In The Know v2.01

Six Key Business-y Links To Help You Think Beyond HR

  • Peopleclick Authoria Merger
    Jason Corsello on yesterday’s meger. The cats and dogs strategy perfected by Workstream is one way of thinking about industry consolidation. It looks like both parties to this deal needed financial relief.
  • Do You Learn Social? Do You Lead Social?
    Little is written about the practicalities of integrating social media and social software driven behavior into the organization. The arguments mostly center on the ‘who’s in charge’ question. This piece is an early starting point for figuring out the viability of a social media project. Some good notes on the kind of management participation required for success.
  • Professional Conference Video With Semi-Professional Equipment

    More training happens with handmade video.

  • Science Doesn’t Work Like You Think It Does
    More often than not, the best science labs fail. Over 50% of the data collected is other than predicted. This Wired article examines new data about the mechanics of science. A new pattern is proposed that would be a good operating procedure for any strategic plan or project commitment.

    1) Check Your Assumptions Ask yourself why this result feels like a failure. What theory does it contradict? Maybe the hypothesis failed, not the experiment.
    2) Seek Out the Ignorant Talk to people who are unfamiliar with your experiment. Explaining your work in simple terms may help you see it in a new light.
    3) Encourage Diversity If everyone working on a problem speaks the same language, then everyone has the same set of assumptions. 4
    4) Beware of Failure-Blindness It’s normal to filter out information that contradicts our preconceptions. The only way to avoid that bias is to be aware of it.

  • CEO Compensation Research: Why You Want Rich People to Set Your Pay
    Bob Sutton (from last Spring) on the relationship between pay and performance in the Executive Suite.
  • The Secret About Innovation Secrets
    The word ‘secret’ should throw a red flag for you. Here’s the money quote: “To invent or create is to take a bet against the unknown. No matter what you do, you are still betting you can do well in the face of many things that are out of your control. Don’t like that? Don’t want uncertainty? Then do something else. Comfort with risk and uncertainty is the real secret. Or at least acceptance of the fact you can work your ass off for uncertain rewards. Anyone who wants to create something new is placing a bet that their view of the future is better than everyone elses’, or at least their competitors. It’s no surprise many of the elite CEOs/Innovators/Inventors have supremely large egos – they likely had these character traits well before they became famous.

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