Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are You Ready for a More Fluid Workforce?

The Fluid WorkforceThe workplace has changed: in space, in time, and even in the people who do the work.

For most of the past 200 years, the workplace of the office worker has been ... well, an office. It still is. It was the only practical option: That’s where teams could meet, that’s where the files were stored, that’s where the typing pool was, that’s where people put stuff in your (physical!) inbox.

You could use the phone to reach people remotely, but that was either quick (for getting a quick answer), temporary (colleague away from the office), or to arrange a meeting.

No question: the office was the best option. But it came at a cost - many costs, in fact. For example:

  • Wasted time: the daily commute, meetings, interruptions, people getting sick during the flu season, etc.
  • Expenses: fixed costs of running an office, variable costs, IT infrastructure, software upgrades, etc.
  • Hierarchy and rigid rules: tendency to impose top-down control, being insular, rejecting outsides, etc.

Most of all, it just wasn’t tapping into the potential offered by the Internet and Cloud.

Telecommuting created distributed teams

Now we have many more distributed teams, where some people work from home, others work from other offices around the world, and others work from cafes or shared working spaces.

Distributed teams and the virtual workplace reduced some of the friction of the physical office, and improved productivity.

But, although it fixes the problem of when and where people work, it doesn’t address the issue of who does the work.

What are the chances that the people you employed – possibly many years ago – just happen to be the best people in the world for your key project right now? In the past, it wasn’t practical to use anybody else, but now you (literally!) have the whole world at your fingertips.

The workforce of the future is fluid

Your future workforce is not defined by its workplace. A team comes together - from anywhere in the world - for a task, does the work, and then disperses. Sometimes the entire team disbands, sometimes the core remains. But the key is that you’re getting the best people for the job.

Some organisations are better than others in adapting to this future. Most aren't ready for it, and some will actively resist it (and may never get there). But if you really want to prepare your organisation for the fast-changing world of work, at least consider how you can create a more fluid work environment.

Get ready for the fluid workforce

Even if you aren't fully ready to embrace the idea of a fluid workforce, here are four key questions to position yourself for it in the future:

  1. Team Members: Are your current teams really the best people to complete your current projects and meet your goals? Did you really choose the best people, or just make the best you could of the people you have?
  2. Performance: Are you measuring and rewarding people for results achieved (rather than time spent)?
  3. Supervision: Can your people really work independently, and simply report back at agreed touchpoints (rather than having to follow prescribed systems, processes and rules)?
  4. Interdependence: Do team members accommodate each other's needs, even outside scheduled meetings and events?

Although I've framed these as simple Yes/No questions, the answers generally won't be as simple. Rate your teams on a scale of 0 to 10 for each of these four questions, and that will give you a good idea of how well you'll be ready to build the fluid workforce of the future.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What is the Quality of Your Actions?

If indeed Leadership is about Action and not Position, my logical mind says that surely the Quality of Leadership must depend on the quality of all the actions that define Leadership.  In other words,         if   L = A1 + A2+ A3...... An
then Q(L) =  Q1(A1) + Q2(A2) + Q3(A3)..Qn(An)

In general, Actions follow Thought and Intent. It is not actions that create what you want, but your intent. Thought creates the content, intent creates the context. This is also explained in another article on 'The Content's Fine, but Intent is the King' .

If the thought and intent are self-serving, then the actions have only a limited impact. These actions may at best invigorate others in believing and investing in you to create wealth/ wellness once they are convinced that you have the competence and the character to achieve those results. At worst, they will breed tyranny and dictatorship.

 If the thought and intent are directed to influence others, it can translate in creating leaders for a short term, based on what the 'followers' perceive of the so called leader. Such individuals also need to have the charisma to pull the others towards them. Most charismatic leaders fall in this category.

However, if the thought and intent behind the action are to co-create and contribute towards the long term value of the Society/Nation, such individuals have to actually rise above themselves and inspire others to create a culture where such values are replicated so that the effort gets multiplied and becomes long lasting and sustainable.

Interestingly, the three categories of intents correspond to the 3 Circles explained in another post.

