Posts Categorized: Innovation

Paper is not dead

While speaking at the Learning Technologies conference in London, I went downstairs to see the trade show. The exhibition hall had hundreds of booths and I was told that 12,000 people had signed up. When I arrived, it looked like all 12,000 were there. I quickly got a feeling of sensory overload and tried to… Read more »

The connected enterprise adoption curve

[First …] Here’s the final word on social business from me: informal social relationships have always been linked to effective performance. [So …] Now here we are with all that we know, or should know, about the importance of informal relationships, creating high performance work environments and learning cultures. [But …] Mental models, behaviours and… Read more »

Tacit Knowledge Not Included

It’s rather interesting to hear from the same company that 1) their situation is unique, and 2) they are looking for examples of best practices in their industry. If they are so darned unique, why aren’t they developing their own emergent practices? When working with large organizations I frequently hear that their main business strategy… Read more »

Solo change agents set you free

Here is what Domino’s Pizza learned about implementing personal knowledge management practices, after their recent pilot project: First, learners want some guidance about the changing boundaries of professional development. Traditional models of learning involve taking a chunk of time to step out of the workplace. PKM makes learning a real-time activity within the flow of… Read more »

networks are the new companies

Nilofer Merchant wrote in The New How that, “Permission to innovate without asking happens when the strategy is co-owned.” This is a necessity in an economy where the average company lifespan continues to decrease. The company no longer offers the stability it once did as innovation, and resulting business disruption, comes from all corners. Economic… Read more »

Getting the suds out of the bathtub

What did the industrial era look like, and how did it differ from the network era? The industrial era epitomized rational, centralized control, replacing local, customized ways of doing things. The network era opens communications so wide that control is no longer possible. For instance, in the network era, leadership is about giving up control…. Read more »

Building a talent triangle

Richard Gayle discusses an observation made by Kurt Vonnegut on the three types of specialists it takes to start a revolution, none of whom can succeed in isolation. First type – a true genius: “a person capable of having seemingly good ideas not in general circulation.” By themselves they are just lunatics. Second type –… Read more »

The new enclosure movement

ENCLOSURE: In English social and economic history, enclosure or inclosure is the process which ends traditional rights such as mowing meadows for hay, or grazing livestock on common land formerly held in the open field system. Once enclosed, these uses of the land become restricted to the owner, and it ceases to be land for… Read more »

The new work

All work today can be reduced to just four basic types of jobs, according to Lou Adler. His company identified four prototypical jobs after developing thousands of job descriptions over the years. Everything starts with an idea. This is the first of the four jobs – the Thinkers. Builders convert these ideas into reality. This… Read more »

The Nature of the Future – Review

What will the future look like? Here are some glimpses. Genomera: Crowdsourcing clinical trials. BioCurious: Hackerspace for biotech. Lending Club: “We replace the high cost and complexity of bank lending.” ScholarMatch: Connect under-resourced students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. Foresight Engine: How would you reinvent the process of medical discovery? Open… Read more »