The New Workplace Weekly Digest 11/06

| Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Introducing Kaito, the RFP response automation platform. Try Kaito now!
Owner of this photo is Flickr user European Parliament. Original location of the image:
Image copyright Flickr user European Parliament (

Every Friday, we prepare for you a short digest with news covering subjects related to employee engagement, collaboration, organizational culture, knowledge sharing, leadership and the future of work.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

Here’s this week’s brief:

Sustainable competitive advantage depends…

…on having people that know how to build relationships, seek information, make sense of observations and share ideas through an intelligent use of new technologies. Making a parallel with Fangio’s famous evasive action from the racing folklore, Kenneth Mikkelsen and Harold Jarche explain that leaders must scan the world for signals of change, and be able to react instantaneously. They developed the Personal Knowledge Mastery that supports leaders with a strategy for learning. Sharing is part of this program, as it’s a contributing process where we pass our knowledge forward. Read their article The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners for Harvard Business Review to learn more about it.

Office workers are interrupted — or self-interrupted…

…about every three minutes, according to Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, who studies digital distraction. She also appreciates that it can take about 23 minutes for a worker to return to the original task. And Edward G. Brown, author of “The Time Bandit Solution,” believes that modern workers aren’t doing enough to stem the flow of questions and conversation. He also offers a five steps strategy to diminish interruptions and distractions at work, like politely deterring colleagues who ask for your help, since it’s important to both protect your time and be a great team player. Read Noreen Seebacher’s article for CMSWire, How To Be a Team Player in an Age of Interruptions.

Learning from someone who has been there…

…done that, it is no longer optional to succeed quickly. Rajesh Setty believes that thoughtful conversations are when tacit knowledge gets transferred. Tacit Knowledge resides in us in forms that cannot be easily digitized, such as an Experience, Competence, Thinking, Commitment to a specific activity. It exists within our mind and gets expressed only during teamwork and during engaging conversations. It is a known fact that top performing employees are a key competitive advantage for any organization and they possess tremendous tacit knowledge that remains heavily under-utilized. And you need to encourage sharing this type of knowledge if you want to accelerate learning within your organization. Read Rajesh’ Learn Together to Grow Fast for Huffington Post to get more information on the subject.

Lean teams are work floor departments, such as…

…invoice processing teams and production teams who continually improve their own processes with lean methodologies. According to a thesis of Desirée van Dun, specialist in improving performance in the workplace, high performing lean teams are characterized by nine key factors. And leadership and organizational culture play an extremely important role in bringing together all of these factors into the right formula for success. The nine factors that Van Dun identified collectively provide a lean team culture are divided in three big categories Affective States (Conflict Management, Psychological Safety, Team Cohesion, Team Member Support), Behavioral Processes (Information Sharing, Performance Monitoring, Innovating, Team Leadership) and Cognitive States (Organizational Goal Commitment). Read The nine characteristics of high-performing lean teams in Consultancy UK to learn more.

In order to survive and thrive as leading and…

…modern enterprises of the future, organizations must rethink how their employees do their best work, how to manage their top talent, and how to structure their business processes and operations. A seismic force in culture, connectivity, collaboration, and commerce, Generation C is unique in that they are defined more by their skillset and habits, and less strictly by their age as compared with previous generations. Sixty-five percent of “Generation C” are under 35, spanning both Generation Y and Millennials. Collaboration breaks down boundaries, instills transparency, and creates a unified view of the business. In the modern and networked economy, employees are working more closely with different arms of the business. Read How the Connected Generation Is Re-shaping the Modern Enterprise by Gunjan Sinha to learn why collaboration is a catalyst.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

Looking for a great way to ask questions and build knowledge with your co-workers? Quandora enables simple, efficient knowledge sharing with your team, way more fun than a mailing list or a forum. Try Quandora

Comments are closed.