Sunday Quote – Cowen, McAfee and Brynjolfsson

We are having more fun, in part because of the internet. We also are having more cheap fun. But we are coming up on short on the revenue side so it is harder to pay our debts, whether individuals, business or governments” (Tyler Cowen). Twenty first century Information and Communication Technology, in short, is failing the prime test of being economically significant. 

This meta quote, quote about McAfee and Brynjolfsson quoting economist Tyler Cowen, is taken from the Second Machine Age. In the section of the book the quote is taken from, the authors wonder whether ICT are General Purpose Technology such as steam engine or electricity, i.e pervasive technologies that change the way we live, work and do business. They are adamant they are, yet they question the economic return of these technologies.

A strongly recommended read to understand the profound transformation our times are going through.


Hacking company culture with Mike Rother

This is an awesome video by Mike Rother at Lean Summit 2012. It’s not a friendly format as 18 mns TED’s. It is one hour 15 minutes long but it is worth every second of your time.

I have been interested for the last year or so in neuro-sciences and how they can help in understanding organization culture and how to change it. Mike Rother also had.

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#hyperchange en téléchargement gratuit

#hyperchange – le petit guide de la conduite du changement dans l’économie de la connaissance, premier e-book de #hypertextual est maintenant disponible en téléchargement gratuit. Le lien est disponible ici.

Cet e-book a initialement été publié il y a 18 mois (le 13 Mars 2013) sur la plateforme Scribd pour pouvoir suivre de façon chiffrée l’intérêt qu’il pouvait susciter. Le problème avec cette plateforme est que les lecteurs ne peuvent télécharger gratuitement l’ouvrage et la lecture ne peut se faire qu’en ligne sur le site.

Après avoir un moment envisagé de publier une version 1.1 corrigeant les coquilles et incluant les aspects liés aux neuro-sciences sociales, sujet qui m’a beaucoup interessé depuis la publication, j’ai finalement choisi de conserver le charme des erreurs de jeunesse.

Les objectifs initiaux en terme de diffusion ayant largement été atteints et ayant été sollicité à plusieurs reprises pour obtenir le PDF, le board de #hypertextual a décidé dans sa grande magnanimité d’offrir le téléchargement de cet e-book à ceux qui le souhaitent.

En vous remerciant pour l’intérêt que vous avez porté à cet ouvrage.

How to assess your organization culture in one question

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I was doing an Enterprise 2.0 Masterclass to a group of technical national directors at INSEP (French national institute of sports) and one of the attendee asked me this question : “How can I quickly assess my organization culture ?”

It has just occurred to me that this can be carried out very easily, asking just one question, so I asked them :

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Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2014 : Operational Benefits and Engagement

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(Illustration by Frédéric Williquet)

The E20 Summit was celebrating its fifth edition in Paris in the stimulating premises of ESCP, and just like Jon Husband said on Facebook : “I have been having a blast”. Notice that it’s rather challenging to be somehow unbiased since I am an ambassador of the event and I always am longing for the opportunity to exchange ideas, stories and drinks with the E20 mob.

Unfortunately, I could only attend the first day of this year edition. Despite my absence I have still been able to follow the conversations of the second day thanks to the “#E20 peeps Tweeting like maniacs” as Lee Bryant noticed.

Some may have expressed their regrets that their were not so many new ideas but I don’t really share this perspective. The main impression I have brought back home is this : we are reaching some kind of maturity on the topic as some patterns of successful implementations emerge. It is great to have thought leaders discussing ideas, principles and concepts but the main value out of these conferences from my perspective are the returns of experiences : those were very inspiring indeed.

Inspiring to such an extent that I after 5 years into the topic, I eventually found my one tweet definition of Social Business … Continue reading “Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2014 : Operational Benefits and Engagement”

Memories from the #FutureOfWork

“Books about the future of work make the same mistake : they fail to look back at the history of work or more precisely the history of books about the future of work and how wrong they were.”

The Year Without Pants is the story of Scott managing his team working remotely most of the time (it seems that working without pants is a kind of a funny way to say working remote), learning to use new types of online collaboration tools in the process while never using email.

A book to put in perspective with another essay published on the topic of remote work with 37Signals latest publication : Remote.

A complementary set of books about the future of work : a wonderful piece about learning to adapt to a start-up culture (Berkun’s – see the interview we did with him about the book) and some practical advises to evangelise and then succeed in remote work (37Signals) … Continue reading “Memories from the #FutureOfWork”