- Gary Hamel on Managing Generation Y – the Facebook Generation – Gary Hamel’s Management 2.0 – WSJ – Gary provides a great summary of how organizations and leaders will have to function differently once the "Facebook generation" is in power. I especially like #11: Intrinsic rewards matter most. Extrinsic rewards (read bonu$e$) are having a success backlash and may actually undermine performance and job satisfaction. Traditional organization structure and function is in for some radical changes.
- Government Agencies Make Friends With New Media | Epicenter from Wired.com – A very important legal hurdle has been crossed to free Federal agencies to start leveraging the power of social media. This will be a wonderful boon in fed's ability to share learning and information.
- Crowdsourcing Examples – Anjali Ramachandran, a strategist at London based digital agency Many by Many, has compiled a very useful list of 135 real-world examples of businesses leveraging crowd contributions online.
Posts Tagged management
- Get Rid of the Performance Review! – WSJ.com – Samuel Culbert posts an argument against the common practice of performance reviews. This echos a sentiment that I have long held. Reviews really only serve bureaucracy and passive-aggressive accountability. High performers don't need them and low performers should be dealt with immediately through a PIP (instead of passing the confrontational buck to the end of the year). Let's improve performance by managing it instead of reviewing it!
- The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On – Stephen Downes provides a vast overview of the state of education (it covers more than just online) by revisiting his essay of ten years ago.
These are my links for March 10th:
- Steve Hargadon: Web 2.0 Is the Future of Education – This is the first time I stumbled upon Steve's blog. Now this is where we need to get more of our K-12 educators. I hope to have time to comb through the post in an upcoming post of my own soon…
- Thomas Davenport and Blogging – He is Wrong! : eLearning Technology – Karrer on Davenport on blogging. The jury will be out for quite some time, but interesting points taken on both sides…
These are my links for March 4th:
- The FASTForward Blog » FASTforward 08 interviews with speakers, attendees, and bloggers: Enterprise 2.0 Blog: News, Coverage, and Commentary – A great site with archives of FASTforward 08 video interviews with speakers, attendees, and bloggers. Loads of interesting insight on Enterprise 2.0
- Ecolearning — Internet Time Blog – Jay Cross’s take on Ken Thompson’s Bioteams, “a guidebook to help companies move from vestiges of the industrial age to the rocket ride of the network era. This is Management 2.0: We are all leaders.” Gotta love books that use biology as their metaphor!
- Managing Enterprise 2.0 — Internet Time Blog – Jay Cross discusses how Gary Hamel has “issued a wake-up call to corporations that are floundering around with web 2.0 issues…” Touches on the important issue of moving management through change (i.e., the culture leg of the E2.0 stool).
- Business reasons to shift to enterprise 2.0 learning — Internet Time Blog – This brief post from Jay Cross states “business leaders… don’t believe their current approach to training prepares their workers to succeed…” Includes a PDF that lists more than fifty areas collaboration that Web 2.0 can improve.
- Web 2.0 Applications in Learning : eLearning Technology – A wonderfully exhaustive blog from Tony Karrer extending his presentation at the recent ASTD TechKnowledge conference. Includes the results of a small survey he applied at the session re: adoption of Web 2.0 technologies.
- Human Resource Executive Online – Story – Tom Starner has written an insightful article highlighting how incorporating Web 2.0 into your company can attract and retaining talent (i.e., millennials) as well as the usual increase in employee collaboration and engagement.
At dinner last night with friends, we discussed politics and many agreed that Barack Obama did not have enough leadership experience to prepare him for POTUS. So, I decided to do a quick scorecard of “leadership experience” of all the candidates. I decided after throwing it together to post it here.
First some disclaimers: This scorecard is entirely arbitrary, quick, and dirty. It is also really a scorecard of leadership/political/management experience instead of a true analysis of “leadership”. The list of qualities of “leadership” is lengthy and arguable, and I will leave that argument to the thousands of books already written on the topic. Finally, as shown below, the scorecard is simply a quickly-assembled list of 11 roles/experiences that might prepare a candidate to be successful as POTUS. The 11 are:
- State Governor
- Cabinet (heading any large federal government agency)
- US Senate
- US House of Representatives
- State elected official
- Local elected official
- Military officer
- CEO (or any managing executive role in a large company)
- Political Science, Foreign Relations, or Public Admin degree
And then I checked Wikipedia to complete the scorecard for the three remaining candidates for POTUS (Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain). For contrast, I included the previous four POTUSs (POTUSi?) as well. The results:
|H Clinton||Obama||McCain||W Bush||B Clinton||H Bush||Reagan|
|H of R||X||X|
But, obviously, all these things are not equal. So I decided to weight the 11 categories like this: VP: 5, Governor: 4, Cabinet: 3, Senate and H of R: 2, every thing else gets a 1. I also spotted a few points for Hillary’s First Lady (3 points under VP) and gave Reagan a CEO point for his presidency of SAG. With that weighted scale, the leadership experience scorecard winners are:
|H Clinton||Obama||McCain||W Bush||B Clinton||H Bush||Reagan|
|H of R||2||2|
So, if we are to judge how successful a candidate will be as POTUS based on their “leadership” experience, the best of the bunch would be both of the Bush boys. And the recent favorites from both parties (Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan) only score a 6 – half of the total for the clear winner, Bush the First. As for our current three candidates, it is a close race. The three points spotted to Hillary for for First Lady put’s her on top of McCain by one point.
Now, to wrap things up, I will spot one last set of (completely arbitrary) points. I start with the assumption that every day you are alive you gain wisdom that makes you a better leader. So, for every year in age, I will give each candidate one-tenth of a point. Hillary gets 6, Obama gets 4.5, and McCain gets 7.1. The final tally this increasingly arbitrary scorecard of leadership experience:
- John McCain: 12.1
- Hillary Clinton: 12.0
- Barack Obama: 8.5
So, when you do this (admittedly arbitrary) math, Obama is considerably less experienced for the job (30% less so than Hillary or McCain).
Now we just need to decide if leadership experience is what we need most in a POTUS now…