Posts Categorized: Work

curious and fractal

Some people seem to be naturally curious. Others work at it. Some just lack interest in learning. You can notice this when traveling. Some people can describe many aspects of their local vicinity while others don’t know anything about why certain features exist. They say that the most interesting people are those who are interested… Read more »

knowledge-sharing paradox redux

Knowledge-sharing in the Enterprise An effective suite of enterprise social tools can help organizations share knowledge, collaborate, and cooperate – connecting the work being done with the identification of new opportunities and ideas. In an age when everything is getting connected, it only makes sense to have platforms in place that enable faster feedback loops… Read more »

tech career advice

Here are some questions I was asked by the organizers of the Landing Festival in Lisbon, where I will be speaking on 28/29 June 2018. How do you keep up-to-date with all the changes in the tech market? I use my professional network to help filter information for me. For example, Valdis Krebs is an… Read more »

ask the difficult questions

“Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process.” —Garry Kasparov The future of work will be humans augmented by machines, and those with the best processes will succeed. In How to Become a Centaur, Nicky Case… Read more »

network management protocols

My principle of network management is an update of the principle of scientific management put forth by F.W. Taylor in 1911. “It is only through enforced standardization of methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation that this faster work can be assured. And the duty of enforcing the adoption of standards and enforcing this cooperation… Read more »

fifteen years

Today marks fifteen years of self-employment. After two years I had noted that my business was good enough for some cheeses but still too young for most wines. Today I’m a very old chunk of cheese but a much better wine, I hope. By the four-year mark I had experienced clients not paying me and… Read more »

autonomous workers in learning organizations

The Learning Organization The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, is one of the seminal management books of the previous 75 years. It is based on four interrelated disciplines unified by the fifth discipline: systems thinking. Personal Mastery Mastery comes through deliberate practice. Personal knowledge mastery is the ability to see patterns hidden to the undisciplined… Read more »

human capital

“No, people are NOT capital. YOUR ‘human capital’ is what you’ve learned and not forgotten. It’s ‘capital’ each person ‘owns’ themselves; FAR more equally distributed than financial capital. Our economy needs institutions to make learning and earning better for those with less money.” —Byron Auguste In firms that are ‘human capital-intensive’, “Should employees be shareholders?”… Read more »

agile sensemaking

“Complex environments represent a continuous challenge for sensemaking in organizations. Continuous ambiguity exerts continuous pressures on organizations to modify their patterns of interaction, information flow and decision making. Organizations struggle to address situations that are precarious, explanations that are equivocal and paradoxical, and cognitive dilemmas of all kinds. This creates a demand for innovative approaches… Read more »

connected coaching

“Teaching and coaching are fundamentally about helping making other people better. Learning to do this can’t be done via shortcuts. It requires a willingness to be patient, to take your time and have a deep desire to develop your craft.” —@IamSporticus My work over the past several decades has confirmed that the best leaders are… Read more »