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.

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

Beth Kanter

That’s the focus of one of the sessions – so I have been reflecting a lot on this topic to come up with some useful exercises, discussion questions, and session content. Some workplace cultures in nonprofits encourage this approach. In his words: “For nearly 15 years, I’ve been making the case — in my writing and with corporate clients — that employees can be more productive by working fewer hours and taking more time for rest and renewal during the work day.”

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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.

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 Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth Kanter

The book looks at how individuals can avoid burnout through self-care and how nonprofits can support it – through activities that promote well-being, cultural cues, or an overall strategy. Activities are designed to support organizational wellness for greater productivity and morale boosts. How cultural norms influence participation. A team culture that prioritizes collaboration and excellence. ½ Flickr Photo by AstridWestvang.

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.

The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Such lower transactions costs translate into economic development through three key mechanisms: Inclusion : Digital technologies have empowered consumers around the world, giving them more choices than ever in virtually every category of products and services as well as in the channels used to acquire them. Business growth : Digital technologies, and the Internet in particular have promoted the inclusion of small firms in the world economy by expanding trade and productivity.

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Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Production: the bundling of different content into a final market-ready product, - a newspaper, TV schedule, cable package or DJ’s playlist. A central authority, be it a corporation or government agency, exercises editorial, financial, and (sometimes) political control over the content that reaches the consumer. Networks of individuals can now work together to generate content for one another, increasing the role of non-market and non-proprietary production.” .

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These three trends are combining into a triple revolution , causing companies to rethink the balance between minds and machines ; between products and platforms ; and between the core and the crowd. 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.

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40-Hour Work Week – The Magic of Sustainable Growth

Luis Suarez

An article that dares to question how the business world has been functioning and operating over the course of decades by claiming, loud and clear, how companies keep ignoring 150 years of invaluable and precious research on how we become most effective and productive while at work. Or, more importantly, does working more than 40 hours per week make you more effective and productive at what you do? to work more than 40 hours a week to be effective and productive.

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 Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Over at the BrainYard , my good friend, Rachel Happe , put together, just recently, a rather interesting and insightful blog post under the heading “ Got Culture? The key question would be whether your business is well prepared to invest, heavily enough, in shaping up its own culture to re- adjust and become a truly Social Enterprise. Corporate culture has always influenced collaboration.

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The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This gap points to substantial room for much of the economy to boost productivity. Productivity studies at both the firm level and the establishment (or plant) level during the period 1995-2008 reveal that the firms that saw high returns on their technology investments were the same firms that adopted certain productivity-enhancing business practices.”. In a fast changing marketplace, agility is more critical than long-term forecasting exercises.

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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. They can take preemptive actions against potential threats by developing alternative products and business strategies. But such exercises are less relevant and reliable in a fast changing, unpredictable business world.

Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary

Luis Suarez

While putting this blog entry together, maybe the longest article I have ever written anywhere, I now realise that the main purpose of why I wrote in its entirety in the first place was more than anything else as an exercise for yours truly to go down the memory lane and see what happened during the course of 2011 in this area. But it doesn’t end up there just sharing those good practices, productivity tips and whatever other hacks on making the most out of email.

Is Twitter Where Connections Go to Die? – The Unfollowing Experiment – The Follow-Up

Luis Suarez

What has changed over the course of the last few months though is that I have become more ruthless with that task known as Twitter Hygiene , so ever now and then, roughly about once a month, to be more precise, I go through each of the lists and I do a very thorough and exhaustive exercise of questioning (to myself) whether a certain contact should stay in that particular list or not, or whether I may need to move it out due to the lack of interactions over the course of time.

Five Essential Tips to Effectively Work from Home

Dan Pontefract

87 per cent of employees who have ever worked remotely responded that they are just as productive, if not more, when working out of the office. 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

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5 Reasons Why Activity Streams Will Save You From Information Overload

Luis Suarez

It may take a bit of fine tuning for knowledge workers to figure out the amount of signals they would want to digest and be exposed to over time, that’s an initial required learning exercise for us all, just like when we all first started making use of email as a corporate communication tool. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social ComputingI heart Activity Streams. I mean, I * love* them to bits!

5 Reasons Why Activity Streams Will Save Your From Information Overload

Luis Suarez

It may take a bit of fine tuning for knowledge workers to figure out the amount of signals they would want to digest and be exposed to over time, that’s an initial required learning exercise for us all, just like when we all first started making use of email as a corporate communication tool. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social ComputingI heart Activity Streams. I mean, I * love* them to bits!

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. Experts point to several reasons why we are feeling a loss of vitality, productivity, and wellbeing in our virtual workplaces: Online-mediated interaction and communications deprive us a full sensory experience as we are only limited to audio and visual experiences (when using video conferences) or just text. Dance Off Energizer on Zoom.

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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. However, research shows that constant connectivity may be counterproductive when it comes to engagement and productivity levels. Workplace Culture. Some nonprofit workplace culture are rigid, requiring staff to be in the office between certain hours and at their desk. Photo credit: PlusLexia.

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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

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These three trends are combining into a triple revolution , causing companies to rethink the balance between minds and machines ; between products and platforms ; and between the core and the crowd. 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.

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On Amsterdam, bikes and the Copenhagen Wheel thingy

Adaptive Path

You can access this data through your phone, or on the web and use it to plan healthier bike routes, to achieve your exercise goals, or to meet up with friends on the go. Seeing a healthy bike-friendly transit culture in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen is an inspiration, and it will be exciting to see where initiatives like this lead us. Tags: Experience Design Futures Idealism (Uncensored) Mobile Product Design Trends

I Know It When I See It

Andy McAfee

product?&# – are just windowdressing on products that are still essentially geared for Collaboration 1.0. Whose products at present come closest to enabling Web 2.0-style collaboration and interaction in enterprise environments? products that lack the ability to produce “meaningful&# RSS feeds. This all has one mutually beneficial purpose: Businesses want to create the products and services their customers are interested in, in order to be more successful.

Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They want to leverage the data to create business value, better understand the behavior of their customers and help them become more productive. 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 Strategy

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How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)

Beth Kanter

Last week, I co-presented a Guidestar webinar with Andrea Kihlstedt on the topic of healthy and productive meetings who talked about the basics for making meetings highly effective. Productive Meetings. Andrea gave an awesome presentation with some great frameworks and tips on planning and facilitating productive meetings to avoid death by meeting. She started off with some statistics that the average professional attends 13.7

Reflections from Another Part of the World and a Different Side of My Brain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It is well accepted that a good physical exercise plan should include different kinds of workouts, some focused on aerobics to increase cardiovascular endurance, and some anaerobic in nature to strengthen our muscles. In addition to its benefits on our physical health, a regime of exercise also improves our mental health as well as helping to reduce depression. But, advances in brain sciences have begun to show the importance of also exercising our mental faculties.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « Welcome to Adam Smiths World | Main | Social networks and Organizational Governance » October 08, 2007 The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences People have very complex relationships with companies and the products and services they offer. For years I have watched CNNs morning news program when exercising in the morning.

Smarter Public Health

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In its press release , IBM said: “The IBM Research project will combine and analyze massive data sources that have never before been integrated to simulate the cause-and-effect relationships between agriculture, transportation, city planning, eating and exercise habits, socio-economic status, family life, and more. Some like the wide availability of processed foods and lack of exercise are widely acknowledged.

Non-Profit Leaders as Personal Brands

Beth Kanter

To execute this more balanced and productive approach to personal branding within your non-profit organization, it’s critical to integrate social media on three levels: 1. Third, and perhaps most importantly, the development of a personal brand will serve as a powerful permission slip for everyone within your organization to exercise social media themselves. Networked Nonprofit Organizational Culture Professional NetworkingClick to See Larger Image.

How I use social media

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. I find I now attract clients with whom I am a good fit and avoid those that would not create a productive partnership. This is true across generations and the impacts are significant on our culture and our world.

In COVID times: the value of keeping journals and leadership for organisational reinvention

Trends in the Living Networks

So we need to continually renew ourselves, renew our products, renew our offerings, renew the way we’re working, renew our culture. And in many cases, that culture is shifted into this one of remote surveillance.

managers are for caring

Harold Jarche

Through interviews, we learned that executives saw the benefits of using flexible work to their advantage as a negotiating tool for recruitment, promotion, retention and motivation, but they often worried about the costs of training and potential culture change. There may be teamwork on a theatre production but the cast is not a team. In a creative economy, the unity of hierarchical teams is counter-productive, as it shuts off opportunities for serendipity and innovation.

Why People Leave Organizations

Kevin Wheeler

People from different cultures respond differently to various factors as do those of different ages. This paper presents research from a wide range of organizations, people and cultures and disputes many of the reason people commonly give for leaving. I was recently in an organization where they were going through the annual stock option granting exercise. intellectual capital), decreases in productivity, and lower quality of work.

The One Secret To Better Virtual Meetings: Empathy

Beth Kanter

Last week, I facilitated a peer learning session for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and their mentors about healthy and productive meetings. We covered the best practices of meetings , both face-to-face and virtual meetings. I’ve been reflecting on the discussion we had about how meetings are “under belly” of an organization’s culture and ways to make incremental changes to improve meeting culture to avoid wasting time or frustration.

Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What skills do data scientists need to be productive in a world deluged by data? Data scientists should also have good computer science skills, - including data structures, algorithms, systems and scripting languages, - as well as a good understanding of correlation, causation and related concepts which are central to modeling exercises involving data.

Being Online: Facing the Digital Future Together

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

That's the language or the tool that you use to make these connections a lot of times these open resources will cross linguistic and cultural boundaries, especially if you use things like means or you know in commonly shared images.

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The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Is the problem with.

Steve Denning

In a knowledge economy, it is a fundamental productivity problem. When knowledge workers are not passionate about their work, they simply aren’t very productive. Thus apparent savings achieved by streamlining the supply chain are more than outweighed by the failures of productivity and innovation from a disengaged workforce. In today’s knowledge economy, the motivation of workers is a key determinant of productivity.

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The Arbejdsglaede of Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

It’s just brilliant as well in how it entices you to do a little bit of a mental exercise and a test to question for yourself how happy you are at work after all… So, to quote them: . It won’t until we get our mojo back and start embracing that culture of Arbejdsglaede. If you have been reading this blog for a little while now, you would probably remember how concepts like Employee Engagement make me cringe a little bit.

Best of Friday’s Finds 2013

Harold Jarche

The Organisational Hierarchy is kaput – as single purpose executor of the Business Model it requires reorganisation every time you need to get better, an utterly futile exercise most of the time. This makes leaders responsible for developing an open, collaborative culture, and suggests that inspiring these attitudes toward knowledge management will have positive individual and organizational consequences.

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Institutions and Openness

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What makes this last - the only thing that makes this last - is culture. As I said, it must be part of culture." He first responds to my contention that culture, not institutions, preserve the good things we want to preserve: Institutions are one of the mechanisms we use as a society to perpetuate, change, or disseminate culture. There are other means, but seeing culture as an alternative to institutions is a bit like seeing travelers as an alternative to cars.