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Let’s Start with Human Resources

Let’s Start with Human Resources | Humanize | Scoop.it

I’m nervous because in Humanize, we do get up in the face of Human Resources a bit. In chapter three, we make the case that organizations today are too deeply rooted in the machine way of thinking, and that’s holding us back. In our quest for the efficiency of mechanical “best practices,” we fall short in the more dynamic (and more powerful) capacity for innovation. Specifically, we point to three practices, widespread among today’s organizations, that are expressly NOT effective because they have machine DNA–and human resource management is one of them. Much of what is done in HR has not seen real innovation in decades. From our hiring process to assumptions about organizational structure, HR seems much better at the “we’ve always done it that way” approach than real management innovation. So in the end, I’m nervous about what kind of reaction I’ll get to Humanize in that community. Will they embrace my challenge to innovate?

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The future of business is here.

Humanize is a guided tour of what the next era in management is going to look like.
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"Throughout human history, we have been dependent upon machines to survive. Fate, it seems, it not without a sense of irony. "

- Morpheus, in The Matrix, 1999

Humanize is a guided tour of the next era in management.

The current era in management is winding down. It started 100 years ago, when management was invented by people who were focused on efficiency and productivity and modeled the way we run organizations after machines. This has worked for us. We have become very productive over the last century.


But this approach has limitations, the most obvious of which is our inability engage employees in their work. 70% are disengaged, and the numbers have been like that for years. That’s a lot of potential, wasted. And we’re also finding that our organizations have become too slow. Regardless of size, we can’t keep up with the pace of change. These are two of a growing list of management problems that never seem to go away—an indicator of an era coming to a close.

Humanize is a guided tour of what the next era in management is going to look like. Inspired by the ways in which social media has been successful, we identify twelve aspects of organizational life, spanning across culture, structure, process, and behavior, that will allow us to retain our machine-like efficiency while simultaneously solving our most pressing management problems (e.g., engagement, agility).


Each aspect is a door to be opened, a path to be followed, where you can experiment with what this new way of leading and managing will look like. And it doesn’t matter where you are in the org chart. We all will have the opportunity to define this new era of management. The book gives you examples from companies who are embracing these ideas already and provides resources for you to plan your own activities.


So come join the movement. Help us usher in this new era of management and leadership. We’re encouraged by the growing body of research, writing, and practice that is bringing this new approach to life. Join us.

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The #FutureOfBusiness Is Social: Adapt Or Die

The #FutureOfBusiness Is Social: Adapt Or Die | Humanize | Scoop.it
I spoke to someone the other day, who, like me, was trying to sell nascent technology/solutions to businesses who, largely, were less inclined to buy, let alone, understand these new products/services. This gentleman imparted a conversation he had with a current client, who was frustrated with the way things are today to sell his service: …
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The Corporate Shift: How Millennials Are Changing the World | Switch and Shift

The Corporate Shift: How Millennials Are Changing the World | Switch and Shift | Humanize | Scoop.it
To understand the changes that are taking place in the workplace, one important factor to consider is the different generations. There are always exceptions to
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81% of Adults Would Work Better Without a Manager: Are You One of Them?

More and more companies are eliminating managers altogether. Would you be one of the four out of five that would thrive there?
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People, not products

People, not products | Humanize | Scoop.it

The signs would seem to indicate that we are seeing the start of a transition between business models …

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5 Ways to Be Happier at Work

5 Ways to Be Happier at Work | Humanize | Scoop.it
As CEO of Delivering Happiness, Lim’s goal is to provide resources and information on how to find more happiness and meaning in the workplace and beyond.
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Motorola: Why Innovation and Complacency Don't Mix

Motorola: Why Innovation and Complacency Don't Mix | Humanize | Scoop.it
Motorola—a company that invented the mobile phone—now finds itself at a crossroads. It's a story with similar lessons to Blackberry's, but diverging paths.
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This is why you never end up hiring good developers

This is why you never end up hiring good developers | Humanize | Scoop.it
You are bad at giving technical interviews. Yes, you. You're looking for the wrong skills, hiring the wrong people, and actively screwing yourself and your company. Without changing anything about your applicant pool, you can hire different people and your company will do better and you will enjoy your job more. I realize these are...
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Online Communities: Just Regular People Behind Those Pixels

Online Communities: Just Regular People Behind Those Pixels | Humanize | Scoop.it
The keys to driving online communities are all about people, not technology. One association community manager shares her common-sense approach.
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This App Will Tell You Whether You're A Good Cultural Fit At Any Company

This App Will Tell You Whether You're A Good Cultural Fit At Any Company | Humanize | Scoop.it
With 2 million anonymous data points in its company culture database, a few quizzes can let you know the kind of place you should be working for...
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This is kind of awesome.

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Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call

Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call | Humanize | Scoop.it
A Comcast service call making the rounds this week sounded really familiar to millions of Americans. But some companies have figured out how to make the universally unpleasant experience a lot better.
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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Humanize | Scoop.it
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster.
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The Future of Leadership

The Future of Leadership | Humanize | Scoop.it
In part one of a three-part look at how women are on the leading edge of changes in financial services, we explore the future of leadership.
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The Importance of Company Culture from the Inside Out - Mack Web

The Importance of Company Culture from the Inside Out - Mack Web | Humanize | Scoop.it
The importance of company culture can't be overlooked. As the heartbeat of your company, it drives everything you do from service to branding to snacks.
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How To Hire, Manage And Motivate Millennials

How To Hire, Manage And Motivate Millennials | Humanize | Scoop.it
By many accounts, companies have a hard time understanding millennials. I have colleagues who call them entitled, unmotivated, and difficult to manage. That is sheer nonsense. The newest generation of professionals is the first to grow up entirely in the digital age, and thus their expectations are a bit different. Example: I've spent [...]
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Inside the Company Culture of Meetup

Inside the Company Culture of Meetup | Humanize | Scoop.it
Erin Dertouzos, head of talent and culture, tells us about the rituals, perks, and office at Meetup.
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Why our startup has no bosses, no office, and a four-day work week

In 2008, my study partner Hernán Amiune and I had finished studying computer engineering at Catholic University of Córdoba Argentina. During our last years at university, we had done some internships in companies such as HP, IBM, and Intel. It was the moment we realized there was a mistake in their work methods. We couldn’t understand why...
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Why Human Capital must fuel Digital Transformation

Why Human Capital must fuel Digital Transformation | Humanize | Scoop.it
With every innovation spurt comes a fresh call for Human Capital Management to stand up and secure its place at the strategic table. The emerging concept around Digital Transformation is no different
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Building a Twitter we can be proud of | Twitter Blogs

Building a Twitter we can be proud of | Twitter Blogs | Humanize | Scoop.it

At Twitter, we have a goal to reach every person on the planet. We believe that goal is more attainable with a team that understands and represents different cultures and backgrounds."

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Sharing this data is great. The data itself not so much.

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Leadership Lessons From A War Zone

Leadership Lessons From A War Zone | Humanize | Scoop.it
U.S. Air Force Brigadier General John Michel knows about leadership in challenging environments.
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The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary

The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary | Humanize | Scoop.it
When salaries are transparent, it changes the dynamic between workers and the boss — and among workers themselves.
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