July 2009

Case to Monkey with Dunbar Limit

In a context of understanding the next generation of performance management thinking, to overcome behavioral change barriers using social networks, a recent Wikinomics debate on relationship limits got my interest. This debate asks the question: If its true our neocortex has a finite limit to have only approximately 150 meaningful relationships, then what is social networking achieving? [...]

Giving Pen Empowerment to Youth

Performance management generally focuses on organizations and improvement and needs serious experience and focus. But here is something that places youth in the chair. The question is, with so called YGEN attitudes today, how can anyone seriously suggest development can be done by young people? Well Clare Hanbury does and this is what she says: With our help, young people, can help solve society’s health & social justice issues, To get results we must join youth where they asked how close they are to the problems they are trying to solve. We are now living in an amazing transitions time with a generation with new ideas and an extraordinary ability to multi task. These can doers are trail blazers with disregard for expertise and a heighten sense of personal power. They believe theirs is the only way and they are ready to do the work Here is a talk she gave on 3rd June at the Dialogue meeting for 40 Nordic NGO’s and donors in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is about The Role of Children and Young People in Development. In this Clare makes a solid point with real life examples that give young people the power of the pen and encourages them with respect, connecting by listening and keeping them close. Click on the icon to listen. [...]

Serious business can still be funny

Sometimes we can get all profound and studied about understanding human behavior and the types of people we need to to run our business. And for that of course we need to look at the definitions of the important demographic classes. This is one I got in my email today that attempts to define the emerging “Y” Generation As my colleague from Newfoundland in Canada, who sent me this cartoon said, Now, make someone else laugh. And have a great day! [...]

Who’s not on internet & why not?

I emailed a friend to subscribe link to my blog “I need to research how to do that” she replied. My thought was “Oh dear, how often we take so much for granted” We live in a busy business world now that seems totally dominated by digital presence that for many it is not even a decade old. It also seems that what we also take for granted is the grass roots level is equally involved. The truth is for many “The Internet” as phenomenon is just barely barely past getting to be acceptable conceptually in the language. Certainly no one asks what the internet is anymore. But unlike the telephone that is all pervasive and taken for granted, [...]

“Tram Track” or “Strategic” mode?

Poor decisions are most often caused by lack of understanding, not lack of data but another challenge is unquestioned acceptance of business processes being measured. At times many appear very logical, but are often obscured by the very data itself. I notice when managers look at unacceptable results, they often do one of two things. Me too!! They either pick up the phone to call someone to ask them for more information on why. Or they pick up the mouse to dig deeper for the reason. Once the answer comes corrective decisions are made. This tram line management style is a norm the bias of most Performance Management systems which works well to make sure the process, the “tram”, stays on the tracks. But many fail to follow the learning rule that to improve you need to look elsewhere. [...]

New Lighthouse Approach for Advisors

One way to survive is to milk the value till is done. Another is when we have something of value is to just give it away. In keeping with this new free theme emerging as everyone is trying to get attention, these days why would you pay for a consultant to tell you the time when you already have or can easily buy a perfectly good watch. You know how that goes…. [...]