July 18, 2014
July 13, 2014
In this blog posting, Paul Sloane touches upon the contrast between competition and collaboration. He writes, for examples, this:
"Sport is all about beating the competition but if you are working in care for the elderly or a hospital you are not concerned about beating the competition. You are concerned about collaborating with your colleagues to get the best outcomes for the client. In business you are focused on the customer – not the competition. Sport is about beating the opposition. Business is about pleasing the customer."This posting by Paul Sloane led me to think about customer needs and about what Lars Kolind explains in this blog posting comment:
"I certainly appreciate the positive impact of sports, but there are fundamental difficulties: In sports one person or one team wins, while scouting is designed to make every person be a winner. In sports, the participant concentrates on one activity while scouts perform a wide variety of activities in order to develop the person’s full potential: Physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually."
"Today there aren’t any players that single-handedly lead their teams. Today you share this responsibility. Every single player has to take responsibility for what they do."
July 10, 2014
July 08, 2014
"The Web has already engendered a dramatic shift in bargaining power from producers to consumers. What’s coming next is an equally dramatic and irreversible shift in power from institutions to individuals. BYOD is just the beginning. If your organization is going to attract and engage the most creative individuals in the world, then as a CIO you have to think about how you might help facilitate SYOG - Set your own goals, DYOJ - Design your own job, PYOC - Pick your own colleagues, AYOE - Approve your own expenses, or CYOB - Choose your own boss."
July 07, 2014
June 27, 2014
June 19, 2014
- Studying this visualization that I came across via this tweet by Open Data Zurich, I noticed that quite a lot of players on many participating teams at the world cup in Brazil have parents or grandparents who come from other countries than the country for which the respective players play during the tournament.
- I have been fascinated about the technological innovation at this year's world cup. This posting that I came across through this tweet by Paul Sloane sums up quite well, I think, some of the value adding innovations. For example, I find the goal line technology useful - a technology that reminds me a bit about the hawk eye technology used at tennis tournaments. Also, I like the vanishing spray that umpires can use, for example at free kicks, to keep players at the required distance from the ball and to define the correct placement of the ball.
- A visit to the creatively made Google doodles of the world cup is also worth it. My favourite is world cup doodle # 15 - perhaps because I recall that I in my childhood spent hundreds of hours kicking a ball against walls. To see the other world cup 2014 doodles, simple change the last character in the url to another number, for example 1, 2, 3 etc. Or simply click on the arrows pointing to the right or left.
June 14, 2014
Holland played like champions. Will anyone beat THAT header?! #WorldCup— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) June 13, 2014
"When your heart speaks, take good notes." – Anonymous— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) June 5, 2014
“For years, the question was, ‘What to do with payphones?’ and now we have an answer." pic.twitter.com/iO0xkbk6gN— Weird Things to Know (@Know) May 11, 2014
D'où vient la croissance mondiale en 2014? pic.twitter.com/Lr2LnhwENa— Gilles Babinet (@babgi) May 9, 2014
Gary Hamel on alternatives to the bureaucratic model... http://t.co/GC6PIs9QT8— Frank Calberg (@frankcalberg) April 28, 2014
At Morning Star, everyone has the right to suggest improvements in any area.... http://t.co/VwkB8AdmTt— Frank Calberg (@frankcalberg) April 21, 2014
June 13, 2014
June 11, 2014
June 04, 2014
- Serve peers and customers - not the boss.
- Break up monolithic structures.
- Give everyone a place at the table.
- Radically expand the scope of employee autonomy.
- Create meritocracies where influence is based on contribution - not credentials.
- Provide open access to real-time information.
- Drive performance through a shared sense of purpose and community.
- Ditch formality.
June 02, 2014
May 24, 2014
May 22, 2014
May 16, 2014
May 09, 2014
April 18, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 03, 2014
# 1: Customer needs.
March 23, 2014
- In some areas / places / situations, students sat at tables and on chairs that were adapted to how tall they are.
- In some areas / places / situations, learners had decided themselves whether they want to work / learn individually or in groups.
- In some areas / places / situations, education participants decided themselves whether they would prefer to use computer to learn.
- In some areas / places / situations, I saw students develop questions themselves about what they wanted to learn, asking fellow students their questions, and listening to what they heard.
- In most areas / places / situations, teachers were good at acting as coaches, for example by going to individual students who wanted help, helping those students individually, and praising students for what they do well.
- At more learning events, I experienced that moderators / educators evaluated events - including apprenticeship events that students had worked on - by asking students / learners to express how the particular event had been for them. Students gave their feedback in various ways, for example by giving thumbs up or down with their hands, saying out loud what they liked, and/or expressing what additional help they needed to learn / do better.
