- Producer02/01/2017Umbrellas for Forecasting Organizational Culture and ClimateSome images are mind-provoking. The ideas of this buzz were inspired by two photos: the weather-forecasting umbrella and umbrella stands. The weather-forecasting umbrella is handy and smart. By connecting its handle to weather stations it can...
Comments03/01/2017 #35 CityVP ManjitThe question of effectiveness of this approach depends on the capability of the executives one conducts a survey for, regardless whether that executive is operating from an operational lens, or a human resource lens or a strategy planning lens.
The use of indicators is fairly common in organizations that are adept with utilizing visual management and even at very basic strategy levels where a VP may initiate a balanced scorecard project, whose key feature is dashboard analytics.
I have heard of schools talking about climate but I have never seen an organizational climate survey. I took the liberty of tracking one down that uses Litwin & Stringer (organizational attribute) - and this one also cites Schneider and Barlett which is cited as "individual-attribute approach"
What it amounts to is a voice of the employee survey. This one is a student survey but it does provide insights into the core instrument. It is far removed from the visual management system I would envisage and the report is very academic. The chief error I see in it is that climate is not one size fits all, nor is it a product of one major variable such as employee satisfaction.
The criteria for Climate could be determined from Employee Voice - but that criteria is one which provides the treasure map and not where the payback is. Without finding that executive who can think at a very high level, one will more likely encounter the thunder of company politics. Even starting at the CEO requires one that can diverge and converge as the work is co-designed.02/01/2017 #33 Ali Anani#31 Again, this is an interesting keypoint @Mohammed Sultan. You wrote "For example Nestle Foods and Ford Cars have different cultures although they may be juggling the same balls". Yes, and this is opens the idea that the juggler proficiency is important. WE may give the same balls to two jugglers but only to experience their differences in juggling them. Exactly as we give two painters the same paint, but the outcome might be markedly different.02/01/2017 #31 Mohammed SultanCont..\d on company culture ..Company culture develops as the company grows.When the companies grow adopting new initiatives and strategies they often confirm their orientation which shapes their identity and history.In heavy advertised companies, their culture is often transferred into a corporate image,usually gives them an edge in producing specific products and credibility when reinforced by the company.For example Nestle Foods and Ford Cars have different cultures although they may be juggling the same balls.Nestle will lose credibility if they intended to diversify into Car Market and vise versa.But when any of them embrace any change they can change their strategies and structure but not their orientation or culture.02/01/2017 #30 Mohammed Sultan#23 Because the company culture depends on the company's orientation,marketing can play a significant role.The CEO in the different stages can demonstrate the color only if he has deep knowledge and broad understanding of the psych and market dynamics.For the CEO without extensive marketing experience he or she can't change the nuts and bolts of the companies culture because everything done inside any company is only done for winning and keeping customers.02/01/2017 #29 Ali Anani#28 Thank you @Harvey Lloyd for adding your timely wisdom. I have written many times on metaphors from nature how living bodies prepare for the difficult times. Trees know when to drop their leaves. Leadership is building the spirits for difficult times because no business shall have easy sailing at all times.02/01/2017 #28 Harvey Lloyd#19 I agree with your discussion here but would add the prequal to your series of steps. Prior to the red umbrella it was blue. How did we lead in this time? Did we nurture/.prepare the cultural spirit for the red umbrella events.
I find that when we enter the red umbrella stages of business we enter, regardless of cause, with people. We know the red umbrella days will come. So the strength of the culture to weather storms is a sign of good leadership before the storm.
A strong corporate culture will suffer consequences during the red umbrella times. But it can survive if it was built upon a firm foundation of good leadership during the blue days.02/01/2017 #27 Ali Anani#22 One point @Sara Jacobovici that attracted my attention is your writing "And according to Frankl, the spirit can never be sick. There is always something intact, he says, even in illness, which he calls the ‘noetic’ core of the person". i mentioned in the text of the buzz that the balls juggler should be aware of the characteristics of the ball h/s is juggling. Now, what you say the spirit remains intact. You defined one ball in a very interesting way.02/01/2017 #26 Harvey Lloyd#22 The space is large and we can wander sometimes. But i believe you narrowed the space very intellectually. Frankl was an amazing man and i find the stool legs of Body, Mind and Spirit appropriate.
If i could i would like to blow it out to encompass the corporate culture. There is a "body" of people we are referring to as the culture. The "body" has a mind that is driven by the vision of the organization and it has a "spirit" that connects all the pieces together.
Leaders might look at these in reverse. The spirit is what they lead. The vision is their guide and the body is the physical plant. We have our corporate stool to rest our success on.
