Blogging as an Exercise of the Brain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yes, there is one other such activity in my life - physical exercise. I started exercising regularly while living in Manhattan around 1980. I then discovered that jogging on a treadmill did not bother my knees, so I was able to continue exercising. In addition, I have included weight training in my exercise regime. So, for almost thirty years now, I have been been exercising five days a week on average. Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy.

New Leadership Model: An Exercise in Bifurcation

Dan Pontefract

My thinking, learning, and writing tends to fall into the theoretical camps that propose how technology, leadership and learning can (or should) converge to improve the health, productivity and culture of an organization. Equally so, there is a laundry bag full of leaders who ruled through a ‘culture of fear’ focusing only on execution practices and not on the people.

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Cynefin courses in 2015 - new thinking, practical exercises and great company

Dave Snowden

Learn how to work with narrative in facilitated sessions and in large volumes with SenseMaker® Day 4 covers: Applying narrative for communicating, research/monitoring, knowledge capture, and making sense of culture through narrative archetype forms. Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015. As 2014 closes with a full-to-capacity series of CSM courses in London, we’re delighted to announce the first Cynefin and Sense-Making courses of 2015.

Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise

Beth Kanter

This post shares a useful exercise for your digital team to reflect on what not to do for your digital strategy! Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise – guest post by Miriam Brosseau, Director of Engagement, See3 Communications. So, at one point in the course of the workshop, we did the following storytelling exercise with them to start figuring out the right things to be doing and set the program strategy – to delineate its healthy boundaries. (We

The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world - for whites, anyway.” There was a common civic culture, - the American way of life , - “that swept an extremely large proportion of Americans of all classes into its embrace. You might say the country has bifurcated into different social tribes, with a tenuous common culture linking them.”

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

A new culture emerges. Culture is an emergent property of people working together. A few choice quotes are thrown in, preferably from historically famous leaders, some interactive exercises, straight out of traditional management courses and you’re off. Dave also underlines the fact that over half of your probes will fail and hence the need to have a culture where failure is an option. Tweet Even five years ago it was not the norm to work at a distance.

Help! Testing a network mapping exercise | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Testing a network mapping exercise Published by Nancy White at 2:31 pm under knowledge sharing , networks I often use a variety of paper networking mapping exercises in my face to face workshops. In an upcoming online workshop on knowledge sharing for the CGIAR , we want to do this exercise online — and we want to keep technology low key as this is at the start of the workshop and some participants are not as techy as some of us!

Paying Attention to Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture Pays Off

Beth Kanter

Recently, I was invited to participate in a staff “Lunch and Learn,” by Connor Diemand-Yauman , CEO of Philanthropy University , about building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace and capacity building. ” I asked Connor about how they use this particular cultural nudge and cue. While organizational culture may be driven by leadership, it is often reinforced by others on staff. How have you addressed it in your culture?

Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

Beth Kanter

When we talk about healthy nonprofit work culture, the fit nonprofit , it goes beyond having organizations create wellness policies and practices that encourage staff to eat right, exercise, take vacation time, and get enough sleep. And, healthy meetings are not just about avoiding salty and sugary snacks. It’s about creating collective organizational energy and optimizing it so we’re not wasting time and taking into account everyone’s individual productivity cycles.

Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last month, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. Many times the reaction to focusing on organizational culture and wellbeing is considered “soft” or “nice” stuff that not lead to results or impact.

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Who "owns" your organization's culture?

Mark Oehlert

Yep, culture. Often it's like a specter hanging over failed projects - "the culture wasn't prepared to accept that technology." We talk about it's importance and about having the right one and about disruptive ones and innovation ones but I think we need to be a bit more basic up front. . The first thing you need to understand about organizational culture is that you already have one. This is not a "let's measure the delta between Q1 and Q2" kind of exercise.

The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This ecosystem has been designed to stimulate and manipulate the human psyche, “to draw us in and persuade us to change how we shop, vote, and exercise, and even who we love.”

Why and How Your #Nonprofit Needs To Bust the Culture of Sitting at Work

Beth Kanter

Some experts warn that too much standing can also create health problems. And, if you think you can avoid the health dangers of sitting for prolonged periods because you exercise at the gym every morning, think again. According to research , regular exercise does not counter act being sedentary at work. How can these practices become part of your nonprofit’s work culture? Has your nonprofit busted the culture of sitting in the workplace?

