Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

Organizational architecture

Why do people do bad things? Is it because they have to? Here is Gary Stager discussing a re-enactment of the famous Milgram Experiment: One of the subjects in the television program was a 7th grade teacher who explained that she didn’t stop shocking the learner because as a teacher she had learned when a student’s complaints were… Read more »

Crossing the social media threshold

My ongoing conversation with Michael Cook continues (Organizational Development Talks: OrgDevTalk), with these thoughts: Harold: With the delays that seem to be following each of your recent responses to me you may be thinking I have fallen through the web someplace and cannot find my way back. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth, although I… Read more »

Embrace chaos

When I discussed Emergent Value, some very good comments ensued, from Jon Husband, Gordon Ross, Peg Boyles, Ollie Gardener and Monika Hardy. This image was my first attempt to show how real value creation happens at the edge of organizations and requires different management and communications practices. Social networks, collaboration and cooperation must be the… Read more »

A Working Smarter Conversation

Join the five of us for an online conversation Ask a question; win a book. Then register to join us online on 30 March 2011 We will discuss whatever interests you in the realm of Working Smarter. Do you have burning questions about social learning, web 2.0, or working smarter? Want to find out how other… Read more »

Frictionless learning

Gary Wise, in Close to the Edge: The Radicalization of Training,  suggests that workers need an environment with: seamless, frictionless and ubiquitous access to/from the right learning assets – at their moment(s) of learning need – in work context-friendly amounts – in compelling, readily-consumable formats – to/from the right devices. This is definitely part of… Read more »

Glass Houses

My conversation with Michael Cook continues (Organizational Development Talks: OrgDevTalk), this time with no specific question, but some very good insight and commentary: Harold: I just read your response to my latest couple of questions. In my view your response is profound. I especially like the reference to the address delivered to people in the HR… Read more »

NetWorkShop Sackville

“I’ve become convinced that understanding how networks work is an essential 21st century literacy.” ~ Howard Rheingold Patti Anklam, author of Net Work, will be conducting a workshop at Mount Allison University on Saturday, 19 March (9 AM to 4PM). Sponsored by the university’s Office of Research Services, this workshop is focused on bringing together faculty,… Read more »

Changing the mechanistic mindset

The latest question from Michael Cook (Organizational Development Talks: OrgDevTalk) continues from our last conversations: Harold: I am still not certain about my future as a member of the blogging community but I have revisited our last exchange and rekindled my spirit for that dialogue… Among the many things you said in your post of February 1st… Read more »

Seven years and 95 theses

Do hyperlinks really subvert hierarchy? I recently asked on Twitter. They can when people outside the organization take advantage of ridiculously easy group-forming. Examples such as United Breaks Guitars and the various mass, decentralized and social revolutions show what is possible when hyperlinks subvert hierarchy. However, are there any workplace examples, where existing management practices were forced… Read more »

Digital hierarchies

IBM is holding a social business jam this week and lots of high profile people are attending. Check the special guest list. If you want to be part of the action you can sign up for free. To contribute you have to set up your profile and put yourself in one of the pre-selected categories… Read more »