It's Friday again

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media during the past two weeks.

@snowded – “[I have] Yet to see a list of core competences produced by a committee which could not have been done by any practitioner on the back of an envelope.”

@euan – “Been asked to talk about social media metrics – not sure if bloody good conversations with interesting people is what they’re looking for!”

@jurgenappelo – “You should not celebrate failure, you should celebrate learning. If you fail all the time, there’s a chance you’re not learning.”

@C4LPT – “Organisational training is going to become a sideshow; people’s real learning will take place in other places in order to keep themselves up to date.”

@TheCR – Complexity, Simplicity and Why Community Is Difficult for Organizations – by @RHappe

  1. Initially what you are doing may land on deaf ears. For a long time. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it will not succeed and it certainly doesn’t mean it is not worthwhile. It just means that it needs low grade care and feeding while people get comfortable with it and understand it.
  2. Early success is in changing people’s patterns and behaviors, not in financial gain or cost avoidance.
  3. Communities require a lot of individual action to be successful so it is critical that actions be meaningful and small initially.
  4. The impact of hundreds of small actions on economic output can be significant.
  5. The impact of the collective action would not have been possible with a traditional business plan or model. There are huge opportunities for those individuals and organizations that can cede control and not insist on consolidating 100% of the output.

The Atlantic: The Case for Abolishing Patents (Yes, All of Them) – via @TimKastelle

In plain-speak, the authors are arguing that, yes, the evidence suggests that having a limited amount of patent protection makes countries slightly more innovative, presumably by encouraging inventors to cash in on their great ideas without fear of being ripped off. But patent protections never stay small and tidy. Instead, entrenched players like intellectual property lawyers who make their living filing lawsuits and old, established corporations that want to keep new players out of their markets lobby to expand the breadth of patent rights. And as patent rights get stronger, they take a serious toll on the economy, including our ability to innovate.

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