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Med internets intåg fick vi tillgång till en hel del nya medier som faktiskt de flesta har kvar att upptäcka. Minns ni till exempel att många av oss tänkte att “ett SMS kan jag verkligen inte skicka till en kund!” 😉 Ett av dessa nya verktyg är webinaret som kommunikationsform och relationsbyggande. Det behöver inte vara kostsamt, krångligt eller svårt. Du kan få fram antingen er egen tes, stötta någon annan eller arbeta samverkande. Jag har nyttjat olika medel i samverkan (både vad gäller verktyg och innehåll) med dem som gillar LUCK-konceptet. Mer om det i en senare bloggpost.

En förebild för mig kallar sig själv @havspappan på Twitter, i klartext Bengt Littorin. Här kan du se några av de webinarer de kört i vår.

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There’s been a lot of talk about the new generation (isn’t there always? Even Sokrates complained over disobeying youngsters) and especially Generation D, where D stands for Disruptive. Not to mention all changes happening to most our known structures. This generation faces an economical future that for the first time in history is worse than the one their partents met.

Ready to act – high demanding – but also prepared to deliver (Stockholm and Helsinki RollerDerby teams)

I for one use to claim personal differences are often bigger than generalizing So, is there anything special with this generation? Often, differences on the individual level are a lot bigger. But, if there are indeed theses differences – which are they – and yet more: How should I act if I’m a manager? (And I will conclude – what they’re asking for is at work is something we should all have asked for long ago!)

They need more attention – and have shorter attention span. Take the MTV effect. Double or triple it. We need action. Great! Let’s GO for action!

They expect more feedback – Well, great news again! We all need that, in fact human beings are juat that by mirroring in others minds and communication.

They expect kickbacks – well, that’s just great – as this is normally how it works! But what are the kickbacks, and what levels of kickbacks are achieved when and how?

So as a boss, what do y0u need to do?

My recommendations:

SLA – Seen, listened to, acknowledged – simple actions, but you need to  prepare yourself – your mind and philosophy – before the action is needed.
We all have this need, so better get prepared. It’s a great tool as it works both ways: Seeing some-one and giving feedback makes you visible as well!

Transparency by Reverse leadership style – telling people what to do is out of age. Not only will it stop people from thinking – it only opens a handy escape route as what you are telling is percieved  YOUR goal, not theirs. (Of course you won’t notice as we all learned play the of the game.)
Instead: Regularly ask your employees to present goals, reasons and strategies – why we do what we’re doing et cetera. You not only get to know what is known, but also basic values, how they regard your leadership and – the way business is run.

Coach in a goal-centric way – skip discussions of “right or wrong” issues. In the age of ubiquitous search discussions about who is wrong and who is not is pointless and will only drag the both of you down and you will lose momentum. Focus on “Why?” questions and reverse goal-setting. You may rapidly hear how well goals are understood. (How can one achieve goals that aren’t clear?)

Employees of today need to know it all – from Vision and Mission via Strategy to Tactical/Operations level. The needs of generation D will benefit us all – if we’re just willing to be a little bit more open, transparent – and… demanding! I strongly believe we are now at a good point in history to re-vitalize Management and Leadership.

What do YOU think?
Do you have any similar (or completely different) experiences?
(You may answer in Swedish if that makes you feel better – I’ll provide a reasonable translation in the flow.)

Thanks to Ari Lightman, presenter of this topic at the Enterprise 2.0 conference recently in Boston, MA.

Johan

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Christian Rudolf tipsade mig om denna bok under våren 2012. Underligt att jag missat den. De träffar så fullständigt rakt i magen – och i det jag arbetar med och tror på.

Per Axbom har skrivit om boken och dess teser på svenska. De inledande 95 teserna känner vi alltför väl igen. Många nickningar och instämmande leenden blir det säkert när du läser översättningen här

Vill du hellre läsa originalet så har Amazon rea på boken nu så där 10 år efter utgivningen.

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I’m still in Boston to grasp all inputs and insights of the “Enterprise 2.0” Conference. I arrived a few days early to get through jetlag. One evening a gentleman working for the fire dept pulled my LUCK Book out of my hands as he realised a lot was applicable in his line of work. A pity, since I didn’t bring any more books. I didn’t expect interest in a book in a foreign language.

Ever since that evening we’ve discussed whether it makes sense to scan a foreign book, OCR it (optical character recognition) and let Google Translate have a go with it. Then, as Andrew McAcfee ran an excellent presentation on racing the machine – how fast automation is developing (The Google Car, Jeopardy, Chess).

So – is my “LUCK Book on Sustainable Leadership” understandable or not? And if it is, would it be embarrasing, moderate, good or even excellent? You may be the judge. I’ve altered nothing from the Swedish version.

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Now a day after the completion of the Enterprise 2.0 conference (from now on “E2”) things are slowly coming to a level possible to grasp. Some of the areas I will cover the next couple of days include:

Race against the Machine
Reverse Mentoring
The meaning of Big Data – even for the sole entrepreneur
Visualization of Big Data
Game Dynamics and Gamification

I’m looking forward to interacting with you on this!

Johan – currently in Boston, MA

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Some say, avtually quite a lot of people 🙂 that the iPad is only for reading and consuming on-line data. I agree, its a great tool for all of that, not to mention all graphical interfaces for location-based services,
But – I think it’s great tool for prodiåutivity as well! As a writer I regularly get into writers blocking. Procrastinating, low on energy are common states when this occurs. Part of the blocking being expectations and demands, the iPad comes in handy.
To my brain, it speaks another language in creating: while the Mac says “come on, be productive! These are office hours! The iPad’s like that kid screaming “come play!”
And that’s exactly what I do to release my blockings.

Write: either a plan email that I addreas to my Evernote folder.
Sketches: simpler ones – Drawing Pad – finer in details- Paper
Video: built in camera – or Movie360 – preferably using the Sketch filter

I’m not alone: Check Martha Stuart’s work: http://gigaom.com/apple/ipad-not-for-creation-martha-stewart-disagrees/?utm_source=General+Users&utm_campaign=93d9deb5e9-c%3Aapl+d%3A06-22&utm_medium=email

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I’m attending several of the “Big Data” seminars at the Enternterprise 2.0 conference in Boston. You may think “yeah right, it’s fine for the big corporations” but is it? What can I do as a sole entrepreneur?

My first takes: Gather data on my own business activities:
* Business trips
* Sales of my LUCK Concept book (soon available in English)
* Library lendings of my LUCK book in Sweden
* Correlations between the above
* Something I haven’t thought about yet

So, Visualizing of data will mean a lot. Further actions available around this:

Gamification – guessing game / quiz on data
Business Driver – following sales and lendings will most likely drive sales and interest in the LUCK concept.

What more is there to do?
(stay tuned for the opening of my LUCK e-shop opening soon: luckconcept.com)

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