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Moving From a Network of Silos to Data-Driven Collaboration

Moving From a Network of Silos to Data-Driven Collaboration | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
If you work in marketing, you may have spent a good portion of your life in meetings and status phone calls for the projects you are working on.
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This insightful article is from Stuzo and written by Mark Spangler - he talks about the old way of working and how even though we have built extremely rewarding and successful engagements this is not productive in this day and age.

Here's the problem:

Many brands, and marketing campaigns, are organized as silos within many companies with a rotation of partners and resources that may engage on a given project.

At the same time, we are moving towards a real-time, collaborative, data-driven marketing environment.

Which means things have to move faster, be more agile, work smarter and across a plethora of devices.

Being an early adopter of this change while others are working in silos can feel a bit like being the main character, waking up each day, trying to apply your isolated learnings against the rest of the world on auto pilot 

With that, it’s time for all of us to move from a network of silos to a network of data-driven collaboration.

Here is is just one insight that caught my attention:

Consistent and repeatable learning loops do not exist at the organization, nor do they exist within the agency ecosystem. What went right? What went wrong? What would you do differently?

Owning this feedback and relevant data across the project teams is critical to delivering efficiencies, future success, and to building out the right agency/vendor network for a company.

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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/1aTbB8w]

Djebar Hammouche's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:18 AM
Moving From a Network of Silos to Data-Driven Collaboration
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:49 AM

This illustration seems well-paired. better together, with a recent business intelligence post on this curation stream.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 7, 2013 10:29 AM

The curation comments and full article are very insightful moving toward data-driven collaboration, making this one of the first articles on my curated curation "Best of the Best" news, drawing from:  

  • Agile Learning,
  • Careers,
  • Change Leadership Watch,
  • Innovation & Institutions,
  • People Data,
  • Motivation,
  • Talent and Performance Development,
  • and the Social Media Learning Lab.

I'll be using the new ScoopIt & MailChimp service to deliver a list of 6-8 Best of the Best items monthly via email to those who let me know their interests via DebNystrom@Reveln email and/or signing up on Reveln Tools..

Your email will NEVER be shared with or sold to others, you can unsubscribe at any time.  MailChimp is a respected purveyor of high integrity email list practices.

~  Deb

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How Do We Harness the Innovation Potential of our Networks?

How Do We Harness the Innovation Potential of our Networks? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Venessa Miemis is a pioneer and change agent, and every one of her posts is part of a mindset that is essential for anyone who wants to thrive in this new world.  I selected this piece because it is something that I am struggling with now, perhaps you are too.  There are great insights, and suggestions on how to create relationships that are empowering and productive.

Here's an excerpt:

**we embrace the gifts, skills and capacities of the individuals in the community

**We pursue common goals and not the goals of just one or two people who come forward but find a way to let everyone be heard

Only in the past few months have I heard this term “asset mapping” as a needed tool to surface hidden but available value, bootstrap communities, and get things done.

I could go on and on but want you to read the article.

My commentary:

I personally belong to private groups on Facebook, have various affiliations on other networks and I am continually struggling with the following:

**the ability to manage time constraints,  (how can I possibly be on 10 networks, be on tweetchats at night)

** do my work which is very time consuming

**find time to eat and sleep and still have time for my wonderful life offline

**come together with these people and create something meaningful. I'm living in the question, what comes next........

I feel a responsibilty to other members to do my part and contribute in ways that I feel can help move things forward.

**As a content curator, I can bring articles like this to the attention of others

**It is my hope this will stimulate discussions

**introduce new ways of looking at things 

**create tools and resources for us to function in a more cohesive manner

**make a difference in whatever way we see fit and create dynamic, meaningful relationships both within and outside of these communities

**Work together to help others grow and change

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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/AsGHY2]

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We’re all Minorities Now - Time for A Change in Thinking

We’re all Minorities Now - Time for A Change in Thinking | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This thought-provoking, timely piece was written by one of my favorite people, Aaron Biebert on 8pmwarrior. Bravo, well put!

This is a must read as we usher in 2012

Here's an excerpt and what caught my attention:

The world has come to our backyard and now our race, political affiliation, language, religion, and fashion actually put us in the minority. Are you ready?

**When we swim down the stream from our little pond to the big ocean, we find out the truth. Our traditional majorities are not only meaningless,

**but they might cause us to lean on the wrong strength for a globalized world.

****Most people on Earth don’t speak a certain way, have a certain look, believe a certain thing, or act a certain way. Not even close. Anyone living in a majority mindset is living in a fantasy land as the world gets more connected.

**We won’t be able to ignore it.

**The big world out there is full of our future clients, doctors, suppliers, friends, and business partners.

So now what?

