Article of the Week
Stop Talking About Social and Do It (HBR Blog Network)
Big Idea: Over time, there will be a lot more dots filling out this picture. But the fundamental principles of the social era are already clear enough to form a new set of organizing principles for business. The world has changed; how we create value has changed. Organizationally we have not. It’s time to pay attention to these emerging business models now, to benefit our organizations, our economies, and ourselves.
Editor’s Choice Articles
Bring Back the Organization Man (HBR Blog Network)
Big Idea: Is it time to bring back the Organization Man? In that model, which drove the US economy for most of the last century, employers made longer-term commitments to employees, where they invested in development to fill jobs, and where employees responded with commitments of their own in terms of performance. Jobs were filled internally with people prepared to do them, skill shortages were unknown, and employees were engaged with the needs of their employer.
Listening to employees: The ‘Beyond Bureaucracy’ winners (McKinsey Quarterly)
Big Idea: Seven winning entries in a contest McKinsey cosponsored with Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) and Harvard Business Review reveal executive thinking on the importance of engaging employees in an open and realistic way.
Get Ready: Mandated Integrated Reporting Is The Future of Corporate Reporting (Sloan Management)
Big Idea: When a company is forced to look at and report on the resources it consumes, the wastes it creates, the human capital it uses and develops, the way it manages risk and the communities it helps or disrupts, the reporting, the author says, has the potential to be a mechanism for not just articulating actions more clearly but for spurring them, too.
Uncork your Brain with Mind Maps (Innovation Excellence)
Big Idea: That great idea you are looking for is already somewhere in your mind or in the collective mind of your team. The real effort in coming up with a great idea is all about getting out of your own way so that your great idea can reveal itself. I want to refer to this as the “idea release” process, rather than the idea generation process. A very useful tool in the idea release process is mind mapping.
Look to IT for Process Innovation? (HBR Blog Network)
Big Idea: In the past, IT functions at even the most IT-intensive companies have struggled to get a seat at the business strategy and operational improvement table. However, today IT functions in financial services firms (more than any other sector) are in a leadership role to drive competitive advantage.
6 Strategies For Dealing With Uncertainty In Business (Fast Company)
Big Idea: Knowing that technological progress, networks, and complex systems are making the business world less and less predictable is a prediction itself, right? You can actually plan on it. So here are six strategies that can help your business deal with increasing levels of uncertainty.