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HR is ripe for social disruption. Innovating HR structure to support peer learning, innovative organizations

HR is ripe for social disruption.  Innovating HR structure to support peer learning, innovative organizations | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

Is it finally time for Social HR? What's out there that uses social systems to revitalize how people are recruited and learn, grow and develop within organizations?

If organizations tend to be hidebound against change, Human Resources (HR) is even more so, in spite of the trendy strategic HR spin of the early 2000's . Consider HR's roots, which persist today: labor relations, compensation, employment/personnel and the number of lawyers on staff.

Here's some fresh thinking about embracing social as a new definer of HR systems from Gautam Ghosh.

Excerpted, adapted:

Recruitment:  HR has been quick to leverage social media to “Broadcast” vacancies. The next level would be actively creating and nurturing communities of practice shaped around skills where hiring managers can gauge level of skills of people and also develop them (Disclaimer: The author works with BraveNewTalent, a platform that helps organizations do that)

Knowledge Sharing: Forget the idea of databases acting as “repositories” of knowledge, internal social networks can capture employees work activity as social intranets  – and team members can follow what others are doing on their activity streams. Newer tools like Opzi and MindQuilt can also emerge as a enterprise version of Quora, the popular Q&A site.

HR policies: Using a social tool which leverages crowdsourcing ideas from employees can help HR in co-creating processes and policies – and raise acceptability when they are finally rolled out. Dell’s EmployeeStorm is a great example by which employees give ideas on everything in the company.

From the autho, Gautam Ghosh, a Product Evangelist and India Marketing Lead at BraveNewTalent specializing in the areas of HR, organization development and learning and employee engagement. He has worked as a HR Generalist and a Learning and Development Executive in firms like Deloitte, Dell, Hewlett Packard and Satyam Computer Services."

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Can you Disrupt Your Own Culture Structure? | Four Key Innovation Contradictions

Can you Disrupt Your Own Culture Structure? | Four Key Innovation Contradictions | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

Innovation is fraught with contradictions.  Is there room for innovation's natural contradictions in your organization culture?  

A handy indicator is looking at your organization's people policies (HR) as a quick capacity test. 

Four Key Innovation Contradictions excerpted, Innovation Excellence:

1) Innovation requires a business to embrace processes and methods that are far different from the efficient, effective processes that sustain short term profitability. Innovation creates new, risky, uncertain concepts that will pay off in quarters if not years.

2) While executives want innovation, they don’t want the disruption or investment strain required which creates dissonance in the teams that are actively trying to do interesting innovation work, and leads to confusion and then cynicism.

3) Transparency, visibility and commitment are key. Doing innovation work is tough, and doing it without the full support of the senior team, constantly demonstrated, means that many innovators have far fewer resources than they need.

4) The contradiction between what we TELL people to do and what we PAY people to do when we do nothing [or too little] to change how these individuals are evaluated, compensated and rewarded. 

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The United States Is Destroying Its Education System, Truth?

The United States Is Destroying Its Education System, Truth? | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

Provocative! Themes include:  analysis paralysis, money as the goal, corporate greed, and classism.   It's not politics, it's education.



A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind.


It seems the USA:

  • prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy.
  • celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money.
  • churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state.
  • funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers.
  • transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs.
The author, Shannon Smith, is the Associate Director at EDUCAUSE. She lists: Author. Historian. Ed Techie. Innovator. Tribal College Faculty. Progressive.

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Times Higher Education - Innovation strategy 'ignores' funding and visa concerns

University strategies & policy:  Too little innovation?

Excerpt:  Wendy Piatt, director-general of the Russell Group of large research-intensive universities, welcomed many of the measures in the newly announced innovation strategy, but was disappointed it did not address concerns about postgraduate funding, or adopt the Russell Group's proposal for a new bank loan scheme for postgraduates.

She also called for more capital funding to be made available to universities, and for research to be exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.

David Price, vice-provost for research at University College London, praised the government for "the stability of its commitment to the research base" in difficult times.

He also said it was a pity the strategy's "fine words on the importance of mobile highly skilled people" had not translated into concessions regarding universities' continuing concerns about the government's new visa regulations.

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