Thoughts on slackers, conversations, data and networks

Here are some of the observations and insights shared via Twitter this past week.

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” ~ Gloria Steinem via @sebpaquet

Slack is a good thing – by @jackvinson

It can’t hurt to repeat this over and over again. Effective operations requires open spaces to handle variation and uncertainty. Even fairly “uniform” operations, such as assembly lines and factories need white space. Projects and knowledge work need even more.

It is a complete myth to believe that keeping everyone busy will result in success.

Netflix: maybe lessons here for your business? 

  • Netflix hire and promote people who demonstrate: Judgement, Communication, Impact, Curiosity, Innovation, Courage, Passion, Honesty & Selflessness.
  • At Netflix “adequate performance is rewarded with a generous severance package“.  They see themselves as a professional sports team not a kids games team so Netflix leaders hire, develop and cut smartly so they have stars in every position.

Data Is A Social Object by Ton Zijlstra

In my presentations over the past 8 months I’ve positioned data as an object of sociality: it becomes the trigger for interaction, a trigger for the forming of connections between people. Much like photos are the social object of a site like, and videos are the social object of YouTube, or your daily activities are for Twitter.

Factories: the original social business – by @drmcewan

Linking back to Esko’s contention that leadership “should be about providing a platform for discussing the meaning of work and the collective identity”, I think that one of the big learnings in making the transition from traditional manufacturing to the ” learning factory” is the emergence of relationships as a key lever in making the transition to new ways of working.

I think we learned that the meaning of work was and continues to be in the relationships we have with each other, the relationship we have with the organisation we work for, and in the service we give to others. Creating the initial conditions for relationships to develop that enhance out desire for recognition, self-determination, social status and learning will continue to be associated with high- performance and engaging work.

2 Questions Everyone Asks When They Meet You – all social judgments boiled down to 2 dimensions? by @drves

Professor Susan Fiske of Princeton University has shown that all social judgements can be boiled down to these two dimensions:

  1. How warm is this person? The idea of warmth includes things like trustworthiness, friendliness, helpfulness, sociability and so on. Initial warmth judgements are made within a few seconds of meeting you.
  2. How competent is this person? Competency judgements take longer to form and include things like intelligence, creativity, perceived ability and so on.
June Holley and network weaving via @PAnklam & @nancyrubin
  • Reach out to be more inclusive
  • Helping people find resources
  • Connecting people with common interests
Network facilitator
  • Coordinate working groups
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Help set up the structure of the network
Project Leader/Coordinator
  • Help people find others interested in the same things
  • Help people work together on projects
  • Help people keep organized
Network Guardian
  • Help set up good communication systems and resources
  • Set up training & support for network weavers
  • Make sure time is set aside for reflection

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