Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

Communities and Work

A recurring, and popular, theme here over the past year has been communities: The Community Manager and this follow-up, the Role of an online community manager Communities of Practice Connecting Ideas with Communities Networked Community Management Some observations on communities: The role of online community manager is fast becoming a hot job opportunity for people… Read more »

Embracing complexity at work

After our session at Online Educa this morning (well, it was early morning for me anyway) I thought some more about one of the models I used. The Cynefin framework is a good way to explain different types of work and how training can only help in some cases: when work is simple (cause &… Read more »

Success depends on who we work with

Here’s a description from Connected: The surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives, in which sociologist, Brian Uzzi, describes how creative teams (musical productions) function: Uzzi found that teams made up of individuals who had never before worked together fared poorly, greatly increasing the chance of a flop. These networks… Read more »

Wirearchy in practice

So far, wirearchy as a managing framework for networked business and organizatons is the only one that makes sense to me, which is why it has a category of its own here. “A dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and… Read more »

Learning to work

Learning to Work & Working to Learn The way we work is definitely changing, due partly to: Increased connectivity to more people; Increasing complexity in the work we get paid to do; Distributed work that is more global in nature or influence; and The need to learn as we work. Look at these changes over… Read more »

Freelancers unite

I’m following up on my post earlier this month on “free-agentry“: My own observations include the notion that Work 2.0 has resulted in more fluid and ongoing job searches, that learning is becoming part of work routine and that we now take our social networks wherever we move and need the workplace less for socialization…. Read more »

Recombining Organizational DNA

The survey results from the Chief Learning Officer survey show that 77% of respondents feel that people in their organization are not growing fast enough to keep up with the business. Is this anyone’s fault or just a sign of the times? Human performance in most organization is an afterthought, if thought of at all…. Read more »

“like changing tires on a speeding car”

“How it Works” is a 5 minute video by IBM Research that describes the changing nature of the way we work. There’s not much “new” but it is well-presented and I think would be useful as an opener or adjunct to many of my workshops and presentations on learning & working on the Web. I’m… Read more »

Sowing seeds of destruction

John Hagel’s Labour Day manifesto calls for institutions to change and embrace the “passionate creativity” of workers. Twentieth century institutions are not succeeding in the twenty-first century as new infrastructures take hold. They must change or they will slowly shrink into shadows of what they once were and make way for a new generation of… Read more »

Working and Learning Together

I found a recent HBR article on The Big Shift by Hagel & Brown via Betrand Duperrin, who provides his own comments in French (and in English). The key point of the HBR article is that Return on Assets have diminished over the past several decades, in spite of increases in productivity. The authors say… Read more »