Desire For Change

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I’ve talked about risk and how an organization needs to create an environment where it is safe enough to try out new ideas.  I’ve talked about how an organization needs to be a learning culture where you learn from mistakes and where blame in decision making is detrimental to the health of an organization.

But I’ve always made an assumption, a whopping big assumption, that has coloured everything that I’ve said.  The underlying assumption is that the organization wants to change.  What if it doesn’t? Continue reading “Desire For Change”

The End Is Nigh

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Have you ever been doing a job and then suddenly realize that maybe, just maybe, this isn’t where you want to be?  Have you ever been trying your best to make a difference, make a change that could help everyone, and then realize that no one else feels the same way?  Have you ever been climbing hurdle after hurdle, each one higher than the previous when you come across a hurdle so big that you lose all momentum, all desire? Continue reading “The End Is Nigh”

Piece Work Versus Continual Work

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The idea of the Gig Economy revolves around the idea of being able to create a piece of work that can be farmed out to someone else. For something like Uber it is simple: you need to go from Point A to Point B. Full stop. For graphic design work it is creating an image (or set of images) that convey what you need it to convey. For instance, the header graphic to this story is a piece of work that my daughter did for me for a dust jacket for a book that I never actually published.  (I hate having people read my writing.)

One off, discrete pieces of work.  That is what the Gig economy is all about.  But does this cover all work?  Is everyone going to be part of this economy? Continue reading “Piece Work Versus Continual Work”

The Gig Economy

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What is the gig economy?  In simple terms it is an economy where there is a large amount of short-term work or even freelance work.  Consultants in the IT world are familiar with this concept and it is becoming more prevalent throughout the economy.  According to the U.K. government 15% of Britons are self-employed.  Randstad Canda says that 20% – 30% of the workforce would be part of this gig economy.

How is it going to impact you? Continue reading “The Gig Economy”

The Problem With DevOps

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DevOps has done a wonderful job of making a fully engaged, DevOps driven organization seem like nirvana. Deployments occurring every couple of minutes, automated testing, automated creation of environments, containers, all of the things that people read about in the press as being what should be done, DevOps encompasses that. There is a problem, however, in that DevOps has made the process of development so easy, so simple and “sexy” that no one sees the dark side. No one sees what it takes to make nirvana happen.

And therein lies the problem. Continue reading “The Problem With DevOps”

Going With The Flow

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Photo by Jad Limcaco on Unsplash

Flow is such an interesting concept.  From its apparent ability to help us concentrate to the fact that it is becoming increasingly rare, the idea of flow helping us be better at what we love is something that really motivates me.  I can pinpoint events in the past, the recent past, where I have been in that state of flow (“in the zone”) where everything seems easier and more straightforward.  I recently looked at the solution to a problem that I was having where I managed to get into that perfect mental state and, to be honest, I had no idea how I was able to come up with the right answer.

But in our work lives getting into that state, getting the proper environment to facilitate flow, that’s something that your manager has to help you cultivate.  At least, that’s what this article says – The Manager’s Guide to Cultivating Flow at Work – and I believe them. Continue reading “Going With The Flow”

The Power of Digital in Government

Earlier this year I talked about Digital Transformation and  I’ve  talked about the book Delivering on Digital which highlights the things that governments around the world have done to come to grips with the digital revolution.  And now McKinsey has come up with an article – Harnessing the power of digital in US government agencies – that talks specifically about the U.S. Government.

But the article, while focusing on the U.S., isn’t exclusive to the U.S. as the ideas they promote are applicable to almost any government that is wondering what they need to do to survive.  It’s not difficult, it just requires someone with vision.  Continue reading “The Power of Digital in Government”

An Agile Military

When we think of the military we probably don’t think of them as being agile. Their agility, however, may surprise you.  The goliath known as “The Army” may not appear to move quickly, but the smaller pieces of the whole need to move quickly in an ever-changing environment.  If you’re being dropped into a situation where things are constantly changing and what wasn’t a threat a second ago is now a threat, a really big threat, then you need to act quickly.  You need to take in the available information and make a decision based on the facts on hand.  The business world has nothing on the agility of the smaller pieces.

So what lessons can be learned? Continue reading “An Agile Military”

Not As Good As Bacon

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Photo by Jon Butterworth on Unsplash

I was talking to someone the other day and he brought up how well we treat some of our food, compared to some of our staff.  (Thanks Robert)  I thought about it and tried to figure out if that was true.  Let’s not limit ourselves to just Alberta, though, let’s talk about world-wide standards and see how we compare.  Let’s see how we treat our staff in comparison to how pig farmers in Africa should be treating their pigs.  (Harsh, but let’s give it a shot.)

Continue reading “Not As Good As Bacon”

Culture – Netflix Style

Netflix is one of those companies that started up relatively recently and re-invented itself to survive.  It realized that DVDs were not going to be the dominant delivery mechanism for entertainment delivery and added streaming services to its lineup.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Continue reading “Culture – Netflix Style”