Positive Deviance is a concept that was coined by researcher Richard Pascale. It suggests that within any field, there will be pockets of excellence, whereby things are done exceptionally well. The key, therefore, is to locate those deviants, and find out what it is about them that enables them to succeed in the same circumstances wherein others are not.
In the year and a half in which I have been building my business, I’ve had many great plans that have resulted in nothing (or, at least, nothing yet). In the same period my most successful and profitable client relationships have emerged seemingly by chance.
When it comes to having creative thoughts and innovative ideas, there can often be a perception that we need to look far outside of our traditional field to find that bright idea. After all, if the answer is right under our feet, can it really be that revolutionary?
One of the ways that can help you become aware of the relevant developments in your field and also enables you to brush up your existing skill sets is going through blogs written by experts in that field.
If you have been following my Blog posts of late you would have noticed a trend developing in my discussions about the role of eMail and its deficiencies the way people use it today.
The sharing economy has thrust the concept of paying purely for what you use firmly into the mainstream. Whereas historically we would regard buying a car, and then not using it for 95% of its life, as very much the norm. Now though, we regard it as perfectly normal, and infinitely more sensible, to pay for a car as and when we need it.
Earlier this month, Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih took center stage at Web Summit in Dublin to discuss the future of business with the technology industry’s most influential leaders–including Peter Thiel (Founder, Founders Fund,...
Earlier this year I wrote about an Australian start-up that was aiming to apply some of the principles of open innovation to the way events are run.
Calling all non-profits, you only have until November 28th to enter our competition to win a free intranet with Interact Intranet. So if you haven’t entered yet I’m going to give you a little bit of help to make it easier for you to do so by showing you the winning entries from last year’s competition.
The idea of using the way we search or the information we share on social media to track and monitor the spread of flu is not a new one. For instance, a Kansas State University project from a few years ago used social media content to both track and prevent the spread of disease.
I have been fortunate to work with and view many sites, intranets, digital workplaces, mobile and collaborative spaces since 1996. Many technology features and fads aimed at helping people have a good experience have come and gone.
Feedback is something that we desperately need if we’re to continuously improve our skills and knowledge. Whilst the receipt of positive feedback is something we crave, many of us are much less adept when it comes to receiving negative feedback.
There has been a lot of buzz on Twitter recently about The Collaboration Pyramid model that I developed a few years ago. It started when Helen Bevan shared a redrawn version by Jim Farrell.
As Twitter has grown in size and importance, there have been a number of attempts to understand what contributes to success (or not). For instance there have been various studies into what encourages people to retweet your updates.
Everyone remembers the problem with SSL 3, right? But we’re also seeing SSL 2 supported. In this post, I will analyze the assertion that the security proposition of the merchant’s site is inconsequential so long as the payment provider is in ship shape.
This Twitter Chat examines the growing trend of companies building strong employee-focused networks in order to support their innovation efforts, with a special focus on the value driven to open innovation.
Whilst it’s probably a stretch too far to suggest we’re living in the free agent nation immortalized by Dan Pink, it’s no doubt true that more people are trading online in a variety of ways, whether as part of the sharing economy or via platforms such as oDesk and GitHub.
I recently posted about the challenges organisations face as they move from having online content and tools hosted firmly on their estate to renting space in the cloud.
It’s fairly well known that our workplaces are not ideal environments for giving or receiving feedback. Despite the fundamental role it plays in the formation of a sense and respond enterprise, many of our organizations are a veritable feedback desert.
We know determining the ROI of enterprise collaboration software isn’t easy, that’s why we’ve created another tool to help you justify your spend.
Networking has always been important in business, and nowhere more so than in the boardroom. For instance, various reports have highlighted the crucial role social networks play in the success of a start-up, with one even suggesting that the networking style of the founder can accurately predict the success of that venture.
At the recent LIMRA Annual conference, innovation and opportunity took center stage. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Leadership Challenge: Connecting in a Distracted World,” highlighting for executive-level conference attendees the importance of evolving their firms to grow their business in today’s digital era.
Networking is not something that comes easily to many people. Indeed, to some it’s something that makes them feel positively dirty. It’s perhaps not surprising therefore that over the years, a variety of tools and applications have hit the market to try and make networking easier and more effective.
The key to a successful enterprise is to activate people’s innate drive and ability to share what they know with each other. That drive and ability is also why we are only human species walking the earth today.
It makes sense that for a start-up to thrive, they will need to develop a strong network of partners that can help them achieve the growth they aspire to. This network will offer them the scale and resources required to punch above their weight.