Working Styles – Where Fun Meets Work

Luis Suarez

If you have been reading this blog for a while now you would know how, all along, I haven’t been very much in favour about supporting the argument of the digital / generations divide or the distinction of various different generations at work, whether baby boomers, Gen-Xers, Gen-Yers or whatever else. Did it help change your perception of those colleagues from those generations you work with on a daily basis?

Learning Styles and Work Styles

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Transcript of a Twitter exchange this afternoon on learning styles. Downes: hmm: if there's no learning styles then there would be no working styles, just one best way to accomplish every task (which your boss knows) nlowell : @Downes ok that has to be covered by one of your fallacies somewhere opencontent: @Downes - Learning styles may exist - they just don't make any meaningful contribution to learning.

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Try Implementing Flexible Work Options to Increase Employee Engagement

Dan Pontefract

Today, mobile and other technologies keep us constantly connected, and this shift has affected how we interact with our families, how we spend our leisure time, and naturally, how we work. This change is creating an opportunity for companies to shift how they think about and conduct the daily practice of work. Interestingly, there is a correlation to workers who are offered a flexible work arrangement and both loyalty and productivity. How we know it works.

Five Essential Tips to Effectively Work from Home

Dan Pontefract

Being a mobile worker means I can work from the road, a TELUS office, hotels, the odd coffee shop … and yes even at home. Several years ago TELUS introduced a concept called Work Styles where 70 per cent of its team members will work 100 per cent of the time from home or – like me – will work from various locations, including their home. 56 per cent said that having a flexible work option would motivate them to work harder.

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Reflecting on Potential Workplace Trends

Dan Pontefract

collaboration corporation Culture employee engagement employees engagement work styles future of work learning I recently had the chance to reflect on the ‘future of the organization’ I suppose it’s one of my hobbies. Thanks to the kind folks at SAP, my thoughts on topics such as “What is Shared Leadership?”, ”, “What If There Were No 9-5 Jobs?”, ”, and “What If We Never Meet Co-Workers Face-to-Face?”

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Building Your Headquarters To Boost Employee Engagement

Dan Pontefract

In his book, Work Rules: Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live And Lead , Laszlo Bock (Google’s head of People Operations) writes, “A sense of community helps people do their best work just as surely as increasing efficiency does by sweeping away minor chores and distractions.” Bock continues, “All of these programs work to create efficiency, community, or innovation. My place of work, TELUS, is another example. (AP Photo).

Going Forward to the Past: Management Yahooliganism & No Longer Working From Home

Dan Pontefract

has mandated any Yahoo employee currently working from home (full-time or part-time) must relocate their fingers and keystrokes back to the office by June. That’s right … if a Yahoo employee was able to work from home, it’s no longer in the employee contract. Three lines irked me greatly in this memo missive: “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” Related Posts: I Am A Corporate Floater flat army book Ya, I Cry at Work.

IT & HR: Should They Merge?

Dan Pontefract

Enterprise 2.0 = Work 2.0 = Learning 2.0. Collaborative Work Styles. Enterprise 2.0 = Work 2.0 = Learning 2.0. without Work 2.0 Work 2.0 (the the shift to a more collaborative business model, inclusive to mobile work styles) needs the premise of Learning 2.0 itself, really isn't going to be successful unless the people practices of Work 2.0 Collaborative Work Styles (also Work 2.0 human resources IT work 2.0

Leadership Tools: Building Your Ideal Team

Online Personality Tests

But how do you determine if a person has the right personality or work ethic to be a great fit for your team? Did they deal with things in a way you’d like issues to be handled when working for you? One quick way to uncover this and other critical information about individuals is to offer them a Work Personality Index. This personality questionnaire takes about 20 minutes and provides a comprehensive assessment of work behavior. How to Build Your Ideal Team.

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My Next Role Is …

Dan Pontefract

Flexible Work Styles. It’s not only my working life purpose, it is the basis of Flat Army and what I’ve been doing for the better part of my entire career. I’ve had the great fortune of working with brilliant people over my now twenty year career. This next opportunity gives me a chance to work with many more people who seek such change.