The local wal-mart came to town many years ago. I was amazed at the service within the store. Over time the spirit of wal-mart has died. The store is now a group of folks trying to survive and not build. I can effectively say that Sam Walton took with him his spiritual leadership.
Please think out loud anytime. I find thinking out loud very rewarding sometimes, especially when you are collecting thoughts.02/01/2017 #25 Ali Anani#22 You do bring many hot and relevant points to the discussion @Sara Jacobovici. You know you may consider any of my buzzes as yours and so you are never an intruder. I am almost certain that you have already started writing a buzz building on your thoughtful comments here. Great, and I genuinely look forward to reading it. You may have noticed that I mentioned your name in my last responses to the great comments of @Harvey Lloyd. I think I was right and I am witnessing a branch off dialogue that is hugely interesting.
I agree with your comment and as expect to read a detailed buzz on same from you I would rather wait till you have published your buzz.02/01/2017 #23 Ali Anani#19 Dear @Mohammed Sultan- you enrich beautifully and professionally the meaning of colors for business. I enjoyed this part of your comment significantly.
I wish you would kindly respond to the last two comments of @Harvey Lloyd. I believe you concur with him that the leaders of a company hold the key. I have more to say, bt honestly would rather wait to hopefully read the response of Harvey. Now, amalgamating the main points of comments is becoming a necessity for we all have different experiences and it shall be lovely to mix all of them together. We have a recipe for a great meal for our minds.02/01/2017 #22 Sara Jacobovici#17 Dear @Harvey Lloyd, I rarely refer to a buzz of mine in someone else's post but because you wrote that I "introduced the third leg to this stool", I went to my buzz titled "Balance comes in threes" because I use the 3 legged stool as the image. I wanted to see if there is any connection and I think I found one. I expect to hear your opinion and that of @Ali Anani whether you gentlemen agree or not. I refer to Viktor Frankl's view of the human person as being in three dimensions: body, mind and spirit. The company is sometimes referred to as having a corporate body. Well, I think there is a parallel here with looking to identify the body, mind and spirit of the company. And according to Frankl, the spirit can never be sick. There is always something intact, he says, even in illness, which he calls the ‘noetic’ core of the person, which can be referred back to the "mind" of the company. I apologise if I am going too far off the mark but there is a connection between emotions and references to climate conditions (emotional climate conditions, feeling on cloud nine, feeling in a fog...). If we refer back to Dr. Ali's buzz on contamination of emotions and the impact that has on a company's health.....sorry, I am starting to ramble. Thank you for the opportunity to think out loud in the comment box. As always, exciting to participate in these dynamic exchanges.02/01/2017 #20 Ali Anani#17 I am so happy your flow is enriching these discussions greatly @Harvey Lloyd. I wonder what @Sara Jacobovici would respond, but I have a feeling this part of your comment "They may have the skill you need but they need to apply it in a way that grows the culture". Grow the culture- what a lovely green metaphor this is for leadership and culture. Great comment and as usual02/01/2017 #19 Mohammed SultanDear @ Ali Anani PhD.Your creative analogies can be conceived in different boundaries,not only HR.When a company gets into trouble or forced to hold
the red umbrella, it takes abnormal and sometimes extreme measure to get back in track.Traditional decisions of pricing and promotions which are suitable
to face weather changes in the marketplaces are usually inappropriate during emergency as product lines may need pruning.One of the most controversial issues facing companies that declared emergency state or raised the red umbrella is what to do to stabilize the company and get hold of the blue umbrella.
In the emergency or the red umbrella stage the company's executives are often in a need to solve cash-flow problems and even perform a surgery to stop the bleed.In the stabilization stage or the blue umbrella stage they should provide the employees with focus and fuel to build profits ,improve efficiency through juggling the six balls in different paths,and position the company for growth,the green umbrella stage.When the company return to growth they must sustain the internal and external alignment and create revenues overtime to build the strength of the company and also to confirm the green-umbrella stage.In my next winter consulting assignment,I may borrow one of your umbrellas which best suits the client turnaround stage.Which col?It depends!02/01/2017 #18 Harvey Lloyd#13 When i see the CEO/President or the person who is incharge i see the head of an organization whether it's three or a thousand people. When a business grows it may develop expansion departments such as HR, sales or operations. But the leader is always the one who sets the standards of the culture.
A pitcher is the winner of games. We can discuss the rest of the players, but in reality the pitcher is expected to pitch a perfect game each time. The rest of the players are their to pick up when he fails. A good leader knows they are pitching. They also know that a harmonious culture will insure the rest of the team is their for his/her failures as represented by the 1st base hit.
