Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Viral Change and internal social networks

An article by Computing guru David Tebbutt

Social computing - start small, think big - Networks - Breaking Business and Technology News at silicon.com

Most people have an opinion about social computing - a term I use to refer to social networking as well as web 2.0 communication tools such as blogging and wikis. 'Dangerous', 'liberating' and 'time-wasting' are three of the most common reactions to using these technologies within businesses.
The problem with such blanket reactions is that they inhibit adoption. If the boss says a technology is a waste of people's time, IT has no choice but to disregard it. Unfortunately, users that want it have no such inhibitions. They will still find ways of introducing it, usually by subscribing to web-based third-party services which cheerfully tunnel through the firewall.
It's better by far for management to give the green light to social computing in principle, allowing IT to exercise a measure of control over the proceedings and, perhaps, limiting its use to certain members of staff.
The main issue behind the decision to adopt social computing techs is that of command-and-control versus self-organisation. And hidden behind this is the issue of trust.
The workforce and management are moving from command-and-control to self-organisation at different speeds and it will be a source of tension for many years to come. Wholesale change will, in the main, come about slowly. Some say 10 years, some say 50. This week I even heard a podcast in which one pundit - Euan Semple - said it could take as long as a 100 years for the transition to be complete.
Social computing is not just an IT issue, though - it's a behavioural issue as well. If a company decides at a high level that some kind of collaborative computing is required, then certain people within the organisation will respond positively to this. As they infect others, so the culture will shift as a result.
This reminds me of a book called Viral Change, in which author Dr Leandro Herrero explains how ideas spread within organisations - and, more importantly, how to make them spread rapidly. Because he has a background in psychiatry and business management, he focuses more on human processes than any IT that underpins them. Yet the book resonates well with social computing, although it owes little, if anything, to the subject.
Herrero presents the idea that it is a small minority of people who bring about change and innovation in organisations. These individuals discuss and champion new behaviours - the only things which actually result in new organisational outputs. These people need to walk the talk as well, otherwise others have no behaviours to mimic. They also engage with visible sceptics - if they get them to change, then it gives permission to all their followers to change as well.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

I'll be in Princeton, NJ, 2-5 May

I'll be in Princeton. NJ, 2-5 May .... (if you are around?)

Dr Herrero Keynote Speaker at Sales Force Effectiveness Summit, USA May 4th-5th, 2009

30 little, effective explosions

See what Jack Vinson makes of DISRUPTIVE IDEAS. Thanks Jack

30 little, effective explosions - Knowledge Jolt with Jack

Imagine having your pick of 30 different fireworks. Each has its own effects, but taken in combinations, they can really light up the sky. That's the idea behind Leandro Herrero's Disruptive Ideas - 10+10+10=1000: the maths of Viral Change that transform organisations, a how-to follow-on to Viral Change. There is a book website where most of the book contents are posted, and readers are encouraged to comment. I was sent a review copy last year and have finally gotten around to it.
What makes a disruptive idea? It's something that changes the way the business runs, and it's something that can be started easily and create a wildfire of change (viral) through the organization. It is definitely NOT something that requires a large implementation. Each idea is described through stories around how the idea might impact an organization. Herrero often touches upon popular management literature and turns it around with suggestions like "talk the walk" instead of the usual "walk the talk."

Read the rest here: http://blog.jackvinson.com/archives/2009/04/07/30_little_effective_explosions.html

Gary Hamel on Managing Generation Y - the Facebook Generation - Gary Hamel’s Management 2.0 - WSJ

Gary Hamel on Managing Generation Y - the Facebook Generation - Gary Hamel’s Management 2.0 - WSJ

See this post. The question of how Generation F (or others for that matter) have social-interaction expectations is important when crafting Viral Change™ programmes. See also McAfee’s comments. This conversation is worth following for anybody interested in Viral Change™

Friday, 3 April 2009

Ideas Rompedoras is Disruptive Ideas in Spanish. To be published soon

We Urano will publish the book in Spanish in June 09

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My favourite G20 picture: one at a time ( = Viral)

Can’t remember any other time when anybody being pictured arriving to 10 Downing street, official residence of British Prime Ministers, was done so shaking hands with the policemen at the door. It may have happened but haven’t seen it.... Here you have it now. This is the best of G20, believe me. Obama gets it. Obama is viral in nature – here my Viral Change™ interest. In his presidential routes he promised to people A, and B and C ... and then added, ‘whatever it takes, on a person at a time, one family at a time’. Contrast this with our management practices. When was the last time you heard ‘an employee at a time, an individual at a time’? We go for everybody, everywhere in those massive change management or communication programmes, the antithesis of Viral Change™. Viral Change is indeed one-at-at-time change.... Role modelling provided by Change Champions... One generates three, generates 5 etc. It is viral influence. It is this handshake of the picture.