Silos Divide Us, But Could Make Us Stronger

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Social Business, 2014-04-August-Separation.jpgTalent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. — Michael Jordan

A silo is something that divides us from others. It is a set of people that is disconnected from other parts of the organization.

A functioning organization has a purpose and a mission to achieve. When people – increasingly recognized as the lifeblood of an organization, more critical than physical resources, commercial assets, intellectual property and such — when people are divided, they lack a common focus and the intellectual, professional and personal empathy that allows them to act like a team.

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A Shift in Business Means a Shift in Notions of ROI

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Social Business: 2014-20-May-Measurements.jpgThe Big Shift is indeed a big shift. Driven by complexity, competitive pressure and the end of the office building as the primary location of people and activity. The shift is primarily about three things: 1. Leadership 2. The new learning-collaborative paradigm of work and 3. Relationship with external parties — the ecosystem.

There’s a problem here, and it’s not (only) one of culture or technology — it’s one of profound impedance mismatch between old and new paradigms of business. That is to say it’s like taking a Firewire connector and trying to plug it into a video cable. It doesn’t work, and finding an adaptor is pretty hard.

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The Rise of the Digital Workplace

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Business adoption of social tools may be subject to debate. What is not, is its adoption of digital. Employees’ sense of their workplace, workmates and tools for getting work done is increasingly digital. This is true independently of how social a company is or is not. The vast majority of employees only hear from their leadership electronically, if at all. Similarly their primary or only relationship with many of their peers may now be digital.

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Is Collaboration Limited by Organizational Structure?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

We’ve been seeking enterprise 2.0 and social business for several years now with some notable success, but still quite a lot of “vague” and some level of fatigue.

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Complexity, Competitive Advantage and Embracing the Intangible

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

In 2014 Business Will Embrace the IntangibleIn 2014, business will embrace the intangible.

The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can’t be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can’t be measured easily really isn’t important. This is blindness. The fourth step is to say that what can’t be easily measured really doesn’t exist. This is suicide. ~ Robert McNamara as attributed by Thomas Handy in The Empty Raincoat.

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