The Gamification of Work

I recently interviewed Daniel Debow, the co-CEO of enterprise social software company Rypple. During our conversation, we¬†discussed the game-like constructs built into the Rypple software, like the concept of rewarding people with “badges”¬† for giving recognition and building reputation within a company. Game design can be applied to much more than just games. “Gamification,” or […]

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Relationships

An article in Recruiter Magazine about recruiting in Asia Pacific says: “The impetus is on building relationships. If you come here for quick gains you may get one or two successes but you’ll eventually fail.” Huh? Since when did sales anywhere work with a fast talking, hard sell attitude? It’s nothing to do with it […]

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Is The Upturn Coming?

A graph in Recruiter Magazine shows the number of new jobs and the number of new candidates over the last year in London. What’s interesting about the graph is the two lines are not divergent. At their widest, in June last year, the lines are 6,000 more jobs than candidates. In January 11, there is […]

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Image Matters

On my way home from the airport yesterday, I found myself on the freeway behind a big truck. The back was originally white coloured – and presumably had stayed that way for a while, but by the time I saw it, it was very very dirty. In the dirt, high up, someone had written ‘Lazy […]

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Sharing

In an interview, Mary J Blige says: “The best way to help others is to be a great example. Let people see you actually doing the work instead of just talking about it.” She’s talking about the foundation she created, but it occurred to me that this was a great lesson for managers. When I […]

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Progression

An article describing some research into what it takes to be a senior leader in HBR says: “One strikingly consistent finding: once people reach the C-suite, technical and functional expertise matters less than leadership skills and a strong grasp of business fundamentals”. Mark said in a recent podcast that if he took over a team, […]

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