workplace

Imbalances

Frederik linked to this short video of Sir Ken Robinson. It's not a new talk but a section of his session at the RSA about changing education paradigms. Specifically the bit in which he talks about divergent thinking (it's not brilliantly shot but it gets the point across and you can also watch a longer RSA animate of the talk).

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Social Business: Should You Ban Internal Email at Work?

Guest Post by: Jon Stokes

When people ask me to explain what social business is all about, I’ve found that describing it as an alternative to email for internal communication and collaboration is an easy-to-grasp starting point.

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Inspired to Fail - Part 2 of 3

It might seem ironic that the venerable Harvard Business Review, a publication from an institution that has produced many successful leaders, would devote an entire issue to failure as it did last month. But given how much research and work has been done on the subject, it turned out to be one of the best issues of the journal I’ve read in a long time.

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What's So Wrong with Hierarchy?

Here's a scenario. The CEO of your company needs to do a big review presentation to shareholders/analysts/investors/holding company bigwigs. So they brief 5 of their direct reports asking for contributions to help put it together, your boss being one.

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When I Grow Up

I guess it's no big surprise that in a (US) survey of over 10,000 young professionals Google came out as the company that most would like to work at. And by some margin, with nearly a quarter of survey respondents selecting them, almost twice as many as picked the second place business, Apple.
 
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On Productivity

Post by: Sigurd Rinde

"Productive effort, measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input"

And I bet you that the next word that is popping up in your head now is efficiency: "Achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense"

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Is Facebook Really More Damaging to the Workplace than Playboy?

Almost twelve times as many US firms block employee access to Facebook as block access to Playboy.com. The social networking site is the most blocked site at work – with 14.2% of all US workplaces blocking access. This is about six times as many as block access to Twitter (2.3%) and twelve times as many as block access to porn site Playboy.com according to an analysis of 2010 by Web service OpenDNS.

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Work Is Communication

Post by: Sigurd Rinde

Work relies on, no, consists of two things: 

  • brains and hands 
  • communication
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Emotional Contagion and Beyond

Toxic bosses. Debbie Downers. Our language reflects the idea that some people have a real emotional effect on their fellow workers. Now, interesting research not only confirms this idea but adds to it in several important ways:

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Employing Older Workers

Two people, who should know about the subject, have got together to write a book titled, Managing the Older Worker: How to Prepare for the New Organizational Order. Peter Cappelli (Director for the Centre of HR at Wharton) Resources and Bill Novelli, former CEO of AARP.

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