You’re not Steve Jobs, and your company is not Apple.

This comment made by Steve Jobs in 1997 [YouTube video] about “Focus is saying no” was recently posted by Philadelphia blogger Jon Gruber in response to criticism by the professional video community regarding the lack of backward compatibility and missing features in the latest release of Final Cut Pro (X). The realization that Apple’s current…

Organizing for Collaboration

It’s on everyone’s lips, with collaboration closely following innovation.  We’ve come to recognize that command-and-control decision-making and siloed hierarchies are not the way forward.  We talk a good game about collaboration within the organization, but do we provide a supportive culture? You cannot collaborate within a psychologically unsafe culture.  You cannot collaborate in a culture…

Linking social software to business results

Deloitte put out a report titled “Social software for business performance | The missing link in social software:  Measurable business performance improvements” (which you can find here).    The authors rightly point out that while social software has the potential to address “pain points” in the organization, “significantly enhance business performance in the short term”, and…

Local Digital Slactivism: Call to Action?

So, we found out my daughter’s grade school is closing at the end of this year, throwing more than a hundred families lives into turmoil. Although the timing was unexpected, it was certainly not a surprise.  The parish community rallied for an opportunity to have one more year to reverse the situation.  As it stands,…

Replacing ‘iterate’ with ‘pivot’

In my capstone paper for graduation from UPenn, I advocated the following 4-stage implementation for internal collaborative software inside an organization: Assess Plan Implement Iterate I’ve simultaneously been thinking about the characteristics of what makes successful entrepreneurs so dynamic, and it seems to be a combination of everyone doing everything, strong vision, a constant need…