****Leaders need to change their understanding of strength and seek out opportunities to collaborate with others.

****We need more partners. We need to build more coalitions and seek more consensus when making decisions. Common ground will be more valuable than higher ground.

****The pride in any “majority” must be replaced with a newfound sense of wonder, awareness, and appreciation for others who are different.

**It’s time to focus on common ground and common problems.

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Read full article: [http://8pmwarrior.com/2011/12/were-all-minorities-now/]

Aaron Biebert's comment, December 12, 2011 8:26 PM
Thanks Jan. This means so much to me. This was not a popular post. Many private comments...
janlgordon's comment, December 12, 2011 9:47 PM
@Aaron Biebert

My pleasure Aaron - I'm happy to stand beside you, it was very courageous to write this and I support you all the way:-)
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Questions: The Bedrock of Change and Creativity

Questions: The Bedrock of Change and Creativity | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This article by Polly LaBarre for Harvard Business Review is aimed at the Business Community but is really a lesson for everyone, no matter what their interest.

The gist is:

Don't enter a conversation with only answers.  The questions you ask could be the catalyst for your next or biggest leap forward. 

Questions value and empower those you are asking, and create conversation, as opposed to the boundaries which are set when people come into a conversation with only answers.

The big question referred to in the article was asked in 1999 by IBM Director Jane Harper

***In an era when every young, gifted programmer, engineer, or entrepreneur's first instinct was to write their own business plan or head to a fast-growing startup, she asked:

***"Why would really great people — the best technical and managerial talent in the world — want to come work at IBM?"

**This question spawned Extreme Blue in Cambridge, Mass., which has since grown into a thriving platform for innovation and talent acquisition.  That this type of talent would go to Big Blue, was previously unthinkable.

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Read the article here: [http://bit.ly/tEZY8f]

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Conscience is the Knowledge That Someone is Watching

Conscience is the Knowledge That Someone is Watching | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This was posted by Daniel Honen on Big Think

Very interesting series of videos on the discussion by Larry Summers of Big Think and the Nantucket Project a festival of ideas held on Nantucket, Massachusetts this month. The comments at the bottom are worth reading as well.


The panel was stacked with financial heavyweights Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Larry Summers, Former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, Hedge Fund Manager Eddie Lampert, venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry and Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments. The panel was moderated by Tom Stewart, Chief Knowledge Officer at Booz and Company

****The question of short-termism was the subject of a lively panel at  Stewart, Chief Knowledge Officer at Booz and Company. The full panel can be viewed here.

The highlights in this post bellow follow an exchange between

****Larry Summers and Eric Schmidt, in response to Tom Stewart's question about

*****whether it is difficult for a CEO to embrace the long view if he has to live and die quarter-by-quarter.

****Schmidt immediately turned this question back to the panel and audience, by posing the rhetorical question,

****"How long is the future?"

Watch Eric Schmidt here:

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Video: Do You Want to Change the World?

Video: Do You Want to Change the World? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Very inspiring!!

Thoughts from an 8pm WarriorLeadership, marketing, and social media for limitless warriors

If you really want to change the world, you must do it publicly.

**Declare it.

Your closest friends may laugh. Your family will think you’re crazy. Your team members might roll their eyes.

Trust me.

Many will call you crazy, but along the way you’ll attract fellow Warriors who are waiting to follow someone with a vision.

People are waiting for you.

Let them know.

I want to change the world and after Steve Jobs died, this video brought tears to my eyes. He narrated it.


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The emergence of Talents Networks

Absolutely fascinating - this is the future and it's happening now.......

by Didier Marlier


In the true spirit of P.F.E. (Proudly Found Elsewhere), so typical of the Open Source Economy, I borrowed the title (and a lot of the content) of this post to Neil Perkin, one of my colleagues in Gerd Leonhard’s “Futures Agency”. I’d like to thank him for the source of inspiration his article was for me and hopefully will be for many of you.

Neil enthusiastically describes the emergence of Talent Networks and the way these start to organize and work. One of them is a new New-York based advertising agency named “Co”. “The name deliberately evokes their business model of co-creation, collaboration and co-venturing, of a small, agile organizational hub that works with and draws from a list of 40 agencies, businesses and consultancies that are specialists in particular services ranging from digital marketing, to PR, Social Media, Design, technology, gaming, events and media” writes Neil.

**This to him is symptomatic of a broader trend: the rise of Talent Networks.

The principal causes for that emergence is to be found in the digitization and the recession (which) have combined to create en environment in which the value of much of what we know is depreciating, and which increasingly requires a culture and a pace of innovation that is consistent with start-ups (…) Corporate down-sizing and technology have combined to create an influx of highly talemted individuals into the market with the ready means to turnthat talent into real value (…)


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Cities Are Immortal; Companies Die

Fascinating post by John Hagel from Silicon Valley @jhagel! Great insights, food for thought...........


