Category: Future of Work

Post-PC World White Paper Now Available from Cisco

My new paper: Working in a Post-PC World now available from Cisco.  Click here to register for a copy.

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A New Model for Categorizing Collaboration Technology

The traditional categorization of collaboration software no longer reflects the way people actually work. As we text over phones in the same room, or chat via instant messaging in the same meeting,  the very idea of same time, same place or different time, different place seems archaic. Those categories reflect a good intellectual view of.

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Retail Needs to Invest in Talent to Remain Competitive

In Management by Design I suggested that organizations need to invest in their work experience. That means people, wages, policies and practice, space and technology, that combine to create an experience that provides value through the employment relationship that then creates more innovation,  lower turn over and high employee engagement. Zeynep Ton, a Professor of.

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What is an Information Worker?

What is an Information Worker? When Peter Drucker originally articulated the idea of a “knowledge worker” in 1959, he was proposing a classification with the primary goal of describing the work of people who applied knowledge directly and in a unique way, to the tasks assigned to them. One important differentiator of the knowledge worker.

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Improve performance at work: get some sleep

Updated from a Future of Work Blog post dated 8/3/2006 The Economist reported a few years ago that sleep deprivation is a very poor way to form memories (The Big Sleep). I find it interesting how we continue to do things that self-reinforce the negatives of our technology. Because we can be connected to the.

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The Tens: Ten Ways to Vacation At Work

Make a choice about where you work, and when you work. Start rethinking the way you use your work day. If you can’t figure out how to take a week of vacation, then take an hour or so, and do one of the the following: Ten Ways to Vacation At Work Go to a movie.

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6 Management Lessons From The Duck Store’s Jim Williams

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Jim Williams, the soon-to-retire manager of Oregon’s The Duck Store to discuss what he has learned about management during his 36-year relationship with The Duck Store. Although The Duck Store, like all college stores, sits at the evolutionary vortex of retail, education and content, Williams doesn’t.

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USC Develops Quantum Computer Encased In A Diamond

This is the kind of story that should get the attention of workforce development people. Sure, the technology is years away, but think about the skills and knowledge required if this becomes a reality. Traditional electronics theory, techniques and many aspects of manufacturing and assembly fall away if you start to speculate on how to.

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What is Emotional Infrastructure?

What is Emotional Infrastructure? Historically, organizations were either small, tight-knit communities or they were larger amalgams of communities more or less designed to achieve an organization’s goals. Although organizations may be divided into functions or lines of business, the association of employment and brand offered common ground. Even in the most dysfunctional organizations, there was little.

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Disneyland and the Industrial Age: Audio-Animatronics and the Future of Work

Buzz Lightyear is the epitome of the tireless robotic entertainment worker. A great example of Disneyland and the Industrial Age.   Disneyland and the Industrial Age Below is a bit of a wandering thought piece after returning from a recent trip to Disneyland. If you don’t make it through the text, here are the key points: Disneyland.

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