Leadership In A Flat Organization

JP Rangaswami is an outspoken advocate of open source and using emerging and disruptive technologies to improve information sharing, education and collaboration. I first heard him talk when he was Chief Scientist at British Telecom, a position he now is holding at salesforce.com. What I truely like best about JP is his engagement in education: He is currently chairman of School of Everything which brings teachers and students together in a disruptive way.

In our conversation last week we were talking about leadership and the impact the Internet has on various leadership models. I’ve cut the video into 6 parts, you can either click on the links or simply use the player below;-)

JP_Rangaswami01 – Introducing himself

JP_Rangaswami02 – Designing for Loss of Control
JP_Rangaswami03 – The Matrix Organigram
JP_Rangaswami04 – Team Incentives
JP_Rangaswami05 – Role Based Leadership
JP_Rangaswami06 – The Cultural Shift

Here is the interview in full length (42 min.)

Enterprise 2.0: practical and traditional

Last week in Guetersloh Dominik Wind, Simon Wind and myself had a chance to talk wirth Lee Bryant about Enterprise 2.0. Lee will be keynoting the “Petersberger Gespraeche” in September on this topic. He focussed in this interview particularly on the practical and traditional “sides” of E 2.0: Companies adopting social technology to refresh corporate IT systems are finding it to be more practical and more business-focused than expensive legacy systems. But despite the new ideas embodied by E2.0, arguably its greatest benefit is that it plays to the traditional strengths and entrepreneurial values that allowed us to build successful businesses in the first place. This talk will look at some of the emerging use cases for E2.0 and consider its impact of the design of Twenty-First Century organisations.

We’ve had quite some fun during our conversation … so as a “starter” a few seconds of the overall atmosphere:-)

Here is the long and serious version – and as Dominik said at the end of the first video: it is a very balanced view on how social media will emerge … The message for all traditional companies: There is a pretty fair chance to survive:-)

Looking into the Future – Brief Chat with Stephen Downes

Last night Stephen and I sat down in nice cafe in Little Italy in Toronto – surrounded by “coffee house sound”. We were talking about many things (e.g. him being a rebellious pupil and student:-) and we finally end up in the following brief chat on “The beginning of a new time” – a web-movie project I am working on. Details you will find here.

I always love to talk with Stephen …

“Rebuild the World” by Don Tapscott

Tapscott syas: “The global economic crisis is a wake-up call to the world: we need to rethink and rebuild many of the organizations and institutions that have served us well for decades, but now have come to the end of their life cycle. The financial services industry, for example, does not just need fresh infusion of capital or some new regulations; it needs a whole new operating model — one based on transparency, sharing of intellectual property and global governance.

As the crisis has spread to other sectors in the economy and even other sectors of society, it is exposing structural weaknesses and modes of operation that no longer nurture social and economic growth. The recent collapse of many newspapers is just one storm-warning of more to come: conventional wisdom isn’t going to cut it for success in this century. We need to reinvent our institutions…”

Best Tapscott I’ve ever seen! It is really worth watching the entire 62 minutes …
Great performance!

The new keynote “Rebuilding the World” by Don Tapscott from Sander Duivestein on Vimeo.

According to Wikipedia Don Tapscott is a Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker based in Toronto, Ontario, specializing in business strategy, organizational transformation and the role of technology in business and society. Tapscott is chairman of business strategy think tank New Paradigm (now nGenera Insight), which he founded in 1993. Tapscott is also Adjunct Professor of Management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.[1]

Thinking outside the Inbox – Conversation with Luis Suarez

IBM social media evangelist Luis Suarez waved email 9 month ago good bye. Since then he is only communicating via social networks – mainly twitter, IM, SKYPE and his blog. His conclusion: Communication via social networks is much more efficient than email!

Here is the “extended version” (43 minutes) of our conversation!
It was fun! Thanks again Luis for your time!

DNAdigital – Interview with Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott just finished his new book “Grown-up digital” – a survey in 10 countries about how this digital generation will change the world. He revealed how the digital world created a generation that thought, played, and related to their world in a way radically different from that of their parents. Grown Up Digital revisits the Net Generation as the eldest of its members turns 30, enters the workforce and marketplace, and establishes their roles as life-long learners and contributors to society. Based on a $4 million research project he led, Tapscott investigates how this dynamic generation is redefining today’s workplace, marketplace, schools, family, and governments by looking at how they learn and work, and what power and influence they hold.

Tapscott will participate virtually at our DNAdigital project on November, 3, 2008 n Berlin.

Beyond Broadcast – A New Understanding of Convergence

Yesterday I had the chance to speak to Henry Jenkins at the 24/7 Video Summit. Some people call him the “Marshall McLuhan of the 21st century” (e.g. Howard Rheingold). May be they are right!

We were mainly talking about his new book “Convergence Culture“, which I mentioned before in this blog. He described his understanding of convergence, he gave me an idea of how media is “floating” through the different channels and what impact all of this might have on corporate learning!

Thanks Henry, it was fun talking with you!

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