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FiftyThree makers of the iPad app Paper and Moleskine are teaming up to make Book a streamlined print-on-demand service to turn digital thoughts into...
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This isn't about a workplace ecosystem. I just happen to be a Moleskine devotee and brand zealot. And LOVE the way they're stretching their brand into the realm of personal expression. Brilliant. 


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Why Transparency Is Your Biggest Untapped Competitive Advantage

Why Transparency Is Your Biggest Untapped Competitive Advantage | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
For Buffer's Leo Widrich it's much more than a buzzword. So why isn't everyone embracing it
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Tired of co-workers who don't pull their weight? Frustrated by that Manager who seems to do...well...nothing? Exasperated by repeated requests of a vendor to help you understand their operations a little better? 


I'm with you. 


While you're at it, check out a brilliant little app called iDoneThis to see one way to help. 


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Playing telephone

Playing telephone | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
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"How Can I Help You?"

"What Do You Want?"


We hear those every day in the office. And they sound like innocuous,  simple questions, right?


Well, think again. This is a brilliant piece articulating what happens when "requirements" gathering on big projects go awry. I'd go a step further and suggest this is what happens EVERY DAY in the workplace...

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Imaginista Branding Inc.

Imaginista Branding Inc. | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
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I've never worked with this firm. 


But if their web design is any indication of the wonderment they'd create for me or my clients, I just might put them on a retainer. Pronto. 

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In Praise of Inconsistency: the difference between leading and managing

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The most succinct and compelling distinction yet between Leading and Managing.  I like to say to my teams and my clients "context is everything" and your decisions must reflect today's circumstances, not last month's or last year's. Your behaviours must be guided and informed by the current reality, which requires an ability to observe and intuit your surroundings, to critically analyse and to have the courage to move forward even when it's contradictory to preceding actions. 


This is not a long essay, nor is it a tweet. I implore you to read it in full. 

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Ditch Time-Wasting Meetings By Turning Your Office Into An Ant Colony

Ditch Time-Wasting Meetings By Turning Your Office Into An Ant Colony | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Ants may free us from that scourge of modern society: the meeting (and maybe even the overbearing boss).If that sounds like a bit of an exaggeration, know that scientists are serious about recruiting ants to improve human collaboration.
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The power of uncoordinated decision making. Why does everything have to go through some shallow, meandering time-killing meeting anyway?

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Dustin Woods's comment, March 2, 2013 5:23 AM
More seriously… the first part of this metaphor doesn’t quite work for me - ‘each individual is analagous to a neuron in the human brain. Intelligence is embedded in the interaction of the many parts.’ Alternatively, I’d see each little ant as a sense organ - constantly picking up signals from the environment. Then their complex interactions process these signals into collective action. Applied to organisations – every individual is in a position to sense something that could be valuable to the whole. What we haven’t hit upon is an organisational design which can process these valuable bits of data (with decisions typically in the hands of a few disconnected individuals, perhaps drawing on data from their staff Suggestion Box). The closest I’ve seen is Holacracy, a system of governance/org design which allows any individual in the organisation to ‘process their tension’ using a structured integrative decision making process (not consensus or long-winded meeting malaise!!), which is hardwired into the organisational operating system. It allows for an agile organisation running on principles of ‘sense and respond instead of ‘predict and control’.
Daren Hill's comment, March 6, 2013 5:31 PM
have you ever experienced a holacratic environment?
Dustin Woods's comment, March 16, 2013 12:32 AM
not directly, though I've interacted with people who work in one and are in the process of 'installing' one. There are examples on Holacracy blog http://www.holacracy.org/blog and here's a post on Holacracy at Obvious Corporation. https://medium.com/life-at-obvious/93446941a52a
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Seth Godin: How to start--and ship | Management Innovation eXchange

Seth Godin: How to start--and ship | Management Innovation eXchange | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
The Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) is an open innovation project aimed at reinventing management for the 21st century.
Daren Hill's insight:

Start--and ship. 


Simple philosophy


Which means, if you start it SHIP it. Deliver it. Finish it and get it to the audience/stakeholder/customer ALWAYS.


Wouldn't that feel nice? No more half-baked projects.

No more ad hoc initiatives. No more abondoning good ideas when BAU takes over?

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Gamestorming »

Gamestorming » | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Daren Hill's insight:

I like the modern workplace toolkits like Gamestorming. These guys have developed a bunch of interesting, provocative interventions. Got a boring Project? Or the business requirements for a product design all over the shop? A steering committee that doesn't do anything but manage status reports? Use some of these. 

