strategy

Discovering hidden influencers that make and break project success

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A provocative research finding is that 75-90% of all large organizational projects fail to meet their original objectives, (Patterson et al. (2006)). The same research suggests human practices and behaviors—more than technical or financial matters—are at the root of the breakdowns. » Read more

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Management innovation according to nature's genius

Management innovation according to nature's genius

The current industry model is broken. Our economy is built on a "take make waste" model that negatively impacts environmental and human systems and is not tenable in the long term. It is time to reinvent. We are gifted with an array of genius examples in nature–mechanisms and ecosystems that have evolved over 3.8 billion years and provide a blueprint for products, processes, and system organization that can be truly effective toward a healthier, resilient future. We propose that companies mimic nature and reinvent themselves around the fundamental science of Biomimicry's seven Life's Principles. This is Management Innovation According to Nature's Genius. » Read more

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Innovation is a process

Innovation is a process

Innovation can happen by chance, without a determined effort or specific methodology. But when it does, it's more like luck than strategic progress. While there is a role for serendipity in strategy – being able to take advantage of pleasant surprises -- too often, that's the only way companies approach innovation: with fingers crossed. The same organizations that diligently recruit to fill their ranks with clever and creative people often fail to put in place a process that seeks to get the best out of those people. These teams will, given the chance, create new products, new services, and new ways of getting things done. But relying on random efforts is like risking an organization's future success to a straight up roulette bet – or at the velocity of change today, maybe keno is a better analogy.

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Culture eats strategy

Culture eats strategy

Understanding a company’s culture is a key component that leaders may ignore. When I took on a new role, an updated strategy was cited as top priority. What the team needed was a culture boost. I focused on culture management to change the “delegate up” practices and effectively implement strategy. It's an ongoing process of encouraging people to take the risks associated with making their own decisions, but it's paying off with faster decision-making, improved performance, and higher morale. » Read more

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Drive and motivation: Daniel Pink webcast recap

Daniel Pink, known for his insightful take on what truly inspires and encourages us all, joined opensource.com for a webcast June 22 on the subject of his latest book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. » Read more

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WEBCAST: Drive and motivation with Daniel Pink

We're thrilled to be hosting critically-acclaimed and inspiring author Daniel Pink as the next guest in our Open Your World webcast series this Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. (EDT). Register now.

Note: This event was originally scheduled for June 9 and has been moved. » Read more

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ON DEMAND: Open Leadership webcast with Charlene Li

Listen to our discussion with Charlene Li, author of New York Times best seller Open Leadership, for the latest in our Open Your World webcast series. » Read more

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BetterMeans: a new app for running your organization the open source way

Last week I received a heads up about a new web application launching today from a company called BetterMeans with an impressive goal: to build the infrastructure (processes, technology, governance, etc.) to make an open organizational structure like we talk about here on opensouce.com a reality.

From their website:

BetterMeans.com is a web platform where people can start and run companies in a new decentralized way.

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Ohio LinuxFest recap: Open marketing, not obscure marketing

Robyn Bergeron gave a Friday talk at Ohio LinuxFest titled "OM NOM - Open marketing--not obscure marketing." This post is based on her talk.

Marketing is typically done in a room of people who are removed from those who develop the things they're marketing. Open marketing (not obscured marketing!) is about turning that paradigm upside-down and doing marketing as openly as development. » Read more

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