meaning and failure

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

“Hire character. Train skill.” — Peter Schutz, former CEO of Porsche via @2080strategyex

“Human beings augmented by other human beings is more important than human beings augmented by technology”@eskokilpi

“Interesting that there is now a whole ‘mindfulness’ industry when all it takes really is to just get out & play/explore.”@DebraWatkinson

Deep change – Good change – Bad change by @petervan

“In an orchestra, it is not the conductor or individual musicians who control this. It is the composer. The composer’s job is to make sure that the parts fit together. Too often, no one is actually composing the organisation, and it leaves one of two bad choices: command and control or organising systems. Much has been made in the last 20 years, glorifying organising systems, but, what happens over time is that these systems self-organise into structural conflicts, which lead to oscillating patterns.

That’s why a ‘composed’ system can lead to advancement and forward movement toward building the company but the other alternatives do not live up to their promise.”

Robots are going to take a lot of jobs — here’s what we could do about it via @mayadroeschler

universal basic income
negative income tax
government jobs guarantee
broader social safety net
robot tax

“Robots will never be our masters, but those who own them will be.”

The Scandinavian Approach to the Employee Experience: What It Means and Why It Matters by @mayadroeschler

“These people leaders, who had gained their knowledge and skills quite independently from each other, convinced me that one of the key elements in great employee experience design is that it has to make sense; going to work has to be meaningful …

The price of efficiency is the loss of meaning.

When you rank theorists over practitioners, split work tasks into atoms and pulls templates onto the leftovers, you lose commitment. In order to be committed, we must do more than just execute, we must co-create.”

“Not one child who attended my Primary school in Lancashire ever passed the 11+ so became ‘failures’ aged 11?”@bobharrisonset [More on Eleven-plus exams on Wikipedia]

Photo via Bob Harrison

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