BOG BLOG : 29 JUNE – 6 JULY 2012


Some encouragement . . . November hand-in is looming

Business school buzz  /

Picking the right business school is more important than ever. The right school gives you an advantage in a tough market. The wrong school could be a critical waste of time and money. Our survey has determined that the best program out there is Stanford Business School. Harvard, which held the top spot for the past two years, came in a close second, with Wharton in third. Our results are based on an extensive survey of the people who matter most to your future: real professionals. Over one thousand of our readers responded, of which 87 percent had attended business school and 71 percent had hiring experience. Many respondents said a network of contacts was the most important thing you get out of business school (43 percent); while others named the skills & knowledge acquired in courses (34 percent) or the brand value associated with a school (23 percent). Besides the usual top American contenders, more international schools ranked in the top 10 category this year, with London Business School coming in at #5 and INSEAD ranking at #10. Respondents also suggested that we include other international schools next year, like Cambridge (Judge Business School), the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, the Indian Institute of Management, the Indian School of Business and The University of Hong Kong (HKU).


You can resist an invading army  –  you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.

 *** Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French writer ***



Three essential elements for powerful workplace team huddles / by  Enviable Workplace

It’ no big secret here at EW we are big fans of Zappos culture. Today, culture hacker and former Zappos Insights Culture Evangelist, Donavon Roberson, explains in detail how to run team huddles , or Team Zuddles (Zappos Huddle). Businesses can take a page out of this playbook and start using the huddle in their regular operations to create a similar experience for the team. Let’s take a moment to look the 3 elements that make up a powerful huddle:

 1. Communicate vision: There is nothing more important in business today then communicating the shared vision of a team and insuring that you support that vision regularly. Too many businesses write out a vision or value statement and display it somewhere on the wall for all to see. Many times these posters get lost with all of the other artwork that is hanging around the office. In order to ensure that a vision statement makes it from the head of the employees to the heart of the employees that statement must be communicated on a regular basis. The huddle is a great place for the leader to speak to the existing vision, to cast new vision and to inspire the team to embrace the journey ahead. This can be done intentionally by using the huddle as an opportunity to directly speak to the various aspects of the vision OR by simply using ‘vision language’ throughout the huddle.

 2. Provide Clarity: Many times teams get sidelined or derailed because there is confusion regarding the individual roles and how those roles play out to accomplishing the vision. Having a regular time for the team to huddle provides clarity on who’s doing what and how that responsibility is adding value to the larger picture; unclear expectations and unclear directives will destroy a team and will kill productivity, creativity, and innovation. A way to make this efficient and effective is to allow each team member the opportunity to share what they are working on and what obstacles they may be experiencing. This allows for exposure, accountability, and the opportunity for members to help each other accomplish tasks that may require extra support.

3. Demonstrate Unity: The basic structure of a team assumes unity but often times this unity gets lost as star performers begin to do their part to make the business better and further their personal careers. To ensure that everyone on the team understand the importance of the team, regular huddles where everybody speaks to their part of the team becomes an invaluable resource.


How do you check your company culture promotes productivity? –  If you’ve ever had a chance to see a video or take a tour of Zappos, it’s a wonder how work gets done. Because you’re looking around and there’s cow bells going off and people with Nerf guns and you think it’s a circus. But at the same time everything is getting done. It;s this whole idea of making your employees more happy and they’ll be more productive. There’s the common surveys and managers supervising to make sure that at the end of the day these things are getting done.  A look inside Zappos Office life (video created by the staff):  By letting go and seeing people be true to who they are;¦ people ask, how do you hire so many people that are smiling? How do you get them to smile? And at the end of the day you hire the people that are smiling and not the ones that you have to train to smile because that’s an untrainable thing to do.  You can connect with Jenn and the Delivering Happiness Team on their website or on their Facebook or Twitter. 

Four concepts for the future that could create a more sustainable world  /  Fastcoexist

In the next 15 years, the course of human society will be drastically altered by new technologies that we can’t even dream of. But, with enough planning now, we can push the development of those technologies toward those that make life better. These four ideas will help us get there. Earlier this year, Sony teamed up with the Forum of the Future to brainstorm four scenarios of what life will be like in 2025. Among them: a treadmill of “hyperinnovation” and declining carbon emissions; a scenario of damaging climate change and reactive technologies (like solar paint); a scenario where sustainability and strong community ties are emphasized; and a world where the sharing economy has taken off on a global scale. Now Sony and a handful of partners have come up with four concepts–a platform, a product, a place, and a philosophy–that could exist within and take advantage of these visions of the future 15 years from now.

Excerpt . . .

The Internet of Things Academy –  In the future, it’s possible that nearly everything will have an IP address–your clothes, your plants, and your refrigerator will all freely send and receive data. The proposed Internet of Things Academy will teach people to use the hardware and software behind this connected world, allowing them to do everything from creating experimental economic models to public health monitoring initiatives.

Wandular –  This cloud-connected, modular device will stay with users for a lifetime, “generating a similar sort of affection and sense of personal connection as a favorite watch,” according to Sony’s brief.

HyperVillage  – The world is on track to have 75% of all humanity living in cities by 2050. What happens to the other 25%? Sony envisions the HyperVillage–a completely self-reliant but globally connected community “underpinned by the highest spec software and hardware.” 

The Shift – is more of a question than anything else. Sony asks, “Is it time to re-focus society’s relationship with technology so that it genuinely meets human needs?

 TMT Predictions 2012      /   Deloitte report

We are pleased to present the new edition of our Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions report.  This annual publication presents Deloitte’s view of the major trends over the next 12-18 months that are likely to have significant medium to long term impacts for companies in Technology, Media and Telecommunications and other industries. In its 11th year, the TMT Predictions report is our most anticipated research publication.  In these fast-paced, ever developing global industries, knowing what will come next in TMT trends has become a key competitive differentiator. Our goal is to catalyse discussions around important topics that may require companies or government to respond. What impact might a fragile economy have on demand for consumer technology? When will TV adverts start becoming targeted? How can MRI machines be used in media market research, and will 2012 bring the end of unlimited, all-you-can-eat data plans? 

Newism  / 

Excerpt . . . 

Definition:  The ‘new’  has never been hotter, as the entire world, from emerging to mature economies, is now creating new products, services and experiences on a daily, if not hourly basis, in every B2C industry. Which moves ‘new’ from being a tired marketing ploy by ‘old’  brands (‘new and improved!’), to a genuine, exciting proposition for consumers. 

An introvert’s guide to networking / Lisa Petrilli  

. . .  the critical importance of networking, and discovered my natural aversion to it, early in my career. I was a new college graduate working in the strategic planning division of a $10 billion company, and our business unit had been invited to a retirement party for one of the top executives. The gentleman retiring was someone I’d looked up to during my brief tenure, and I wanted him to know he’d made an impact on me.


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