The Crisis of Meaning in the Knowledge Workforce

Luis Suarez

to me, are all part of the knowledge workforce and, if anything, instead of talking about different generations at work, I always tend to think that it is mostly about embracing and facilitating different working styles within the workforce. But what happens when each and everyone of those work styles don’t have a meaning, nor a purpose, for what they usually do?

Grappling with Groups

Clark Quinn

However, in designing learning, working in groups has some real negative perceptions and realities. As my kids complained, on group projects some team members will reliably slack, letting the most driven student do the work. Even with a commitment, there can be differences in working style: getting started early versus preferring to do it under pressure. When I assigned group projects, I told my students I expected them to do equal work, and would grade accordingly.

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4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices

TOPYX LMS

Each group comes from a dramatically different background, which can lead to variations in work styles, along with other variations. Through the use of the right Learning Management Systems (LMS), businesses can ensure everyone has the same advantage as they start work each day. TOPYX is featured in The Huffington Post article, 4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices.

4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices

TOPYX LMS

Each group comes from a dramatically different background, which can lead to variations in work styles, along with other variations. Through the use of the right Learning Management Systems (LMS), businesses can ensure everyone has the same advantage as they start work each day. TOPYX is featured in The Huffington Post article, 4 Learning Management Systems to Bridge Generation Gaps in Offices.

After Five Years In My Role We’re Hiring My Replacement. Are You Interested?

Dan Pontefract

It’s this Venn diagram that has made up my overarching work over the past five years at TELUS. Amongst other key ingredients like the TELUS community programs and the “ give where we live ” philosophy, the internal ‘Bravo’ recognition program, the TELUS Work Styles initiative (proving a flexible work style can be successful in an $11 billion organization) … I’m not sure there is a better organization to work for on the planet.

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – September 2016

TOPYX LMS

Each group comes from a dramatically diffferent background with varying work styles. eLearning is continuously evolving, and so is the content we share on our social learning blog. Below are highlights featured in our September 2016 newsletter. We appreciate your interest in TOPYX and look forward to meeting all of your LMS needs. The High Value of Learning Paths. We are all on some type of path. Some of us are moving forward, and some are moving backward.

Loose hierarchies for knowledge management

Harold Jarche

The regression model showed that different organizational factors – especially Ba, work styles, and organizational control – were responsible for the resulting KM profiles of each local office: formal Ba in the U.S. With loose hierarchies and strong networks as a guiding principle, departments need to have the ability to try out different KM practices and see how they work in their unique contexts. Leadership Work Knowledge-sharing practices are highly contextual.

In Defense of Alexandra Samuel

Dan Pontefract

I too believe it saves time and it would be so helpful for many to at least try the option for a while and see if it suits their work style.

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – September 2016

TOPYX LMS

Each group comes from a dramatically diffferent background with varying work styles. eLearning is continuously evolving, and so is the content we share on our social learning blog. Below are highlights featured in our September 2016 newsletter. We appreciate your interest in TOPYX and look forward to meeting all of your LMS needs. The High Value of Learning Paths. We are all on some type of path. Some of us are moving forward, and some are moving backward.

Redefining the Social Employee

Dan Pontefract

These days, with the advent of collaboration platforms, remote work styles and the quest to define an external digital DNA at sites like LinkedIn, BranchOut or Quora, the social employee has taken on a diversified definition. The company’s headquarters, where she works, has seen a population increase of 10 percent whereas the other eight employee sites are up anywhere from 20 percent to 135 percent.

Meet Your New CEO – Your Kid

Luis Suarez

Summer time is usually one of the busiest times of the year for me in terms of extra curricular work related activities. Well, engaging with the next breed of Leaders : (young) students working through their PhDs thesis on Social Business or Org. Yes, I know what you are going to say… I, too, don’t believe much on the digital divide or the generations divide, however, they do have something special in terms of how they get work done.

