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Rawn Shah
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Rawn Shah

The Future of Work  - 
A new thought on Forbes

I do see ecosystems of organizations as a better way to operate than trying to become a one-stop comprehensive service provider company. Online Market Networks are a new direction that make it possible to serve a customer with more complex needs, while allowing many businesses to work together in the same workflow.
If you need a look at the future of work and organizations, take a look at how Market Networks allow the creation context-specific solutions for customers through their strategic capability to build ecosystems
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The truck is able to haul 40 tons and is a semi trailer in format. Some of the sub assemblies it picks up are weighty (>1 ton), others, from specialists, far less so. I also like the zero-emissions (within the city at least) nature of the thing - and given the amount of renewables energy being generated in Germany, BMW want to use that as much as possible. A nice bit of joined-up thinking if you ask me.
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Open Ethos  - 
A reading list of recent books about Innovation either on a personal or a trend level. Of these, I find "Why Information Grows", and "Beyond Measure", and "Creative Schools" alluring.
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If anyone wants to help with book reviews, please let me know. I have a stack to read.
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John Hagel of Deloitte gives great reasons at #AmplifyFest why we should think of business in ecosystems (networks) with specific business examples where working as a network creates huge ($Billions) returns for companies in China and elsewhere.
He provides supportive arguments on why such a networked model is better for today's world:

- leveraged growth
- expanding functional capabilities
- expanding (what I call) contextualised value
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Yes, good memories. For an offline discussion one day I hope...

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On +Forbes  "What were they Thinking? The Logic Behind Emotional Decisions" --book review of "Feeling Smart" by Prof. Eyal Winter  
#socbiz #leadership #management 
Why do peacocks have impressive tails when they are heavy, burdensome and possibly life-threatening in their natural environments? Starlings chirp even more loudly as they approach danger, making predators aware of their location, but warning other starlings away. Likewise, why do folks like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others drop [...]
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Working Beyond 5 #generations in the workplace

Thinking Post-generational on behaviors and pyschographics about how people work rather than where they were born should be our focus.  
Work-life expectancy is expanding. While we worry about working with five generations in the workplace by 2020—only 5 years from now—we are now looking at even more as we look 10, 20, or 50 years from now. As work-life expectancy, the number of years we have available to spend working, expands [...]
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All the Happy Workers - The Atlantic 

A great look at the some of the dark side of the Wellbeing industry, the history of health and psychology in relation to  management theory, and how to get the most productivity out of people.

[It's quite long but you may learn a lot from reading this one. Inc. some particular stories in the UK gov too. From the book The Happiness Industry]

The general sense I get from this piece is a look to new 'cures' for employee disengagement through attitude adjustment, recategorization of worker issues/challenges, and generally focusing on removing/firing the disengaged from the workforce. 

There is also a good bit about the history of Happiness research from the 1920s, the notions of Health and Wellbeing, in relation to Management theories and productivity.

+Jon Husband +Robert Pye +Harold Jarche +Luis Suarez +Lee Bryant +Thierry de Baillon +Dave Gray +Annalie Killian +Bill Jensen +Ted Bauer +Chris Heuer +Cerys Hearsey +Bill Sanders +Rogier Noort +Bjoern Negelmann +Heather McGowan +Ross Dawson +David Terrar +Euan Semple +HaJ Sturm +Frédéric Williquet +Reuven Gorsht
Companies are more focused than ever on employee well-being. It might increase productivity, but what does the commercialization of feelings do to people?
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Luis' comment contains a lot of wisdom, I think.
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A recent online jam by Change Agents Worldwide, Rebels at Work, and Corporate Rebels United give these 15 tips and principles to regaining one's freedom at work (without trying to change the organization entirely)

This was written by a friend, Celine Schillinger of Sanofi
Corporate Rebels United, Rebels At Work and Change Agents Worldwide recently organized an amazing 24-hour Rebel Jam where corporate change makers from around the world shared ideas and advice. My contribution to the Jam consisted in supporting people who suffer from a controlling work culture and want to do something about it. Change agents, it’s time to be tactical! Here are 15 tips anyone can use. They’ve been useful to me and I hop...
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It's +Céline SCHILLINGER's efforts really. 
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My TED talk on The Future of Finding Work raises the reality of people existing in a state of Multi-work, not just multitasking but working multiple jobs to the point that no one job defines us. We exist in networks, but most of the focus on organizational design seems to be from the point of view of the change to organizations, rather than the change from the person's view. 

If we were to join and unjoin multiple teams and organizations, we need better ways of finding, matching, and selecting jobs than the resumes and online boards of today. We also need better ways of tracking our work personally, our skills and our reputations as a result of the work we perform.

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Very true +Rawn Shah . Thanks for sharing your thoughts
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Are we Leadership hypochondriacs? 

Are we perceiving illnesses in leadership that aren't there? Are do we see something that has still yet to be understood in general practice? 
Ayelet Baron recently shared her article in IT Business Canada, “How to stop the band-aid solutions for 21st century leaders”, which is a good read for a new approach to leadership practices as opportunities for this new millennium, and a drastic change from the past hundreds of years of business. She has a bold willingness to think different, as are many of the cohort of other thinkers she directly shared it with (Jane McConnell, Bill Jensen, Jo...
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If you want your organization to engage in a shared sense of Purpose all together, then perhaps you need to encourage more decentralization and independent thought in smaller groups.  New research suggests that companies who feel a stronger sense of Shared Purpose tend to engage more in communities, and work more broadly regardless of the hierarchy. 

Some thoughts from the recent Enterprise 2.0 Summit 2015 in Paris. 

#community   #leadership   #e20s
There is a paradox in how we see ourselves in a collaborative, cooperative world of work. This is a balance within each: our self-image, where we give attention, and what we consider priorities. On the organization side, this is also the balance of centralization versus decentralization, leading versus directing, uniformity [...]
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Keywords: Author, blogger, Social Business Transformation, IBM, Speaker, social analytics researcher, firestarter

Rawn Shah is an expert in collaboration and social computing methodologies within organizations and on the Web. He is a business transformation consultant in the Social Software Adoption team in IBM where his primary responsibilities involve measuring and determining the business value of collaboration technologies. 

He is the author of seven books, his latest being "Social Networking for Business: Choosing the Right Tools and Resources to Fit Your Needs" (Wharton School Publishing, 2010) He was also a freelance columnist and editor for technical journals such as JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, Windows NT World Japan, and IBM developerWorks. 

He writes a business-oriented blog on  He can be reached at or on The contents of this social site are his own ideas and opinions and not that of IBM.
Bragging rights
7 books, 500+ published articles, enterprise transformation of 450K+ company, Battodo (Japanese swordfighting) sensei
  • University of Arizona
    Computer Science
Social Business Strategy
organization transformation, strategy, social business, management strategy
  • Rising Edge
    MD, 2013 - present
  • IBM
    Social Business Strategist, 2000 - 2013
  • Linuxworld, JavaWorld
    Editor, Contributor, 1996 - 1999
  • Adobe
    Sr. Manager, Enablement Infrastructure, 2015 - present
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For SWF, powder stays in the saya (scabbard). A thin wire is required to remove it.

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