Striving for the perfect game is always there, a well developed culture (Team) through leadership always wins the game. The umbrella i submit always lies with the pitcher/leader.02/01/2017 #17 Harvey Lloyd#12 I believe @Sara Jacobovici introduced the third leg to this stool we prepare to sit on. The culture that enters the door of your establishment is not the leader but rather the organization. Leaders making poor choices in the marketplace is sometimes the flip of a coin.
When a leader sets an expectation of performance that only they can achieve from their experience and background then the culture will die along with the roots.
The culture is made up of many walks of different life narratives. They may have the skill you need but they need to apply it in a way that grows the culture. This discussion reminds me of the metaphor of the Mystro. He or she is not looking for your skill but rather your passion to mess with the rest of the ensemble so the ears of the listeners are intrigued.
Leadership is an art form and is the holy grail of understanding life. We lead as friends, siblings, parents and as professionals. The journey of leadership is a very humbling experience. Sometimes we get it right and the umbrella is a kaleidoscope of harmonious colors. Most important is we are leaders of ourselves.02/01/2017 #16 Ali Anani#13 Amazing is your comment with its great sense dear @Glenn Melcher. I agree with you completely. SHort-sighted management focuses on operations and these may get people blind to other possibilities and shrinks their opportunity to learn and evolve. "Great organizations know there success is a direct result of their people.. ". Only if organizations would appreciate the wisdom embedded in your words.
You mentioned that HR is the umbrella and @Harvey Lloyd suggested the leadership as the umbrella. Two great ideas to ponder on.
- Producer11/12/2016Getting to see the big picture in business.Image credit: Temperate Climate Permaculture This post will introduce the reader to the visual, experiential Branching Out Patterns* tool, used to identify and assess business teams’ problems. Introduction: Tools represent...
Comments12/12/2016 #23 Harvey Lloyd#22 I agree with your sentiments here. I realize though that the language of wisdom must transcend the ideological to the present of human existence. Social media is not bad but it has offered new directions that i don't sense will allow us to evolve as a species.
I share your insights with the group here that has been diligently discussing the tenuous situation of emotions and their outcomes. Like social media, emotions are not bad or good until we discern their value within the human dynamic. Although we can empathise with an individual and their needs, the results of their emotions as felt by mankind is another story. We can't merge the two.
This sounds like a harsh statement, and it is. My emotions and how they direct me should have two components, others and then myself, and in that order. Should i choose myself first, then i should be prepared for the consequences of my actions. I am ok with those who place themselves first within their emotional sphere but, bare in mind that i am referring to human existence within a large social group. (Not personal reflective self awareness styled self talk.)
Given this position, i would suggest that it creates interdependencies that propels mankind forward. Otherwise, with me first we create dependencies that separate us at the fundamental level. Your matrix is capturing the dichotomy.12/12/2016 #22 Sara JacoboviciPart 2/2: This leads me to what #19, @Harvey Lloyd captures when he writes: "The ability to carry in my hand technology that allows for total connectivity has allowed me to live virtually while losing my skills within the human experience." It's not so much technology that I am concerned about, it's the impact technology has on "re-wiring" who we are. We are sensory beings and if we are deprived of certain sensory experiences, the same people that imagined these new devices will no longer be able to see beyond their function.12/12/2016 #21 Sara JacoboviciPart 1/2: #14 #17 #18 Gentlemen, @David B. Grinberg, @CityVP Manjit and @Mohammed Sultan, your discussion is invaluable and I am excited to see it arise here. The depth of the comments; self-reflective, intelligent, informative and interpretative, and the questions that are raised, prove that it is emotion, especially fear, that distract from our ability to stay grounded in our human capacity. David, you who look out beyond the boundaries of earth, can not speak of limits and scope. Manjit proves that technologically based devices cannot replace humans when he says, "...explore flow with my learned capabilities to handle variety of information in a way that best represents my exploration. " Only a human (like Manjit) can think and express himself in this way. Another example comes from Mohammed Sultan when he differentiates between creative thinking which is binding to the moment and creative thinking that can also work in different boundaries. This can only come from a human source.12/12/2016 #20 Harvey Lloyd#14 I will have to go with you on this thought pattern. Although i understand the reply of @CityVP Manjit i believe we speak of two very different aspects of the discussions.
Our journey of technology is one aspect while the impact of current technology is another. The future of technology may promise many things, healthcare, human safety and productivity, but what does that world look like based on where we are now? Clearly technology is leading the way to a new society that i don't think we have thought through. Many consumers who once were our customers are now without work, so they cant consume. We will no longer be able to barter our time for money and consume. Technology is taking the value of our time from the barter equation.