A New Style of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Tom Foremski , a journalist blogger and friend who reports on the business and culture of innovation in Silicon Valley Watcher , wrote an interesting comment in my blog: “In some ways, I see your post-retirement life as being somewhat futuristic, in that it will be the way many people will be working in the future. It's what I call an "atomic" model - collaborating with others on specific tasks/projects and then dissolving those collaborations as you work with others on different projects.

Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One

Adaptive Path

It’s the recognition that in order to create something that reimagines banking for people, you need a variety of skills, work styles, and areas of exploration. How do these talents impact your work? This is who I am, and that has a huge impact on my work. It doesn’t work without collaboration, and neither does design. These practices make me more nimble, and they make work and life more fun. ☀︎. +g Hey, there’s someone we’d like you to meet.

Looking Back on Four Decades: My Top 40 Learning Moments

Dan Pontefract

I’m still working on being less abstruse. Having my direct reports physically around me was rule number one; that rule was thrown into the bin in favour of 100% flexible work styles. Moore’s Law is a farce in many organizations without IT budget to improve the work experience itself technologically. Time management & self-discipline are invaluable to a proper and healthy life-work balance DNA.

The Collaboration Cycle

Dan Pontefract

To fully embrace a collaborative life and work-style, one must first adopt the CARE Principle. Does it work for you? In a previous instalment entitled “ The Collaboration Curve ”, I discussed the basic premise that over a period of time and as the use of collaboration methods increase, a user’s knowledge, engagement, network and ultimately their performance would increase.

Solutions for An Ageing Population in the Era of Open Business

Luis Suarez

And to define that business problem I won’t have to do anything else than just mention three simple words: Ageing Working Population. We just need to put our minds and hearts to work at it and it will be sorted out right away. Disclaimer: Yes, you all know it already by now, I do work for IBM, but look at the beautiful and rather compelling story portrayed on the video about how technology can have a huge impact within our ageing population. Work will continue.

Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One

Adaptive Path

It’s the recognition that in order to create something that reimagines banking for people, you need a variety of skills, work styles, and areas of exploration. How do these talents impact your work? This is who I am, and that has a huge impact on my work. It doesn’t work without collaboration, and neither does design. These practices make me more nimble, and they make work and life more fun. ?. +g Hey, there’s someone we’d like you to meet.

How B Corps Just Might Eliminate the Foolishness of Maximizing Shareholder Return

Dan Pontefract

Fair compensation is one thing, but for an employee to truly be engaged, they want the company that they work for to be a true corporate citizen that pays equal attention to the five tenets of a B Corp. It’s also a concept I’m extremely familiar with at the very place I work, TELUS , a telecommunications company. By way of our revolutionary Work Styles program, in 2013 we reduced our carbon (CO2) footprint by 4,365,000 kilograms.

Open Business – From Adoption into Adaptation

Luis Suarez

Early adopters, first, second, third waves of adopters have all gone through that transformation of how they work and everything. If not, we are the ones who have got an issue , because we are just not working hard enough to understand their context and different working styles and adjust accordingly. . It just doesn’t work like that, I am afraid. No , I am really sorry, but it just doesn’t work like that.

The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Luis Suarez

5 different reasons on why virtual teams seem to fail time and time again, and, while going through the descriptions of each and everyone of them, I couldn’t help nodding and agreeing with her big time, having experienced those same issues myself in the past, after having worked as a remote knowledge worker in multiple projects, in a number of business units, and over the course of the last 9 years. They may actually be doing some good / excellent work altogether.

11 recommendations to create the future of government

Trends in the Living Networks

ideas, some of the recommendations are fairly obvious and straightforward, such as using social tools to facilitate collaborative and flexible work, and making public sector information available (see my earlier post on Government 2.0 and social networking become an increasingly common part of the work style and workplaces of the public sector, lifting the quality of collaboration and accelerating the rate of learning for innovation.

The Social Enterprise – Welcome to the Era of Intrapreneurship!

Luis Suarez

However, there is one particular article out there that became one of my all time favourite ones around this very same topic, and more than anything else, because it describes, pretty well, how work has evolved with the emergence of the Social Web in the last few years. Check out Irving Wladawsky-Berger ‘s “ A New Style of Work “ Irving’s blog is probably one of the most refreshing, enlightening and entertaining reads you can bump into at the Internet Blogosphere.

