Digital Isn’t Software Or About Technology, It’s A Mindset

The most dominant companies are now digital-first. Think Netflix over Blockbuster or iTunes over Tower Records. Aaron Dignan founding partner at TheReady explains in this talk that for future success companies need a purpose, responsive structures and processes to support it, the right people, and (most importantly) how these need to be combined to make products that serve a community larger than any employee or organization.

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The Organization Of The Future: Arriving Now

In today’s digital context organizations face a growing imperative to redesign themselves to move faster, adapt more quickly, facilitate rapid learning, and embrace the dynamic career demands of their people. A growing number of leading organizations are taking the leap of faith to explore, experiment and adapt new ways of organizing and running their operations with the purpose of actively building organizational structures for effective value creation and high-performance in a digital economy.

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Authored by Deloitte University Press

Does Your Company Need A Director Of Getting Sh*t Done?

Systems and processes serve an important role in any organization. This is something Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, realized as his company has scaled from a few dozen to nearly 1,000 employees. Systems ensure that projects get done, quality is maintained and there are no surprises. The problem is that bad systems often end up in a kind of corporate Bermuda Triangle.

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Written by Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite

What Is A Culture First Company And Why Does It Matter?

A growing number of companies are starting to recognize, if you don’t get people and culture right, your efforts in every other area will ultimately result to nought. But building a Culture First organization is not about perks, or about being perfect, a perfect culture isn’t a culture, it’s a cult. Putting culture first means focussing first on employees, as the driver of company performance instead of concentrating first on the end result (profits to shareholders).

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Article by Didier Elzinga, CEO of Culture Amp, on the Culture Amp blog

Organizing For Speed, Agility, And Adaptability

​As digital transforms the business landscape, the successful organizations will likely be those that can move faster, adapt more quickly, learn more rapidly, and embrace dynamic career demands.

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Article by Deloitte University Press

Managers… How Much Justice Is Enough?

Promotion and adherence to justice seems to translate into beneficial workplace behaviors such as task performance and organizational citizenship behavior because fair treatment from managers may deepen employees trust, commitment, sense of being supported, and the quality of work relationships. The research brought forward in this piece suggests that living up to fair managerial behavior may be a cost-effective means to higher employees’ productivity.

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Article by Pietro Marenco on ScienceForWork

Working Like A Network

As the world becomes more interconnected, value creation is shifting from the individual to the collective. Resilient, high-empathy teams will drive the best business outcomes.

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It’s Not The Bottom, It’s The Foundation

What does it take for leaders to build and shape extraordinary organizations? It’s done in a continuous process, not in a single nor even in a series of discontinuous events.

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Article by Seth Godin

Goal Summit 2016: OKR Insights From The Prophet And The Practitioner

In this panel session from the BetterWorks Goal Summit 2016, get answers to the most common questions about implementing objectives and key results (OKRs) directly from the father of OKRs — John Doerr, Chair at KPCB — and BetterWorks CEO Kris Duggan.

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How To Eliminate Organizational Debt

In 2015, startup guru Steve Blank made the concept of Organizational Debt popular with his article, “Organizational Debt is like Technical Debt but worse.” In it, he introduced and defined the concept of Organizational Debt as “all the people/culture compromises made to ‘just get it done’ in the early stages of a startup.” In this piece Aaron Dignan from The Ready unpacks how Organizational Debt manifests and what to do about it.

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