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Dustin Woods's comment, February 28, 2013 6:01 PM
Gamestorming, Excellent! And here's a nice companion piece – “Liberating Structures”. A menu of designs for how people work together. http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ls-menu/
Daren Hill's comment, March 2, 2013 12:40 AM
that's a perfect companion piece. I especially like the Improv Prototyping!
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Customer experience is the new brand

Customer experience is the new brand | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Ogilvy Australia | Customer experience is the new brand. | Ogilvy Australia | Customer experience is the new brand.
Daren Hill's insight:

The customer experience is fast becoming the most important aspect of your business.


And, well, you are a customer of a thousand different things. So what are you waiting for?!  As a consumer you understand inherently what it's like to have useful/valuable/fun interactions with the products and services you buy.


So please, already, would you turn your ecosystem inside out? Your walls are permeable anyway, so might as well go for it. 

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A mandate for modern workplaces

A mandate for modern workplaces | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
We live in a spirited system laced by connectivity with each other and the planet. What we do has a ripple effect. Make yours humane.


Thank you, Sunni. This isn't just a curriculum but a life design and a workplace skills mandate.  

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OpenIDEO - How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work?

OpenIDEO - How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work? | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it

The most fun I've had at work this year involved a series of collaborations with our Marketing Manager, who happens to be 15 years younger than me. [Yes, she's just turned 13.] 


I equipped her with the concept of "Service Design" and a week later, she had flagged about 120 pages in the 200 page book! That screamed to me "Arrgh! There are TOO many good ideas in here! Where do I begin!?" 


So we mapped out a strategy to re-architect our business and re-charter Marketing to deliver us a Service Design business model. She now has a clear focus and putting every ounce of her energy into this new direction. 


So I ask...how can YOU equip your young people to succeed in the world of work? 

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Leadership towards an irresistible future - Elena Bondareva

I like this.

 

I recommend you invest 48 minutes.

 

If you're short on time, listen to the first 4:16 when you hear Elena's compelling hypothesis about how to pursue meaningful work. 

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Why Focus Groups Kill Innovation, From The Designer Behind Swiffer

Why Focus Groups Kill Innovation, From The Designer Behind Swiffer | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Think about it: How many great ideas have you had sitting around a table? If you are like most people I know, not many.

 

I'm sorry, but people are not the source of competitive advantage; DESIGN wins every time. 

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How To Find Out Whether You’re A Good Cultural Fit At Any Company

How To Find Out Whether You’re A Good Cultural Fit At Any Company | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
I am a humanitarian, a strategist, and a rock. I thrive on stress, I’m good with deadlines, I’m big on communication, and I’m great at multitasking.
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Eerily accurate. Thought provoking. Powerful in its simplicity. 


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Death to the blog list.

Death to the blog list. | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it

Digital marketing experts tell us to create lists because they attract readers. Problem is, that's all I see these days. Lists have become a lazy, quick-read, light-touch, attract attention, tabloid epidemic. Let's stop this nonsense and demand better.  

Daren Hill's insight:

Here's a conversation I had recently with a trusted digital marketing "expert" friend of mine: 


"Daren, if you're posting on your blog or adding content to your website or sending out a client newsletter, best you make it a list. Lists get 3,985% more readership than just a commentary or a piece of thought leadership."


He suggested, "So, tap into your personal experience and brainstorm hot topics like "Eight traits of the modern leader" or "The Seven tips for successful change" or "The 6 mistakes CEOs make when approaching innovation." 


Sound advice. Backed by lots of data. 


Problem is, Lists are the tabloids of the modern digerati.


Lists. Are. Forgettable..


Which is more compeliing: 


"The top 10 foods that make life worth living are apples, cherries, pizza, lamb chops, cheesecake, roast chicken, sweet potatoes, carmelized onions, rolled oats and french toast with maple syrup."


OR


"Cheesecake saved my life."


In which instance might engage you? In which instance might you have a relatable situation or context? In which instance might you --- I don't know -- THINK a little bit?


Were I to ask you to recall my 'Happy Foods,' you might remember one. Maybe you recall a few because they are your favourite foods too (how exciting!). Or maybe one stands out and it sticks with you because it seemed sooo out of place (what kind of person loves carmelized onions?!)


So, do you see what's happened here? Can you see how unproductive this is?


The only foods you recall are the ones you ALREADY LIKED -- which offers you no new information or insight. Or you remembered one that was soooo strange, it really stuck with you. Too bad you'll never use it. 


