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Author: Anne Marie McEwan Category: Posted: March 30, 2012 739 views _ Comments

Introduction

The recent series of blog posts about the campus / learning workplace are the result of my growing awareness of the importance of the workplace for knowledge creation through the work I have been doing in recent years with Dr Marie Puybaraud and the Johnson Controls Global Mobility Network.

Work-based learning

I have another string to my bow. I headed up a team, over a decade ago, responsible for establishing and growing a UK university’s work-based learning Master’s degrees across all faculties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What this means is that rather than feeding students into pre-designed course, our starting point was a strategic thing the student’s business needed to do. We helped them scope a strategic objective and create a high-level...

 

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Author: Jacob Morgan Category: Posted: March 29, 2012 1480 views _ Comments

This post was inspired by a discussion I had with Bert Sandie who is the Director of Technical Excellence at Electronic Arts.

It seems as though nowadays everyone is talking about “gamification” for the enterprise.  For those of you not familiar with the concept, gamification is all around taking game mechanics and concepts and applying them to a business setting.  Think of something like an airline loyalty program or a customer service forum where participants are rewarded and recognized for their contributions but applied to the workplace .  Although we throw around the gamification terms haphazardly, the reality is that there is a lot that is required to understand how games work and what makes...  Read the article
Author: Elizabeth Lupfer Category: Posted: March 28, 2012 1530 views _ Comments

Social HR and the Employee LifecycleWhen I present social business as my passion, I’m often amused by the fact that the average listener assumes I’m talking about Yammer, Facebook or Sharepoint. I suppose I can see, from their perspective, why they think social platforms equates to being a social business.

It’s easy to become distracted by shiny, new tools and platforms, but these are just delivery channels. As I’ve learned, and I’m sure as you have as well (if you’re reading this post), being a social business is so much more than just the tools or delivery channels. Rather, if you’re truly looking to use social tools to transform your organization, then your purpose should be based on human ingredients: employees.

Social within a business may have began with Marketing and IT, but we’ve reached a point where it’s clear that Human Resources is the GLUE in creating social programs that are not only relevant and adoptable to employees, but ones that transform your organization and its culture.

I emphatically believe that a social workplace considers employee behavior in order to create a truly collaborative and  integrated... Read the article
Author: Esko Kilpi Category: Posted: March 27, 2012 1147 views _ Comments

The mainstream ways of thinking about management are based on the sciences of certainty. The whole system of strategic choice, goal setting and choosing actions to reach the given goals in a controlled way depends on predictability. The problem is that this familiar causal foundation cannot explain the reality we face. Almost daily, we experience the inability of people to choose what happens in their organizations – or in their countries. We live in a complex world. Things may appear orderly over time, but are inherently unpredictable.

Complexity refers to a pattern, a movement in time that is at the same time predictable and unpredictable, knowable and unknowable.  Healthy, ordinary, everyday life is always complex, no matter what the situation is.  There is ...  Read the article
Author: Thierry de Baillon Category: Posted: March 27, 2012 914 views _ Comments

Version française ici.

Co-evolution has always played an important role in the history of humankind, specially when it comes to the complex relationships existing betweentechnology and social behaviors. The social tools sweeping over the web and entering at increasing pace into our organizations are no exception. But evolution is neither linear, nor always a positive-sum game. Social business, in its present acceptation of defining a new way to get work done, might actually have reached a crossroad.

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” This famous quote from Archimedes illustrates the dual nature of technological evolution: while giving a theoretical and scientific framework to the...  Read the article
Author: Harold Jarche Category: Posted: March 26, 2012 1023 views _ Comments

There are few best practices for the network era workplace, but definitely many next practices to be developed. A good place to start is with an integrative performance framework that puts formal training and education where they belong: focused on the appropriate 5%.

Jay Cross calls the new performance environment a workscape:

Workscape: A metaphorical construct where learning is embedded in the work and emerges in “pull” mode. It is a fluid, holistic, process. Learning emerges as a result of working smarter. In this environment learning is natural, social, spontaneous, informal, unbounded, adaptive and fun. It involves conversation as the main ingredient. ,,,

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Author: Brian Vellmure Category: Posted: March 25, 2012 586 views _ Comments
This past week I had a chance to spend some time with Microsoft executives, customers, partners, and industry “influencers” at Microsoft Convergence 2012 in Houston, TX. Perhaps one of the largest announcements at the event was Microsoft’s pending support of multiple platforms and multiple browsers of its Dynamics business applications, a change in its strategy [...] Read the article
Author: Luis Suarez Category: Posted: March 22, 2012 2439 views _ Comments

Tenerife - Roques de Garcia in the WinterIf you have been reading the last few articles I have posted over here in this blog, over the course of the last few months, you may have noticed how, as of late, I have become a whole lot more critical (Hopefully, in a constructive manner) around the whole subject of Social Business and Enterprise 2.0, in general, and, although I’m still a strong believer in the whole movement (I even think we cannot longer go back and do something else. It’s changed us for good!), I am starting to question the validity and merit of a good number of motives from companies to become successful social businesses, because in reality they aren’t. They are just grabbing the wrong end of the stick thinking and hoping it will work out eventually, when we all know it won’t, and get away with it.

Well, it’s now time to up the game again and here’s another one of those thinking out loud reflections that’s been in my mind for a long while regarding Social Business and which I’m now more and more convinced it may be destroying our current business environment as we know it, more than... Read the article
Author: Elizabeth Lupfer Category: Posted: March 21, 2012 5450 views _ Comments

I’m not going deny it… I’m quite fond of the folks at Awareness Inc. Not just because they afforded me the awesome opportunity of personally visiting and meeting the folks running the  Super Bowl Social Media Command Center, but because they also put together some phenomenal reports (see theState of Social Media Marketing).

In their most recent whitepaper, they explore something nearer and dearer to my own passion: engagement.

“Engagement” is a hot word these days but what does it really mean? Why is it important? How do you drive it? How do choices such as the day and time of a post affect interaction with content, engagement and loyalty? This paper explor...  Read the article
Author: CV Harquail Category: Posted: March 21, 2012 1278 views _ Comments

Why doesn’t every piece of cake come with two forks?

There’s no fixed reason why the cake can only come with one fork. But, having only one fork is an obstacle to sharing, even for the most generous of potential dessert-sharers.

Why not bring me a second fork, to make it easy for me to share?

Even better, why not serve every piece of cake with two forks?

Why not make it easy for everyone to make sharing their default behavior? ...

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