 To achieve the highest quality of Action is a difficult process, no less than deep meditation, aided by strong sense of purpose, self belief and regular practice.People who have practised this and succeeded in creating powerful actions and inspiring millions include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. 

Often, leaders get wrongly motivated by these examples and try to create actions based on the followership they want. This is the wrong way.  Instead, leaders must focus on the change that they wish to create and channelise their thoughts and intent towards creating the change through their actions. Whether or not the canvas is large enough, is then secondary. You will get what you have set out to achieve, and that alone should give you all the satisfaction.

Monday, January 26, 2015

My 1000th blog post. So What?

This weeks sparkenation is somewhat of a departure from my usual short post because it coincides with my 1000th blog post yesterday. 
Please read the 3 key reasons I share my writings online in my 1000th blog post here.
What are your reasons for sharing online?
Be remarkable

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Magnificent Moves We're Making

This post inspired by the people of Paris and Sydney.

Millions of the world's citizens are making moves. They're all moves from what is to what can be.

Are you on the move?

Moving from a focus on results to a focus on reasons

Moving from dollars to sense

Moving from investment to legacy

Moving from more for the rich and less for the poor to less for the rich and more for the poor

Moving from balance sheet to life-work harmony

Moving from cure/fix to prevention

Moving from education to life-long learning

Moving from handouts to helping hands

Moving from style to substance and significance

Moving from information to insight to idea to inspiration to innovation

Moving from denial to decision

Moving from blame and shame to taking personal responsibility

Moving from partisan politics to bipartisan politics

Moving from debating ideology to debating ideas

Moving from being clever to being wise

Moving from I to We

Moving from greed to the greater good

Moving from domination to true democracy

Moving from linked to loved

Moving from power to purpose

Moving from shareholder value to stakeholder value

Moving from control to empowerment

Moving from hierarchies to holacracies, networks, alliances, living organisms and systems

Moving from employment to engagement

Moving from jobs to roles

Moving from consumption to contribution

Moving from fundamentalism to freedom

Moving from my way is the only way to let's find a way together

Moving from prejudice to valuing difference

Moving from searching for a road to peace to peace being the road

Moving from patriarchy to civility and equity of opportunity

Moving from self-interest to enlightened self-interest

Moving from spin and soundbites to stories of significance

Moving from marketing to meaning

Moving from it's all about economics to it's all about society

Moving from dreams to deadlines we meet

Moving from talk to action

Moving from competition to collaboration

Moving from sucking the life out of our planet to sustainability

Moving from big data to the significance of small

Moving from resilience to remarkable

Your move.

The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. 

- James Allen

Be remarkable.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What's written on your heart?

This weeks sparkenation.

The following came across my desk this week

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We each know how good we have become, but none of us knows how good we can be. One of the most exciting opportunities we get each day is to pursue our potential."
Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE

Write this on your heart - I'm the only one of me who ever lived. Today I am pursuing my potential. 

Be remarkable.

"To be who we are, and to become all that we are capable of becoming, is the only purpose in life." Robert Louis Stevenson

More sparkenations here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Go To Guide for Online Collaboration

Online collaboration is a hot topic, and the Internet has made it both easier and harder. In this episode of the Out of Office podcast, we'll look at the principles and tools of online collaboration, so you can do it more efficiently and effectively.

Listen To the Episode

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Monday, January 12, 2015

The humanity with which we do business determines the magnitude of our success

This weeks sparkenation.

"In a world where information is freely available, when domain knowledge becomes less scarce and the cost of doing business with anyone, anywhere becomes cheaper and cheaper, all of the value we provide will be in the humanity with which we do business."
Bernadette Jiwa

Read full post by Bernadette here.

I believe we get paid for the value we deliver, value as perceived by the receiver.

The fascinating and truly great fact is that our value lies in our realising we are all one-of-a-kind human beings (1 in 100 billion people who have walked planet earth) and bringing that remarkability to our work.

Be remarkable. Everything you have to give and receive in life follows.

Remarkable is the new normal. Great is no longer good enough. Ordinary is your enemy.

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's who we are and what we do that really matters

This weeks sparkenation.

Resolutions, goals, dreams, plans mean little. It's who we are and what we do that really matters.

Be remarkable.

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.”
― Yogi Berra

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