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The Inexorable March in the Quantification of Me

Great post by +Julian Stodd 

Wearable technology will transform every aspect of everything we do.

"It will geolocate and contextualise information depending upon who you are with, where you are and what you are doing.

"It will help you achieve that thing you are doing by both pulling in new information and letting you share your story as you learn.

It will move us from formal, abstract, old world models of learning to ‘on demand‘ learning and performance support fit for the Social Age.

"It will ground our learning in facts of performance and support us in changing those facts."

#Lifelogging #Social #OnDemand #Storytelling  

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Shifting to a Higher Level of Individual and Organizational Consciousness

Great article by Vlatka Hlupic, Professor, Management Consultant, Author of 'The Management Shift', Keynote speaker, CEO of the Drucker Society London

"For an enterprise to thrive many positive factors have to come together. In recent years the understanding of the dynamics of the thriving, resilient enterprise has become authoritative and substantial. It has been difficult to translate to practice not because the evidence base is questionable -- it is actually very robust -- but because the implications are momentous: nothing less than a fundamental rewriting of the orthodoxies of business. Specifically, we now understand that:

- The organization is not a structure, it's a living community.
Quarterly accounting profits don't accurately track performance; they're a lagging indicator, and can provide misleading information on their own.
 - People are not a static resource, they are a living asset that creates all the other assets.
- Employee engagement is crucial. It doesn't guarantee success, but its absence pretty much guarantees failure.
- Values and culture are important: you can't financially incentivize your way to lasting success.
- Personal leadership coaching cannot be understood as being separate from organizational development: one is ineffective without the other."
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"As any manager will tell you, you begin with a sound base of good information. Until recently, the bias towards accountancy prevented us from paying sufficient attention to other forms of quantitative data, such as staff turnover; or qualitative data, such as employee engagement and the customer experience. Intelligence on individual leaders' capabilities was often only loosely linked to organizational culture and performance. The in-depth analysis of the Individual Shift and of the Organizational Shift, and the discipline of attending to them simultaneously, helps restore or establish a deep connection between the different elements that are necessary for success, informed by a rich blend of both quantitative and qualitative intelligence on people and the company."
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"Based on theories of personal development, this approach envisages five levels of personal effectiveness, from Level 1 -- Lifeless or apathetic; to Level 5 -- Limitless and passionate. In-depth interviews and questionnaires can identify the level at which a leader is operating, indicated for example by typical thought patterns, e.g. at Level 1 "I feel demoralized/I cannot win" or by contrast at Level 5 "I inspire people to achieve their unlimited potential.""

#BuildResilience   #Leadership   #Social   #Managers  

Posted by +Daniel Durrant 

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How to make an organisation-wide digital transformation project a success still remains elusive for many

"Digital transformation can be viewed holistically as the confluence of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) technologies, cutting through business processes, enabling agile & secure infrastructure, leveraging IoT & connected devises, driven by seamless integration into (and upgrading) of current IT systems and underpinned by actionable insights for sustainable differentiation across customer experience and business efficiency."
#Social #Mobile #Analytics #Cloud #InternetofThings 
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"The business efficiency theme driving digital transformation projects is all around creating differentiation for organisations through one or more of the following: helping an organisation to become more agile and responsive in its ability to identify either opportunities or to protect against threats; taking cost optimisation to the next level by further automating mundane and routine tasks that can be more efficiently handled by intelligent systems; creating better decision making powered by real-time data and insights, rather than by gut-feel and intuition; and unleashing the ability to innovate through the provision of new offerings or different business models."
#DriveInnovation #Automation #ReduceRisk #DecisionMaking 

Posted by +Daniel Durrant

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Tech to encourage and support employee engagement

