Companies and Movements
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
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
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
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
FEBRUARY 8, 2011
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
APRIL 23, 2014
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.
Networked individuals trump organizations
MAY 21, 2013
As hyperlinks subvert hierarchy , so does work fragmentation subvert organizations. In knowledge-based work the primary unit of value creation has shifted from the organization to the individual. Perhaps in the future companies will have to fight for talent.
Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?
JANUARY 16, 2013
To anyone that is contemplating a ban on Facebook or any other social media site inside your organization’s firewall. 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.
self-organization and self-reflection
DECEMBER 4, 2015
‘As we do not have bosses in our organization, we decided to have just one meeting every 6 months in order to share amongst us all where we are going as a company, defining a maximum of 3 primary objectives. How to Choose a Model of Self-organization , by @aarondignan.
Organize for Complexity
MAY 1, 2014
Neils Pflaeging read my ebook Seeking perpetual beta and said that “after reading the book one yearns for more from you about the right learning architecture, about how to develop organizations applying this thinking, about how to build learning programs and infrastructure.”
It’s not a company. It’s an idea.
AUGUST 23, 2015
What emerged was an intoxicating notion: Adaptive Path wasn’t just a company; it was an idea. It brings the needs of people to the forefront and allows businesses, organizations, and communities to solve problems and see possibilities in new, effective, and meaningful ways.
The Coherent Organization
NOVEMBER 14, 2012
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.
The importance of entrepreneurial organizations: lessons from global comparisons of company age
AUGUST 7, 2012
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.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
The concept of T-shaped skills was first introduced over 20 years ago, but its importance, - to both individuals and organizations, - has continued to rise. Most companies have lots of people with different skills. The rise of the T-shaped organization is not surprising.
Leadership, Connectivity, Execution, Organization
JULY 21, 2011
Metaphors that provide the common mental frameworks for our organizations are also powerful tools. For example, the company as a well-oiled machine conjures up a certain image. One answer is the concept of bioteams, with four key zones that should be supported by the organization.
Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement
JULY 25, 2012
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. .
How To Build A Truly Purpose-Driven Company Through The Example Of Stocksy
OCTOBER 3, 2016
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.
Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies
AUGUST 2, 2012
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. Startups are generally organized around one central innovation.
Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing
JANUARY 5, 2016
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. He then turned his attention from biology to social organizations.
The Human-Centered Organization
MAY 18, 2016
While I want L&D to lead the way (as those are the folks I know), it’s really about leading the way to an organization that’s aligned with us , with people. The point being, as we reorganize work to tap into the best of us, we’re creating organizations that are humane in a very specific, and hopefully deep, sense. The industrial era organization, quite simply, wasn’t. And, the evidence seems to be that such organizations are more successful.
What's the organizing principle of today's digital workplace?
SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
As companies increasingly seek to update and modernize their digital workplace, along with the supporting skills their workers, they frequently struggle to determine what an effective organizing principle should be
organizations are people
MARCH 11, 2016
” 8 Symptoms Of Organizations On The Cusp Of Change by @MarkRaheja. “In theory, organizations are meant to enable us — to make us faster, stronger and more effective than we’d be on our own.
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. The authors on knowledge management: Of course, one of the big challenges for companies is that, unlike information or data, knowledge does not flow easily, as it relies on long-term trust-based relationships. How much of a “perpetual beta” culture do you have in your company? Tweet.
What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?
MAY 16, 2014
. Is your company''s learning and development strategy wedged between a rock and hard place? In short, learning and development organizations and departments are suffering from an analytics crisis.
Organizations, work, and learning
DECEMBER 23, 2014
They cover the main themes of organizations, work, and learning, that I have been discussing on this blog since 2004. The post-hierarchical organization. This article describes the limitations of hierarchies and asks: What does a post-hierarchical organization look like?
In a wired world, companies have to re-wire
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
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.
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. As standalone companies realize that they’re really extended enterprises, co-learning with customers and stakeholders becomes important as everyone faces the future together. This is an overlay on the model Harold and I have employed when helping organizations work smarter through networks.
The new shape of organizations?
OCTOBER 20, 2015
As I read more about how to create organizations that are resilient and adaptable, there’s an interesting emergent characteristic. While I haven’t had a chance to think about it at scale, like how it would manifest in a large organization, it certainly bears some strengths. More recently, on Harold Jarche ‘s recommendation, I read Niels Pflaeging’s Organize for Complexity , a book also on how to create organizations that are high performance.
“Never get sucked into the ‘company knows best’ approach to your career”
MAY 1, 2016
Always remember that YOU are in charge of your career Never get sucked into the “company knows best” approach to your career.” “In today’s digital economy, you are only as good as your network … When work is learning, and learning is the work, organizations need to look at how good people are at actively engaging in learning networks. And watch your company take off.”
Why People Leave Organizations
MAY 19, 2011
Why do people stay at a company or leave? Professor David Finegold and Senior Research Scientist Susan Mohrman, at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California presented a paper in the Spring of 2001 at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland entitled: What Do Employees Really Want? This paper presents research from a wide range of organizations, people and cultures and disputes many of the reason people commonly give for leaving.
5 Use Cases for a Corporate YouTube in Organizations
JANUARY 9, 2013
Previously I’ve discussed the benefits and uses of micro-blogging , badging and virtual worlds inside an organization. Once you have video sharing in place, what are some of the effective ways in which you can utilize it within your organization?
How organizations can thrive in the network era
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. A new special edition paper has just been released, Turn Your Company Outside-In. The challenge of moving from a hierarchical to a network structure is a complete shift in how we have thought about organizations.
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.
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. All that growth generally leads to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations.
Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership
MARCH 1, 2011
Well, here is one potential answer to them all: Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership.
Creating emergent, adaptive systems in organizations
MAY 29, 2012
Since the collective intelligence of many – or even most – human organizations is significantly less than the intelligence of many of its participants, there are no doubt lessons we can learn. The company I mention, CompanyWay, was subsequently acquired by AskMe and in turn by HiveMine , by name at least keeping to the spirit of the initial concept.
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.
Will tablets take over enterprise work? More than half of large companies say yes
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
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.
What Does Resiliency Really Mean for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations?
JANUARY 5, 2017
These three characteristics hold true for resilient organizations as well.…Resilient Resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair, and improvise solutions from thin air. Flickr Photo by J Ronald Lee.
The ‘Occupy IT’ Movement of Organizations
MAY 2, 2012
In 2003, when Nicholas Carr penned the piece “ IT Doesn’t Matte r “, an overlooked definition of what he referred to as ‘infrastructural technologies ‘ may now be, in 2012, unintentionally defining the relationship between IT and the organization.
The Great Transformation of the Organization Still Needs the How
NOVEMBER 18, 2014
” The ‘we’ he referred to might have been leaders in today’s organizations. It helps an organization’s margins improve because they make markets vibrant. Efficiency innovations – helps an organization get lean.
The death of news-on-paper is the rebirth of news organizations
JUNE 25, 2014
Many commentators on my framework seem to equate newspapers with newspaper companies. Such a thing as a “newspaper” company has ceased to exist except in regional areas of developing countries. What were newspaper companies are now news organizations. The death of news-on-paper absolutely does not imply the death of news organizations.