Points and counterpoints

friday2@AndrewJacobsLD“Phrase of the day: Klout is nothing more than a data selfie.”

@jbordeaux : “In complexity, the ‘edge’ is also referred to as the ‘onset of chaos’. May explain resistance [to change].”

@gideonro : Curating Smart Networks

In other words, by investing in curating their connections with people, these individuals are shaping their networks to more effectively communicate their work to an increasingly networked world. And today, that network influence translates into real professional advantage and economic opportunity both online and offline.

The Social Kerfuffle: What is an Employee? – via @dhinchcliffe

Employers actively leverage employees’ social networks for their goals. In exchange, they lose control of the clean boundary of 9 to 5 and four walls of the office. If you are posting how awesome your CEO is, what happens when your friend who happens to be a blogger asks back a question about a controversial issue. Are you or are you not allowed to speak?

@jackvinson : Doing Your Job May Be Hazardous To Your Career

Every incentive system deludes you into thinking that your job is to achieve the metric. That’s where they fail. Your job is not the metric, it’s to help the company succeed.  Kofman suggests that while all companies struggle with this problem, those that “suck less” at it will tend to beat their competition.

 Do Workplace Hierarchies Still Matter? – via @ShaunCoffey

“There’s this belief that we are all living in some postmodernist, egalitarian, merit-based paradise and that everything is different in companies now,” he says. “But in reality, it’s not.” In fact, in a new paper that explores the notion that power structures haven’t changed much over time, Pfeffer explains that the way organizations operate today actually reflects hundreds of years of hierarchical power structures, and remains unchanged because these structures “can be linked to survival advantages” in the workplace. The beliefs and behaviors that go along with them, he writes, are ingrained in our collective, corporate DNA.

A Perfect Storm: Now is the Time for Multibillion Dollar Open Source Companies – via @benwerd

1. Open source is cutting-edge.
2. Open source is enterprise class.
3. Systems are becoming complex.
4. Monetization models are working.
5. Open source startups now control their destiny.
6. Adoption has reached critical mass.

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