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Ric Hayman
As companies and their environments grow in complexity, we need to rethink the way they are put together - we face diminishing returns from growth because they are sub-linear (more growth, less productivity) … This post (and the book) suggests that rather than build companies like machines, we build them like living organisms: “To design the connected company we must focus on the company as a complex ecosystem, a set of connections and potential connections, a decentralized organism that has eyes and ears everywhere that people touch the company, whether they are employees, partners, customers or suppliers.” - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
As companies and their environments grow in complexity, we need to rethink the way they are put together - we face diminishing returns from growth because they are sub-linear (more growth, less productivity) … This post (and the book) suggests that rather than build companies like machines, we build them like living organisms: “To design the connected company we must focus on the company as a complex ecosystem, a set of connections and potential connections, a decentralized organism that has eyes and ears everywhere that people touch the company, whether they are employees, partners, customers or suppliers.” - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
If you want to get paid for your freelance work … - http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_b...
Then you have to have a valuable difference to all the amateurs who have the same tools, and are happy to do it for free. “Professional” might have been enough when skills and tools were scarce; now that they are abundant you'll need to demonstrate why you're worth paying for. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
If you want to get paid for your freelance work … - http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_b...
Then you have to have a valuable difference to all the amateurs who have the same tools, and are happy to do it for free. “Professional” might have been enough when skills and tools were scarce; now that they are abundant you'll need to demonstrate why you're worth paying for. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
TEDxBoston - Andrew McAfee - Race Against the Machine - http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video...
Digital optimist or pessimist? Will robots and artificial intelligence be the end of our usefulness? Are we doomed? Andrew McAfee doesn't think so, and explains why in this TEDx video … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - http://blogs.hbr.org/cs...
A post about achieving more my targeting less; or how success can often breed its own failure. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
"Work emails are not “private” by definition; plus it was available elsewhere on the Web already so didn't break Twitter's rules. This is about Twitter dancing to NBC's music …" - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
It’s not just ROI. It’s RELEVANCE! - http://www.businessesgrow.com/2012...
For all those fixated on ROI - a not-so-subtle reminder that ROI isn't everything. Just ask Kodak … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
- The Obvious? - State Of The Net 2012 - http://www.euansemple.com/theobvi...
Euan's talk at State of the Net 2012 - a primer on not only what internal use of social media organisations can adopt, but a consideration of the implications of doing so for individuals. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
The future of outsourcing - http://www.scottberkun.com/blog...
A short and succinct piece on both the advantages and the dangers of outsourcing, and the implications of it for your business. And the importance of drawing the line in the right place: “Only a fool would outsource their heart or lungs by choice.” - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Taking reality seriously - towards a more self-regulating management model at Statoil - http://www.managementexchange.com/story...
A case study of implementing the Beyond Budgeting corporate performance management. Among other things, it discusses the contradictory uses we put standard budgeting to, and then wonder why we can't get it right. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Turn Big Data aspirations into business value - http://h30565.www3.hp.com/t5...
Big data is one thing; finding the business value in it is a bit harder - MIT's Sloan Management Review suggests that "…a large percentage of stored data serves no useful purpose because management has not specified how it will be used: who will make what decisions or provide what services with what data.” Interestingly, the research suggests starting at the operational level rather than attempting analytics. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Atlassian's big experiment with performance reviews - http://opensource.com/busines...
My opinion of individual performance reviews is fairly well-known, and anecdotally well-supported. What has been missing, though, is a viable alternative to the process that most HR software supports. Atlassian found this too, but being software developers weren't prepared to let that lie. They are not only hacking together a working alternative process, but are sharing it for our interest and education … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Ric commented on 'BUPA Challenge Update 2' - http://aqualung.typepad.com/aqualun...
Mikael - there's a bit more than I'm used to, yes. I've just driven the Kersbrook --> Williamstown --> Birdwood... - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Re: Red Hat to acquire FuseSource from Progress Software – Yahoo! Finance - http://achurchassociates.com/2012...
"That wasn't a possibility I'd considered, but it's an interesting thought. I certainly hear you on the lack of substance behind the April strategy announcement; and as for investor skepticism, a quick look at Yahoo! Finance for PRGS would indicate that the market doesn't think much of it yet … although a longer-term view would indicate that Progress hasn't done too badly: http://achur.ch/Nakjma Of course, so far a long-term view is conspicuous by its absence in this strategy :) If indeed the purpose is a complete wind-down/sell-off, I still think they're going about it the wrong way - “we think these products are no good; please pay us lots of money for them” - is unlikely to achieve full value for the software assets they have. If that is the scenario, then Bhatt & Co obviously see the components as more valuable separately than combined; that to me is a management failure - bad execution from previous incumbents, lack of vision from the current crew. I feel another post coming on …" - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Re: Better Business English: 16 Confusing Words and Phrases Clarified - http://www.brasstackthinking.com/2012...
