August, 2018

The Myth of the Washed-Up, Middle-Age Entrepreneur

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg were in their early 20s; Sergei Brin and Larry Page were 25; and Jeff Bezos was just 30 when they founded their world leading high-tech companies.

Navigating From the Industrial Age to the Contextual Age

John Hagel

In the Industrial Age, scalable efficiency drove value creation. The bargain of the Industrial Age was that, if consumers wanted affordable products and services, we would have to settle for standardized products and services – one size fits all. You can have any color as long as it’s black. It’s a bargain that drove the growth of mass consumer societies in developed and developing economies.

Compliance, disintermediation and wisdom

Dave Snowden

One of the really difficult aspects of leadership is that you have to get used to the fact that very few people will tell you the truth. Of you are new into a senior role everyone wants to be your friend.

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Please let’s finally kill logins and passwords

Doc Searls

How would you feel if you had been told in the early days of the Web that in the year 2018 you would still need logins and passwords for damned near everything. Your faith in the tech world would be deeply shaken, no?

Sneak Peek Audio Clip of OPEN TO THINK

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Going into the studio and narrating my third book, OPEN TO THINK, was an awesome experience. I’ve always wanted to be a DJ. While I. Dan's Related Posts: Download And Share The OPEN TO THINK One-Page Book Promo.

MWL Newsletter No 78

Jane Hart

Posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 12-18 August 2018. Modern Workplace Learning

An Agile, Incremental Approach to Business Process Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I’ve long believed that customer self-service was key to the success of e-business , - the IBM Internet strategy I was closely involved with in the mid-late 1990s.

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We need an new Albigensian Crusade

Dave Snowden

If I had to choose a heresy (and it may be heretical to even pose such a question) then it would be Pelagianism: the belief that human nature can choose between good and evil without the intervention of some paternalistic and anthropomorphised Deity.

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On presuming competence

Doc Searls

A few weeks ago, while our car honked its way through dense traffic in Delhi, I imagined an Onion headline: American Visitor Seeks To Explain What He’ll Never Understand About India.

Dan Pontefract August 2018 Playlist

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: August saw me stand still, for the most part. It was a very reflective month. The passing of Aretha Franklin and Senator John McCain made. Dan's Related Posts: Dan Pontefract April 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract May 2018 Playlist.

MWL Newsletter No 76

Jane Hart

Posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 29 July – 4 August 2018. Modern Workplace Learning

The Identity Challenge: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Dog

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Better Identity in America , a report by the Better Identity Coalition , an organization launched earlier this year to focus on promoting the development and adoption of solutions for identity verification and authentication.

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Realities: Why AR over VR

Clark Quinn

In the past, I’ve alluded to why I like Augmented Reality (AR) over Virtual Reality. And in a conversation this past week, I talked about realities a bit more, and I thought I’d share. Don’t get me wrong, I like VR alot , but I think AR has the bigger potential impact.

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I didn’t fly, I wasn’t well served

Dave Snowden

Given I live in the UK and have a preference for One World I spend a lot of time on BA flights; although my loyalty card is with American Airlines approaching five million mile status. As a very (for which read too ) frequent traveller I have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with them.

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A helpful approach to personal data protection regulation

Doc Searls

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The Essential Creative Thinking Questions To Ask Yourself

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: How can I be more creative? That’s not the question you should be asking yourself. Creativity can be stifled by several reasons. The better questions. Dan's Related Posts: Three Strategies To Improve Your Creative Thinking.

humans working socially

Harold Jarche

A lot of traditional human work is getting automated , by machines or software. routine cognitive work is declining. manufacturing production in the USA is increasing but jobs are not. even the banking sector may see a 30% job reduction. for example, Nordea Bank just cut its workforce in half.

AI - the Creation of a Human-Centric Engineering Discipline

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. Every day we can read about the latest AI advances from startups and large companies, including applications that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans.

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Mobile Malarkey

Clark Quinn

I was called out on a tweet pointing to an article on mobile. And, I have to say, I thought it was pretty underwhelming. It was the ‘old school’ view of mlearning, and I think that the post largely missed the point. So I thought it’d be valuable to walk through the claims.

The dance of the Librarians

Dave Snowden

If I look back at the highlights of my various speaking engagements over the years then those to librarians are right up there in the highlights.

Just checking.

Euen Semple

I am currently reading yet another book which claims that the internet is turning us all into dysfunctional narcissists, unable to determine true from false, and huddling together in tribal mobs for protection. This is not my experience. Is it yours? I mean really yours, as in your direct day to day experience?