"From the ubiquitous, but now updated, employee survey to social media platforms and collaboration tools, technology offers businesses a way to get staff working together, discussing the firm’s mission and bonding socially, all in ways that are quantifiable and observable by management."
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"For years, the easiest way for companies to figure out how motivated their workers were was to just ask them, usually in infrequent employee surveys or once-a-year reviews. The logic behind this is still sound, but technology now allows firms to do it continuously and less obtrusively with online platforms. Instead of a long survey at the end of the year or a one-off opportunity at the yearly appraisal, staff can give feedback daily or weekly with mini-questionnaires on platforms such as TINYPulse or even just emotional responses – a simple click on a smiley, angry or sad emoticon with software such as Morale.me or emooter. Real-time feedback like this can help companies to pinpoint any problems before they get serious, something that’s particularly useful when the issue is a minor one. If dirty coffee cups in the kitchen are enraging your staff to the point where it’s a distraction, that’s valuable information with an easy fix."

#Social   #TextAnalytics   #HumanResources   #Collaboration   #DecisionMaking   #Collaboration  

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The Storytelling Mandate of Big Data

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We collect data and use data effectively to enhance our experiences and tell stories, says Ramesh Jain, a UC Irvine professor and big data researcher. “But this requires understanding relationships among disparate data items. And that is where the importance of Big Data really lies,” Jain writes on his blog.

Data-powered storytelling can be broken down into two categories: micro stories and macro stories. In their 2013 piece on the topic, Jain and Microsoft researcher Malcolm Stanley theorize that micro stories can be as simple as clicking the “like” button on Facebook, posting a picture on Instagram, or posting a video on YouTube. “Micro stories reflect a person’s experience with just one small event–really a moment in the event,” they write.

Mega stories can be generated by combining micro stories into a bigger narrative. “Mega stories tell a story that could only be created by considering a large volume of relevant events in big data,” Jain and Stanley write. “All these events must be selected and aggregated based on the goal of the storyteller.”

#Social   #Storytelling   #BigData  

Featured in Data Storytelling for Disruptors
http://blog.causeanalytics.com/2014/10/data-storytelling-for-disruptors.html 

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How to Tell Stories with Data (Really)

Here's an interesting talk by Edward Segel at the January 2012 KDMC digital storytelling workshop. He shares insights from his paper (written in collaboration with Jeffrey Heer) entitled Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data. See here: http://vis.stanford.edu/papers/narrative

He begins by explaining the growth of data and how no one knows what to do with it all because it's simply too much. Data visualisation is said to make patterns in the data "perceptively digestible." He mentions four motivations behind the creation of "interactive visualisations": 1) for displaying an extensive analysis; 2) for personalisation to increase user's emotional engagement with a data set; 3) for showing a wide array of social responses and opinions; 4) for storytelling that guides users through the data in ways he fully describes in his talk. He then delves into the findings of his paper.

#DataVisualisation   #Storytelling   #Analysts   #Social  

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Our postnormal times

An excellent overview of our "postnormal times" written in 2010 by Ziauddin Sardar, a London-based scholar called "Britain's own Muslim polymath" by The Independent newspaper. In these times of ours the power to #AnticipateChange  is essential, but also extremely difficult.