Here's an excerpt:


All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal.

Both are type of networks, with different destinies. There are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems. Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems.


All organisms (and companies) have share many universal laws of growth. Creatures age in the same way, whether they are small animals, large mammals, starfish, bacteria, and even cells. They share similar metabolic rates. Similar distributions. All ecosystems (and cities) also share universal laws. They evolve and scale in a similar fashion among themselves — whether they are forests, meadows, coral reefs, or grasslands, or villages.


Geoff West from the Santa Fe Institute has piles of data to prove these universal and predictive laws of life. For instance, organisms scale in a 3/4 law. For every doubling in size, they increase in other factors by less than one, or .75. The bigger the organism, the slower it goes. Both elephants and mice have the same number of heartbeats per lifespan, but he elephant beats slower.


Ecosystems and cities, on the other hand, scale by greater than one, or 1.15. Every year cities increase in wealth, crime, traffic, patents, pollution, disease, infrastructure, and per capita by 15%. The bigger the city, the faster it goes.

A less than one rate of exponential growth inevitably leads to an s-curve of stagnation. All organisms and companies eventually stagnate and die. A greater than one rate of exponential leads to a hockey stick upshot of seemingly unlimited growth. All cities keep growing. As West remarked: We can drop an atom bomb on a city and 30 years later it will be thriving.



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E L S U A ~ A KM Blog Thinking Outside The Inbox by Luis Suarez » Communities

E L S U A ~ A KM Blog Thinking Outside The Inbox by Luis Suarez » Communities | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
Luis Suarez writes on knowledge management, collaboration and thinking outside of the inbox...

Here’s the actually blurb I shared across the main KMers Web site to get the conversation(s) going:

“For several years now, Knowledge Management has been having some trouble reconciling with the world of Social Computing. To the point where they do not seem to enjoy keeping each other’s company within the corporate world anymore. To many of those social networkers, KM is an oxymoron (How can you manage knowledge?), and, as such, KM might have its days numbered. Imagine that; imagine that, for a moment, KM is gone from the knowledge sharing, social computing & collaboration landscapes within any organisation“
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My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company

My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Gideon Rosenblatt from Alchemy of Change gives an inspiring talk on The Soulful Company

**Watch the TEDxRainier talk on ' -- a new generation of firms that won't just tap the soul, but feed it too.

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Change Through Ongoing Discussions

See video here: [http://www.alchemyofchange.net/tedxrainier/]

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:40 PM

This @ janlgordon scoop rocked.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 19, 2013 11:29 PM

We will hear more about leading from the heart.

janlgordon's comment, December 22, 2013 9:40 PM
Marty, thank you for sharing this, it's an excellent talk and Gideon is doing some very important work in the world!
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Promoting innovation by understanding people

Promoting innovation by understanding people | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Jose Baldaia because  what he says here is so important because it is a mindset that companies must adopt if they want to thrive in business today.

Hi uses this quote from Marty Neumeier that really captures the essence of what he's saying.

“A company can’t will itself to be agile. Agility is an emergent property that appears when an organization has the right mindset, the right skills, and the ability to multiply those skills through collaboration. To count agility as a core competence, you have to embed it into the culture. You have to encourage an enterprise wide appetite for radical ideas. You have to keep the company in a constant state of inventiveness. It’s one thing to inject a company with inventiveness. It’s another thing to build a company on inventiveness.”

Here's an excerpt that caught my attention:

"Design thinking is, intrinsically, a prototyping process that feeds the deep understanding of what people want and enjoy (or not) about the way things are done, made, distributed, etc.

**That is, design thinking try to understand people as a whole when performing a specific activity, not just what they do, but how they feel and how it is that their needs connect to other situations in their life.

**Through design thinking, innovations do not come from incremental adjustments. They arise from the work of interdisciplinary teams of T shaped people, constantly encouraged to fail early to be able to respond to changing market conditions.

**It is essential to look beyond what is, and see what could be, using the imagination to generate entirely new solutions and identify what will drive the success of the solutions.

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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/yNaoEX]

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Finding Meaning Together on the Real-Time Web

This is an inspiring piece by Jeff Pulver, Founder of the #140 Conferences, angel investor, curator and so much more. I have had the good fortune of attending the #140 Conferences, meeting people in real life, hearing about miracles that occurred as a result of connecting through social networks.


We are seeing what happens when you are living in a world where hundreds of millions of people can discover each other, and communicate directly; where barriers to entry and in fact gatekeepers slowly go away.

We are seeing what happens when people discover each other, discover that they can feel and connect, and can touch and engage.

