A sense of humor is an under-rated tool for entrepreneurs, innovators, and change agents. And that’s no joke.

Humor helps us understand that things aren’t always as they appear, they can shift shape or form, there are opportunities for change, and we’re not trapped by past decisions. A can-do nation like America cannot afford to be overrun with can’t do/better-not-try humorless pessimists. A collective sense of humor would allow us to laugh atContinue reading “A sense of humor is an under-rated tool for entrepreneurs, innovators, and change agents. And that’s no joke.”

“7 elements of an enterprise collaboration strategy”

Generating real, measurable value With a core group that has deep expertise Individual benefits a few handfuls of passionate, knowledgable, capable, social people Management engagement A network of advocates A platform a simple, low-cost, iterative approach (cf. Lean Startup) Source: http://johnstepper.com/2012/06/30/7-elements-of-an-enterprise-collaboration-strategy/

Downward counterfactual means judging oneself in comparison to all of the people who didn’t win

“Here’s how to minimize upper counterfactuals before an appraisal: No surprises. Hold enough feedback sessions in the months leading up to the appraisal so that employees can predict precisely what they’ll hear from you. Performance evaluations should never contain surprises. Be clear. Ensure employees totally understand how their performance will be measured.  It is terribly unfair toContinue reading “Downward counterfactual means judging oneself in comparison to all of the people who didn’t win”

“Engineering Management Is Dying”

“There are elements of this philosophy at work at Google, where it’s not unusual to see 200-person projects headed by an Engineer. Drucker saw it coming. In the ’80s, he predicted the rise of the “information-based-organization”. He saw information as enabling an extremely flat structure, which like an orchestra, consisted of technical experts who perhapsContinue reading ““Engineering Management Is Dying””

“How do Freelancers, Employees and Entrepreneurs cowork?”

“Freelancers continue to dominate the membership base of coworking spaces, but an increasing percentage of the membership classifies itself as employees, numbering around a quarter worldwide and a third in the U.S. (…) Employees, for instance, are members for an average of only seven months. Further, they spend less time in their coworking spaces compared to freelancersContinue reading ““How do Freelancers, Employees and Entrepreneurs cowork?””

Why Social Learning benefits your business

“For training programs to be effective, companies must use the right methods and medium for their training sessions and their audience. Given the popularity of social media, it only seems logical to explore how social media tools can have a positive impact on the learning experience. (…) “There will always be some kinds of trainingContinue reading “Why Social Learning benefits your business”

“Enterprise 2.0 and social business : yes but why ?”

“Of course, business are still selling tangible goods, but value is moving from the product itself to associated services. In more and more cases, goods are a part of a service. Car manufacturers are about to stop selling cars to sell mobility, tire manufacturers are not selling tires to airlines anymore but a give numberContinue reading ““Enterprise 2.0 and social business : yes but why ?””