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If you want your company to fail, reject Mobility
July 21, 2010
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I had a conversation the other day with a potential big corporate client. They invited me in to talk about making their workforce mobile (because that’s what I do). They agreed that all the reasons for going Mobile (financial, sustainable, attract/retain talent, reduce risk, increase productivity, etc.) were sound but they kept coming back to this one barrier – “Our culture won’t accept it”. I was nice. I tried to talk them through some of their issues; devise schemes to get through the blocks. But they were steadfast in their deep belief that their particular...
We Must Broaden the Future of Work Discussion Beyond Design
July 05, 2010
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I love good architecture and interior design as much as anyone. My sensibilities and training have tuned in me a true appreciation for how good design can make you feel; how it can inspire something beyond thought. But good design is not the future of work. Much of the discourse over the past twenty years on the new workplace has been driven by the great thinkers at DEGW, Gensler, HOK, BHDP, etc. I thank them for driving the discussion to higher and higher places. But the discussion inevitably always ends up with a design solution (you know, if all you have is hammer, everything looks like a...
5 ideas for America’s Educational System
June 22, 2010
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Keith Perske
The US has traditionally had an enviable and attractive educational system on most levels and a direct link can be drawn from that to much of our prosperity and innovative culture. But there is a lot of talk these days about American schools not being up to snuff when it comes to keeping the US competitive. And there is reason to worry. Certainly our educational standards have been threatened by rising standards in other countries. (There is even talk that ours have lowered.) But the main concern is simply a numbers game. For instance, the top 10% of students academically in India is equal to...
Work/Life Balance is wrong
June 17, 2010
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Keith Perske
This whole idea, even the term, “Work/Life Balance”, is wrong. It assumes that work and life are two different things – that there is a clear distinction between them. I’m not sure that was ever correct but it is now more incorrect than ever before. The last figures I saw showed that Americans are working more hours now than ever before and that American workers are at the top of hours worked per year compared to their peers in other developed countries in Asia and the EU. Adding to this, and part of my interest in the subject, is that technology now enables people to...
The Social Media for Business Gap
June 16, 2010
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Keith Perske
There is a gap in the marketplace. Where social media apps/functions like Facebook, Twitter, blogging, Wikis, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. have proven themselves as valuable tools to keep people socially connected, there are a noticeable lack of tools that do the same thing for business. This will change. It must. As workers are physically distributed more and more through enabling technology and enlightened HR policies, the need to remain connected becomes more important than ever. The connection provided by current “social” apps is required for business. But businesses see the...
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