Preserving knowledge. Jam tomorrow? « All of us are smarter than any of us… Have you ever been given a pot of homemade jam? (Jelly to my American readers!) Perhaps you won some as a prize on the tombola stall at a school fair, whilst secretly hoping for that champagne bottle? It usually comes in a recycled jar, carefully labelled by hand – often in the spidery handwriting of somebody else’s Aunt Agatha. If you’re anything like me, you’ll smile dutifully, and put it away in the dark corner of a kitchen cupboard for a few years. One day you’ll rediscover it, and put it straight into the bin (or if you’re unscrupulous, offer it to the tombola stall at the next school fair). The trouble is, I don’t know Aunt Agatha. Why the alarm? “Don’t worry – we’ll interview all your key members of staff, and give you a nicely packaged product on a memory stick which represents each person’s knowledge, experience, relationships, favourite references etc. In ‘Learning to Fly’, I described these kind of personal knowledge capture activities as “knowledge salvage”. Like this:
Design Thinking Starts At The Top The impact is undeniable when a company like Apple puts so much extra effort into making its products and marketing look “cool,” as well as ensuring that its look is unified and communicates the level of innovation that the organization prides itself on. And the business community clearly admires the company's dedication to overall design. That admiration, however, does not usually translate into action; meaning that few companies put that kind of “design thinking” at the top (or even near the top) of their corporate agendas, even though an overall organizational design implementation can provide incredible benefits. The late Bill Moggridge, director of Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, made an important point when he discussed how companies will readily employ business management consultants to study and suggest organizational change from a numbers standpoint, but then fail to follow through on that change with a visual representation of it. Roger L.
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Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity? There's no magic in the drinking water at the Mountain View, CA company. The tech giant draws from what Google's chief social evangelist, Gopi Kallayil, calls the nine core principles of innovation. Kallayil shared his insights at this week’s San Francisco Dreamforce summit. 1. It can come from the top down as well as bottom up, and in the places you least expect. 2. Worry about the money later, when you focus on the user, all else will follow. End result? 3. If you come into work thinking that you will improve things by ten percent, you will only see incremental change. Google co-founder Larry Page built his own book scanner, and the initial process required having someone manually turn its pages in rhythm, one at a time, according to the pace of a metronome. 4. Every organization has unique insights, and if you bet on it, it leads to major innovation. 5. 6. 7. Make your processes open to all users. 8. 9.
ZyLAB eDiscovery & Information Management - e-discovery software, electronic discovery, litigation readiness How Do You Create A Culture Of Innovation? | Co.Design | business + innovation + design This is the third part in a series by Scott Anthony, author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation. It sounds so seductive: a “culture of innovation.” The three words immediately conjure up images of innovation savants like 3M, Pixar, Apple, and Google--the sorts of places where innovation isn’t an unnatural act, but part of the very fabric of a company. While culture is a complicated cocktail, four ingredients propel an organization forward: the right people, appropriate rewards and incentives, a common language, and leadership role-modeling. The Innovator’s DNA Has Four Components If you ask most people what makes a great innovator, the most common response is innate gifts from parents or a higher power. At the core is what the professors call “associational thinking.” Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Most organizations have people who follow these behaviors--even if they aren’t immediately obvious to senior leadership. Then it dawned on me.
Gensler study looks at how office space is used effectively - Philadelphia Business Journal A new workplace study by an international design firm found three key drivers for employee satisfaction in office environments — focus, balance and choice. Gensler’s national 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey found that increasingly common open floor office design can lead to workers being distracted and losing focus — and therefore reducing productivity. To counter that, employers can maintain the open design but provide employees a selection for when and where employees can work in that space, according to Gensler’s findings. In other words, carve out multiple areas for collaboration and other spaces where an individual can escape to concentrate and complete their work. The Gensler findings: • Workers are struggling to work effectively: When focus is compromised in pursuit of collaboration, neither works well. • Effective workplaces balance focus and collaboration: Space designed to promote collaboration without forgoing employees’ ability to focus are more successful
Crowdsourcing for the Rest of Us In today’s world, how do small to medium sized businesses leverage cutting-edge tools to improve day-to-day operations? Answer: Borrow the strategies of the big hitters such as InnoCentive and Proctor & Gamble, then adapt them to meet your needs. One relevant example: crowdsourcing — and it’s really just about listening. Crowdsourcing is all about opening the lines of communication, forging new connections and gaining a new perspective. Your customers and crowdsourcingCrowdsourcing can augment your overall customer strategy. Other common social media platforms provide targeted crowdsourcing opportunities. Get CreativeOrganizations of all kinds, are connecting with their customers through crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing within your organizationCrowdsourcing is not only about establishing a rapport with your customers, it can also open a new communication channel with your employees. Does your organization routinely utilize teams to develop new ideas and solve problems?
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