Volunteers decide by themselves. They can say no. That’s why “volunteer” is a rarity in the corporate world, that loves nothing more than orderly management of resources. Yet, they bring invaluable energy and ideas...
“What we really need is our own private company Instagram, or maybe a chat-app just for employees” said no reasonable manager ever. So why is it that we’re seeing those very tools pop up in the enterprise market? Modern enterprise collaboration leaders are on the hunt for mobile technology solutions that empower employees on the go. As knowledge workers spend less time at their desks, companies are scrambling to stay ahead in a BYOD, socially-fueled, cloud-based environment. B Topic: Social Business.
With the onset of new technologies such as hybrid IT, cloud and open source software, I think a cornerstone of IT leadership is to work with your people to ensure that they understand that their skills are relevant and transferable — and to let them have a voice. It’s very important to be engaged with your people, because if you’re not connected to them then a void opens up leading to turnover and employees may end up doing a lot of different things that are not aligned to your department or company goals.
How can we work better? How can we change big companies, make them more effective and better places to work? Thanks Kongress Media & Agile Elephant for inviting me to share new stories at the Enterprise 2.0 Summit in London, Nov. 2014.
Pfizer reduced costs 40% without cutting jobs at a facility in Sweden using an alternative approach to organisational and cultural behaviour, and hopes to do the same at its newly acquired Austrian plant.
The Blunders of our Governments by Ivor Crewe and Anthony King, chronicled how poor project management and inadequate training in UK government programs has cost the UK taxpayer hundreds of billions of pounds in the past couple of decades....
Identify and neutralize the enemies of change... Support change advocates wherever they are... Delay the frontal battle as much as possible... Understand the power of the immune system and antibodies...Scale up the edges. Great stuff.
I have long held to the belief that leadership exists to disrupt mediocrity. However my observation is that many in positions of leadership tend to protect the status quo (mediocrity’s best friend) at all costs.
The way we manage our organizations is largely ineffective for the complex challenges we face, whether driven by the environment, demographics, economics, or politics.Hierarchies assume that management knows best and that the higher up the hierarchy, the more competent and knowledgeable that person is. But hierarchies are merely centralized networks. They work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. Hierarchies are good for command and control. They are handy to get things done in small groups. But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change. Hierarchies a
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