Learned Helplessness in Organizations

A workplace crisis lead me to reflect on this HBR article on Learned Helplessness: [Managers] build concentric circles of excuses that absolve them of accountability for change or improvement. So instead of finding creative ways to deal with regulations or budget cuts, they accept the status quo and blame external conditions for the problems that…

Go Social.

Socialcast is letting groups with fewer than 50 members try their Social Enterprise suite for free. Find out more here. It is worth noting that your users will get the complete Enterprise feature-set and not a hobbled demo experience. You get mature Enterprise features right out of the box, including social networking, collaborative tools, integrated…

Shifting from common identity to common bond?

Research and theory states that groups are organized on the basis of either common identity or common bond.  When we bemoan the loss of social cohesion and bowling along as an artifact of technology (a personal choice) and not a demographic inevitably (globalization, de-urbanization, the die-off of the Greatest Generation, the dominance of the Boomers,…