I am not against technology, but am stating that if tech is going to change the barter system we have, then shouldn't we be working on that at the same rate as tech? If we think about it, i believe we can see tech at the center of the have and have not debate and the narrowing of the middle class.12/12/2016 #19 Harvey Lloyd@Sara Jacobovici you are continuing to shed light in dark areas. Our challenging emotions are typically our yield and stop signs. But like when we experience these signs in driving we are called to act a certain way, then so we should when experiencing these emotions. Emotions should not change the journey but rather enhance our experience on the journey. Just as the signs of the road keep us safe.
In our daily professional lives we have people we journey with and this causes these yielding emotions to come forward. Most importantly though we have to reconcile these emotions with each other. This is the human experience. Clearly, though there is a new kid on the block that i think you touch on. Technology.
I find technology foreboding. It introduces to each group of professionals a myriad of data sets that can overwhelm and can also be generated in such a way that replaces humans. In reviewing the outputs of technology we now create a third participant within the discussion You/Me/Data. But data is binary in the sense that it is right or wrong about the future as perceived. Also, data is subjective in its appearance and collection.
Although our imaginations did create the technology i don't believe we thought through the impact. I enjoy the impact up to the point my job, career, fiscal stability gets affected. The ability to carry in my hand technology that allows for total connectivity has allowed me to live virtually while losing my skills within the human experience.
Your tree and understanding of problem solving comes from your history without the technology. What of the new/next generations that all they know is tech? Will they or can they grasp the concepts presented here?12/12/2016 #18 Mohammed Sultan#17 Thanks for sharing your link.When we compare singularity or AI with what's been shared by @ Sara Jacobovici we at once will realize that both are talking about the creative thinking,but from two different angles.Sara is talking about creative thinking which is binding to the moment and can improve the current state of workplaces performance in the short term.Her creative thinking can also work in different boundaries anchored by the same rules,but can't be conceived for uncertain future.Whereas singularity is not limited to specific" time horizon" and can be conceived for the future and also in different boundaries.As a researcher I don't believe in the power of singularity or AI in which one can be vividly aware or see himself functioning a decade from now.Singularity of such kind that can tell the future or control it, is only owned by the power of God,otherwise scientists could have hurried up to clone it for the ordinary people.12/12/2016 #17 CityVP Manjit#16 Dear @David B. Grinberg you do know what those limits and scopes are because that is the emotional response that Sara is talking about here, and thus when I am pursuing information in how I am able to receive it, whether it is relevant that I understand it now and to see what I can grasp immediately, without setting out acres of personal time trying to understand these things at a deeper level. That deeper level has one compass which is to know our own flow. If we become overwhelmed we know we have flown to high or engaged in too many areas at once, or if we are underwhelmed then we know we have room to explore more.
Take this proponent for singularity who wrote their thoughts about it, relating positive thinking with singularity - of course that is the opinion of this individual but this opinion is well within both of our limits and scope - of course all dependent on what else is occupying our field of attention at the time we attend to this material :
Singularity Defined and Refined by Singularity Utopia (2013 Blog)
I don't want to flood others with information, but explore flow with my learned capabilities to handle variety of information in a way that best represents my exploration. Learning is as unique as our own individual DNA. You cannot become me, and I cannot become you- but the abundance we share is this opportunity to explore the way that makes most sense for us to explore. There is network intelligence (not network stupidity) which is to welcome what you can welcome so long as it leads to flow, liberation and freedom of your own mind and being.12/12/2016 #16 David B. Grinberg#15 Many thanks for your thoughtful reply, CityVP Manjit, and thank you for sharing those web links too. I can tell you that my own "limit and scope" is, shall we say, limited in scope. I try to wrap my head around these mega concepts, but usually that just results in a mega headache. Thus, I appreciate your pointing me in the right direction.12/12/2016 #15 CityVP Manjit#14 Dear @David B. Grinberg, you are asking here about something unfathomable. There are people who have tried to put a perspective around the movement to what you describe as the brave new world in life and one of those is Kevin Kelly, because Kelly has the abstractive ability to begin to knit together the thinking that is dimensions above where most of us are and emerge from this rarefied atmosphere with something that we can put our minds around, or at least begin to establish what this map of the unknown may potentially look like.
Here is Kevin Kelly talking about the Singularity as it applies to AI
This is no different to knowing we cannot think like Einstein but we can follow his example of imagining following a beam of light. We will only go so far in our own learning journey but it is sufficient enough to awaken our individual lives to the uncertainty and new possibilities emerging ahead.
One of the steps we can take our own awareness is then follow the leads that will make most sense to us because we each know our own limits of understanding and scope of imagination. I cannot say what this limit and scope is for David B. Grinberg - only you know that.
