All posts filed under: Organizational Change

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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Working Out Loud From the Top – Half a Century Ago – At NASA

Working out Loud, a mindset independent of technology “Monday’s Notes” – at NASA in the 1960’s Wernher von Braun, head of the Marshall Space Flight Center (part of NASA) set up a system for working out loud. Most people do not know this case because (1) it happened half a century ago, and (2) it is not sexy or media-worthy as there is no technology involved. It’s all based on paper, pens and a duplicating machine.

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Movements, Politics and Leadership

I spoke at the i2Sumit 2017 in Zurich last week. I would summarize my presentation in two words: People lead! I talked about how people start movements in organizations, and organizations run to catch up (or not!). I demonstrate with data how top-down decision-making for digital initiatives is still too common, and how it triggers internal politics. Organization in the Digital Age i2summit17 from Jane McConnell

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Real voices about the collaborative mindset

I recently ran a one-question Quick Poll asking people: What are your biggest, toughest challenges today? It turns out the top challenge is how to cultivate a collaborative, cooperative mindset. Then I set up a brief crowd-sourcing initiative on a Google doc asking people to share more from their real life experiences. What follows are extracts from the conversations along with my own observations. > Humans are lost in the digital conversation. We need to get back to basics.

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Seeding an entrepreneurial work culture

…… The original, longer version of this post was published on October 31, 2016 on the Global Peter Drucker Forum Blog. First published here in February 2017 …… Experimentation and creativity have long been stifled in many organizations. Command-and-control leadership, overly complex processes and slow decision-making are among the reasons for this unfortunate state. Data from my 10th annual research with 310 participants in 27 countries confirm this:

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