At a painting event during which students aged 6-7 years participated, I saw an example of great use of creativity: A girl was, like her fellow education colleagues, painting a box. She had chosen the colour turquoise for the paint she was using to paint her box. As most of the other students, she used a brush to paint. But only at the start. A couple of minutes into the painting task, she switched to using 2-3 brushes simultaneously, then switched a couple of minutes later to using both hands to paint - without using any brush. To me, this was a good example of "out-of-the-box thinking and doing". The norm was to use one brush to paint the box. This girl, however, let her imagination play and tried out several other ways of doing the work. And, as I could see, she really enjoyed what she was doing and was thriving using her creativity. In this situation, I found it great that the teacher let the girl go ahead - thereby supporting the creative initiative - and later simply helped the girl clean her hands.
The experiences I had this day were not all positive, though. I experienced some differences regarding how teachers think about education / learning / development. An example: Considering that many kids / children / young people use their personal mobile electronic devices such as smartphones / laptops / tablets to a very high degree - and also are very good at using these devices as well as various apps - I was very surprised that in several areas / places / learning environments, students were not allowed to use their personal mobile electronic devices. Witnessing how students were not allowed to use their personal mobile electronic devices such as smartphones, and also witnessing that there was no open, free wlan in any of the several areas / places / learning environments, I visited throughout the day - something which was also frustrating for some teachers - I could not help thinking about this highly popular TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson asking the question: Do schools kill creativity?
The Internet is certainly not everything. For example, large parts of social competence continue to be something we need to develop / practice when working with children through face-to-face interactions in various physical places, i.e. where people live their lives. And doing sports, for example, also continue to be important, for example to help avoid obesity, strengthen muscles, learning to compete and to collaborate with sports partners / team mates. The Internet is, however, a highly important and powerful tool that can help people develop a number of different skills in more and more nuanced ways. And with the development of the Internet, we're experiencing that many more interactive possibilities have arisen that help people have exchanges in various ways and thereby learn a number of things from each other. Think, for example, about all the interactions going on between young people using WhatsApp and other apps / websites that people use to communicate with each other. We're living in times during which technological changes - not least within information and communication technology - are happening at relatively high speed and are having an increasingly important impact on how we live our lives. The Internet is changing / transforming how we work, how we learn, how we live, how we relate to each other, how we think. Therefore, the Internet needs to play a central part in how education is done, i.e. be an integrated part of roles that educators play.
March 16, 2014
March 04, 2014
February 25, 2014
February 21, 2014
February 11, 2014
Weibo has brought greater transparency to China because every user can create & distribute content. –Charles Chao http://t.co/bODhMQmIoe— Stanford Business (@StanfordBiz) January 7, 2014
February 10, 2014
January 31, 2014
January 14, 2014
January 09, 2014
January 02, 2014
December 31, 2013
December 29, 2013
December 18, 2013
December 07, 2013
- "The industry is absolutely shifting toward mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets."
- "..we just don’t believe the PC is dying. You can use a phone or tablet to do some simple work, but you cannot do everything - it’s simply not as functional as a PC."
- Quanta sells - among others - to HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Fujitsu and NEC.
- Compal sells - among others - to Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and HP.
- Wistron - former manufacturing & design division of Acer - sells to Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP.
- Inventec sells to Toshiba, HP and Lenovo.
- Pegatron sells to Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Dell and Acer.
- Foxconn sells to Asus, Dell, HP and Apple.
- Flextronics, former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division, sells to HP.
- Comparing Lenovo notebooks to notebooks of other companies, that sell notebooks, I learned that when looking at notebooks that have similar or almost similar processor size, harddisk size, and RAM, Lenovo notebooks had relatively low prices.
- Liu Chuanzhi, the founder of Lenovo, mentions HP as a key source of inspiration for Lenovo. For more than ten years Lenovo served as HP's distributor in China.
- When Mr. Yang Yuanquing, CEO of Lenovo, took over Lenovo's personal computer division, he strongly discouraged the use of formal titles and required staff to address each other by their first names.
- Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing decided to share his USD 3 million personal bonus with his colleagues - crediting the strength of the company’s business performance to workers on the production line. Each person got an average of 2,000 yuan. Source.
November 16, 2013
November 09, 2013
November 07, 2013
The strong development of renewable energy and electric vehicles are interesting trends that help create more value for more people around the world. Another interesting trend are technologies / apps that enable people to share, for example, cars and parking spaces and thereby help each other use resources more efficiently. Regarding sharing park spaces, I have come to know about, for example, parkit, parku, and ParkatmyHouse. Regarding sharing cars, I have come across, for example, Mobility, Sharoo, Spinlister, and mitfahrgelegenheit / carpooling.com. And yesterday, at the Social Media Gipfel, I learned more about bringbee.
With the many new transportation solutions / apps / services that are continuously popping up in the market space - helping people to, for example, save costs, get from a to b in a more environmentally friendly ways, more safely, and/or get from A to B together with other people - it seems evident that companies such as sbb and zvv need to innovate in several ways to become more attractive for customers. One way to improve the customer experience is to provide high speed internet connection free of charge at train stations / tram and bus stops as well as on trains / buses / trams. Watching the Swiss Television Tagesschau of last night, I learned that sbb are doing that. In a contribution to Lars Kolind's blog posting on unbossing Scandinavian Airlines, open access to internet anytime and anywhere was part of the ideas I communicated.