Tumultuous times during the Big Shift

Here are some interesting finds that were shared on Twitter this past week.

@EskoKilpi – “The big shift: Transformation from status hierarchies to task hierarchies – #networks” [I think this is a critical differentiation between the industrial/information economy and the creative/knowledge economy we are shifting to.]

Mike Wesch “I don’t want to help make students for the world. I want to help make students who make the world over.” – via @JonHusband

@JohnnieMoore – “I see so many promising “breakthrough” methods as if it can be guaranteed, controllable and risk-free.”

@RosabethKanter – “The first rule for change agents is “Stay alive” ”

Survival is more important than heroism. As a wise mentor once said, the first rule for change agents is “Stay alive.” That’s a lot more important than showing off. If you can’t force a major change or get the best possible deal, a lesser deal that keeps doors open for the future means living to fight another day. Baseball analytics show that getting on base is among the most important ways to win the game. If you strike out while trying to hit a home run, the whole side might go down. If you go for a lesser way to get on base, such as taking a walk, you keep the game alive. Sometimes backing down averts a major crisis and keeps the debate alive.

@dhinchcliffe – First Rule of Collaboration: If you can’t link to it, it didn’t happen, HT @maverickwoman No web of links = no social business

What ever tools you use to collaborate with others, make sure there is a way to log the conversations, keeping a history is vital. And beyond that, if you can’t share links to that history, then it may as well not exist.

“Very nice piece by Marc Andreessen in WSJ saying software is eating the world and why that’s good” – @RossDawson

Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale.

@SteveDenning  – Why Amazon Can’t Make a Kindle In the USA – Disturbing piece on loss of US manufacturing in high tech:

The U.S. has lost or is on the verge of losing its ability to develop and manufacture a slew of high-tech products. Amazon’s Kindle 2 couldn’t be made in the U.S., even if Amazon wanted to:

  • The flex circuit connectors are made in China because the US supplier base migrated to Asia.
  • The electrophoretic display is made in Taiwan because the expertise developed from producing flat-panel LCDs migrated to Asia with semiconductor manufacturing.
  • The highly polished injection-molded case is made in China because the U.S. supplier base eroded as the manufacture of toys, consumer electronics and computers migrated to China.
  • The wireless card is made in South Korea because that country became a center for making mobile phone components and handsets.
  • The controller board is made in China because U.S. companies long ago transferred manufacture of printed circuit boards to Asia.
  • The Lithium polymer battery is made in China because battery development and manufacturing migrated to China along with the development and manufacture of consumer electronics and notebook computers.

@euan: Information Fertiliser: untidy information, like blogs, makes better knowledge fertiliser:

Finding the good stuff is one of the functions of bloggers. Information rag and bone men who curate the weak signal and the long tail. Seeing patterns in the small, the marginal, the messy. This is where those with nerdy curiosity and a good eye can find real value in what others have discarded or not noticed …

Note for all managers! Best study ever: Wasting time online boosts worker productivity – @TimKastelle

Surfing the Web is even better for productivity than talking or texting with friends or sending personal emails, the study found.

And smart bosses would stop snooping, researchers said: Excessive Internet monitoring and surveillance only makes employees do it more, they said.

@csmonitor – Video: Taking Advantage of Tumultuous Times [Much better than any Did You Know? video; this one sets the stage for the changes that will engulf us.]

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