Excerpts:
All that was ‘normal’ has now evaporated; we have entered postnormal times, the in between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have not yet emerged, and nothing really makes sense. To have any notion of a viable future, we must grasp the significance of this period of transition which is characterized by three c’s: complexity, chaos and contradictions. These forces propel and sustain postnormal times leading to uncertainty and different types of ignorance that make decision-making problematic and increase risks to individuals, society and the planet.  / #DecisionMaking  
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Welcome to postnormal times. It’s a time when little out there can be trusted or gives us confidence. The espiritu del tiempo, the spirit of our age, is characterised by uncertainty, rapid change, realignment of power, upheaval and chaotic behaviour. We live in an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense.  / #TodaysChallenges   #BlackSwanEvents  
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...globalisation enhances complexity not simply by making us interdependent but also by increasing our interconnections. In a globalised world, everything is connected to everything else. / #Globalisation  
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We are more connected and interconnected than any other time in history. The entire globe is a network criss-crossed by networks of individuals, groups, communities, institutions constantly connected to each other by e-mails, e-lists, internet newsgroups, mobile phones, text, video conferencing, blogs, twitter, facebook, myspace, interactive digital television and 24-h news broadcasts. There is hardly a place in the world where we can be alone. The mobile phone in your pocket tells those who want to know exactly where you are and enables you to communicate with any one at any time (almost) anywhere. More and more, communication is becoming instant, all encompassing, and ever present. Indeed, it seems that nowadays we do not communicate to live; but live to communicate. / #Social   #Mobile  
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It is now fashionable to argue that we are going through unprecedented change. Things have\always changed but they have not changed with the accelerating pace we are witnessing nowadays. Take, for example, information technology, which doubles its power, as measured in price, performance and bandwidth capacity, every year. In 25 years, it would have multiplied by a factor of a billion as we move from transistors to more powerful technologies such as nanotechnology or molecular computing.  / #InformationTechnology   #FutureTechnologies  
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In postnormal conditions, flexibility, adaptation and sensitivity to markedly different initial conditions require that we develop our ethical acuity to increase the diversity of our response. We are not looking for one solution but many alternatives which create positive feedback and momentum for common principles. Such an approach demands new thinking, effort and participation by everyone. / #Storytelling  

Featured in Data Storytelling for Disruptors
http://blog.causeanalytics.com/2014/10/data-storytelling-for-disruptors.html 

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Job hunting the big data way

Recruiting firms are looking beyond the CV to how their applicants write sentences. Through text analytics they are making a better fit between company cultures and applicant personalities. They can also predict how long an employee is likely to stay with a job before moving on!  / #HumanResources   #TextAnalytics   #DataMining  

Citation: Nearly half of new recruits turn out to be duds within 18 months, according to one study, while two-thirds of hiring managers admit they've often chosen the wrong people. / #TodaysChallenges  
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"[I]nnovative personality tests are supplements to, not replacements for, big data analytics, many recruiters believe. / #BigData  
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Analysis of historic data from tens of millions of job applicants, successful or otherwise, is helping employers predict which new candidates are likely to be the best based on a comparison with the career paths, personalities and qualifications of previously successful employees. / #Analysts  

"Now we're able to use our own data to track how long candidates stay in a role before seeking new opportunities," says Geoff Smith, managing director of recruitment consultancy Experis. / #PredictiveAnalytics  
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San Francisco-based company Evolv found that long-term unemployed people perform no worse than those who have had more regular work.

It also found that prior work experience and even education are not necessarily indicators of good performance in some roles. / #Education  
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Our blogs, websites, Twitter rants and LinkedIn profiles reveal as much - if not more - about us than a semi-fictionalised CV.

"The days of keeping your personal and professional profiles separate are over," warns Experis's Geoff Smith.

"Social media is a great platform for individuals to demonstrate their expertise, experience and enthusiasm for their field of specialism. However, candidates need to be conscious of the online reputation they are building and the data trail they are leaving behind." / #Social  

Posted by +Dan Durrant w/ +David Pidsley 

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From Sentiment Analysis to Enterprise Applications

“My advice is about WHO should be adopting the use of sentiment technologies.  Give it to the people that run real metrics in the company.  If you let market research people control this tool, you will move too slowly.  If you give it to the social media engagement group, you will get no strategic value from it.  Give it to the operations people, who have to create better forecasts and design real-time key performance indicators for the business.  This is where the real strategic and tactical value lies for sentiment analysis.” - Marshall Toplansky, president of “mass opinion business intelligence” vendor WiseWindow

#Social   #TextAnalytics   #Analysts  

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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Spotify’s ‘Serendipity’ shows you a map of people playing the same song in real-time

Citation: Serendipity is a map that shows when two Spotify users are listening to the same song at the same time — or more accurately, the two users must have started the same song within a tenth of a second.

#RealTime   #Maps   #Social  

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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