Research Publications Newsletters Above the Fold Above the Fold - 27 February 2015


Millennials Want To Work At Organizations That Focus On Purpose, Not Just Profit •5 February 2015

Deloitte's fourth annual Millennial Survey explored what tomorrow's leaders think of business today. According to the results, business should focus on people and purpose, not just products and profits in the 21st century.

Absolutely worth your time to look at the full Deloitte survey "Mind the Gaps" which has great inforgraphics along with good analysis (cf. only 28 percent of Millennials think their organization is making full use of their skills). And if by some chance you haven't seen the growing body of work produced by my colleague, Lynn Connaway, about the information habits of millennials you should look here. (Michalko)

The Collaboration Pyramid revisited • 14 November 2014

Oscar Berg explains his very nicely constructed and visually-intuitive model that shows how successful collaboration is built in a social era.

This is a simple pyramid diagram that encapsulates a lot of complex activities. I think he's correct in saying that companies actively support the higher levels of the pyramid like forming teams and coordinating but don't do a good job at supporting the crucial precedent activities at the lower levels. Ongoing community building or things that allow people to get to know one another and build relationships usually get no structured effort or investment. Given the amount of collaboration that we expect to do in libraries this is an important observation. Contrast this with the diagram of the Collaboration Continuum done by my colleagues in Research when thinking about library, archive, and museum collaboration. (full report .pdf) (Michalko)

Creating a Wide-Awake and Engaged Workplace • 16 February 2015

This is an edited interview with Dr. Shelley Reciniello, the author of The Conscious Leader: Nine Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace, a leadership approach designed to apply psychological tools to improve individuals and corporate culture.

With all the changes sweeping the library domain I found her comments about managing change right on target. Her observations about the primacy of people’s relationships within the enterprise are important for any person in authority to remember. (Michalko)

Fooled By Randomness • 19 February 2015

This is an appreciation by Shane Parrish of the book Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Taleb who wrote the book before The Black Swan and Antifragile, which propelled him into intellectual celebrity.

Some of the excerpts here persuaded me to get the book. In particular, "Probability is not a mere computation of odds on the dice or more complicated variants; it is the acceptance of the lack of certainty in our knowledge and the development of methods for dealing with our ignorance. Outside of textbooks and casinos, probability almost never presents itself as a mathematical problem or a brain teaser." Maybe it will help me lighten the heaping bundle of cognitive biases I've been carrying around all my life. (Michalko)

Books, Birds, Birdman

The Language of E-books
IEEE Spectrum via • 28 January 2015

Watch This Murmuration of Starlings in Slow Motion
Mental Floss • 21 January 2015

Watch: "Sesame Street" Gets Meta in "Big Birdman"
Flavorwire • 20 February 2015

The first because we have a very complex vocabulary around e-books. With paper books we all knew what was being discussed. Retronyms abound (cf. Safire).

The second because it's one of the most wonderful collective nouns and beautiful to see.

The third because it's the kind of grown-up cleverness that Sesame Street has done well for a very long time. (Michalko)


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