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  • IDEO's New Ieas for Building Innovation
    by Alexandra Levit - November 9, 2017
    Global design firm IDEO is known for its innovation. In fact, many clients approach the firm specifically because they want to learn its secrets. In a research initiative meant to get at the heart at what makes innovative companies tick, IDEO studied its 26-year archive of projects that focused on clients’ internal team dynamics, as well as external sources focused on innovation (including Fast Company‘s annual Mos...
  • Our Digital Future: Machine, Platform, Crowd
    by Alexandra Levit - October 17, 2017
    The MIT Sloan Expert Series recently presented a webcast with Andrew McAfee ?and ?Erik Brynjolfsson, co-authors of the new book Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, Beth Comstock, vice chair of GE, and Sandy Pentland, MIT professor and expert of group dynamics in a digital world. A crucial theme of the new book is that unsettling, disruptive change is becoming the status quo. Suddenly, companies we think...
  • How to Manage Disruptive Organizational Events
    by Alexandra Levit - October 6, 2017
    Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, a world-renowned thought leader on Project Management and Strategy Implementation, recently penned an article for CIO around PM fundamentals for mergers and acquisitions. As he wrote: “Last year, some 40,000 companies changed ownership, for a total deal value of some $5 trillion, according to Thomson Reuters. That means people are managing 40,000 massive transformation projects – but how...
  • Employers should embrace people analytics to help solve problems
    by Alexandra Levit - September 22, 2017
    On a SilkRoad webinar with HR Daily Advisor last week, we talked about how advances in people analytics are augmenting the business and HR operations of modern organizations. The event, called, The Next Frontier of People Analytics, explored how HR can up its game to become a strategic partner and essential source of analytical guidance. As our hour concluded, there were many terrific questions, but very honest one in particul...
  • HR Folks: Why Not Develop Your Own Apps?
    by Alexandra Levit - September 5, 2017
    Over the past five years, many organizations have moved their HR systems into cloud platforms and are looking for add-on tools that allow them to access/integrate – or build their own – mobile apps. This has led to the rise of what we call citizen development. According to Gartner’s IT Glossary, a citizen developer is a user who creates new business applications using development environments sanctioned by...
  • When Considering Employee Experience, Don't Forget About Culture
    by Alexandra Levit - August 28, 2017
    Last week, SilkRoad presented a webinar, Employee as Consumer: Building a Differentiated Experience Through the Lifecycle, with HR Daily Advisor. We talked about the consumerization of HR, the creation of a meaningful employee experience throughout the lifecycle, and how design thinking, talent activation, and employer branding play into it. At the end of the session, Jennifer asked: How do you create an experience that&rs...
  • Solve 21st Century Business Problems with Connectional Intelligence
    by Alexandra Levit - August 21, 2017
    Interested in a way to maximize your potential and achieve greater levels of performance and job satisfaction? How about using that same strategy to help your company realize its most ambitious goals? Connectional Intelligence is proving to be a powerful conduit for achieving both. The brainchild of leading business strategists and researchers Erica Dhawan and Saj-Nicole Joni, Connectional Intelligence (CxQ) was coined in 2...
  • Does Flexwork Decrease Productivity?
    by Alexandra Levit - August 10, 2017
    Does giving employees the freedom to do tasks in their own way actually decrease their productivity? Harvard Business School investigates. In the interest of productivity, some organizations have a predetermined scheduling policy, requiring that tasks be completed in a particular order. For example, we’ve talked about citizen development a lot on the Fast Track, and low code application development may indeed be one o...
  • Why it's Essential for Every Leader to Understand Project Management
    by Alexandra Levit - August 3, 2017
    Being overlean could be your downfall. Why project management is not just for the big firms. Shazir Mucklai is a startlingly young angel investor and adviser in disruptive startups. He currently runs a six-figure PR firm helping startups commercialize their products and launch their ideas. I say that he is startlingly young because according to his LinkedIn profile, he is still in college. One of things I love about work...
  • How to Prevent Organizational Drag
    by Alexandra Levit - July 28, 2017
    Want to be more productive tomorrow? Zero in on your organization’s time, its talent, and its energy. In their new book, TIME | TALENT | ENERGY: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power, Bain & Company partner Michael Mankins and his co-author Eric Garton identify the specific causes of organizational drag – otherwise known as the collection of institutional factors that slow t...