Of course I get direction from those higher up the food chain in my organization. The company’s strategies are theirs. My job is to amplify, to tidy and finesse, occasionally even caress. There is but one problem with this funnel … Continue reading The Future of Work Is About ANYONE (But The Leader)
It is a topic that will not go away for me. I keep kicking out against the cult of ‘we.’ [For the record, I have to keep stating that I have nothing against the power of us, the team, the … Continue reading Everyone Should Say “I Am…” More. Here’s Why.
Have you seen the recently released New Clues manifesto (of sorts)? Gack! The ClueTrain guys are back, and on the attack – for sure. Dizzyingly poetic, aspirational and urgent, it is all that a call to action should be. I … Continue reading Why Do You Need Your Own Manifesto? Because They Get You To ACTION.
Working in corporate communications, you get up close and personal to the conversation around corporate culture. Leaders want input and content about cultural topics on their agenda; and employees who are unwilling to give direct feedback are often VERY willing … Continue reading Ghostwriting For Cultural Change
Reading an old copy of Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, looking for ideas on how cognitive science is liberating the workforce, I liked an idea he had of how to put into practice whole … Continue reading 6 Links Of Separation: A Learning Experiment
Early on in the blog, I wrote a few posts about manifestos that proved quite popular. I reviewed them at the end of the year with this thought: People like directions. Me too. I like simple, evocative calls-to-action; they stir the Head-Heart-Hand. Manifestos drive conversation – it is not necessarily about believing everything in them; but using them as a riff / filter for your own thoughts and ideas. In the interim, I have found a few more manifestos. Let’s continue the series, and also continue to use them to riff on our own thoughts and ideas… I discovered The Cloud … Continue reading Manifestos…To Understand: The Cloud Revolution
Researching this series of posts on modern art and social business, I revisited a post I wrote about the Dogme manifesto (and its relationship to other manifestos). One portion seemed particularly apropos to the journey of social / networked business many of us are on. Herein extracted: Festen, the original Dogme film, was an utter delight to me. I believed “I could do that!” and I could (at least from a technical perspective, notwithstanding my lack of creative genius.) Similar to the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, Dogme says do not (over)embellish. Just do it. Like the Passionate Creative Worker, it says blaze new trails; never settle. The Cult of Done Manifesto says … Continue reading The #SocBiz Dogme Manifesto
The Cluetrain Manifesto told us “All markets are conversations.” My guess is that all employment contracts will be the same – a series of conversations between supplier and buyer. As supplier of services, I will have multiple buyers – some serious, consistent, at scale; others transient, partial, fleeting. Many websites are reprazentin‘ freelancers’ rights and pontificating on their future righteousness, as they take over the world with their nimble, transferable skillsets and deep networking. So I liked seeing this newcomer to the realm: Side Racket. Acknowledging and embracing that the most natural way for someone to move from employee to … Continue reading Signs That #TheFutureOfWork Is Upon Us: Side Projects
The future of work is coming to an office near you all too soon. We must prepare. And please, no more of these little #hacks like an app that reminds you to water the plants. No. #WorkHacks are fundamental, profound. … Continue reading 10 #WorkHacks To Prepare For ‘The Future Of Work’
This one is simple. The Cluetrain Manifesto got it dead right 15 years ago: “All markets are conversations.” It will be several more years before all businesses understand this, but why not get ahead of the curve and get involved? Blog, tweet, share, converse, research. Build a deeper network of contacts, experts, (non) believers. Develop your perspective, challenge your own orthodoxy. This is the nature of social… How do you ‘do social’? Think of the social space as ‘small pieces, loosely joined.’ Deliver ‘many lightweight interactions over time‘ to manage attention. Understand that social opportunities are available for ‘everyone, anytime, everywhere, … Continue reading #WorkHacks – Socialize
There are two local festivals I enjoy the most of Vancouver’s myriad cultural offerings: Public Dream’s Illuminares and the Powell St. Festival. After last night’s Illuminares I was reflecting on what exactly I find so satisfying about a simple lantern festival in a local park. It is not the thing / topic itself – lanterns last night, Japanese culture in two weeks on Powell Street – but the fact that they are social in nature. They are put on for us – both events are organized and curated by wonderful organizations – but they are enhanced by us. For every … Continue reading Public Dreams; Social Business…
Manifesto: a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out change. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Manifesto 1 – Cluetrain. Manifesto 2 – Cult of Done. Manifesto 3 – Passionate Creative Worker. Manifesto 4 – Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. Manifesto oh! – Dogme 95 A Manifesto for Curiosity Where do manifestos lead us? The ones that are directive and certain never take us to their supposed destination. The ones that are open-minded and generous and forgiving – they take us where we need to go. Destination uncertain, but worthwhile. The easiest way to summarize my manifesto is to volunteer this: Be curious. In my 40s I am rediscovering my … Continue reading 4 Manifestos To Live By… In Summary: Be Curious