An example of a step I can take in my own learning journey in this particular stream of consciousness is simply to listen to someone like Vernor Vinge - because ideas he originated have been level set for the understanding of the earnest learner with basic curiosity.
Vernor Vinge - Foresight and the Singularity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tngUabHOea012/12/2016 #14 David B. GrinbergThank you, Sara, for such an informative, educational and enlightening read. As someone who considers himself an amateur futurist (rightly or wrongly), I'm concerned that the frenetic pace of technology will soon overwhelm human capacities. Some scientists say that the average laptop computer is currently equivalent to the human brain. Others say artificial intelligence will be smarter than humans by the 2030s. Thus, keeping pace with new and evolving tech -- let alone staying ahead of the curve -- is a substantial challenge which will likely grow more difficult over time.
According to "Moore's law" -- for example -- computing power doubles every two years (some say as little as 18-months). Additionally, many scientists and others predict that AI humanoid robots (or androids) will be capable of passing the so-called "Turing Test" as early as the 2030s as well. That means these AI androids will not only be much smarter than humans, but indistinguishable as well. Some fear they will replace humans altogether, not just jobs. As you know, many large companies are also adopting machine learning, AI and robotics in many aspects of their business operations to replace human employees. Thus, to coin a phrase, we indeed face a brave new world not only in business but in life generally. The subsequent challenges ahead of us are immense and historically game changing. THOUGHTS?11/12/2016 #12 debasish majumderfour hydrogen atoms enable to produce Helium in the sun. and helium consists of 2 electron, two protons and two neutrons. have we ever thought, where is the missing electrons and protons and how it transforms to form helium, where energy how plays the key role? we must not be flummoxed and nature maintains a unique balance, along with matter and anti-matter, the duality, a significant feature, causing immense impact to even our very existence! Great post @Sara Jacobovici! enjoyed read. thank you very much for sharing the post madam.11/12/2016 #10 Mohammed Sultan#6 When companies treat people motivation as strategy they will value people emotion over capital or equity, and will think of the ROE -as Return On Emotion not Equity. Researches on motivation have shown that people feel more satisfied when they get regarded rather than being rewarded,because their emotion has become more important than the salaries they are paid.When companies treat motivation as strategy they will come to a conclusion that; when they trust people they will trust their customers,and the higher the trust level the higher ROE will be.Businesses also are about feelings and when feelings are suppressed we expect the ROE to get lower .You can't imagine how pride people feel when they get regarded ,they will extend their creative domain and stretch their thinking beyond the norms and logic to creativity and imagination.11/12/2016 #8 Max🐝 J. CarterWhen I was a supervisor for United Healthcare I found that simply treating my direct reports as human beings and not functions made all the difference.
I said things like :"Good morning, thanks for making it in today." had big impact on their desire to be there.
Then I made it a priority to ensure my people understood that my performance was direct result of theirs and my best interest was served by serving theirs where creating a sense of feeling valued to inspire and motivate them to perform better.
I simply invested my own caring into caring about the human being and let that show in my actions and words and it created more of a family dynamic and i was much more approachable and found coaching them in performance became easier as they were much more receptive.
I find it really is more efficient in business to simplify and be human about what you do and treat each other as thinking and feeling human beings.
Emotional states are the result of the love we feel we are or are not getting from the environment we are in.
When i started taking a fatherly approach to my job I saw the improved performance and morale and loyalty and desire to perform. I cover this in my leadership writing .
I have covered before in my own writing one emotion that there is only one love and fear and all everything else is states of love and fear or faces of it so to speak. This eliminates the idea of positive and negative emotions and forces one to see a whole being and investigate the history that led to the now and the current emotional state.11/12/2016 #6 Sara Jacobovici#4 @Mohammed Sultan, personally, I am always so encouraged and flattered by your comments. Thank you. Your insights are always appreciated, as well as your writing style. The take away, for me, of this comment has to be, "When the employee motivation is treated as a strategy, people will work in harmony to achieve the balance between their internal actions and their external impact." Thanks again.11/12/2016 #5 Ali AnaniHello @Sara Jacobovici- I am thrilled by your buzz and it deserves a welcoming waggling dance. You have shown in three examples how the initial emotional points may diversify into different patterns by different people and follow trajectories of their own.
The first three feelings were negative as it is well-established that it is easier to stay in one domain of negative emotions than to make a jump to the domain of positive emotions. That frustration developed into disappointment and irritation is in line with what has been experienced. It takes energy to make the jump and this is evident from the emotions branching out patterns in your worked examples.
You have now an emotions fingerprint-equivalent.
