Posts Categorized: Work

If you want to foster change, stay out of training

In the mid 1990′s I served as a Training Development Officer working with tactical aviation (helicopters that support the Army).  We had just purchased 100 helicopters plus a full motion combat simulator and my office was next to the simulator, which I watched as it was installed, tested, and used. My work also involved writing… Read more »

Crowd-milking

The basic premise of the long tail is that there is an equal or perhaps larger market of those willing to buy unpopular items (or services) than all the people who buy the popular items. It goes against traditional wisdom of focusing on items that can be sold many times, as you may be missing… Read more »

Freelancing means freedom

What happens when freelancers outnumber salaried employees? In the USA, more than 30% of the population are freelancers. The assumptions of employers and employees are being turned on their heads, but politicians are still focused on creating jobs. Good luck with that. This transition is nothing less than a revolution. We haven’t seen a shift… Read more »

The rapidly changing workplace

8) So what have I learned that will help us change our own experience of work? That knowledge is becoming more abstract, conceptual, distributed and complex. 9) We know what social and thinking skills are needed for complex contexts – we know how to hone these skills through practice. – Anne Marie McEwan

Organizing Talent

The opposite of ‘routine’ is ‘original’ Labour is routine. Talent is original. Even advanced technical Labour can be in essence routine. As Labour, once you learn how to do something, you are able to repeat it. Labour is the capitalist dream for human effort, because it can be quantified, controlled, and replaced. Labour is viewing… Read more »

Engaging the creative workforce

Collaboration happens around some kind of plan or structure, while cooperation presumes the freedom of individuals to join and participate. As a free-agent, much of my time is spent cooperating. When I cooperate, I give freely, but no one tells me what to do. On the other hand, collaboration is required to get things done…. Read more »

What matters in knowledge work

This Venn diagram by Oscar Berg says a lot about the nature of work and management today. What I see on the right are all the attributes of being a free agent and working in trusted networks like the Internet Time Alliance or Change Agents Worldwide. The only thing missing from these networks is a… Read more »

Make Work More Human

2013: The Incredibly Shrinking American Middle Class – Bill Moyers 2013: Five Myths about Canada’s Middle Class – Globe & Mail 2013: RIP: The Middle Class – Salon 2013: The Next Middle Class – Harold Jarche 2014: The Middle Class is Steadily Eroding – New York Times The titles above indicate a shift in the… Read more »

Site Redesign

If this site is popular, it is because of the content, not the design. I have not put much effort into the design and visual art is definitely not one of my skills. For the most part I have just used templates or very simple layouts. Here are some of the iterations through time.

Retrieving cooperation

According to Dion Hinchcliffe, we need to rethink work and reinvent collaboration. At a high level, there appear to be three major root causes for why collaboration — the very core of how people come together and function as a business — is in the midst of reinvention: 1. Hierarchical management styles break down in… Read more »