Here are some observations and insights that were shared on social media this past fortnight. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“as soon as a company has a Chief Innovation Officer you know that company has a problem” – Tim Cook – via @BrunoGebarski
@C4LPT – “You don’t get “big data” in workplace learning – only “little data”. But beware – it is usually incomplete.“
“In practice … all strategy-making walks on two feet, one deliberate, the other emergent. For just as purely deliberate strategy-making precludes learning, so purely emergent strategy-making precludes control. Pushed to the limit, neither approach makes much sense.”
Participating executives explored the power of building relationships across divisions, functions, and levels and the benefits of different types of networks. For example,
- Sparse networks are useful for efficiently gathering and disseminating information
- Dense networks are useful for effectively coordinating work in a cohesive group
This is powerful learning for leaders of an organization that is committed to innovation. For example, someone with a large and sparse network is more likely to see innovation opportunities across the organization and promote the possibilities. These “superconnectors.” have networks that are
- Large, in the sense that many other people cite them as contacts
- Sparse, in the sense that they are connected to people in disparate parts of the organization, who are not otherwise linked to each other
- Integrative, in the sense that they bring together contacts across divisional boundaries
The Sharing Economy: A Dumb Term that Deserves to Die!
The truth of the matter, though, as Nathan Schneider writes on Al-Jazeera America, is that “the sharing sector of the conventional economy built on venture capital and exploited labor is a multibillion dollar business, while the idea of a real sharing economy based on cooperatives, worker solidarity and democratic governance remains too much of an afterthought. If the sharing movement really wants to disrupt economic injustice, these should be its first priorities.”