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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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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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 đź’Ş

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With Microsoft where I work (disclosure) currently running several employee and partner related events (Ready and Inspire) with many new announcements, I felt the need for some sense making. This DanelDoodle (and Data Doodle) is the culmination of that. More in the breakdowns below.

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Two brains on “Everything as a Service” for the price of one

These are some thoughts captured and co-written by Stephen Danelutti and Jason Noble, two long time contributors to the world of Everything As a Service (XaaS) who met recently. We realised our common background and insights and decided to produce this combined thought piece – hope you enjoy.

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The power of yes and no. Saying yes to anything is very powerful. It is an empowering statement. It seems more positive than saying no. You can say yes to a request or yes to a question about an action, like, “should you do something” or “can you achieve something”? In both cases, our overpowering desire will be to say yes. But for yes to be the right answer, it needs a no. Perhaps many. You cannot say yes to everything and expect to be successful or thrive. Say no at least four times more than you say yes. In this sense, a no is just as, if not more powerful.

The business of culture change in the tech industry

I had interesting chats with customers and colleagues recently that I wanted to capture and share. The context was enterprise collaboration technology but I also wanted to expand a little on the increasing business of technology’s influence on culture more broadly and vice versa. It probably raised more questions than answers.

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The innovation train and how best to lubricate the collaboration tracks

It has been almost 20 years since the birth of the social web and maybe a little less for the enterprise which caught up later. In this brave new world, especially in the enterprise, email was to be replaced in favour of tools that were simple, social and collaborative. I’ve been in the business all this time and it seems old habits die hard.

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Wise Words I’ve collected over the years that are perfect for these challenging times if you need some solace, inspiration or just to get your mind off things.

As a Service trend research – technology ecosystems

One of the chapters I am covering in a trend report I am working on (As a Service Trend) will focus on technology ecosystems. Technology is fundamental to all of the solutions in the new As a Service sphere because of the connection it provides to data, between customer and provider, to physical things, etc. From an ecosystem point of view, I will also be touching on technology platforms as well as looking at the organisation as a platform – a view being explored by many.

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The hidden cost of complexity in enterprise software

It’s an unfortunate side effect of growth that when your enterprise software goes hyperscale in a growing market, you will need to accommodate an ever expanding set of customer demands for new functionality. Doing so fends of competition but adds complexity and friction to the user experience. It can even be counter-productive and lead to slowing growth or churn.

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