Can Social Business Make Employees Happier?

See on Scoop.itDesigning design thinking driven operations

Executives who use social media to build emotional capital in their organizations see better information flows, more collaboration, lower turnover and higher employee motivation. Image courtesy of Flickr user Torley.

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The Coming Point-of-Sale Revolution – Grant McCracken -Harvard Business Review

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My wife and I recently paid a visit to the new Whole Foods in Stamford, Connecticut. In the time it took us to walk from one end of the store to the other, I made three new friends

Read all at The Coming Point-of-Sale Revolution – Grant McCracken – The Conversation – Harvard Business Revie

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What I Learned This Year #3: John Creson


Did u learn. Did u create a moment of reflection and associated actions. These are the days for contemplation, creation and actions. Great post (of a series) to connect to and act accordingly.

Found at http://www.thesfegotist.com/editorial/2010/december/20/what-i-learned-year-3-john-creson

With only a few days left until the new year, I appreciate the opportunity to pause and think about what 2010 has taught me. To honor the first ten years of the millennium, I will keep my observations to ten. They are:

To be continued at http://www.thesfegotist.com/editorial/2010/december/20/what-i-learned-year-3-john-creson

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a sort of homecoming (via marco ortolani kuemmel*)


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Recommended book: Jennifer Sertl’s Strategy Leadership and the Soul (book review)

Cover of 'Strategy, Leadership and the Soul' by by Jennifer Sertl and Koby Huberman


Strategy, Leadership and the Soul presents a new paradigm for organizations.

In building their case, the authors present a unique analysis of the dynamics of organizational evolution since 1850 to the present day, reflecting on how the context of the changing nature of society over time has informed the necessary adjustments in structure and leadership, and in what way these have been vital to the sustainability of those organizations.

The current quixotic context for both small and large organizations – the rapidly changing business landscapes, global interconnectedness, technological innovation and the diversity of the needs of customers and employees alike – requires organizations to ‘be in a state of permanent transformation if they are to survive’, to become transorganizations.

And in order for these transorganizations to survive, a new style of leader is required – a transleader.

From their experience as consultants, the authors conclude thattransleaders must transform themselves first rather than look to the outside for a solution.

The qualities needed for this leadership style are:-

  • the ability to communicate with passion and clarity
  • to develop a shared language that can transform the thinking of everyone working in or with the organization
  • to inspire self-confidence and knowledge to strengthen teams
  • to share power, and give greater control to the workforce to behave like mentors rather than bosses
  • to welcome diversity
  • to have an exceptional level of self-awareness
  • to be able to transcend culture, age, and title as a means to arrive at what is relevant


A lot of my posts deal with the changing contexts of organizations, professionals or persons.

One of the most relevant posts in the organization context  I recently referred is The Big Shift, being  the results of a major research project conducted at Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

The Big Shift, as was called the project, refers to the long-term transformations in the global business environment over the past several decades that have been primarily, but not exclusively, caused by the remarkable advances in digital technologies over that period. The results are of the study are paradoxical.  A progressively falling return on assets and a steadily growth in labor productivity.

One of the recurring themes on my blog deals also about the motivation of persons and professionals. Daniel’s Pink Drive describes insights about what really drives people in the second decade of this millennium.


Jennifer Sertl and Koby Huberman enables us to make a next, big step. Their book enables our interest, our desire, our attention to migrate from analysis – and may be paralysis – to prescription.

What should we be doing to cope with the growing changes, being experienced by us as  individuals and as professionals and even institutions?

To get possible answers one should read this book (and i strongly recommend as a successor  The Power of Pull: how small moves, smartly made, can set big things in motion, which was published april 2010).

For me as a professional and person, this book is important.

Because it is full of insights into our most perplexing contemporary dilemmas.

And still for me it also proved to be intellectual entertainment of the highest order.

It is about us – modern souls –  and the quest of man and manhood in search of themselves.

Being a biker – and one of the authors is a biker too – I know how hard working biking can be.  This also applies to this book. It offers u ultimately a large challenge but – in the end of the day – an equal reward.

The book enables us to think about what we are, what we care for and what is the quality of our lives. It might be considered as a journey toward awareness and appreciation of our  modern world. It offers us glimpses of what working and living really means in the forthcoming decade(s).

And for me, it created sense and sensibility of one’s special place in the modern world.

Great read to connect and act to.

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Reading louisgray.com: The SXSW Keynote With Ev Williams (Twitter) You Had Hoped to See

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louisgray.com: The SXSW Keynote With Ev Williams You Had Hoped to See.

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Reading A Leadership Blog: Drive: What’s Motivating You?


via Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Drive: What’s Motivating You?.

Drive: What’s Motivating You?

When it comes to motivation, I think we can all agree on one thing: People are motivated in different ways—often surprisingly different ways—at different times depending on their needs, wants, desires, philosophy, age, friends, status, values, circumstances, background, mood, attitude, insecurities, self-absorption, and a number of things I left out for the sake of brevity. Obviously, when it comes to motivation, one size doesn’t fit all, best practices don’t work across the board, and our approaches to motivation must begin with respect.

In Drive, Dan Pink defines three types of motivational operating systems or assumptions about how humans behave from which a motivational construct can be created:


Motivation 1.0 presumes that humans are biological creatures, struggling for survival.
Motivation 2.0 presumes that humans also respond to rewards and punishments in their environment. It seeks compliance.
Motivation 3.0 presumes that humans also have a third drive—to learn, to create, and to better the world. It seeks engagement.

To be continued at http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2010/02/drive_whats_motivating_you_1.html

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Maximizing our (creative) productivity

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I do substitute productivity for creativy. And I would prefer multiplying in stead of adding up. But is great to connect to this content and start acting accordingly.

Found at http://www.opinionatlarge.com/?p=362

There is no formula for true creativity. If there were, true creativity wouldn’t exist.

However, there are parts you can add together to give you a creative whole. You can alter variables to create a physical and mental environment that is more friendly and conducive to creative production.

Consider the following equation and assumptions:


A: physical environment

B: mental environment

C: creative productivity

(C can equal any percentage between 0 and 99.)

This equation essentially states that you can control the variables that directly determine your potential for creativity.

Control the inputs of your creative environment and you can control and maximize your creative output.

Read more from http://www.opinionatlarge.com/?p=362

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