Lists. Are Not. Good. Enough.


Demand writing that leaves you with an insight, an emotion, a relatable experience. Demand writing that takes ONE good idea and sees it through.


So hopefully I've convinced you. I'm curious, who will tune in next time when I share how a slice of New York cheesecake literally saved my life.


All 3,985% of you I suspect. 

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This Shocking Whiteboard Mess Shows Officials Brainstorming On The Mining Tax

This Shocking Whiteboard Mess Shows Officials Brainstorming On The Mining Tax | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
The Australian today published a set of shocking whiteboard diagrams from an Australian Taxation Office brainstorming session that reveal frenzied att...
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"This Shocking Business Insider Story Shows Journalists Not Doing Their Jobs."



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Beyond Serving Stakeholders | Holacracy

Why does an organization exist?  I see several distinct paradigms in operation today, each with a different general answer to that question.  Let’s look at some of these with an evolutionary lens, and then bridge to what may be next.
Daren Hill's insight:

Thanks to Dustin Woods for turning me onto the concepts of Holacracy. 


I've posted here one of their founding blog posts, about 3 years ago, which is pretty easy to get your head around..an organisation as a living being in an evolutionary chain. It's driven by its own unique purpose in life, where every action and decision serves to create a healthier future (to procreate, so to speak.). 


Very, very different paradigm from our shareholder-driven or customer-driven view of the organisation. 

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Léonne Willems's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:20 PM

Employees have their 'identity'; organisations have their own! Employees energize the organisation for the sake of the organisation's mission.

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7 Startup Trends for 2013

7 Startup Trends for 2013 | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Daren Hill's insight:

Looking at the tech startup trends for this year, I can't help but wonder if there's really anybody in a commercially charged ecosystem, actually keeping up with it all. I don't konw about you, but most of the workplace environments I've been in recently still have awful email systems, outdated KM and document management and almost no meaningful social enterprise applications. 


So whilst I'd love to have a 3D printer and a more quantified sense of self, how about we start with a good CRM, an ergonimic chair and a laptop that doesn't give me scolios when I carry it around? 

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Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon

Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
In business, storytelling is all the rage. Without a compelling story, we are told, our product, idea, or personal brand, is dead on arrival.
Daren Hill's insight:

I think storytelling's a perfect trojan horse. If you've ever led a large change project (merger? New product launch? ERP implementation?) you KNOW that it's all about uptake. Belief. Winning the hearts and minds.  


So throw away your "Benefits Realisation" plans, your death-by-KPIs, your feature-function-benefits brochures. 


Instead, use characters. Give them an objective. Create heroic journeys. Describe how they overcome obstacles. Introduce compelling protagonists. Throw in a plot twist (a love interest never hurts). 


And you turn a passive set of "users" into an active set of audience participants. Voila..your ecosystem just became a richer land. 

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Innovating Innovation

Innovating Innovation | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
The Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) is an open innovation project aimed at reinventing management for the 21st century.
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To my fellow small business owners and directors> I know your ecosystem is obsessed with cash flow, taking on every piece of business to fill every bit of capacity. But you're tired. You're falling behind. You're struggling to scale. 


So trust your nous, your teams, your creativity and tear down those Sales Walls. And put up an Innovation Wall with these questions permeating your every strategic and tactical move. 


"Experimental Capital. Communities of Passion. Social Technologies. Diverse Values".


These are the qualities of tomorrow's most healthy ecosystems. 

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RSA - Susan Cain - The Power of Quiet

RSA - Susan Cain - The Power of Quiet | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it

I love this short about the power of the introvert and the (somewhat lost) art of thinking deeply. 

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These Skyscrapers Are Designed To Make You Happy If You Work In Them

These Skyscrapers Are Designed To Make You Happy If You Work In Them | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
For about a decade the words “sustainable” and “skyscraper” have been conjoined in American architecture.


How invigorating would it be to work in a Vertical City? And breathe real-life fresh air all day long when inside your office? 

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Be Forewarned: Your Knowledge is Decaying

Be Forewarned: Your Knowledge is Decaying | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Why everything we know has an expiration date.

 

What are you doing to keep up to date with your ecosystem? Are you reading the right things? Studying the right trends? 

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work | Workplace Ecosystems | Scoop.it

"...It is what a painter feels when the colors on the canvas begin to set up a magnetic tension with each other, and a new thing, a living form, takes...

 

I love that this was written 7+ years ago, when "compelling connections with co-workers and customers" was still tied to bricks & mortar...

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