Absolutely Self-Managed Workers

Why not get rid of management entirely? That was the thesis of Doug Kirkpatrick’s talk at the Building Business Capability conference this week about the Morning Star Company, a company which has tried the radical approach of being entirely flat, and having no managers are all.  Far from failing, they have become the largest company in their domain (tomato processing).  In Dec 2011, Harvard Business Review called them the world’s most creatively managed company. Continue reading

Introducing the Web T-Link

The concept is simple: you want to make a web reference (HTML link) to an other web resource, but you don’t want that link to go bad.  This requires a web link, with just a little bit of smarts on the server, and so I call that a T-Link and it is a key capability for a collaboration system. Continue reading

John Hagel on Social Technology Adoption

John Hagel III co-author of the book “The Power of Pull” was invited on stage for a discussion with Dr. Pehong Chen, CEO of BroadVision about how companies are (or are not) adopting of social technologies at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Santa Clara yesterday. I am a big fan of him and his latest book, so I took notes on how he sees companies resolving these difficulties. Continue reading

Bring Your Own ACM to Work

Yesterday’s post was about workers will use personal clouds to organize their information, their personal devices, for both home and work life.   This is a general trend I am seeing toward personal services in the Internet that represent a given person.   Let me propose an even more radical idea, one of managing your projects out of such a personal cloud.  Continue reading

Self-Organizing Business Networks

As the Social Business meme becomes more mainstream, people are starting to ask “What is the real connection with ‘Social’ after all?”  and “Isn’t the connection to ‘Social’ a bit overblown?”  After all, we really are not talking about literally placing Facebook (as the canonical example) inside a business.  Why, then, call it social? Continue reading