We now have generations of people who realize that they are living in a world of 7 billion other people, and where for the first time in our human history every voice matters. There is profoundness in terms of where this brings us.

There is a virtualization even though we are in the physical. There is still something happening spiritually, that is touching, changing, and connecting many of us.

Some of us, unfortunately are kind of numb to it. They do not get it. They feel something but they do not know why they feel it.

There are other people who actually have this intense ability not only to feel, but sometimes affect positive change. So these technologies are helping us accelerate some things.

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Read full article here: [http://pulverblog.pulver.com/archives/009319.html]

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Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media

Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
We asked Mark Cuban, Dennis Crowley, Gina Bianchini, and more than a dozen others. Here's what they said.

This article by Dan Frommer and Jen Ortiz for Business Insider links to a slideshow with quotes from major Social Media company CEOs and co-founders, intellectuals and a Curated Twitter persona, among others about their takes on the future of Social Media. 

Here's just one of them, from Dae Mellencamp, CEO of Vimeo:

**** "The future of social media is the loss of the distinction between media and social interaction online. Mass media and social media will be seamlessly integrated across devices and platforms to offer relevant, dynamic, personalized experiences for people anywhere.

**Discoverability and the import of editorial curation will not be lost, but rather inherently incorporated into the environments for richer and more customized experiences."

The full article has many more gems and is well worth a few minutes of your time!

Read full article: [http://read.bi/tgVOQe]

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Is Massively Collaborative Mathematics Possible? Yes, Here's How!

Clay Shirky http://www.shirky.com referred to this blog post in his talk today “Social Media, Curating, and Convening: Getting Value from Group Interaction” http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/nevc2011/

The post is about The Polymath Project on Growers blog Clay talked about how to harvest collective wisdom on complex problems.


"Of course, one might say, there are certain kinds of problems that lend themselves to huge collaborations. One has only to think of the proof of the classification of finite simple groups, or of ar of a rather different kind of example such as a search for a new largest prime carried out during the downtime of thousands of PCs around the world.

****But my question is a different one.

****What about the solving of a problem that does not naturally split up into a vast number of subtasks?

****Are such problems best tackled by people for some that belongs to the set ? (Examples of famous papers with four authors do not count as an interesting answer to this question.)

Here's a highlight from this piece: Think of the implications in other areas of collaboration in ways that are valuable to your community.

**Suppose one had a forum (in the non-technical sense, but quite possibly in the technical sense as well) for the online discussion of a particular problem. The idea would be that anybody who had anything whatsoever to say about the problem could chip in.

**And the ethos of the forum — in whatever form it took — would be that comments would mostly be kept short. In other words, what you would not tend to do, at least if you wanted to keep within the spirit of things, is spend a month thinking hard about the problem and then come back and write ten pages about it.

****Rather, you would contribute ideas even if they were undeveloped and/or likely to be wrong. This suggestion raises several questions immediately. First of all, what would be the advantage of proceeding in this way?

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Defining the Big Shift

Defining the Big Shift | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

John Hagel from Edge Perspectives has written a thought provoking and insightful post about the shift in our culture and its impact on business.

Here's an excerpt>

Given the growing uncertainty in the world around us, we must master a new set of techniques required to access, attract and accumulate resources to unleash peer based learning in far more flexible ways than conventional push programs permit.

But perhaps this is too high level.

It may help to develop this perspective just a bit more in the context of “from-to” contrasts. About one month after the release of our Shift Index report, one question that keeps coming up is whether we can offer a succinctly define what the Big Shift is that our Shift Index seeks to measure. Given the magnitude,...


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Why canalising the collective intelligence turns us into leaders

Why canalising the collective intelligence turns us into leaders | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

I found this fascinating article about collective intelligence on Howard Rhinegold's topics, right here in the scoopit community. He has several amazing pieces in his topic infotention, take a look around, this will expand your mind and usher you into the future......thank you Howard for continually bringing us quality content that makes us think!!


"I have recently finished reading the book 'The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few' by James Surowiecki and I can strongly recommend it to anyone that is interested in how opinions are conformed, and why self-organisation might...


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Learning Change

Learning Change | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
Engaging Emergence – Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

What does it take to face disruptions and invite others to join you to realize new possibilities? If you are seeking effective principles and practices for working with change and the unexpected, then you’ve come to the right place! With so many organizations, communities, and fields of endeavor facing unprecedented change, it helps to have some support for finding a promising pathway through change. Some notions to consider: Emergence – through which order arises from chaos as the existing order is disrupted, differences appear, and a new coherence coalesces. By engaging emergence, you can help yourself and your organization or community to successfully face disruption and emerge stronger than ever. Practices for engaging - Step up by taking responsibility for what you love as an act of service. Prepare to embrace mystery, choose possibility, and follow life-energy.

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