DJ/CO

DJ/CO

The Anthropology of Work

Culture

The Community ‘Moment’

The ‘Community Moment’   Some thirty years ago corporate managers and management consultants acknowledged that the “soft stuff” matters in the performance of firms.  Values, beliefs, relationships, communication, trust, citizenship behaviors, leadership and engagement define company culture and can often make or break company success.  Just look at Enron, whose[…]

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Walking the Talk

  As I continue to make the effort to extend the culture of coworking to the broader world, I sometimes lose sight of the core values that have driven the success of the movement thus far.  I get caught up in the sale. In its earliest iteration, the impulse behind[…]

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New Work City Rocks!

Last week I had the pleasure of joining a discussion, centered on the Fifth Age of Work, at New Work City.  While it’s always nice to talk about the future of work and promote my book, what I really got out of the visit was being at NWC and learning[…]

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Corporate Coworking

High performing firms today have several things in common.  First, they often operate in markets that are exciting, in industries where innovation is happening and work is challenging.  Secondly, they are led by inspiring leaders who not only are honest and trustworthy, but who are also able to articulate why[…]

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Leadership For Innovation

Last week I wrote a piece expressing my frustration with the scale of excuse-making that prevails across the corporate landscape.  As I indicated, this is not just my frustration, but also that of leading consultants and business school professors.  However, as I will set out in 2014 to demonstrate with[…]

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The Lonely Frontier

It is cliche to say, but change is never easy.  The kinds of organizational changes I am advocating in my new book- The Fifth Age of Work– are far from easy.  The comfort of familiarity and tradition should never be underestimated.  Established tradition and known routines make the world easier[…]

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What is Leadership Today?

Today my new book- The Fifth Age of Work– has finally arrived.  In the book I outline the various points of convergence between the growing world of freelancers and small businesses, on the one hand, and a rapidly transforming corporate world, on the other.  For firms interested in thriving in[…]

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After Corporate Culture

Since the early 1980s the business world has enthusiastically embraced the concept of culture as a way to understand and manage the “soft stuff” of organizations.  Initiated in the popular press by Tom Peters and Robert Wasserman in their book, In Search of Excellence, and in the academic press by[…]

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Just Don’t Say “Out of the Box Thinking”

In most of the classes I teach, at some point each semester I introduce my students to the tenets of design thinking.   Design thinking (DT) is actually a misnomer because it is more about ‘doing’ than thinking.  DT is simply an approach to problem solving that follows a designer’s methodology:[…]

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