The future of work needs better insights and the path is clear

The path with Microsoft that is, which is all I can talk about based on my experience (disclosure). I’m working with several customers to support adoption of Microsoft 365 technologies and a key part of this is what and how to measure the right impact of M365 on workplace productivity. At this time with COVID-19 and the move to remote work (which not everyone agrees to), this and inded the future of work is hugely in question and supporting and measuring it becomes imperative. I’m just sharing some of the work I am doing and approaches I’m taking – hopefully this is of use.

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Has the consumer tail finally done wagging the enterprise dog?

There was a time when consumer apps drove all the innovation in enterprise apps and users could not rely on business apps for productivity. This story charts the progress and looks at the future.

Mindfulness in the enterprise – enlightenment attained

For good reason (escalated by the COVID-19 pandemic), enterprises realise they need to ensure employee’s mental wellbeing is taken care of. Also that employees are helped to better take care of themselves. It’s in the enterprise’s interest. Activities geared to supporting them are booming and IT and HR departments are driving them. Mindfulness practice is an important aspect but there is more.

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Writing skills for remote asynchronous work and how you can master them

As we’ve moved to remote work, calling and virtual meetings have exploded (see chart below). Much is being done to simulate the advantages of in person meetings to get things done which is useful. But what if that gets abused? Wasted hours in meetings (virtual or physical) has become a trope for good reason. And remote work means that even more now, we can work asynchronously to accommodate private schedules. That’s where writing comes in.

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Crisis renewal and the future of work

Also a dabble with new publishing formats

A brief intro and some sense making on a recent article and book covering the topics in the title. And as the captions states, I continue to explore new ways of communicating or publishing – video mixed with content created on Canva. Experimentation coincidentally also a theme covered in the short video so n00b alert 🤓 The book is Humanocracy by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini. The article in FT – Future of work: how managers are harnessing employees’ hidden skills.

I’m not normally one to getting too caught up in features as I have written about many times before. But sometimes they are so delightful and unexpected that, not because they have any intrinsic value, but purely because of the delight they create, they should be celebrated. This is one such feature. Details below.

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Update on As a Service Trends

Here is list of recent announcements and posts in the As a Service trend which I am curating in a magazine on Flipboard. Here they are (20 of the most recent) after the jump, in a convenient list of RSS fed posts 💥

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Customer Success is not about tech or human touch but about the right touch

By touch I mean the way and frequency of times a customer is touched by representatives of a company, whether by technology (think BOTS, automations, etc.) or a human. I would also argue for less touch as there is a danger of bureaucracy creeping in to this fledgling profession, which comes on top of customer touchpoints that are already cumbersome.

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Learn how to Innovate and Invest in your Future

I’m playing with a new format for stories using AMP technology. I’ve tried two editors, this story below is from a WordPress Plugin from Google, the other provider is Make Stories. The latter is my preferred but its not quite ready for WordPress (.com) integration just yet – here is the story in full animated glory.

Six of the things that I think work in terms of content marketing in 2020, captured in a DanelDoodle. This list is not exhaustive and the brief points for each are also not set in stone. Below is a brief additional paragraph on each.

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The supremacy of business outcomes in a low code no code world

You may know of the new low code / no code approach to developing technology solutions (good primer if not). Simply put, it offers a development platform to users that requires little to no coding capabilities to build applications. There are benefits to this but also challenges which is why its important to consider the adage, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. In this post, I consider the importance of business outcomes, choosing the right platform, governance and pitching your solution.

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Discipline yourself or be disciplined. This could be a mantra for our times, when distractions abound. Without it, devices will master you, social media will. Whims will waste your time, goals will always be an illusion away. You wont get anything worthwhile done. You wont be the captain of your ship, the creator of your own destiny. Without mastering yourself, everything and everybody will be your master. Forever a slave, you will be whipped by the forces of conformity. No whining will help. No amount of procrastination will circumvent it. For wayfarers of all times, as well as Nike, this is an immutable truth, just do it. Do the work.

DharmaHacking at its finest

Discovered this Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and live-looping artist, Yogetsu Akasaka. He live streams on YouTube. This is one of many. I could get into some seriously cool meditation to some of these tracks, this one in particular.

Time Magazine have truly excelled with this recent cover which features a data doodle par excellence. Love the visual representation as a backdrop to the data – powerful 💪

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