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A Living Vision

The living vision means our vision is how we are living today, how we work and interact with people around us. I was inspired by Sonja Blignaut who recently wrote: “What if we saw vision not as a determined end state we need to achieve, but as a co-created, evolving pattern we are living in that informs every decision and interaction in the now.”

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Juggling priorities? Five perspectives.

Revised version of the post first published in July 2014. Competing priorities is a tough challenge for most organizations. “Competing priorities” has been at the top of the list of “obstacles that hold us back” for several years in my annual studies. How to get around it? A digital workplace has 5 types of stakeholders, each with a unique perspective complementary to the others. Taking the time to investigate these 5 perspectives will help you see more clearly and formulate priority statements founded on evidence.

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Haydn Shaughnessy on Platforms and Ecosystems

Haydn Shaughnessy is an authority on economic change and business transformation. He has written several books that examine business and finance in the 21st century. These include The Elastic Enterprise, co-authored with Nicholas Vitalari, Shift and Platform Disruption Wave. He discussed his ideas and future platform trends in conversation with Jane McConnell. This case study was first published in “The Organization in the Digital Age” in December 2016.

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Simplifying and Socializing Processes

I participated in a workshop some time ago with a big global company that is often held up as an example of how to go digital. Their HQ is in the US but our workshop took place in France. (NDA signed, sorry!) When we were having drinks at the hotel bar at the end of the day, I noticed several people taking photos of their bar bills. I asked why. The answer was that all they had to do to get reimbursed was to upload the photo using a special app. Nothing to fill out. No sign off to get from their managers. A friendly process, indeed! I asked: “And they trust you?” The answer: “Yes, but they can always check if they need to. So far they haven’t.”

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Alice Obrecht on Innovation and the Success-Fail Spectrum

Alice Obrecht is a research fellow at the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), an organization dedicated to improving humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability. Alice leads ALNAP’s work on effectiveness and innovation. She is the co-author, with Alexandra Warner, of a recent report, More Than Just Luck,* which examines innovation in humanitarian action. Alice spoke with Jane McConnell about her research and the insights it gave her. Interview was first published in “The Organization in the Digital Age” in December 2016.

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