This is just an analogy but it makes sense when you read it in context. I learned about this from Seth Godin’s book [insert book title and link here]. The book is about how the connected economy and the networked world has changed how we operate. The theme is pick yourself. A kitten will wait to be rescued by her mother but a monkey will have to piggyback on the mother if he wants to be rescued. Similarly in the industrial revolution if someone wanted to become Oprah then they would have to wait for the media industry to come to her. But now a days if one wants to start a talk show and share with the world all they need is a YouTube channel. You had to be lucky and have the “right connections” in the past to get a good job that you liked. Today with the Internet medium you can create a job you like all by yourself. So the connected world allows you to pick yourself instead of waiting to be picked.
This is a neat experiment IBM researchers conducted with mobile traces. An entire route and mapping information was extracted from cell phone connections across an area.
Fixing bus routes using mobile data.
Here is a clever way to get applicants to submit their resumes. I bet this process weeds out unqualified people and saves time.
A new look at how companies are trying to attract good talent and keep good talent. Using consumerization of technology and benefits of bringing your own device to work allows companies like Shell to market to potential hires.
He has great points overall in this piece. Point #1 is the best because it makes you want to ensure you are well prepared and have done your “homework” before you ask someone to spend time for you. This probably doesn’t always happen but it’s good practice to follow when possible.
How to CRAFT a conversation that moves the needle | Rajesh Setty.
This article talks about a very common occurrence at work for most people. Although getting 300 emails in your inbox that has nothing to do with the tasks you are assigned is pretty difficult to take on everyday, it does have a good point about the motivation one gets when helping others. That in itself will pay off big in the long run. http://www.businessinsider.com/workplace-advice-from-googles-go-to-guy-2013-3
Good article on Read write. Enterprise apps and software need to be very consumer focused and carry the same user experience guidelines as latest consumer apps. If you don’t provide quality software in the form your employees are used to getting from mainstream technology then they will adopt those instead. http://readwrite.com/2013/03/27/enterprise-software-5-ways-saas-changes-everything-3-ways-it-doesnt
How to Construct a Failure-Proof Environment. Pretty neat article for those that have a hard time sticking to a change they hate. I might just try out the Precommitment and bet switch mechanism.
via How To Make It Impossible To Fail : zenhabits.
I can attest to this report somewhat. I’ve been working in a virtual environment for about 3 years now and I have indeed noticed more work being done while not in the office than being in the office with your colleagues. I don’t have the distractions of side conversations, water cooler discussions and most importantly drive-by’s. Although as the article in Business Insider suggests, Jive has a vested interest in supporting this type of survey as it makes money from software that virtual workers can use as an alternative way to distract you.
On the other hand working virtually requires more diligence since there are a lot of other potential distractions.
Coworkers Are The Biggest Distraction – Business Insider.
Great TED video. What technology can do when put to the right use. Technology needs to be put into more hands that will become the driver of this world in the future.
via Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud | Video on TED.com.