Biology of Business

Biology is a far better philosophical and practical foundation for 21st Century business than physics and mechanics. Process management, information technology, engineering, and measurement offer poor archetypes for business prosperity. Multidisciplinary naivety, an overbearing mechanical orientation, process fetish, and debilitating indifference to living systems are among the root causes of spectacular business failures. The Biology of…

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Patterns

It is rewarding to see patterns enter mainstream business vernacular. Except for biology, patterns have long been an academic backwater. Analysis of patterns and structures are seeing increased use in business. Many examples are now in the forefront such as ecosystems, diversity, viral apps, etc. Expect to see far more pattern idioms to describe business prosperity (and…

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Conversation is Good Business

  MIT validates the obvious: conversation is good business. Authentic conversation is a key modality of The Social Enterprise and your Colabria Action Research Networks. In the BofA call center: “Individuals who talked to more coworkers were getting through calls faster, felt less stressed and had the same approval ratings as their peers.” Face-2-face conversation…

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Business Oxymora Meets Culture

Modern enterprise management is rife with oxymora. Many are hilarious corporate doublespeak such as constant change, accurate estimate or irregular pattern. Others aren’t funny, they’re harmful. Among the most harmful is codified culture. Too often business writes down banal claims about culture. ‘People Are Our Number One Asset” is a classic chestnut. On the contrary,…

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Employee Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement by Heather Wolpert-Gawron Image credit: iStockphoto Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is is an excellent essay on how to improve student engagement in the classroom. It is highly recommended. It is so darn great it was modulated for lifelong learning and employee engagement. It elaborates the critical leadership principles for sustained business innovation. It’s…

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Management Science

At the Management Science site ‘12manage’ they ask you to select your Management Interest Group. Some are listed below. Of course, everyone uses CAGR, EBITDA, and P/E Ratio every day. How many others do you know? It is important to recognize these as mostly tortured rhetorical flourishes rather than useful techniques. Remember, management science, methods and…

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Brooks’ Law

The global praxis ecosystem of Colabria Action Research is inhabited by recognized authorities on large IT system design, development and deployments. Commentary on very large enterprise and consumer systems helps refract, anneal and share decades of hands-on experience and executive leadership. Today’s lesson is on Brooks’ Law and large-scale government IT & systems failure. To…

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11 Simple Rules

1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation — the first requisite — for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.” 2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person…

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IoT Explained

The Internet of Things (IoT) is very, very simple. It is easy to describe. IoT is Internet devices consisting of sensors, embedded computing and radios that create value. Period. It is the essential model, the required technologies. Devices without sensors + computing + radios are NOT ‘Things.’ Absent Things there is no IoT. Capiche? Simple.…

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially. IoT will impact all dimensions of business, education, government, military and civil society. IoT propels Colabria’s traditional action/research initiatives and enterprise advisory activities. At Colabria we recently completed a confidential, multi-year research study of Enterprise IoT. (It’s why things have been so quiet.) The sponsors were CIOs…

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Nobel Prize

Thomson Reuters just released their annual forecast of potential winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in each category: chemistry, physics, medicine, and economics. Excerpt:  “Mark S. Granovetter at Stanford University is more of a sociologist than an economist, but his innovative work in economic sociology has landed him on Thomson Reuters’ list of contenders for the…

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Global Forum

  Welcome to the Global Forum/Shaping the Future 2014 in Geneva! The Global Forum 2014 is taking place on November Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th in Geneva, Switzerland at the CICG – International Conference Center of Geneva. This 23rd edition benefits of the support of the State Chancellery of Geneva as well as international entities…

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Distributed Collaboration Summit

Collaborative Strategies Introduces First Ever Distributed Collaboration Summit Conference Promises to Deliver Latest Insights Into Collaboration and Distributed Teams in the New Workplace SAN MATEO, CALIF. (Sept. 11, 2014) — Research firm Collaboration Strategies, Inc. will bring together industry leaders at its inaugural Distributed Collaboration Summit (DCS), Jan. 15 and 16, 2015. The two-day conference…

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The Future Declassified

  The Future Declassified by Mathew Burrows hosted by Paul Saffo   Tuesday September 23, 02014 7:30pm The Interval Fort Mason, San Francisco Advanced Tickets (limited number) The volatility of today’s world is apparent just by reviewing the day’s headlines. Across the globe, the pressures of population growth, environmental change, and constant technological disruption are just…

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Network Life

Please find below some worthwhile learning experiences for networks. These massive open online courses (MOOCs) will help make sense of our Network Life. Recommended by Colabria. Networked Life University of Pennsylvania Begins September 1, 2014 Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes Princeton University Begins September 15, 2014 Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis Stanford University…

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