Posts Categorized: Work

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 »

Flip the office

Have you ever heard of a ‘flipped classroom’? Flip teaching (or flipped classroom) is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with… Read more »

Working Socially

Why should I, as an OD/HR/L&D professional, concerned with the human aspects of organizations, have to understand social media and enterprise social networks? Saying we don’t need to understand social media is like saying we didn’t need to understand speaking, reading or writing to do our jobs before. With ubiquitous connectivity, more of our work… Read more »

Engaged for work

There is a real change in how work is getting done today. It’s not just factory workers but many professionals whose work will be automated by software and robots. Procedural work will keep getting outsourced to the lowest cost of labour. The industrial world deskilled work to its component parts, and today these parts continue… Read more »

Rebels on the edges

At the end of the nineteenth century, mechanization changed the economy, the workforce, and society. Many countries, especially the United States and Great Britain, shifted from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Human muscle was replaced by machines. Farm workers left their fields and migrated to the factories. Today we are a witnessing a similar… Read more »

networks are the new companies

Nilofer Merchant wrote in The New How that, “Permission to innovate without asking happens when the strategy is co-owned.” This is a necessity in an economy where the average company lifespan continues to decrease. The company no longer offers the stability it once did as innovation, and resulting business disruption, comes from all corners. Economic… Read more »

Structuring for the network era

It’s about networks It is 2013 and F.W. Taylor’s Principles of Scientific Management (1911) are still the basis for most of our current management systems. It is only through enforced standardization of  methods, enforced adoption of the best implements and working conditions, and enforced cooperation that this faster work can be assured. And the duty of enforcing the adoption of standards… Read more »

There is no hourly rate on internet time

Let’s say you are a consultant and have just received a call to do some urgent work. Feel free to replace the term consultant with freelancer, programmer, designer, advisor, or anything else. This post is for people who work for themselves and sell some type of intangible good, whether it be code, advice, reports, strategy,… Read more »

Subversive thoughts

Several people commented that they enjoyed my last post, a keen subversive, so here are those thoughts, in a slide presentation format. Subversive thoughts from Harold Jarche

A keen subversive

I’ve been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. Here are some of my past words on this site that may help to reinforce this description JOB is a four-letter word. Knowledge workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your managers. Creative workers don’t need… Read more »