The periodic round up:
- How to Beat Terrorism: Refuse to Be Terrorized – It's what some have termed “security theatre” – the fact that by far the most effective weapon that terrorists have used to date is our own governments …
- The role of informal social networks in building organisational creativity and innovation – Creative businesses often find that who leads to effective innovation and collaboration is not found at the top of the organisation structure. Network analysis of how communication actually happens in the business can unearth your creative “leaders” regardless of their official position.
- Sorting things – Shades of “be the change you want to see” and “to change the world, change yourself” … the way the world is comes from the accumulation of small, individual decisions we make every day. Improving the world will come from improving THOSE decisions.
- 9 Reasons Why Failure Is Not Fatal – A collection of stories illustrating that failure is not something we should avoid in fear, but relish as an opportunity to learn. My favourite? “Failure doesn't suck” from the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner …
- Australian Exceptionalism | Pollytics – This data gives the lie to a number of furphies: that our economy is struggling, that labour needs to get cheaper for growth and profit, that this is the "worst government in Australian history" …
It also goes some way to explaining why the “Occupy” movements didn't get so much traction here. It also gives a hint that if we follow too closely in the US' footsteps to austerity and neo-conservatism that won't always be the case. Signs already exist that the gap between richest and poorest Australians is widening.
The weekly round up:
- Refuse to be Terrorized – This post is nearly five years old … have we learnt anything yet? The object of terrorism is causing fear, and our governments and press do a better job of it than most terrorists. Yes, it’s a risk … but it’s a tiny portion of the risk we face every day, so let’s get a reasonable perspective on it.
- Rebecca MacKinnon: Let’s take back the Internet! – In this TEDGlobal talk from Edinburgh July 2011, the intermediary role the Internet plays between people and their governments is explored, with some warning that we as yet haven’t had the Internet’s “Magna Carta” moment, and we don’t yet run the Internet with the “consent of the networked”. We’re missing the political mechanisms that would ensure that governments and technology work for the benefit of the public on the web.
- The Future of companies & the modern workforce – A video conversation with John Hagel about the future of companies and workforce. Takeaways:
- after decades of making our supply chains efficient via reduction of supply partnerships, deeper trust-based relationships with possibly many more partners will lead to greater agility and specialisation.
- large companies are still necessary where there are large infrastructure requirements, but many small companies will be able to flexibly scale via loosely-coupled partnerships brokered over the internet
- the next decade will see increasing pressure on companies that maintain an industrial-age business model that emphasises efficiency over effectiveness and agility
- Why a Rise in M.B.A.s Coincided with the Fall of American Industry – What happens when senior management becomes more and more abstracted from the business’ product(s). In the end people deal with the things they are most comfortable with, and ultimately MBAs deal with finances and organisational structures … not the product; so the product suffers. When that happens, all the case studies in the world can’t help you. Who is more interested in products? Engineers …