16425: The Fissured Workplace: We Read It So You Don’t Have To

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Not up on the current literature of technology and organization? Don’t worry. We read it so you don’t have to. This week, we look at David Weil’s Fissured Workplace, a book about what is happening to the workplace in the age of Uber, Taskrabbit and Mechanical Turk.

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16920: Talking About Difficult Things: Saying “No”

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It is not enough to make good technology. You have to talk about it. You have to talk about it when it is good and when it is bad. The first is easy, to a point. The second is hard. How do you tell someone that their ideas are not working, that their plans have failed, that their vision of the world is incorrect? Evelyn and Sully give their lesson on the subject.

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16415: Grace Hopper Celebration & A Vision for the Future

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Visions don’t always work as we like.

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest regular tech conference for Women in the World.

Our 8-year-old entrepreneur has visions of attending and showing Screen Shot 2016-10-17 at 11.46.23 AMher new startup to a receptive world. We also discuss the challenges of building a good vision, one that guides your organization and actually makes sense.

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16410: The Vision Thing

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What is Vision? Business or Organizational Vision? Is just a fantasy? or a vague idea based on unproven technology? It is actually a very specific and useful concept, if you understand it. A clear vision can help you plan for the future, manage what you are doing, and assess your project. However, before you can do any of those things, you need to understand the basic elements. To our 8-year old entrepreneur, vision is a computer controlled still cutter, but she is still learning her way.

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16407: Learning Innovation from Seattle

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We move from city to city but what do we learn from our visits? This podcast looks at one corner in Seattle and asks what it teaches us about our model of innovation, a model that is based on:

 

  1. Vision
  2. Iteration and Refinement
  3. Socialization
  4. Small Group Decisions

The city has a few things to teach us, though perhaps not in the way that we might expect.

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16915: How to Talk about Difficulty Topics

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We all have to bear bad news. It is what we have to do. Tell your box that he is wrong, your neighbor that she is disturbing the piece, your employee that he is fired. How do you do it? How Do you do it other than starting with the horribly awkward “I don’t bring bad news but…” Our cast members Evelyne and Sulley explore this question and propose an answer, an answer that comes following a bit of a skirmish in this new series that is part of “How We Manage Stuff.”

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16405: Seattle & the Problems of an Innovative Organization

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This fall, the podcast moves to Seattle. Such moves keep us flexible, agile, ready to face any task. Well, perhaps any task. There is this problem with slugs. However, we’re in Seattle to consider the attributes of an innovative organization. In the process, we’re looking at four attributes: Vision, Refinement, Socialization, and Decision-making. But to do that, we have to settle into our office. A local property manager is some help (though not much) and our hardworking intern puts down her box of material to deliver the lyrical speech “Rohit that Slug had a mother.”

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