One of the pioneering IBM CEOs said that it is managing people and their emotions that counts. Your buzz explains this beautifully.
I am humbled for playing the role of a trigger in prompting you to write such a. thinking buzz on emotional patterns. I thank you for the mention of my name.11/12/2016 #4 Mohammed Sultan@Sara Jacobovici It's really a creative post .You either have the attitude of an expert consultant or had been trained in your childhood on how to fit pieces into a synergistic whole (JIGSAW) and enjoyed the beauty and measured the impact of this process.Fit and balance between both sides the human and the physical..between our personal and professional interests ..between knowledge and feeling are crucial to build an emotional corporate jigsaw.The emotional org culture has become a necessity because it reflects our thoughts and feelings.When the employee motivation is treated as a strategy, people will work in harmony to achieve the balance between their internal actions and their external impact.The shape and the beauty of the future corporate jigsaw will depend to large extent on how well the internal parts,the external impact and our actions can all be kept in balance and lead to strategic moves in the right time.
- Producer07/12/2016Why? Why? Why? : A Strategy For MeaningWhy matters, both within organizations and without. The companies that start with why on the inside and then take that meaning to those they serve in the market are not just sharing their stories, they are doing their stories. And as loosey goosey...
Comments12/12/2016 #3 Preston Vander Ven#2 You were talking about teams and organizations, and I feel that our Why or Vision is universal. What I mean by this is the difference between Faith and Hope in a one's actions. When someone in very clear on their goal or vision it moves from saying, "I hope am going to achieve this" to "I know am going to achieve this." When people believe that they are going to reach their goal, their is a strong shift of mindset and action then if they just hope. Winners don't quit, while quitters don't win.
An example of this mindset is imagine that you were guaranteed a $100,000 return after four days of $10,000 investment. Yet, you only had $500. You know the results. Your faith you put you into a creative thinking mode to figure out how to come up with the rest of the movie. Yet, If you felt that you only had a chance of failure, why take the risk. This is what society teaches. I found that during my college years, they wanted to shrink my goals, which gave me an excuse for a back door. I prefer to make my goals as big, and detailed as possible.
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Comments29/11/2016 #2 CityVP ManjitVery smart roll out! By creating an air of exclusivity and having surprise vending machines that creates conversations within the snapchat community - a bit like a smart mob moment, which not only heightens engagement but gets snapchatters to try these out. It also will drive new people to snapchat. The roundness of the glasses and video was very clever in terms of video capture and the glass design is really smart - firstly because circles are a symbol of collaboration but also the revolving signal that says a person is videoing is not creepy, whereas a red or green light has a different perception, and that is something Google Glasses should have thought about in their roll out. In terms of innovation snapchat have figured out a recipe for early adopters, as well as creating follow up buzz which should carry them over the chasm. Snapchat are the present kings of mobile and presence - these glasses add to that reputation, and overall this roll out looks highly imaginative.
Comments18/11/2016 #2 CityVP ManjitI was actually fascinated by the KSCHOOL branding and having learned about it, can see that it is a pure Spanish play - and the only English info about them was limited on Crunchbase and only in Exhibitor info - but I can see them scale to global markets if they wanted to - their offering is right on the money for the needs of today's technology enabled market.place. http://www.easyfairs.com/events_216/futurizz-2016_79998/futurizz-2016_79999/exhibitors-products_80031/exhibitor-catalogue_80035/stand/586133/
- Producer04/09/2016Zen And The Art Of Doing...The word “Zen” gets thrown around quite a bit these days and more often than not, it’s being misused by some tragically hip barista, or another of his skinny-jean wearing brethren. Just because the local craft-beer pub’s décor is minimalist and...
Comments04/09/2016 #2 CityVP ManjitLoved the humourous asides in the middle of this buzz. For me the zen moment was the line
QUOTE: [So, I did what any dynamic, go-getting, highly-experienced marketing executive would do when faced with such unexpected adversity–I sat on the sofa for a week, sulking, refusing to shave and spending an inordinate amount of time honing my Grand Theft Auto skills.] END QUOTE
Then the whole buzz is wrapped very well with action orientation and the art of doing. Maybe the missing piece in the buzz is quality as in Persig's book "Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/31/zen-motorcycles-and-the-cult-of-tech-how-robert-pirsig-s-classic-anticipated-the-future.html but the piece is balanced with all the tiny moments of difference that lend energy to action i.e. all the doings that comprise of making a home and not just contributing to making a living,;and the buzz does articulate the difference between Zen being a fashion statement that one wears like a tattoo, from Zen as being and way, not just a way of doing. I don't really desire to be called a philosopher, ultimately life is best when it is action learning. http://www.studygs.net/actionlearn.htm
Overall enjoyed reading this buzz and seeing that this is the first contribution to beBee, I would like warmly welcome you to the beBee tribe and I congratulate you on a well-written and thought out opening buzz.04/09/2016 #1 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Steve Geibel, phew, glad you shaved first ;-) I actually loved your 'shameless plug,' and the all natural products on your website. Thank you for being so detailed about 'just getting out and doing it.' Your words are motivators!! I'm glad you figured it out and found a way to work for yourself after being downsized!
