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I'm Too Full of Subjective Biases to Review You
Fortunately, There's a Better Way

I rediscovered this piece via the sales wunderkind, +Mike Kunkle and one of his (always) excellent posts.
The reason I like Mike's stuff so much, aside from his deep understanding of sales, is he understands also that sales has to part of a much bigger puzzle, a much bigger orchestra that all together has to be cohesive and highly functional. Otherwise, all sales efforts fall flat in the long run.

The fabbo piece on performance management from +Harvard Business Review reflects that sort of holistic perspective.

“Although it is implicitly assumed that the ratings measure the performance of the ratee, most of what is being measured by the ratings is the unique rating tendencies of the rater. Thus ratings reveal more about the rater than they do about the ratee.” This gave us pause. We wanted to understand performance at the individual level, and we knew that the person in the best position to judge it was the immediate team leader. But how could we capture a team leader’s view of performance without running afoul of what the researchers termed “idiosyncratic rater effects”?
How one company is rethinking peer feedback and the annual review, and trying to design a system to fuel improvement
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I always find these useful. 
The #1 Secret for Navigating Change Management
Big change initiatives for 2017? Don't forget the single most important piece!
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The Great Transformation
Intellectual Underpinnings Edition

I've long admired J. Bradford DeLong as an economist who better understood than most the big picture landscape. For +strategy+business he has selected three economic books that he thinks best frames our current reality.
We've beaten the drum here since joining G+ that the industrial economy has...well, lost steam. These three books underscore that theme.

There's is a lot of hope that what +Kevin Kelly would call the "new economy" (revisited in his latest work, "The Inevitable") will provide the backbone for our new economic landscape, and to a degree that is, well, inevitable.
However, if we were to dig deeper into the realities of that optimism, this 'new economy' is creating a wealth that winds up in much fewer hands than that of the industrial economy.

Policy is currently too mired, to wrapped up in fixing outdated economic models. Business is too narrowly focused (and this in itself is logical enough from the micro-economic perspective) on wrenching the last of the profitable growth from that old economy.

Where does this leave us? For government, business and society itself, we are all at the entrance to the valley of death, between the mountains of prosperity past, and the ranges of prosperity future.
We have two basic paths. One is to work collectively to build the bridges needed to traverse the 'valley of death', the second is a go it alone migration, where there will be far more losers than winners.

The Crisis Is Over: Welcome to the New Crisis
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The Art Of The Silicon Valley Con
Elizabeth Holmes Edition

How a sociopathic obsessive conned billions from investors with nothing more than a flawed concept. Far from a visionary, the woman was, and is, a con artist.
Google Ventures, however, were onto her scam.

Holmes subsequently raised $6 million in funding, the first of almost $700 million that would follow. Money often comes with strings attached in Silicon Valley, but even by its byzantine terms, Holmes’s were unusual. She took the money on the condition that she would not divulge to investors how her technology actually worked, and that she had final say and control over every aspect of her company. This surreptitiousness scared off some investors. When Google Ventures, which focuses more than 40 percent of its investments on medical technology, tried to perform due diligence on Theranos to weigh an investment, Theranos never responded. Eventually, Google Ventures sent a venture capitalist to a Theranos Walgreens Wellness Center to take the revolutionary pinprick blood test. As the V.C. sat in a chair and had several large vials of blood drawn from his arm, far more than a pinprick, it became apparent that something was amiss with Theranos’s promise.
In a searing investigation into the once lauded biotech start-up Theranos, Nick Bilton discovers that its precocious founder defied medical experts—even her own chief scientist—about the veracity of its now discredited blood-testing technology.
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Coase--21 Century Edition
Lowering Transaction Costs

A straightforward look.
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The Devil You Know
Versus The Devil You Don't

This actually ties into a previous post on maintenance. Part of the issue here in vendor lock-in (the devil you know), which was the mantra of the hybrid cloud builders, but the market has shown otherwise. As IT is in essence a maintenance issue, dealing with the somewhat more clear certainties of the 'public cloud' (a bit of a misnomer, no?) is preferable to the somewhat more uncertain world of hybrid--aka Cloud-as-a-Service.
What's interesting here is this doesn't show that AWS is ranked higher than IBM's hybrid offerings, but rather that reading between the lines, it is that owning your own cloud is not a good investment. The technical reasons for this are far beyond my scope, however, the smart money seems to indicate that owning your maintenance is not the wise choice.

Via +Paulo Silveira
The best hybrid cloud providers are failing in the public cloud, perhaps because they're not cloudy enough.
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BIG Ideas
Fifty of Em

A fun enough compilation of predictions, trends, ideas and the like that might define the coming year.

Via +Jeffrey J Davis from over on +LinkedIn
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The Five Principles
That Will Drive Organizational Evolution

Back at the height of the days when GLIA was a thing, we talked about these a lot.
+John Foster +Jeff Jockisch +CJ Dulberger
+Gideon Rosenblatt, you might find this of interest as well.
Nothing new to any of us, other than now seeing the primacy being placed within business academia and consulting. 
Until you grasp Turing’s theory of computability, Coase’s theorem of transaction costs, Bell’s law of computer classes, Baldwin and Clarke’s concept of modularity, and Nakamoto’s law of the distributed ledger, you’re not prepared to lead a digital company.
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Separating the Hype
From Reality

I knew blockchain jumped the shark when Don Tapscott wrote a book about it, and boarded the hype-train.
It's not the next big thing. It is a thing that will support other actual big things.

Blockchains are overhyped. There, I said it. From Sibos to Money20/20 to cover stories of The Economist and Euromoney, everyone seems to be climbing aboard the blockchain wagon. And no doubt like others in the space, we’re seeing a rapidly increasing number of companies building proofs of concept on our platform and/or asking for our help.

As a young startup, you’d think we’d be over the moon. Surely now is the time to raise a ton of money and build that high performance next generation blockchain platform we’ve already designed. What on earth are we waiting for?

I’ll tell you what. We’re waiting to gain a clearer understanding of where blockchains genuinely add value in enterprise IT. You see, a large proportion of these incoming projects have nothing to do with blockchains at all. Here’s how it plays out. Big company hears that blockchains are the next big thing. Big company finds some people internally who are interested in the subject. Big company gives them a budget and tells them to go do something blockchainy. Soon enough they come knocking on our door, waving dollar bills, asking us to help them think up a use case. Say what now?
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This is great news for +Dor Konforty and the great people working on +Synereo!!
TEL-AVIV, Israel, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In a major endorsement, the acclaimed Silicon Valley-based NFX Guild announced its partnership with Synereo in developing an ecosystem of decentralized applications (dApps) on top of Synereo's Blockchain 2.0 platform. Synereo's Blockchain 2.0
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And now for something completely different.

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Haaahaaa, +Stefan Quandt ! Here's to good old fashion wetware!!
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Capitalism's Poor Cousin

A thought provoking piece from +Peter Feltham via the good folks at the +EthosVO - The Future of Work. Now community.

The article is...well, thought provoking, as we as societies tend to greatly undervalue maintenance.
However, squaring this off against the (cult of) innovation and capitalism is an unnecessary dichotomy.

The reality is that infrastructure building and maintenance is a tough sell to budget strapped governments everywhere. Taxpayers for the most part aren't enthusiastic, although some better data here would be helpful. 
Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more
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+Rick Heil ...Yes! Another great point.
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