friday’s beans and noses

Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Beans & Noses by @jmspool

The idea is blindingly simple, actually. Every so often, you’ll run into someone with beans who has, for no good reason, decided to put them up their own nose. Way up there. In a place where beans should not go.
Now, there is no logical explanation for this. There is no way to say, “Yes, I can see exactly why you’d want to do that.” They came to this decision all on their own. The way they got to this decision defies logic.
Yet, here they are. Waiting for the moment when the bean goes up the nose.

@Rayke – “No one is as happy as they seem on Facebook, as depressed as they seem on Twitter, or as employed as they seem on LinkedIn.

What wine pairs well with your innovation strategy? What One Winery Can Teach You About Innovation – via @gregverdino

What are your most important, labor-intensive, or expensive processes? This is where you should start innovating.
Imagine looking out over 180 acres of grapes. All of those vines have shoots that must be repositioned within a few days to allow the grapes to grow. It would take a crew of 30 people a week to complete this process, and with Missouri’s higher labor costs in relation to crop value, this process is an expensive one.
But our team created and applied a new innovation that allows us to get this done mechanically in just a day. As soon as we implemented this real-time system, there was an immediate impact on our cost per acre.

Why Finland is finished as role model for education by @DonaldClark [read the comments too]

It comes as no surprise that Finland is flaunted as being the ideal by educationalists, because it sees teachers as the sole key to success. We may have to rethink this. If true, why then have they performed poorly in TIMMS? Teachers alone are not a sufficient condition for success. In fact, Strahlberg doubts that the Finnish system is easily transferable at all.

Holacracy at Zappos via @jesselynstoner

Some critics charge that the shift to Holacracy is more about Zappos marketing itself as an innovative company than fundamentally changing how it is run. “If you look at the system, the lead link is really almost like a manager,” says the former senior-level employee. “There was a disconnect between what was being represented internally and externally. You can say all you want, but within Zappos, if you look deeper, the inner circle still dictates.”

Predict & control vs sense & respond. Cartoon inspired by @fred_laloux #rsasoulful by @

control or sense

Image by Virpi Oinonen



One Response to “friday’s beans and noses”

  1. Jon Husband

    ““If you look at the system, the lead link is really almost like a manager,” says the former senior-level employee.””

    Exactly. Holacracy mis-represents its trademarked method as doing away with hierarchy, and further muddles things by suggesting that it is people that are acting in hierarchy as organizations whereas its concept of ‘roles’ allows for diminishing greatly the influence of hierarchy, per se. Read its descriptions on its site as to purview and responsibilities of circle leads .. manager by another name, really.


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