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Six ways to improve meetings using open source principles

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The path to collaboration is usually paved with the best intentions. We all know too well that this can happen when a meeting is called. A bad one can completely derail needed work, but a good one can leave a team feeling energized, even excited. 

You can't control every meeting you're in, but you can improve the ones you run. Is anybody thinking about how to do this? Let's Google it: How to have a useful meeting. » Read more

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Education is the new oil that will drive the information revolution

Jim Whitehurst at TedXRaleigh

Jim Whitehurst presented on Saturday morning at the 2012 installment of TEDxRaleigh, speaking to a sold-out crowd in Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre. Now in its third year, TEDxRaleigh has brought together local innovators, researchers and thought leaders to give local flair to a wildly successful national event. » Read more

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Organization innovation and employee empowerment at the Bank of New Zealand

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The Bank of New Zealand was founded in 1861 and, on the verge of bankruptcy, purchased by the National Australia Bank Group in 1992. The acquisition was completed in 2003. It was rebranded BNZ, with a new logo and colors in 2008, to better align with its parent company, now known as NAB. BNZ promised its individual, agricultural and business customers positive, flexible and efficient service; access to a network of specialist expertise; and ongoing innovation.

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Jim Whitehurst's big idea: Effective leaders must operate as catalysts

Ron Wilder and Jim Whitehurst at Big Idea Forum

Every year, Marbles in downtown Raleigh holds their annual Big Idea Forum. The lunchtime discussion aims to highlight ways corporate and community leaders shape organizations and people through inspiration and innovation.

Jim Whitehurst, President & CEO of Red Hat, Inc., opened up to Ron Wilder, a business author and executive coach, this past Wednesday, October 3rd, to talk about his big idea. » Read more

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Social networking platform, Shift, changes the way CEMEX works

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CEMEX is fostering innovation by changing the way employees work. It is encouraging a change in practices towards more collaboration, transparency, and openness, and enabling these changes through a Social Networking platform with a business sense, called Shift. These changes are challenging existing management practices, and opening the creative and strategic arena to all levels of the company. After only 18 months of being in place, these new practices have already produced benefits in an unprecedented scale and speed. » Read more

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What's holding back mainstream Drupal adoption?

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Word on the street is, Drupal is hiring. Well, Drupal shops to be exact. But the lack of experienced Drupal developers and themers is hurting the ecosystem.

Chances are, you've recently visited a website running Drupal. (This is one of them.) How many projects out there want to be using Drupal but don't have the in-house talent? Or they've contacted a Drupal shop and found out they're all booked up with other projects for the next for weeks and even months! » Read more

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Taking reality seriously: Towards a more self-regulating management model at Statoil

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Statoil is a Norwegian oil and gas company with activities in 34 countries, 20000 employees and a turnover of around USD 90bn. The company is listed in New York and Oslo. On Fortune 500, it ranks #67 on size but #1 on Social Responsibility and #7 on Innovation. » Read more

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Free books and reports on open innovation, co-creation, and crowdsourcing

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Here is an overview of valuable, free books and reports related to open innovation, co-creation and crowdsourcing. Drop a comment if you know of other books, reports, or longer articles that are available for free and worth sharing.

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How SparkFun Electronics built their open hardware business

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At SparkFun Electronics we do not sell software, yet we have a robust software development team. These developers spend some of their time on SparkFun.com, an eCommerce platform with extra content and integrated community elements. The vast majority of their time, however, is spent on Sparkle.

One might call Sparkle a web-based ERP system. It's the other view atop the same databases underlying SparkFun.com but with sprawling internal subsystems that do everything including basic customer service, running the shipping warehouse, and running the manufacturing floor.

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Leadership becomes fellowship

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The World of Work is changing, but who is driving the change?

Leadership in the the 'New World of Work' should focus your transition efforts on work. Not work/life balance. Not better pay and benefits. Not flextime or telecommuting. Not sabbaticals or volunteering. Not toxic bosses or bureaucracy. Not annual performance reviews. While there’s validity to each of these, and all similar issues, leadership in the NWoW is about the design of work—something that has yet to be fully pulled out of the Industrial Age.

The World of Work is changing, but what is driving the change? » Read more

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