- Producer15/07/2016Mitos y Realidades del Método CanvasEl famoso y muy reconocido Método Canvas de Alexander Ostelwalder ha hecho que los emprendedores contemos con una herramienta valiosísima para empezar a generar una Startup y poder visualizar los posibles elementos que compondrán una empresa de...
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Comments08/07/2016 #5 CityVP Manjit#3 Alex, for me the mix is important. 75% of my personal life is no one's business but 25% is open, and 25% of my professional life is open but 75% of my business is getting work done. That still leaves a lot open in the middle and so the mix is important for me. Like all things these choices are best in moderation and balance, and what we choose as "open" is the balance. Look at BeBee it is taking our personal affinity and mixing it with professional affinity. Affinity is the best mix of all.08/07/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitGreat advice for anyone who is going to become a part of free-agent nation and is involved in task or mainstream consulting work. I had a far different motivation because I made home the center of my meaning and not work - and because we did we also eliminated the overhead of an external office.
While I endorse being business centered in the home office, our work led us to to dealing with senior executive teams out of Washington, New York or Chicago - all by teleconferencing (I have worked in a home office environment for 17 years), so for us we considered it really cool that we were talking to executive teams in plush conference boardrooms while we were still in our pajama's talking into the polycom in my brothers bedroom. If work is the center of meaning, I would not recommend anyone doing this - stay professional.
I have utilized Trello but save a great regard for Slack https://slack.com/ - for people who think working at home beats working in an office, initially the novelty is great, but the biggest thing I missed were office based interactions - but that was balanced out by the fact that I got to watch my kids grow up before my eyes and I would not trade that experience for commuting to work.
- Producer07/07/2016Supply Chain Management as a Hub FunctionThe APICS Dictionary defines Supply Chain Management as “the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide...
- Producer07/07/201625 KPIs Every Manager Needs To KnowYour Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) should be the essential metrics that allow you to track performance and navigate your way to success and growth. Unfortunately, many companies get their KPIs completely wrong – measuring either everything that...
- Producer22/06/2016Bienvenidos a la WordCamp Sevilla 2016¡Estamos encantados de anunciar que la WordCamp Sevilla 2016 está oficialmente en el calendario! WordCamp Sevilla 2016 será los días 30 de septiembre, 1 y 2 de octubre de 2016 en EOI WordCamp Sevilla vuelve después de tres años. La última...
Comments22/06/2016 #3 Marco Bensión Alonso#1 Esta seria mi primera vez en asistir a una WordCamp, pero he asistido alguna que otra MeetUp donde se organizaba y realmente he aprendido muchas cosas de Wordpress. Esperemos que dentro de poco esto se extienda y todos puedan acceder a este tipo de eventos en cualquier tipo de localización.
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This would be my first time to attend a WordCamp, but I have attended some other MeetUp which was organized and I really learned a lot of Wordpress. Hopefully soon this will spread and everyone can access these events in any location.22/06/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitI had no idea that Wordpress has such a network of developer conferences https://central.wordcamp.org/schedule/ and this for me is the real power of affinity, to see these communities of practice proliferate globally, and rather than organize around the traditional professional organization i.e. the HR, Project Management, Marketing institutes, a network that is affinity based places the talent on the front foot rather than thought leaders creating their own professional ego kingdoms. Enjoyed reviewing the Wordcamp sites including Sevilla. Fortunately also tomorrow the people of Britain will probably vote to remain in Europe, which means that I get to keep my EU passport - so learning about WordCamp Europe also reminded me of that.
- Producer22/06/201614 useful tools for creating color palettesIf you read our previous articles about color, you know how colors are important in terms of marketing and sales, what are the color trends in 2016 and how to achieve color harmony to achieve your goals. In this article you will find brilliant...
Comments22/06/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitThis is great. Observing the tools for colour palette resources has enabled me to see that I should personally treat design thinking separately from creativity, where design thinking should now become a part of my work process and creativity is the means to transformation through emergence. This realization helps me greatly as I configure my own learning journey.