Four Principles for the Open World by Don Tapscott #hippie2.0

Luis Suarez

More than anything else because of a single key concept that permeates throughout the TED Talk and which I have been advocating for a long while as one of the biggest advantages of making use of social technologies, whether for work or for personal use: Openness. And we all know how critical trust is in today’s day and age where without it we can no longer get work done. Do you still work the closest with people who you do not trust much? …

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Core-business versus.

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Friday, 11 June 2010 Core-business versus business criticality [Image: Reactor core of the Gösgen Nuclear Power Plant] Ive seen the different concepts of core-business and business criticality every single time in my line of work around Integration. As a Law of Physics however, work with properties like that does become tedious, simple and boring, so that usually works out allright. that fit their individual work style and needs.

Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?

Luis Suarez

They keep telling us that we need to work more hours, increase our productivity and perhaps become more conscious of the time we spend at work. Yet, time and time again, they keep neglecting and ignoring the fact that traditional work is no longer the vast majority of the knowledge work happening out there. Governments keep failing at understanding and embracing this new dynamic where for most of the road / air warriors out there work happens while we are on the move!

Working Your Creative Muscle. Or, How I Signed Up for an Art Project and What I Learned

Adaptive Path

What I got was much more: a new understanding of my working process and insights about the role of personal projects in everyday creativity. Working Your Creative Muscle. Specific elements that worked well: It was related to (but not the same as) my everyday work. Although I was working independently, I was also participating in parallel with others. We work in a rapidly changing environment and we design for the future.

Walking While Working

Beth Kanter

A lot of my work consists of sitting — working on a computer, talking on the phone, or attending meetings or conferences. As Nilofer Merchant points out in this Ted.com talk , people are sitting 9.3 ” I have cut out non-productive work time where I sit at my desk and can’t concentrate! It’s work.” Walking is the Killer Work App for Creativity. Last year, when I got may annual physical, my cholesterol numbers were not good.

Walking During Board Retreats: A Few Tips

Beth Kanter

Last week, we had a board retreat to dive into identifying core results as part of results-based accountability work , facilitated by an excellent outside consultant. Not only was the work on trying to figure out outcomes (and the measures) stimulating, we also incorporated movement into our day long meeting. When I work in my home office, I’m used to standing every 20 or so minutes. Moving around at work helps get our brains to re-engage.

Mastering the Art of Collaboration Through Conversation

Luis Suarez

. Can you have too many conversations at work? And I don’t mean that in the sense of just cultivating, building or nurturing your social capital skills per se, even though we all know they are the key to success for the 21st century organisation , as my good friend Valdis Krebs once wrote about, but I was mainly referring about work related conversations themselves. ‘ Business is a conversation because the defining work of business is conversation – literally.

Healthy and Productive Meetings: Free Guidestar Webinar on Feb. 12th

Beth Kanter

A lot of my work consists of sitting — working on a computer, talking on the phone, or attending meetings or conferences. I started using a Fitbit to monitor and motivate me to move, but I also sought out some ways to make walking part of work. 12 (register here ) and I’ve put a session together at the 15NTC on “ Walking as Work ” along with Ritu Sharma to show some ways that we can all integrate walking into work. It’s work.”

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

My primary interest here are the methods and tools that allow us to work better as part of remote work teams. In other words - How do we collaborate together in remote work teams to be as effective or even more effective than a team that works down the hall? I cannot claim to be an expert, and I feel like this topic demands a lot of soft skills such as communication skills, team skills, handling cultural and work style issues, etc.

Creating A Culture of Continuous Improvement Based On Data

Beth Kanter

The term “continuous” that the organization has create a virtuous cycle of feedback that repeatedly inspires staff to reflect on what is working and what can be done differently to get better results. weekly, biweekly,monthly, or quarterly) check-ins to evaluate what is working and what is not.The organization provides training and professional development for staff to learn how to use measurement tools.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners. What I’ve noticed is working globally, there is a lot of cultural variation. Good work M.