trend

When the counter-trend emerges…..

I always love to predict when a countertrend will emerge to challenge the mainstream thinking – guess an economic crisis is guaranteed to severely test organisational values and few organisations can withstand a true test of integrity because it’s not one person. Here is a fascinating read on what I’m calling the emergence of the Engagement backlash. I thought you will be very interested to read it- some very interesting folks participating in the debate. See http://authenticorganizations.com/harquail/2010/05/10/3-reasons-why-employee-…

And it comes right alongside the emergence of new trends….eg
>> The Democratic Workplace
http://www.worldblu.com/organizational-democracy
>> The Authentic Organisation
http://AuthenticOrganizations.com/about/
>> The emotional brand (scan the blog entries)> http://theengagingbrand.typepad.com/

Coincidence that a lot of these correlate to a rise on female power and leadership? Who knows…I don’t…but as a trend-watcher, I am calling it…..What do you think? Food for pause?

Obama way ahead of business leaders

I know I am not the only technology innovation strategist who fights daily for allowing employees to use social media technologies as part of their work.  (And here is the proof that its becoming accepted as mainstream)

And I am certain I am not the only social media champion who has been agitating for YEARS (at least 3 in fact) to convince our business leaders to embrace social media, blogs, twitter and channels like YouTube to talk directly to our employees, customer base, targeted talent and broader audiences. 

And I am also sure I am NOT the only one whose messages fall on ears that won’t hear.  I have even used Obama as early as 2 years ago as a case study…but back then, folks were saying…”Obama who?”.

And here we are today.

Not only did this perceptive and technology-savvy guy (first who will be appointing a CTO to his staff) defy all odds to become president-elect of the USA, but while he is still in the wings waiting for the chair to be vacated, he has already launched his first of weekly addresses to the nation (and the WHOLE WORLD!) through his own direct voice and medium on Youtube….unfiltered by any journalist, controlling his message 100%.

If anyone still doubts the genius of this leader….you are a fool. Business leaders of Australia and the world, you ignore this trend at your peril and you WILL be disrupted forever.