What Is the Social Responsibility of Business?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many of them are also a company’s shareholders, and they are calling on leadership to take action on societal issues… Revisiting this essay is a welcome exercise, and a reminder of the importance of self-scrutiny.”.

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Does Your Nonprofit Organization’s Culture Eat French Fries for Breakfast?

Beth Kanter

Even better is to have self-care so finely embedded in the nonprofit’s culture that there is not a need for a separate program, it is simply part of the way the organization works. You need to understand whether your organization’s culture is one where happy, healthy can thrive or will be ignored, or even worse ridiculed. You have probably heard the saying, “culture eats strategy for breakfast” as famed management guru, Peter Drucker is credited as saying.

May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

May the Force Be With You has become part of popular culture since the words were first uttered in the 1977 Star Wars film.

How I use social media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I figured it would be good to exercise my memory a bit and unearth some of the key stories that led me to to my social media use today, and perhaps surface some of my patterns. This is true across generations and the impacts are significant on our culture and our world.

Conceptualizing AI in Human Terms is Misleading and Potentially Harmful

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Algorithms can only exercise their (artificial) agency as a result of a socially constructed context in which we have deliberately outsourced some task to the machine,… A more thoughtful and comprehensive approach to conceptualizing the ethical challenges posed by AI requires a proper understanding not just of how these algorithms work - their strengths and weaknesses, their capabilities and limits - but of how they fit into a larger sociotechnical framework.

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Scenario Planning - Formulating Strategy in the Face of High Uncertainty

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Ingrain the process. “In the long run you’ll reap the greatest value from scenario exercises by establishing an iterative cycle - that is, a process that continually orients your organization toward the future while keeping an eye on the present, and vice versa.”. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Management and Leadership Media and Communications Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

stevenberlinjohnson.com:

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » From the Globe and Mail : A body of research suggests that playing video games provides benefits similar to bilingualism in exercising the mind. Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Todays Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter The title says it all. This one sparked a slightly insane international conversation about the state of pop culture -- and particularly games.

stevenberlinjohnson.com:

Steven Berlin Johnson

The exercise revealed numerous errors in both encyclopedias, butamong 42 entries tested, the difference in accuracy was not great. Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Todays Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter The title says it all. This one sparked a slightly insane international conversation about the state of pop culture -- and particularly games. Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate My first.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The theory is out of step with ordinary usage: Shareholders are not owners of the corporation in any traditional sense of the term, nor do they have owners’ traditional incentives to exercise care in managing it. Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lack of identity is an impediment for poor people to exercise their basic democratic and human rights. Government control: Without the proper accountability, governments can leverage digital technologies to exercise greater control over their citizens, rather than to empower them. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Doing so effectively requires the kind of leadership that will attract and retain the best possible talent and create a culture of innovation that encourages them to come up with creative solutions to the challenges the firm faces. But such exercises are less relevant and reliable in a fast changing, unpredictable business world. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A central authority, be it a corporation or government agency, exercises editorial, financial, and (sometimes) political control over the content that reaches the consumer. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Media and Communications Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Five Essential Tips to Effectively Work from Home

Dan Pontefract

learn how to use your mute button effectively too) When you take a break – and you should schedule in multiple breaks to your day – think about walking around again, or exercising at the gym, go for a run, bike ride, or do yoga. Culture engagement flexible work organization work styles Over at TELUS – where my day job as Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office keeps me equal parts flourishing and busy – I have the luxury of being a mobile worker.

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The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a fast changing marketplace, agility is more critical than long-term forecasting exercises. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyDigital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ?

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The Promise and Challenges of Health Analytics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Behavioral measurements : “Behaviors such as exercise, diet, and medication adherence make significant contributions to several diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Realizing this next frontier of medicine requires important changes in the culture of both medical research and patient care. On February 24 I attended a workshop in MIT on the Future of Health Analytics.

