All posts filed under: Guidance & How To

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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Overcoming Fear

Fear, a natural obstacle to entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurial spirit thrives in organizations where people can experiment and take risks. Unfortunately, the entrepreneurial spirit is more often stifled than stimulated because of organizational practices and culture. When entrepreneurial activities trigger change and uncertainty, fear is a common reaction. Building an entrepreneurial spirit is hard work, and much of that work involves overcoming fear.

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Manifesto: Go for it!

…… First published in January 2017 …… Freedom within a Framework—part technology, part work culture. Innovation and entrepreneurship are spreading in organizations. People are gradually becoming freer to experiment, challenge status quo and take risks. Innovation is not a job role. Everyone is a potential innovator. This is becoming obvious as workers on the edges of organizations, in operational roles close to customers, are innovating in simple ways that change day-to-day work.

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Does knowledge walk when people walk?

…… First published in May 2016 …… Most people believe that knowledge goes out the door when people leave their organization.  In both my 2014 and the 2015 research results, fewer than 15% of the respondents felt very confident or relatively confident that knowledge stays in the organization when people leave. The vast majority expressed varying degrees of lack of confidence.

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Tips For Working With a Strategic Facilitator

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in January  2016 …… I have worked as a strategy facilitator in the field of “internal digital work environments” for 17 years.  In reality, I have never actually worked like a consultant. My clients have often told me they work with me because “you’re not a consultant.” Strategy consultants traditionally work in two steps: A. Interview, explore and investigate. B. Analyze and write a report with recommendations. That has never been my approach.

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Beyond the Individual – A Major Turning Point

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2015 …… Beyond the Individual to the Organizational Commons Digital transformation starts with the individual. As digital spreads inside an organization, from person to person and team to team, the organizational commons begins to emerge. However, organizations quickly arrive at a make-it or break-it moment. Either digital remains an ad hoc, nice-to-have activity, or the organizational commons takes shape and digital transformation gets real.

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Going social? Don’t create needs. Respond to existing ones.

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in November 2014 …… Most organizations are just starting the journey. A long road with major barriers. Two recent studies, Social Business: Shifting out of First Gear from MIT Sloan Management and Deloitte (here) and the other from myself, The Digital Workplace in the Connected Organization, (my 2014 annual report) have drawn very similar conclusions:

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