"“think” because that's what the blog is about? Or “luscious” because it's somewhat onomatopoeic?" - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Re: Better Business English: 16 Confusing Words and Phrases Clarified - http://www.brasstackthinking.com/2012...
"You've hit a whole bunch of my pet peeves there - thanks! And never apologise for being a “word nerd” … never has it been so necessary! Another one that gets me, and I see it most in US English (although it's on the rise here in Australia as well) is the misuse of the word “of” in this context: “It's not that big OF a deal” or similar … the expression is “… not that big a deal”; “of” is completely superfluous. My other guess for your inspiration would be “its” and “it's” …" - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
At Large in the Post-Normal Beyond Futurism - http://stoweboyd.com/post...
If you struggle with what we consider “normal” at the moment, you may have bigger problems with “post-normal”, and the ubiquity of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity). Boyd considers what we might need to make sense of the world, and sees “speculative design” which considers “implications” as more important than “applications” of design - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Why Good People Can't Get Jobs: Chasing After the 'Purple Squirrel' - http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article...
Despite the number of unemployed, employers are still complaining they can't find the right people and skills. If that's your situation, maybe you'll find it's your own fault: you're chasing a “purple squirrel”. Another interesting question: do you know how much a vacancy costs you? The answer to that might indicate that your accounting is inadequate, and more concerned with costs than value … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
All Hail the Generalist - http://blogs.hbr.org/cs...
This post floats the idea that being a generalist better prepares you for dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty than specialisation; and that both prediction and perspective are improved with less focus on the specific. And yes, I realise this could be my own cognitive bias at work … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
On the death of great companies - http://blog.gardeviance.org/2012...
The disruptive effect of commoditisation, and how ubiquity opens up higher orders of activity - and what the cloud might mean for Microsoft. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Willful Blindness: When a Leader Turns a Blind Eye - http://www.iveybusinessjournal.com/topics...
The concept of “willfull blindness” explains a range of societal disasters, from the GFC to the glass ceiling … and the effects are amplified by power. This post speaks to the necessity for asking unpleasant and awkward questions, especially when we feel least like doing so. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
"I'm struggling to understand how Patch/AOL could have ever believed that they could support hyperlocal with their own resources … it was never realistic to imagine that hyperlocal activity would support permanent, paid resources; almost by definition hyperlocal reporting has to be supported by some level of volunteer labour." - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Re: Working on the web site… - http://www.chuqui.com/2012...
"Chuq, if you're thinking in a Wordpress direction, check out the Postalicious extension. It will pick up links bookmarked in a number of places (I'm feeding it from pinboard.in atm, but it does a bunch of others. You can set it to post by time, or after a certain number of links get to it. My flow goes: bookmark on Delicious (mainly because I still have a lot of bookmarks there, but you could skip this step) WITH COMMENTS, feed to pinboard - giving stuff I want to show up as a post a particular tag; Postalicious picks up links with those tags, and assembles a draft post until the trigger fires. This is what they look like: http://achurchassociates.com/2..." - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Re: Enterprise architecture, business design and governance. - http://achurchassociates.com/2012...
"Well, it's certainly true that we see the world through the prism of our own experience … and you're right; that's what creates a lot of this debate. But that also explains why this particular framework is my current preference: it helps me (AND my clients, most importantly) make sense of the business environment." - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
How to avoid the post-crisis crisis - http://afr.com/p...
"No crisis improves with age" … despite that, companies are still deluding themselves that they can control the message in times of trouble. Increasingly the public can tell the story way faster than the PR crew can craft a careful message - how do you deal with that? More truth, less spin … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
How Zynga, Facebook and Groupon's Go-To Auditor Rewrites Accounting Rules - Forbes - http://www.forbes.com/sites...
An article interesting on two levels: it raises some questions about pre-IPO financial advice and post-IPO audit deals; and it also raises some interesting questions about how we account in the real world for financial transactions played out in a virtual world. One for the accounting wonks out there … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
While we may have outgrown the need for dead-tree newspapers, we will continue to value the practice of journalism (even if we don't call it that in the future). Jeff Jarvis explores some possibilities for the future of journalism … - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
The Myth of Social Media Tactics Versus the Reality of Social Business Strategies - http://www.forbes.com/sites...
A gentle reminder that having a Facebook page doesn't make you a social business - tactics bereft of a strategic framework will amount to very little. Creating (or transforming into) a social business often requires a cultural shift, and this needs more than ticks on a checklist of social tools. - Ric Hayman
Ric Hayman
Ten graphs on organisational warfare - http://blog.gardeviance.org/2012...
A fairly deep look at (and great synthesis of) models of business competition tied together as an explanation of how organisational warfare is conducted, and why business can be complex. - Ric Hayman
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