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Author: Harold Jarche
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Posted: March 12, 2014 672 views

There is general consensus in this part of the world that the modern enterprise is a broken structure. Dissatisfaction with employment runs high, even at a time when it is difficult for many to find a full-time job. Just one, of many, examples is a 2013 Gallup Report that shows that 70 percent of workers are disengaged from their work.

The network era scares or confuses many people in positions of influence in large organizations. Having conversations about transparent processes and networked people actually working together to produce business value is like speaking a foreign language in most cases. Grant McCracken says that from the perspective of most corporations, the future looks like the enemy.

Most of all, we want a corporation that is porous in ways it was not before. We want it to cantilever out into the future. We want to make pieces of the future to happen inside the corporation. We want pieces of the corporation to happen out there in the future. In sum, we want the corporation and the future, once so completely separated from one another, to have a new reciprocity and transparency.

The industrial corporation is the wrong structure for...

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Author: Mark Fidelman Posted: March 11, 2014 514 views

 

“Crazy, crazy, these people are crazy. South By Southwest is crazy. A crazy, crazy conference made crazy, by crazy people.” That line still sticks because of the eight crazies. It was yelled across the room by an important sports agent, an uptight, uptight, uptight woman. A tight-lipped, tiger-tongued diva with black, square rimmed glasses.

She was reacting to the carnival of attractions courtesy of all the clever advertising agencies with their clever ideas and clever means of displaying them. Nothing was left unbranded, nothing untouched, nothing sacred.

For her, South By SouthWest (SXSW) is the physical manifestation of everything we dislike online. Intrusive banner ads, unwanted content spam and too often finding the wrong information from the wrong people in the wrong venue.

While I disagreed with her SXSW musings (it’s part of the charm), we did find common ground on how marketers are marketing online. It needs to change.

This was the first year for the Sports Marketing track at SXSW (called SXsports) and so I managed to quickly deduce that it was her first year at the event. Home base for the track was laid out in a small, thirty by twenty foot room in a shadowy corner of the Driskill Hotel. The room was small, but the ideas were big. She was there to learn about the new changes afoot in her industry, so I told her what I knew.

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Author: Jacob Morgan
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Posted: March 10, 2014 527 views
millennialsYou’ve heard of millennials right? Those weird looking new people that are starting to enter our organizations? Countless articles have already been written about them but the tone seems to be one of “freaking out.” Millennials are being painted as these type of far-off aliens who are going to be inhabiting our world and changing everything. So, let me assure you that there is no need to panic. Yes, it’s true, millennials will be the majority of the workforce in the next few years and yes, this does mean introducing new attitudes and ways of working and thinking about work. But there are three reasons why you shouldn’t freak out…  Read the article
Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: July 31, 2014 62 views

The other day I received a letter in the mail. What was in the letter left me feeling depressed. It left me feeling inadequate, unprepared, incapable of mustering the mental and emotional energy to complete it’s request. You see it wasn’t asking me to do something that I’d never done before. It asked me to… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: July 26, 2014 101 views

This year, the Sacramento Kings crowdsourced intelligence about who they should take in the 2014 NBA draft. Grantland created two well done videos (embedded below) that chronicle the process of leveraging relatively obscure talent to make what turned out to be a $4.7 million decision – the drafting and signing of Nik Stauskas as their… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: July 24, 2014 118 views

“If these walls could speak…” The phrase invokes wonder and horror, depending on who you are, and what may have happened within the walls in question. Surprisingly, we’re now at a place in history where we can envision a time where the walls might actually be able to speak. And the imagination of this scenario… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: July 17, 2014 172 views

The kids were sleeping in the backseats as our loaded down Sequoia traversed the winding road over the sheer cliffs that drop down into the vast and rugged Pacific coastline. I asked my wife in a whisper to do a little bit of research for our pending arrival in San Francisco. After punching on her… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: July 01, 2014 339 views

This morning I read a dozen or so articles. Like an ever growing selection of our collective voices, many of them dealt with disruption and digital. It’s becoming more difficult to sift the meaningful signal from the noise. I’m becoming desensitized and I’m often guilty of contributing to every growing flood of research and opinion… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: June 25, 2014 309 views

The world is being connected; People, roads, railroads, appliances, cars, televisions, light bulbs, clothing, shoes, city streets, and just about everything else is “joining” the internet. Possibilities expand exponentially as things join a network. Inputs and outputs increase. At some point, the noise… the potential connections… the models become overwhelmingly complex. ... Read the article

Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: June 20, 2014 288 views

Somewhere in between the fast moving pace of innovative startups and the household names of the Fortune 1000 live the companies that generate over $10 trillion in revenue and employ more than 1/3 of all workers in the United States. The data and impact of these organizations are similar in Europe. Welcome to the Mid… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: June 18, 2014 328 views

In 1959, a physicist named Richard Fyenman took the stage at CalTech for the annual meeting of the American Physical Society. A short bit into his presentation, he asked a transformative question. “Why cannot we write the entire 24 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica on the head of a pin?” He theorized that making things… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: June 07, 2014 383 views

Faces down. Palms up. Mesmerized Stare. It’s the position of humans at stoplights; In elevators; In lines; Just about everywhere and anytime that they’re not engaged fully and directly with someone or something else. Even when they folks are watching one screen, they’re increasingly using their mobile devices. For many, our mobile phones have become… Read More»

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Author: Brian Vellmure Posted: May 31, 2014 409 views

You or someone you know have undoubtedly experienced a visit to the hospital for chest pain, the birth of a baby, a severe headache, or some other unfortunate event. At some point during your visit, you’ve been hooked up to sensors, where your vitals were monitored to try and detect problems that may be occurring… Read More»

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