I interviewed Yves Morieux of Boston Consulting Group (@bcgperspectives) on what a softer approach to management #leadership means
It is posted here on the HR Tech Europe Blog.
The video of the interview is below:
A Soft Approach to Management: Yves Morieux, the BCG
“Rawn Shah, Forbes Contributor, interviews Yves Morieux, Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group”
[Cross-posted from Facebook on January 16, 2015 at 09:17AM]
The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 outlook examines the major sources of risks between the next 18 months and projected to 10 years. What do you think will be some of our biggest concerns for business?
Prof. Alan Fiske described 4 basic ways that humans do things for others. Whether you call it ‘work’, ‘exchanges’, ‘favors’, or selling goods and services, these still exist today:
1) Power — you do things because some in Authority tells you to
2) Altruism — you do things for anyone else because the expected norm is that everyone helps everyone
3) Barter — you do things in exchange for something from someone else
4) Currency — you do things based on a price that is agreed upon by market forces
Families, Tribes, Villages, Cities, Nations, everyone, regardless of the shape of your network, applies this differently for each groupings and communities they are a part of. It can also be situational, based on conditions, emotions or relationships.
Four Elementary Forms of Sociality Impacting Trust and Relationships
“About 20 years ago psychologist Alan Page Fiske and author of Structures of Social Life (Free Press 1993), now Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, wrote about the Four Elementary Forms of Sociality that describe our mental orientation of the form of exchange that we think we should use in each […]”
Cross-posted from Facebook on January 15, 2015 at 09:46AM
The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 report will be announced tomorrow. If you’d like to listen in to the livestream, here it is.
In 2014, the high risks were Unemployment & underemployment (economic), Climate change & Water crises (environmental), and Cyberattacks (technological), with Income disparity (societal) close.
I would guess these haven’t changed too much, although Cyberattacks and Political instability may rate higher.
Next week’s WEF Davos annual meeting is also livestreamed
WEF Global Risks 2015 report on Livestream
I’ll be speaking at HR Tech London 2015 together with Jeanne Murray, my former IBM colleague now with BrandsRising.com, and Frederic Williquet, blogger and consultant extraordinaire in Brussels.
Here’s a quick visual recap of last October’s event in Amsterdam. It was exciting.
Just had a great conversation with Wingham Rowan of Beyondjobs.com in the UK on the model of the future of work, finding work and workers for specific tasks and hours of time, that is goes beyond the usual matchmaking listing services of Angie’s List, Taskrabbit, and so on.
“We need to move to a world of selling spare hours. ”
It creates the possibilities for #multiployment. And not just for the high end skills market of consultants, lawyers, etc., but for the people who work in cafes, tend bars, do construction, do metalwork, and all the services industry in hyper-local markets in each town or city.
It is a compelling model for the Sharing or Collaborative Economy. But think beyond the companies like Sidecar, Lyft, Airbnb, into a more generic across the board system.
Jon Husband, Robert Pye, Jeremiah Owyang, Lance J Richards take note.
Here’s his TED talk describing the need for flexible work.
Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market
“Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours — but it’s difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is work…”
People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that wireless charging for home use emerged 20+ years ago. Can you guess some of the first use? Think of something everyone does–or at least should do–every day at least once.Not everyone had such wireless charging systems but they were commonly available back them. (See the answer at the end).
It is commonplace to see people plugging their laptops into any open socket in cafés, bars and airports across the US, to the point that this is assumed as a given: you have a right to free power to plug your phone or laptop to recharge it. It is a common courtesy and an accepted cost of business, usually limited by how many open sockets there are near convenient seats, and social acceptability–if they are glaring at you, asking you to stop hogging the spot, or asking you to order something, then you’re breaking the unspoken agreements of what they consider socially acceptable.
The latest is Starbucks experimenting with wireless charging in seemingly every store location in the Bay Area, from Sausalito to Los Gatos, and a handful of locations in Boston. You can also find them in Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf café’s in Los Angeles, and in places in New York. Powermat has a map of locations if you know where to find it (Shhh… it’s on their front page). If you want to use it you will need a Powermat ring, which of course is out of stock right now. You can also use the Duracell Powermat cases if you already have one with these café-locked mats.
What voodoo is this?
Wireless inductive charging is the answer to the question that has plagued us so frequently, you would think it has been here for all time, perhaps carved into the secrets of the Pyramids or Stonehenge. (No, not really, but it’s amusing to watch) You know that eternal questions. You have asked it yourself: Where can I recharge my mobile phone?
Ancient Egyptians used it to power their tablets and hybrid chariots
Such a system pretty easy if you have it set up: you simply place your phone on the charging plate whenever you needed to recharge–with the added bonus, you know where you left your phone. Essentially, you’d buy the power charging plate to plug into the wall, and a special case for your phone that together act as your contact points for an electromagnetic field that transfer the energy. It really is going through the air, even if there less in between space than a gnat’s … err… effusion.
Will it be used?
The challenge earlier was that wireless power charging costs you anywhere from $20 and up for the unit because you had to buy both the transmitter and receiver. With only a simply USB or Apple Lightning connector charger for $10 and the availability in public locations in the 0.1st-world, it now becomes available EVERYWHERE! (note: keep your ubiquity horse-blinders on).
Well, okay, they’re still only testing it by bringing it to the grubby hands of our masses. And our cafés can less resemble the death traps of lost Mayan temples. We no longer need watch our steps to avoid setting off the poisoned blow dart, or be lassoed by pythonic power cables–many a technopreneur has been lost to such blow darts, as you know.
Excuse me, I believe I ordered the LARGE Flat White
Elsewhere, population control is still being maintained successfully through the medieval traps using shock therapy, starting electrical fires, trip wires, and pouring burning coffee from the ramparts onto unsuspecting peons.
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