All posts tagged: People & Culture

Demographics and Digital Workplace Maturity

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in February 2016 ……

I’ve been asked at least a hundred times which countries are the strongest in digital workplace maturity. People always ask about their own country. Many assume that the US is more advanced than Europe, Northern Europe more than Southern Europe, and so on. I have always hesitated to give my opinion based on my firsthand experiences and decided it was time to look at some data and see if there are some answers or maybe just some points to think about. First I’ll start with some basics. (more…)

The Company Cultures That Help (or Hinder) Digital Transformation

…… Originally published on the Global Peter Drucker Forum Blog and on the Harvard Business Review in August 2015 ……

Many companies struggle with digital transformation. It goes against the grain of established ways of working and is a threat to management practices that have existed for decades. Digital tools free people throughout the organization to share information easily. Communication managers no longer have total control over message, target, and timing of news and announcements. Horizontal and bottom-up information flows become stronger at the expense of the traditional top-down. (more…)

HR should be the digital transformation leader because, in reality, “digitalization challenges” are work culture challenges

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in October 2015 ……


HR is the function in most organizations that is the least advanced digitally speaking.

My findings over past years: HR is not very social, nor very collaborative.

In 2011, the data showed that HR was the least involved stakeholder in social media internally and externally. Here. (more…)

Wirearchy in the Workplace. A dynamic 2-way flow of power and authority

First published in February 2015 ……


The workplace in the digital age is undergoing transformation. Wirearchy is at the heart of this transformation.

You may not yet be familiar with the term, but you are very likely already experiencing wirearchy to some degree. Jon Husband created the term over ten years ago and defined wirearchy as: “a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority, based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technology”. (more…)

What we can learn from a newspaper (and it’s not the news)

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2014 ……


Learning Chopin while managing crises and being true to your purpose

I recently read Play It Again, by Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian newspaper and website. The book triggered a new interest in The Guardian and it also got me back on the piano.

Alan Rusbridger’s yearlong journey to learn Chopin’s Ballade No.1 is the primary story line for this book. However for me, the background stories about courage and whistleblowing, illustrated by the following three examples, were more compelling: (more…)

Employee engagement and the digital workplace

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in April 2014 ……


Employee engagement is low. Very low.

Gallup revealed this to the benefit of all of us.

However, it was not a surprise to everyone. I presented the Gallup figures in a work session last week with 25 people in the room. Only 3 (myself included!) were over 30! The others were young professionals working in well-known global companies. When I displayed the slide, there was a loud gasp from one person. Who? An internal communication manager from a global company, and yes, she was well over 30. (more…)

Change starts within: let’s work out loud in 2014

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in January 2014 ……


You can’t change the world, or even a little bit of it, if you cannot change yourself. I’m starting 2014 with the decision to “work out loud” more often.
This means I’ll be posting thoughts, ideas, concerns on this blog more frequently. There will be fewer finished, crafted posts and more “work-in-progress”.

“Working out loud” milestones

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