Gimmicks are a loser’s game. If you’re not treating your business as a serious, long-term proposition, then you’ve got bigger problems than trying to figure out which flavor of management strategy to use. Business is 99% about people; people are 99% about human interactions and relationships — and the strongest relationships, in life and in business, are built on a strong foundation of trust. You can’t build trust by tricking and tweaking, and you can’t build a business, either.
…. Ed Whitacre, Former Chairman and CEO, General Motors
Think about that :
Business is 99% about people
People are 99% about human interactions and relationships
Relationships are built on a strong foundation of trust
Trust cant be built by tricking and tweaking
… and then think about the constant gaming and claiming and point collecting and racing to the bottom that goes on in Social Networking – and you begin to understand the ‘other side’ of the coin.
“What’s more, it’s seen as beneficial if less productive staff chose to leave because of the policy, they added.”
Just reminding you of this …
But what I do wonder is whether there is an under current at Yahoo along the lines of nobody really understanding what people are doing and this is a clumsy way to start to examine the solutions ?
Just like outsourcing – working from home works very very well when you are totally on top of what results are expected in return for a sum of money. The process is not time dependant – it is value dependant. I give you x – you give me value of y – and we both have our own equation for whether that is a good deal.
… and would you like to guest blog on Beyond Bridges ?
“Ideally when you first start blogging, you’ll want to interact with the readers and those who leave behind comments as much as possible. But starting out usually means starting from the ground up and seldom does that ground include instant interaction immediately. Begin looking into having partners with your business and established writers offer up some guest blog posts to your site. It’s a great way for these writers to share their story and bring in a readership that might not have stopped by to your site before. And vice versa on this one – offer to write a blog post for their company blog too!”
‘If you can measure it, someone will, and that somebody should be you.’
— Chris Dancy
Kind of up there with ‘commoditize your business before it is commoditized for you.’ Great article from Klint Finley in Wired about how technology is essentially ‘time tracking’ pretty much ANY body in the work force.
My worry is that it will rapidy get reduced to tracking – again – time – which as you know from earlier posts is a flawed concept IMHO. I am a great believer in paying for value. Of course measuring the value – that is a different question – but once more I worry that we are rushing to solving the challenge of the low hanging fruit and avoiding solving the bigger, more interesting and certainly more complex problem of monetizing value.
“That’s just one of the many ways that employers are using technology to track employee productivity. Call centers have long used metrics such as call time to rank employees, and gamification software may take it to new levels. Darpa wants to track soldiers’ health. Apparently, IBM has a tool for detecting disgruntled employees. And Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has boasted of a “Chatterlytics” system for ranking employees on their use of the company’s internal social network.”
The home page of Sprout Social is a veritable forest of goodness that you need to get your head around.
This post is JUST about the Home page that you are presented when you first log on. As I build out this series, I will cross reference to the other aspects of the application so that you get the full picture of what it can do for you. Continue reading →