3 Ways Enterprises Need To Up Their Game: Give Choices, Make Changes, Take Leaps

Ten years ago, the enterprise was 5 years ahead of the consumer in its technological service offering and systems set up. Now, the consumer of 5 years ahead of the enterprise. Thank you, Apple et al. It is time for the enterprise to catch up and serve colleagues (as customers / consumers). Let’s see how, by working backwards from outputs to inputs. Consumers demand choice. This means the types of device they use (BYOD); and in how they work: Out loud – sharing their voice Collaboratively – with existing and new (self-formed) teams As a peer leader – subverting hierarchies leveraging their … Continue reading 3 Ways Enterprises Need To Up Their Game: Give Choices, Make Changes, Take Leaps

Why Does No-one ‘Get’ #SocBiz? Because We Don’t Like ‘Bad’ News

Many E2.0 leaders and social business (SocBiz) practitioners are currently wringing their hands, decrying the difficulty that knowledge workers are having embracing the new opportunities at work. Technology and network thinking have the potential to transform outdated modes of organizing. Yet, (too) many workers cling to the past. Why so? Because people are stupid. Joke. But it might have some deep-seated neurological basis. Our sentiment is to ignore “bad” information, and change information (a new work reality) is usually considered bad. From a New York Times article on making bad decisions… When the volunteers were given information that was better … Continue reading Why Does No-one ‘Get’ #SocBiz? Because We Don’t Like ‘Bad’ News

Redundancy And Repetition Are Good For You: Take 3 –Blogging Is Good For You Too

[Take 1: How We Learn] [Take 2 –Selling Social Business Is Hard] Jarche explains the simple power of redundancy and repetition. As we learn in digital networks, stock (content) loses significance, while flow (conversation) becomes more important – the challenge becomes how to continuously weave the many bits of information and knowledge that pass by us each day. What we need is “A professional learning network, with its redundant connections, repetition of information and indirect communications…” The first step for an individual to participate is to create an input. Write. Share. Converse. Opine. (Dis)Agree. Add. Propose. Link. Collate. Curate. Spew. Apologise. … Continue reading Redundancy And Repetition Are Good For You: Take 3 –Blogging Is Good For You Too

Personal Branding: Are You Curious?

Curiosity is the number one personal attribute to possess. Curiosity will enable you to deal with change, even embrace it. Furthermore, curiosity will enable you to drive the change; sponsor it; own it. And dealing with change is the number one business demand to deal with. I am always on the hunt for data on curiosity. You could say I am curious about curiosity. This is from Diane Dreher: Curiosity… “is positively correlated with creativity, intelligence, problem-solving ability, autonomy, a sense of personal control, and a willingness to challenge the status quo. It is also associated with positive affect, subjective well-being, better long-term health, … Continue reading Personal Branding: Are You Curious?

The First 100 Posts: The Story So Far…

You know when the President reaches 100 days of office and everyone takes a (random) step back to assess what’s what? Well, here’s mine, trying to rationalise what it is that I am trying to share with the world, after 100 posts. It all started out with a few simple premises: I know stuff; and The Future of Work (57 posts)  is social, so I should share it. Preach what you do, not what you should do. I am already doing Social Business (29 posts) inside the organization as an intrapreneur, so it is a natural extension to move beyond the increasingly arbitrary boundaries of the … Continue reading The First 100 Posts: The Story So Far…

Don’t End Up Like “Phil”: Get Curious

More grist for the mill on the topic of owning your own career, and being ready for change; of embracing ‘work is learning and learning is the work.’ A sad little parable from Brian Fippinger on the Social Hire website about “Phil” out of work and out of luck, rich with experience no longer required: Once you have become an expert at something, it is hard to go back to point A again.  But that is precisely where we all need to be, at all times.  At the beginning, back at point A. Exactly. Learning begins with curiosity. It is … Continue reading Don’t End Up Like “Phil”: Get Curious

5 Tips For Taking Control Of Your Personal Brand

A neat little personal branding video from Dorie Clark – author or Reinventing You. Clark has 5 tips for taking control of your personal brand, and rather neatly, they map quite well to the TMWK Manifesto: Build skills <TMWK says…cultivate curiosity> Leverage points of difference <TMWK says…be F.R.E.S.H.> Develop a narrative <TMWK says… share story + narrative.> Reintroduce yourself <TMWK says… create hustle & flow.> Prove your worth <TMWK says…prepare for the Future of Work.> ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading 5 Tips For Taking Control Of Your Personal Brand

‘O Vain Curiosity! O Curious Vanity!’

The usual, incomparable combinatorial brilliance from @brainpickings about a focus du jour, which you may have guessed from the blog title is the subject of curiosity. Absolutely, just read the original article – it will make you wonder… My interest in curiosity is its role as the base element of the TMWK Manifesto. From the article, Aristotle thought, apparently, curiosity to be “…a kind of aimless, witless tendency to pry into things that didn’t concern us.” Yes. What does concern us? This is a central conundrum in a world of “more, always more.” There are two ways to approach the … Continue reading ‘O Vain Curiosity! O Curious Vanity!’

This Much We Know Manifesto

I have been writing about Manifestos…to live by, so I thought I had better stitch one together myself to see if it fits. It does, loosely for now. 1. Cultivate – Curiosity It all begins with curiosity. “Our number one value isn’t in any of the skills we have. It’s that we’re essentially curious.”  – Jim Coudal via @brainpickings Curiosity is the kick-start, the pre-requisite. It allows us to move forward, in the footsteps of children. John Pilger had it right: “…the first step is to engender an approach, enable the measurement of distances and walking toward. It is show … Continue reading This Much We Know Manifesto