Five Tips for Nonprofits to Avoid Virtual Fatigue

Beth Kanter

Now more than ever we must create a robust workplace culture and stronger relationships to retain our humanness. Everyone gets a triple bonus – fresh air and exercise, camaraderie, and new ideas ( walking meetings are known to be valuable for improving creativity ). Facilitation Happy Healthy Nonprofit Online Meetings Organizational Culture Remote Work WalkingDance Off Energizer on Zoom.

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Learning is Lurking (Part 2 of 2)

Dan Pontefract

We all need to take into consideration whether or not what we are posting is useful, not a glorified exercise to increase the quantity of our posts. Culture enterprise 2.0 For those of you who caught the first instalment , yes, the order has been changed this time around. As much as I believe that lurkers are in fact learning while they lurk, there is something to be said about those who need to lurk a little more. Let me explain.

How to ‘Take One for the Team’

Dan Pontefract

I ventured over to Bing and repeated the exercise. collaboration Culture teams How many you ask? It’s over one billion. When you put the word ’team’ into a Google search box, you’re presented with over one billion results. Over 600 million results this time. I’ve no idea why there is a gap of 400 million search terms between Google and Microsoft, but either way there are a lot of opinions and there is a lot of content out there related to the term ’team’.

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What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The theory is out of step with ordinary usage: Shareholders are not owners of the corporation in any traditional sense of the term, nor do they have owners’ traditional incentives to exercise care in managing it. Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

5 Common Nonprofit Workplace Stress Triggers and Tips for Addressing Them

Beth Kanter

Here are some brief practical articles packed with tips for exercising your boundary setting muscles at work: How To Tell A Chatty Co-Worker You Don’t Want to Talk. Workplace Culture. Some nonprofit workplace culture are rigid, requiring staff to be in the office between certain hours and at their desk. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Leadership Organizational Culture ResiliencePhoto credit: PlusLexia.

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Snow on the Water

Doc Searls

Making the Web was an exercise in long-term property development then, or so it seemed. Art Broadcasting Business Culture Future history Internet Photography I’ve been intrigued b y Fotopedia since it showed up in ’09, especially since I do a shitload of travel photography. But I never posted anything there, because I was afraid it would die. And now, says here , it will. In seven days.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He points out that exercise is good for our health precisely because we become stronger by stressing our bones, muscles and heart, - but we have not translated this insight into other domains of physical and mental well-being. Complex Systems Economic Issues Healthcare Systems Society and Culture Various Other SubjectsComplex systems, whether natural or engineered, are composed of many parts. But it ’ s not the mere number of component that makes them complex.

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The Emergence of a “New Establishment”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its members do not just represent the centers of official power - though they are certainly part of it - but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised. Societal and cultural battles were fought in a number of critical areas, including civil rights , feminism and the sexual revolution. The country’s culture started to radically change, even though many of the changes unleashed in the sixties would play out over the next few decades.

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Reflections on My Fifty Year Involvement with Computers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Harvard study found that the following factors were the most predictive of whether you'd move successfully through middle age and into your 80s: avoiding cigarettes and not abusing alcohol; keeping a healthy weight; exercising regularly; good adjustment or coping skills; pursing education; and maintaining strong social relationships, including a stable partner. . Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

best finds of 2020

Harold Jarche

Any idiot can impose and exercise control. Wise cultures, societies and a wise civilization will ‘manage the household’ with wisdom (oikos + sophia) and a love for all life (biophilia). Here are some of the best of my fortnightly Friday’s Finds of 2020. Happy New Year 2021!

Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The actors involved, therefore, have valid rights and responsibilities to the data and may require different permissions to exercise those rights. Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and StrategyIn 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF), launched a project on Rethinking Personal Data.

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Unpacking collaboration and cooperation?

Clark Quinn

Because I’ve seen, heck I’ve participated in exercises where we collaborate for the greater good. Less intently, it may be a ‘show your work’ type of thing, where the organizational culture is supporting sharing, but it’s also an expectation.

That Was A Spectacular Failure!

Beth Kanter

This takes an agile, learning culture. We did an exercise in small groups where we reflected on a failure and share it with others. The exercise is based on failfare. Organizational CultureOn Monday, I attended Compasspoint’s Nonprofit Day 2011. The theme was “Inspired Resilience: How we sustain People, Organizations, and Causes.”