Will Chocolate Save the World? Keep an eye on chocolate. It may save the world. In the scenario planning discipline we call side conversations about potentially big things a weak signal. It is an early cry of “wolf” in a world filled with potential catastrophes. Sometimes, that cry is heard, and in the case of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, DDT was eradicated, albeit not … [Read more...] about Will Chocolate Save the World?
Several years ago when I was presenting at a Helix Commerce future of work conference in Canada, I first heard Cindy Gordon use the term “virtuals” to describe the generation following the Millennials. While Generation Z and several other terms are being bandied about, the term “virtuals” hasn’t stuck. I even visited the venerable reference that is Wikipedia and found no … [Read more...] about Why “Generation Z” should be Called “The Virtuals”
On March 28th, 2012 Ultimate Software announced an enterprise social networking deal with Yammer. The idea behind the deal comes from Ultimate's realization that transaction systems are limited to their data model and to their process model. If you only use a formal system to capture and document people's performance on a yearly basis, much "management by walking around" or … [Read more...] about Informal HR finds new Voice in Yammer
Yesterday I experienced the equivalent of a one-day best seller for my blog post about innovation lessons derived from studying Lady Gaga ("The Tens-Ten Lessons You Can Learn About Innovation by Studying Lady Gaga"). This little blog shot up from closely-held respect to international destination. Why? Because this blog post was elevated to the Freshly Pressed page of WordPress … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga, Angry Birds and the Separation of Social Media States
CIO just published an article titled: 4 Ways Social Media Improves Work Productivity (and 3 Ways it Doesn't) which includes the following positive items: Find information faster Improved professional networks Stress relief Improved teamwork I buy all of those. At their core is the key objective to use the available tools to improve work outcomes. CIO also … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Negative Impacts of Social Media At Work