Posts Categorized: Innovation

PKM and innovation

In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit: Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Example: What if we were legally prohibited from selling to our current customer? Networking: Interacting with people from different backgrounds who provide access to… Read more »

How organizations can thrive in the network era

I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. A new special edition paper has just been released, Turn Your Company Outside-In. The initial premise is that traditional organizational design, and the ubiquitous org chart, is fundamentally flawed. The challenge of moving from a hierarchical to a network structure is a complete shift in… Read more »

Networked sharing

Why diversity is essential for innovation, and ultimately survival, is shown in this wide-ranging article on How Culture Drove Human Evolution: You start out with two genetically well-intermixed peoples. Tasmania’s actually connected to mainland Australia so it’s just a peninsula. Then about 10,000 years ago, the environment changes, it gets warmer and the Bass Strait… Read more »

An artistic mindset

My colleague Jane Hart writes that, “supporting social collaboration is underpinned not only by new technologies but by a new mindset“. Perpetual Beta is my attitude toward learning and work – I’ll never get to the final release and my learning will never stabilise. I’ve realized that clients and colleagues with a similar attitude are much… Read more »

Trust is an emergent property of effective networks

It seems that markets, our dominant form of economic transactions, are not really designed to optimize trust. As Charles Green states: The reason is simple: trust is not a market transaction, it’s a human transaction. People don’t work by supply and demand, they work by karmic reciprocity. In markets, if I trust you, I’m a sucker and you take… Read more »

The collaboration field needs to cooperate

Eugene Kim looks at a variety of disciplines in the collaboration space, using LinkedIn network analysis to see if and how they are related. The resulting map, and Kim’s explanations are most interesting for anyone doing work related to enterprise collaboration. According to Kim: The densest cluster is the organizational development cluster, which is left… Read more »

Let the droids do the boring stuff

Is simpler work getting automated and outsourced? I think so. That leaves complex and creative work that continue to be in demand, and even increase. Work that has a high degree of task standardization is getting replaced by machines, and this trend will only accelerate. Andrew McAfee discusses technology’s impact on the labour force in a… Read more »

Narration is only the first step

I think that narration is one of the key principles of an effective networked workplace, or social business. Narration is making one’s tacit knowledge (what one feels) more explicit (what one is doing with that knowledge). Narrating work is a powerful behaviour changer, as long-term bloggers can attest. In an organization, narration can take many forms. It… Read more »

A guide to complexity and organizations

Via Jay Cross is this amazing synthesis – Organize for Complexity – of how complexity affects our work and the ways in which we can change our organizational structures to account for complexity, instead or adding more complication. If you know nothing about complexity, read this. If you know a lot on the subject, keep… Read more »

It is time to simplify

The five informal learning methods described in yesterday’s post on Learning in the Workplace have one thing in common. They are all relatively simple. Most of today’s larger companies have a complicated structure. Over time, to enable growth and efficiencies, more processes have been put in place. New layers of control and supervision continue to… Read more »