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Executive Privilege & Power and Change Management, Facing Extinction?

Executive Privilege & Power and Change Management, Facing Extinction? | Change Leadership Watch |

Those in hierarchical positions of power have much to lose...[in a] redefined social contract that redistributes status...

Gail's 3rd post in a series about change in change management:

Organizations are ....dipping their toes into enterprise collaborative platforms that encourage symmetrical interactions and reduce hierarchy.

Technology tools like social media and gamification are unlocking this power by providing platforms that scale and enable dialogue.

This tentative tapping and experimentation with the speed of information sharing, clarification, engagement, and momentum is both exhilarating and threatening to many.

As we .... learn how to ride the vast waves of information [via]... desktops, we are evolving new cultures and new social contracts with each other.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Might the ever widening chasm of executive power and compensation collapse on itself?  It seems possible when reading Gail's series about change management, power, hierarchy, transparency and social connection.

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Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about what's next.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

A TED talk that has made it to the list, "15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life," belongs on this stream, and goes with a previous post here a few days ago.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 22, 2013 1:24 PM

Shared from my Change Leadership Watch as a companion to another innovation post about Elon Musk on this stream.

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This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business | Fast Company

This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business | Fast Company | Change Leadership Watch |

That Fast Company identifies GenFlux seems a is a renegade idea way disrupting traditional HR staffing / people concepts for organizations.  Think "churn" as a way of being.

"The future of business is pure chaos. ...So it  GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability...even enjoys--recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions."

A variety of careers & ages are profiled in Fast Co's piece.  I remember back when "white water change" and "pinch-points of change," were 90's terms tossed out while working on the latest reorganization, staffing change or technology installation, followed by the brand, is "you" in so many words.  


"There's a difference between the broadcast and networked worlds," danah boyd (lower case by intention) and Senior Researcher at Microsoft, says. "Command and control and hierarchical structures are being disintegrated. Big companies are trying to make that slow down. They have massive internal structural issues."

...From classrooms arranged in rows of seats to tenured professors, from the assembly line to the way we promote executives, we have been trained to expect an orderly life.

Thrivers are the members of Generation Flux, who are less a demographic designation than a psychographic one.  

GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates--and even enjoys--recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.  ...To be successful, businesses and individuals will have to work at it.

This is no simple task. The vast bulk of our institutions--educational, corporate, political--are not built for flux. Few traditional career tactics train us for an era where the most important skill is the ability to acquire new skills.

"I don't have any personal challenges about throwing away the past. If you're not changing, you're giving others a chance to catch up." ~  Pete Cashmore, founder of the widely popular, Mashable, with more than 2 million twitter followers

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Why GM’s Mary Barra Got the CEO Job

Why GM’s Mary Barra Got the CEO Job | Change Leadership Watch |

Barra will become GM’s fifth CEO in less than five years. She now has the opportunity to prove that a GM-lifer can indeed force radical and lasting changes at the automaker. If she can push departments to revamp and think progressively, she will surely be labeled as a transformational CEO.

She has experience in every facet of the organization including European operations and successful product launches including the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and Chevrolet’s Stingray and Malibu.

Automotive sales are continuing to rebound and hit levels that we haven’t seen since 2007 but competition is stiff. Product is king and Barra’s latest post proves she has the chops to propel GM forward.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

How will it work out for a new leader?   Time will tell, quickly, if JCPenny is any indication.  A gender-less look at revamping a hide-bound traditional organization could be useful.  GM was the learning lab for the legendary late Peter Drucker.  He knew was was and wasn't working in multi-national corporations back in the day.  ~  D

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Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact 2013 Higher Ed

Trend Disruptions: 5 Funded Tech Companies Set to Impact  2013 Higher Ed | Change Leadership Watch |

"It's a great time to be in education technology industry: venture capitalists have dropped a whopping $1.37 billion into the industry since 2011. That's a lot of cash &  opportunitiy to seriously change the way we do education."


Here are excerpts of the five profiled:


1. 2U   ~ The first startup of its kind to partner with top universities to offer full degree programs entirely on the Web.  


  • Founded in 2008, they've raised an impressive $97 million in venture funding, positioning it as a key leader in the ed tech industry.

2. EdSurge     The company recently nabbed $400,000 in seed funding from investors including the Washington Post, and it's backed by finances from the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation.


  • Launched in 2011, EdSurge was founded by veteran journalists and education technology professionals.


3. Echo360     Boasting $31 million in startup funding, Echo360 offers online and mobile tools for blended learning.  


  • Echo360 snagged $450 million to fund an initiative to reach 50 percent of U.S. college students in the next five years. The company also recently acquired ed-tech startup LectureTools Inc., its first public acquisition.


4. Noodle   Think big education searh:  Noodle has developed the most comprehensive, age-ubiquitous online search engine dedicated solely to educational topics. 


  • Founded in 2010 by the creator of the Princeton Review and 2U, the site features over 170,000 education providers and has received millions in funding. 


5. Always Prepped     In beta, Always Prepped provides online tools to help manage student and classroom data, providing a single stream of imported data for teachers to analyze their students or classes.


  • They've  raised an impressive $650,000 in startup funding.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The five start-ups listed are well funded and may be seriously on-fire within the year or two ahead.  

Time will tell, as the focus on lecture style and learning (competency building) and all the admin that goes with it begins to trade places.

 ~ Deb

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Retail Revolution: Change, We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Retail Revolution: Change, We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet | Change Leadership Watch |

Explosive change in E-commerce that the veterans didn't see coming.

At a massive "Super Session" at the 2012  National Retail Federation "Big Show." panelists Jennifer Hyman of Rent, The Runway and Doug Mack of One Kings Lane made one thing clear:

E-commerce business models have not matured.  Nay, we are witnessing a veritable explosion of new ones.

Powered by local, mobile, and social media, online retail is becoming something that no long-time NRF member might reasonably have anticipated.

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