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Three Strategies To Improve Your Creative Thinking

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Discussing the importance of pausing and taking the time to dream, Bill McDermott, CEO of high-tech company SAP, once said in an interview, “Most people. Dan's Related Posts: Is Your Corporate Culture The Root Cause Of Bad Meetings?

the frontiers of our knowledge

Harold Jarche

I was asked to contribute to an article in CIO magazine — The CIO’s Dilemma: Innovate AND Cut Costs. The question was how can CIO’s preserve their organization’s ability to innovate in the face of budget cuts? My response was relatively simple. “To

Today Seems Like a Holiday for Democracy

Nine Shift

Y esterday's news about the Manafort and Cohen convictions, tied to a couple of other positive news for democracy, makes today seem like a holiday to celebrate renewed hope for our democracy. This (2018-2019) is the time period when Americans decide whether to renew and revitalize our democracy, or wander downward into a less democratic society. .

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Complex thinking

Clark Quinn

An interesting article I came across brings up an interesting issue: how do we do complex thinking? Are some people just better at it? The short answer appears to be ‘no’ Instead, a couple of tools play a role, and I think it’s an interesting excursion.

There comes a time …

Dave Snowden

Long distance walking is meditative in nature and often metaphorical in the nature of the reflection. Once you go beyond two hours something changes in the body chemistry and you start to reflect on current issues, the past and future states of being.

Put your own oxygen mask on first.

Euen Semple

Society is made up of multiple networks of individuals, operating individually or in consort. In order for those networks to operate effectively, to use a biological metaphor, the cells have to be healthy. We will only have a healthy society, or organisations, if we each become healthy, autonomous, tolerant, and sensitive to those around us. To do this we have to recover from being trained to be complacent, compliant, consumers. We have to to be sceptical of ideologies and -isms.

The Corporate World’s Worst Phrase: Do More With Less

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: One of the corporate world’s worst phrases ever has to be “do more with less.” It’s a bit like being asked to “give 110% effort.”. Dan's Related Posts: Clowning Around – An Important Leadership Attribute. Five Essential Tips to Effectively Work from Home. Instead of Inbox Zero, How About Outbox Zero. Try Implementing Flexible Work Options to Increase Employee Engagement.

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‘we’re living in a very liquid world’

Harold Jarche

When I think back. On all the crap I learned in high school. It’s a wonder. I can think at all. And though my lack of education. Hasn’t hurt me none. I can read the writing on the wall. Paul Simon, Kodachrome (1973). Nothing that you learned in school has prepared you for today. Nothing.

Fastest Growing Way for Boys to Die

Nine Shift

T he Center for Disease Control suggests the fastest growing way for boys to die: drug overdose. Some 72,000 people died from drug overdoses last year, a huge jump of over 10%. It is a "more popular" way to die than death-by-car or H.I.V. or guns. This according to the Center for Disease Control i n a story in the sexist anti-male NY Times. My brilliant co-author Julie found a source indicating that the NYTimes is one of the top news media for sexist anti-male gender bias. I am not surprised.

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Transparency isn’t enough

Clark Quinn

Of late, there has been a number of articles talking about thinking and mental models (e.g. this one). One of the outcomes is that we have a lot of stories about how the world works. Some of them are accurate. Others, not.

MWL Newsletter No 79

Jane Hart

Articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 19-25 August 2018. Agile mindset, magic circle of L&D, worst piece of e-learning ever, problem solving techniques, 4 ways jobs will respond to automation, & more). Modern Workplace Learning

Stormy weather

Euen Semple

We are off to Sweden tomorrow for our family holiday. Like us they have had a spectacularly hot summer. Like us the weather has broken. We are conditioned to expect summer holidays to be hot - to be disappointed if they are not. This week may be testing

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52 Fun Ways To Take A Mini Break and Regenerate for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

While writing The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout in 2015, we did a scan of what was available in the nonprofit. Ever since, I’ve been keeping an eye out for new resources for nonprofit professionals about avoiding burnout and self-care.

actionable insights

Harold Jarche

I concluded a few years back that rates based on time at work only help to put you into a pigeon hole so that HR and Purchasing can easily classify you. Knowledge professionals are not pigeons. I have noticed a tendency over the past decade to push wages and fees down.

I Start to Yearn for Normalcy

Nine Shift

Normalcy, the term used for the roaring twenties, will return, but some of us are starting to yearn for it now. So tired of the this-that of the current U.S. political scene, I switched the radio "dial" to the BBC. Hearing an Aretha Franklin song on the BBC news, I knew she had died before the announcer spoke. Then they had memories from people close to her, short review of her life, and a tribute from a statesperson that choked me up.

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Question: values?

Clark Quinn

So, I’m wrestling with how to characterize useful changes in an organization. I’ve been compiling a list of different tactics (e.g. implement coaching, show-your-work, support curation, etc), and want to map them to the changes you’ll get in the organization.