27. August 2009
Posted by Dion Hinchcliffe @ 12:03 pm
Creating and nurturing a community is not something at which traditional stakeholders in software projects are often skilled. I’ve been having some very interesting conversations lately about Enterprise 2.0 failures with ZDNet colleague Michael Krigsman. He is doing research for his work on project failures in this area and is trying to understand the reasons why some Enterprise 2.0 initiatives don’t succeed. In preparing for our talk together, I ended up doing quite a bit of my own research and the results, at least for me, surfaced some fascinating stories and insights that are worth examining examining here in detail. Read the rest of this entry »
26. August 2009
Aus Gary Hamel’s Blog im WSJ:
Freitag, 21. August 2009, 21:28:48 | Gary Hamel
“What’s wrong with organized religion?” That’s the question I addressed at a recent conference organized by Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. For nearly 30 years, Willow Creek has been one of America’s most progressive churches, and since 1999 it’s been running an annual a seminar for church leaders from around the world. The “Leadership Summit” features innovative pastors as well as non-church speakers. This year’s roster included Carly Fiorina, Bono, Tony Blair, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, and a slightly nerdish business school professor.
So there I was, in front of 7,000 preachers and laymen, with another 60,000 or so by satellite. I’m used to flashing my PowerPoints in front people who are richer, smarter and more powerful than me. But this was the first time I had to face a stadium’s worth of folks who were probably more virtuous than me. It wasn’t so much a case of Daniel in the lion’s den as Gary in the Christians’ den. (By the way, I donated my small honorarium to charity).
Obviously, no one dragged me on stage in chains. I went for two reasons. First, I believe that religious institutions, like other sorts of organizations, need a management reboot, and I know a little bit about how to make this happen. My hypothesis: the problem with organized religion isn’t that it’s too religious, but that it’s too organized. And second, I believe that the “church” (in the broadest, ecumenical sense of the word) plays an essential role in constructing the moral foundations of a democratic society—a view advanced 147 years ago by that famous French tourist, Alexis de Tocqueville: Read the rest of this entry »
24. August 2009
aus der aktuellen Business Week über die Zukunft der “Reset Economy”:
Maria Bartiromo talks to the consulting firm chairman about rethinking outsourcing
By Maria Bartiromo
Whether we are truly emerging from recession—as a Wall Street Journal survey of economists and other reports contend—or are setting ourselves up for another reversal, one thing seems clear: When the global economy awakes from its long nightmare, there will be “a new normal.” In short, it won’t be business as usual. To get a sense of the changes afoot, I talked with Paul Laudicina, chairman of the worldwide consulting firm A.T. Kearney and an expert in business strategy.
What kinds of changes—for both countries and companies—do you see coming out of all this turmoil? Read the rest of this entry »
24. August 2009
“This economic crisis doesn’t represent a cycle. It represents a reset,” Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, said today. “It’s an emotional, social, economic reset.”
And the biggest impact of this “reset” will be greater government involvement in the economy, and in the affairs of business, for better or worse.
“People who understand that will prosper,” Immelt said. “Those who don’t will be left behind.” Read the rest of this entry »
19. August 2009
Hm, I rarely do watch TV, but “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” is kind of addictive… I came across Stephen´s tweets – and it gives some refreshing input on the show 🙂
by Stephen Shapiro
During dinner the other night, I compared crowdsourcing to the lifelines on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
Imagine you are sitting in the hot seat. The show’s host asks you a question. You are nervous and can’t think straight. You believe you know the answer to the question, but $64,000 is on the line. You are no longer that sure of yourself. You have all of your lifelines. What do you do?
A. Answer the question on your own.
B. Phone a Friend
C. Use the Fifty-Fifty
D. Ask the Audience
Let’s explore each option…
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19. August 2009
As social networking sites explode in popularity, they have become the prime avenue for many job hunters
By Jordan Golson
The Internet has changed a lot of things over the past decade or two—including how we search for jobs. Sure, the basics are the same: Find an opening and apply for it. But the Web has permanently altered the employment process. And with more than 1.2 million info tech jobs lost this year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a lot of people are going to be using every tool they can get to find their next job.
While networking is (and has traditionally been) the best way to find a new job, the second-most effective tool is another type of networking: sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, according to a poll released Aug. 17 by placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Old-school employment search tricks like attending job fairs and reading newspaper classifieds got the lowest ratings. Here’s how the Web is changing how we look for jobs. Read the rest of this entry »
19. August 2009
Big institutions will become more relevant than ever—once they focus not just on efficiency but on providing platforms for individuals to systematically experiment, learn, and innovate
By John Hagel and John Seely Brown and Lang Davison
Posted on The Big Shift: August 11, 2009 8:29 AM
“Bye, bye, organization guy.” Those words start the first chapter in the estimable Daniel Pink’s Free Agent Nation, published in 2007. In that book, Pink observed how increasing numbers of people in the US are choosing to work as independent contractors, temps, and on a project-to-project basis.
Workers were leaving big corporations, Pink said, to get away from “unfulfilling jobs, dysfunctional workplaces, and dead-end careers.” As readers of our blog will recognize, we see this dysfunction as the inevitable result of the industrial-era model in which most of today’s big companies remain stuck. Read the rest of this entry »