I’m fortunate to work in a space (social technology) that is at the forefront of facilitating the changes in the way we work. But social technologies, especially enterprise social networks (ESN’s) that I work with, are just an enabler and far from guaranteed to succeed as many recent reports have shown. Still they do allow a company’s culture to be laid bare and made transparent. The sad fact of why so many initiatives fail is that what ESN’s embody (openness , sharing, creativity, etc.) is so counter to most cultures. Cultures formed largely through past modes of work practice and the efforts to conserve them. So in my experience what we are fighting is not tech adoption or engagement when we try implement these tools (as much as they drive change), nor culture per se, but rather the status quo, industrial thinking, entropy, etc. This is my take of where the battle lines are drawn, essentially between the creative and industrial world views as I see it. (more…)
I think nowadays we have to rely far more on our own powers of reason and logic and indeed investigation in order to determine the validity of an idea, review, comment, etc. A good example is the Orlando Figes case – look it up on Google. We become the ultimate arbiters of truth and we don’t rely on any intermediaries to determine it (although certainly we are influenced by our peers and co-contributors). But I think this is preferred and I for one would not want to put this genie back in the bottle.
So I’ve looked backwards and now its time to turn my gaze forward. These are my thoughts on what capabilities or areas need attention in the next 10 years if we are to remain relevant and even thrive. They are focused on organisational relevance, not personal (this comes later :). I’d love to get your thoughts on what you think is important? (more…)