients people around them.

Culture is entangled

Dave Snowden

Another Gaping Void cartoon for this second post on culture, which makes the point that change initiatives come and go but relationships that we build can last for ever. In practice (and in theory) culture is tangled, indistinct and difficult to tie down.

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.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. A ‘ connected culture’ , in its simplest, orderly and most chaotic form, refers to the point at which all employees act as one corporate organism.

Culture 3 of 7: Identify the big shapes

Dave Snowden

While having specific goals is not possible in a complex system, and any cultural change is complex, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of direction and/or purpose. So what are the big shapes in culture change? Complex is where culture becomes the real driver of performance.

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?

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. He starts by belittling the its the way we do things around here definition of culture by referencing the hopelessness of conventional attempts to change process.

‘Sharing’ culture

Clark Quinn

I was in a recent conversation about a company facing strong growth and worried about the impact on culture. Companies with a positive culture, a valuable offering, and a good business model are liable to face growth issues, and maintaining or starting a good culture becomes a critical issue to maintaining the organization’s success. This company had a positive culture, in that people were diverse, friendly, upbeat, and committed to contributing.

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.

Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

To achieve these three targets, we need to think out of the traditional learning and development box – beyond the class/course and eLearning module approaches towards embedding a culture where learning becomes recognised as occurring within the workflow. Most people get it.

Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?

Dan Pontefract

By banning Facebook and other social media sites you are instituting a draconian if not Orwellian culture of disengagement. 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.

Blog Post: Is there anything wrong with the term 'Company Culture'?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Is there anything wrong with the term Company Culture ? In an article in HBR, Why Company Culture Is a Misleading Term. But Dan Pontefract in a response in Forbes There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term Company Culture. Scott Adams has a thought provoking thought on culture too - Success improves culture more than a good culture can cause success. John Traphagan thinks there is.

Stop Killing Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

According to Waterstone Human Capital and their 2010 Canadian Corporate Culture Study Results : 71 per cent of respondents say their organization’s corporate culture drives sales and revenue. This would definitely help stop many corporate cultures from being killed.

Lessons In Culture From United Airlines

Dan Pontefract

Specifically, I wanted to know if she felt their new CEO, Oscar Muñoz, would bring any change to the company, its culture and its operating practices. “Oh It’s a company that operates over 4,700 daily departures through its 84,000 employees. Photographer: Patrick T.

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.

Chance favours the Connected Company

Harold Jarche

Riitta Raesmaa picked up on this in Embracing chaos with a little help from my friends : “ Changes in the organizational culture, more open attitudes and behavior, together with social media tools and services, are altering the landscape of human connectedness and the ways of value creation.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his Moment of Open Culture

Dan Pontefract

At Apple’s most recent product launch in Cupertino — where Apple Watch , Apple Pay and iPhone 6 (oh, and iPhone 6 Gigantic) were flaunted about like the Halloween parade I took part in at my elementary school every October as a child — a wonderful culture moment took place on stage.

The Connected Culture

Dan Pontefract

A ‘ connected culture ’ is one that simultaneously drives organizational clarity with precarious innovation. A ‘ connected culture’ , in its simplest, orderly and most chaotic form, refers to the point at which all employees act as one corporate organism.

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

One I know thousands of other companies and organizations are struggling with at this very moment. Tell me, would you describe your culture as one that is open or closed? Do you and your employees operate in a culture of fear or is it a relatively harmonious and engaged environment?

Complexity, resilience, and safety culture

Dave Snowden

Creating and Leading a Resilient Safety Culture is our new training course that brings together resilience thinking with complexity and Cynefin to offer a unique and practical approach to shifting safety cultures in organizations.

Internet culture

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Five-person companies use Salesforce.com for customer relationship management. Chief Learning Officer magazine , Effectiveness, April 2009. by Jay Cross. The Internet is so pervasive that Internet values are blowing back into real life.

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What should your company do? How should your company decide when and how to best embrace a disruptive new technology like blockchain? The legacy assets of older companies were like a noose around their neck. Organization and culture.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. Exchanging Ideas; Improving Culture, Knowledge and Networks.

Reflecting on the State of Enterprise 2.0 as an Organizational Culture Change Agent

Dan Pontefract

Discover content through people,” and “Companies are not communities.”. But if we were to talk about the next generation of the enterprise — Enterprise 2.0 — how could we not discuss behaviour, culture, learning or leadership in concert with the premise of collaborative-based technologies?

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.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. How can you best understand the impact of disruptive technologies on something as deeply human as culture?

Changing Culture: Scaling Up Excellence

Clark Quinn

I’ve found myself picking up books about how to change culture, as it seems to be the big barrier to a successful revolution. I’ve finished a quick read of Scaling Up Excellence , am in the midst of Change the Culture, Change the Game , and have Reinventing Organizations and Organize for Complexity (the latter two recommended by my colleague Harold Jarche ) on deck.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A disproportionate number of entrepreneurial companies are, indeed, small start-ups. But the article then went on to define entrepreneurship as something that applies not only to new or small companies. The defining characteristic of entrepreneurship, then, is not the size of the company but the act of innovation.” Quite a few people think that entrepreneurship in large companies is an oxymoron. There is no alternative - the very survival of the company is at stake.

Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

After selling LinkExchange, Tony founded an incubator and investment firm with his friend Alfred Lin (called Venture Frogs), where one of the first investment bets made was on a little online shoe selling company you might have heard of. In a word, it’s all about “ culture.”

Netflix’s culture

David Weinberger

Netflix has a 128-slide deck , meant to be read not talked through, that explains the company’s culture, including why they don’t award a fixed number of vacation days. I find it liberating, humane, and slightly scary

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most large companies have set up some form of check-and-balances organizational structure, often embodied in the separation of line and staff management. In addition to supporting the line functions, the staffs serve as the checks-and-balances of the company, making sure that the activities of all departments and individuals follow the company’s strategy and are in compliance with business, legal and regulatory requirements. Lou called it A Culture of “No.”. “I

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. Exchanging Ideas; Improving Culture, Knowledge and Networks.

Research Shows Companies Should Encourage Social Learning

TOPYX LMS

Become knitted into a company’s culture by attending work-related social events. However, when it is enforced and informal learning is ignored or discouraged, companies pay the price of low levels of information retention and skill development and high levels of employee disengagement.

What’s Needed First? Culture Change or Enterprise 2.0 Adoption

Dan Pontefract

Do we first require an organizational culture adaptation prior to any meaningful Enterprise 2.0 tools need to become so simplistic, easy to use and of course generally available to an organization before a culture can be considered connected, flat and more collaborative?