Lately I have been questioning the right and wrong I was brought up to believe. As I get older, I find that some of the notions that were instilled in me and labeled as being wrong actually now feel very right to me.
One example is the society I live in distinguishes between the developed and the developing or underdeveloped world. This distinction points out that one got it right and the other is still figuring it out. It also assumes that the developing countries have yet to adopt the values of the superior, developed ones. Having many friends who live in what we on the west label the “Third World,” I always feel guilty when I use these terms as my friends have taught me so much and brought so much into my life about what’s possible. They are the ones who still dream. More
What if we shifted our focus to the most precious resource we have? And no, it’s not money. Money comes and money goes, and it’s the choices we make about how much we think we need and how much we spend. No matter how much money you have or think you need, the only thing money can’t buy you is more time.
My latest thoughts on ITBusiness.ca talk about how we need to stop using social media tools in antiquated marketing ways, which are 20th century world models of one-way communication of yelling at people. The opportunity of the 21st century is to truly connect with people and build relationships and partnerships that thrive.
We need a new generation of leaders and we need them now. Here is my recent post from ITbusiness.ca
Every few years the business community latches on to some new “innovative” way of working that promises to reinvent corporate America. Everyone is buzzing about innovation and design thinking these days and what’s fascinating is neither of them are new concepts. Design thinking–a systemic approach to research, collaboration, business modeling and evaluation–helps us get back to a bit of common sense when it comes to business, and the future of work requires tons of common sense.
Have you noticed a shift around you over the last few years? And no, it is not another cool gadget or a shiny new device that will make your life simpler or better. The shift that is happening is the need to re-build organizations for the 21st century with people at the centre of the equation.
The old world is about one-way broadcasting of information, which includes endless announcements and press releases. Brands are hardwired to communicate in one direction. The new world is about conversations and dialogue. It allows us to connect like never before and build communities around common interests with anyone in the world who is also connected. It holds limitless opportunities for each of us.
I co-authored a Forbes article about the future of work with the brilliant Rawn Shah, Chief Strategy Officer, Alynd, in case you missed it:
Is it any wonder that employee engagement is reported to be at an all time global low while business continues to become increasingly complex? In an earlier article, Work is Broken; Let’s Hack it, one of us described the trends and our understanding of how the future of work is shifting. Yet, most organizations are continuing down the same path of how they work. More
Rawn Shah and I received confirmation on our session for SXSW Interactive 2014 as a core conversation. We’d love to have you there in Austin, TX as part of this group discussion on the future of work and the changes we can enable to make it better. More
There are way too many myths surrounding Millennials (aka Generation Y). To prepare for the way work will shift in the future, we need to dispel the notion that they are disloyal and difficult to manage.
If your work was more than a job or a place to go, what would you want to create? What world do you want to live in? More