Category: Collaboration
Author: Jacob Morgan
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Posted: March 10, 2014 647 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: Dan Pontefract Posted: February 08, 2014 694 views

logo-linkedinTo those that are beginning to utilize LinkedIn like Facebook, my apologies in advance, but I’ve been removing you from my network list.

To me, LinkedIn is a professional network / contact management arena and if you are using it to supply graphics of “what word do you see first” or “enter your email in the comment box and your direct contact list will grow by 100x”, well … you’ve lost the plot on the importance of what a business network is all about.

Harsh?

Perhaps.

 

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Author: Dan Pontefract Posted: January 10, 2014 1144 views

If you’re located in parts of North America where it’s been too cold to even blink your eyes lately, you may not have seen the news.

Holacracy is the new black.

Holacracy?

In a nutshell, Holacracy is an organizational structure — initially devised by self-described “recovering CEO” Brian Robertson of HolacracyOne — that purports to do the following:

Holacracy is a distributed authority system – a set of “rules of the game” that bake empowerment into the core of the organization. Unlike conventional top-down or progressive bottom-up approaches, it integrates the benefits of both without relying on parental heroic leaders. Everyone becomes a leader of their roles and a follower of others’, processing tensions with real authority and real responsibility, through dynamic governance and transparent operations.

In a nutshell? Holacracy is a way to operate without the classic ‘command and control’ dogma found in many of today’s organizations...

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Author: Mark Fidelman Posted: January 08, 2014 460 views

“The greatest form of philanthropy is an investment in an entrepreneur”


I first heard of Tiger 21 during a conversation with Miami Chapter Chair Charlie Garcia about the future of social networking and influence. This was no ordinary group, with an average net worth of $75 Million the 220 strong membership has the purchasing power of a small country.

So when I attended my first Tiger 21 meeting in Miami (there are 12 locations around North America), I was expecting a group of Gordon Geckos but instead met a bunch of good natured, fun, regular people – a mix you’d find in any social situation. And from what I observed, their unofficial motto seems to be: “Don’t confuse wealth with success. An inherited fortune is one; Elon Musk is the other.” One thing was different however, each had the stoic look of money, not the I’m better than you look, but the comfortable look of a wealth steward..... Read the article

five piecesWhen it comes to the future of work there are a few key trends which business leaders need to pay attention to. Understanding these trends will allow organizations to better prepare and adapt to the changes which are impacting the way we work. These five trends are: 1) changing behaviors which are being shaped by social media entering the enterprise 2) new collaborative technologies 3) a shift to the “cloud” 4) millennials soon becoming the majority workforce and 5) mobility and “connecting to work.”

Behaviors shaped by social media entering the enterprise

Much of what we are seeing inside of our organizations as it relates to “social” collaboration is being fueled by what is happening in the consumer web. Technologies such as… Read the article

As explained in the book, The Social Employee: How Great Companies Make Social Media Work, there can be no mistaking that brands’ relationships to both their customers and employees are changing. In the digital bazaar, the authentic voice of the social employee can be a brand’s most powerful asset in forging long-term, dynamic relationships with customers and other important members of online communities.

So, how do you find your social employees? Employee engagement, their inclusion of their profession in social media, their commitment to the company, their ability to collaborate, their listening skills, their customer skills and their ability to influence change in the organization are all traits of a fantastic social employee. Here are seven distinct traits of a social employee: … Read the article

lonely1In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices,“Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, therefore, both socially accountable and culturally embedded.”

Some thirteen years later, Tom Peters remarked in the article Managing As Symbolic Action: “It requires us, as managers, to get people to share our sense of urgency in new priorities; to develop personal, soul-deep animus toward things as they are; to get up the nerve and energy to take on the forces of inertia that bog down any significant change program.”

Yet, here we are in 2013 with organizational leadership models that continue to deny the social nature of organizations and wallow in inertia.

Our leadership practices remain authoritative. People are disengaged, distrusting and perhaps even disenfranchised.

According to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, fewer than 20% of... 

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Senior folks have seen technology hucksterism too many times before to fall for hard sell, but equally more and more of them area becoming aware that, partly thanks to the internet, things are changing as never before. They know that they need to get their heads around what is happening – even if they decide that active engagement in it isn’t right for them or their organisations. – Euan Semple

After a presentation to the Conference Board of Canada’s HR Executives Forum, a senior VP told me that there was no way some kid was going to advise him on social media. However, he was was willing to listen to me, as I was in my fifties, seemed to understand his situation, and didn’t make him feel uncomfortable. I think there is a great need to teach old dogs new tricks, especially senior managers and executives – my generation.

For example, the project leader for a client of mine was suddenly laid off, after 15 years in the same job. His professional network consisted almost entirely of people in that company. They were mostly useless in helping him...

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Not too long ago, I was having a casual but meaningful digital conversation with a couple of gentlemen that I respect. They both have large networks, good street cred, and active digital profiles.

I asked the question: “Who are the top 3 people you respect in “the space”?

The response from one was thoughtful and...

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Learning is SocialOur educational system is broken. This isn’t breaking news, of course, but what strikes me is that, while being more and more aware of the deep changes at work in our life, and of the necessity for the corporate world to adapt to the growing hyper-connected nature of our world, most “social business” discussions circle around ways to enhance operational mechanisms, and tend to ignore the real infrastructure these are built from. Can we really talk about trust, collaboration, or leadership, without considering seriously the social and psychological mold which conditions so many of our behaviors: education?

From Socrates to Black Hussars

Far from all the hype surrounding social and collaborative enterprise technologies, social learning remains contained to a confidential arena. Putting side by side the words “social” and “education” (in the mundane sense of knowledge acquisition) in the context of the workplace means...

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