- Producer21/06/2016Making transparency more effectiveTransparency has been lauded as the mechanism to promote good governance, accountability and fraud prevention. This is conventional wisdom and no doubt there are some truths. However, an EU Committee on Open Government statement (Dated April 22,...
Comments22/06/2016 #8 CityVP Manjit#7 I am not a typical user in that I utilize a database called Commence RM http://www.commence.com/commence-rm/ which I found relatively easy to create small custom databases because then I can format to whatever I am focusing on. In life we sometimes intuitively back off from people we are uncomfortable with and the same is true with corporate persons like Facebook (under American law corporations are now considered persons). That is why the social graph provided by Facebook is then limited due to an extremely minimal use of Facebook. Google is something I actively use but here I have turned off the tracking but I am happy with the search functions in terms of finding information. This is how I applied what inspired me from "filter failure" idea of Clay Shirky. For sure I am creating cow paths where designers want me to use the walk path but here I am not a system designer but take an end-user perspective. I also know the field is expanding rapidly and we get exposure to Geoffrey Hinton because he operates out of our local university and so my learning interest is as a lay person intrigued by how you think and people like Hinton http://ocrampal.com/node/16422/06/2016 #7 KK Aw#5 Thanks for the link, unfortunately, it is dated. I don't agree a better filter is the solution. We need a different engine, which is apparently Graph Computing. Facebook is based on a social graph. When you login to Facebook, it presents your personal graph. Facebook tried to introduce graph search, but it is not taking off because of privacy issues and the difficulty of defining a navigation structure. https://www.facebook.com/graphsearcher/. Google uses their knowledge graph to make the search results more relevant. https://www.google.com/intl/es419/insidesearch/features/search/knowledge.html. To make the search results more meaningful; Google has to determine which branch of the tree the user is one and uses the results from the branches at the top of the search results. There is a lot of interest in graph databases today. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graph_database. I view graph as a natural way to store connected information but the interface is based on list processing and intersection of sets just like Facebook and Google Search. I do traversing and other graph manipulations, but it is difficult to make it intuitive and useful to the users.22/06/2016 #5 CityVP Manjit#4 If you are approaching it from information overload and sense making, then this talk from Clay Shirky may offer a different alternative viewpoint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabqeJEOQyI View more#4 If you are approaching it from information overload and sense making, then this talk from Clay Shirky may offer a different alternative viewpoint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabqeJEOQyI I will also encourage @Juani Sánchez Serrano-Sánchez to view your buzz because her organization is involved with these larger macro issues at the EU level. Close22/06/2016 #4 KK Aw#1 I have not viewed this problem from the perspective of too many choices. Too much choice can just be as bad as too little. I look at this problem, mainly from the perspective of information overload and sense making. It is difficult for us to make sense of an issue when we do not have the tacit knowledge. Tacit knowledge as proposed by Polanski can best be acquired by immersion. This is a luxury we don't have when we are dealing with complex issues. I reduce these elements of tacit knowledge to industry and background knowledge. By integrating many years of the AG's report, connecting the audits through the audit areas and issues, and providing background information on the public entities and their reporting structure, I hope to alleviate some of the problems of tacit knowledge. Beginners using the system may get distracted with the large amount of connected information, but they can soon narrow down to what they are looking for. The connected information is there, when they are looking for background and industry knowledge.21/06/2016 #1 CityVP ManjitWhat you are building is a fine plane called Transparency Airways, but at the end of the day, how this initiative flies is making it easy for the passenger or end-user of the possibilities of destination. When they board such a flight, if we tell them all about the technical aspects of the plane, it may be too much for them and indeed all the extra information may make them want to fly another airline - so transparency is never an easy thing and here one confronts what Barry Schwartz addresses as the Paradox of Choice https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice?language=en Here a two prong approach is relevant - a set of information for champions of the plane itself, which is how I read this buzz (and it is great) and an opportunity for a citizen to fly - making that a one-to-one simplified relationship, where the traveler is invited to travel and feels like they can contribute to reaching their destination. When the individual destinations are then viewed in aggregate - that serves to provide a map or journey of the user experience. Transparency unleashes a lot of information but the Paradox of Choice kicks in, if this becomes a search for pilots instead of an invitation for passengers. Pilots, mechanics and crew are important, but so is the information journey.
- 16/06/2016In 2020 for every person there will be 6,6 objects connected on internet!What is The Internet of Things? Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1GTShZS By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. Jonathan Strickland takes us on a tour...
- Producer16/06/2016HolacracyIt is the system that Medium decided to try and it is the system Medium abandoned 3 years and now Zappos continues to champion the system, something their legendary CEO Tony Hsei continues to support. This is how Holacracy describes their system in...