Enterprise 2.0 reads – March 2010

There has been some interesting discussions going on this late month in the E20 twittersphere. Too bad I missed out on some of them due my extreme busyness organising Earth Hour in Morocco. But here are some blog posts I kept a track on. If you think I missed out on something, please leave me a line, I'd be glad to enrich the list.

Enterprise 2.0 : the end of office politics ?

Model 1

Model 1 is defined with the following principles :

1 – Define goals and try to achieve them.

2- Maximize winnings, minimize losings

3- Suppress negative feelings :

4- Behave rationally

Even if these 4 principles may sound legitimate at first, soon the the trade-offs become obvious :  … In one word : politics.

Model 2

The second model is based on valid information, choices, commitment and monitoring, all within a team activity. This is transparency. And transparency is a bedrock for trust.

From Model 1 to Model 2

McAfee concludes that : ESSP can help organizations move from a Model 1 to a Model 2 theory-in-use. (…) Enterprise 2.0 is about abandonning the assumption that unilateral control is the best way to achieve desired outcomes.


Enterprise 2.0: efficiency, effectiveness, blame and responsability

While I have been highly critical of Enterprise 2.0, I see the potential in delivering breakthrough value.

If they can change the focus to one that talks about effectiveness and less about efficiency I am willing to bet they will see truly astonishing breakthrough value. The question is – are they up for the challenge or are they prepared to continue trying what amounts to Band-Aid technology application?

Sharepoint and Enterprise 2.0: The good, the bad and the ugly

when it comes to Enterprise 2.0 in particular … the software solution that most organizations seem to reach for today in an almost knee-jerk reaction is Microsoft Sharepoint.

I should be clear that I am not overtly negative on using SharePoint for Enterprise 2.0 and certainly there are those that are doing it. However, emphasizing the tool first, no matter how ready-at-hand, to create an enterprise-class information management solution is rarely the proper way to go — other than for solely financially expedient reasons — and rarely is that the only criteria


What’s Needed First? Culture Change or Enterprise 2.0 Adoption

Do we first require an organizational culture adaptation prior to any meaningful Enterprise 2.0 adoption?…Or, do Enterprise 2.0 tools need to become so simplistic, easy to use and of course generally available to an organization before a culture can be considered connected, flat and more collaborative?

Maybe, in the year 2010, to get to a connected, collaborative and communicative culture that is rife with sharing as an invaluable operating principle to the success of an organization, we need to introduce both a culture change and Enterprise 2.0 to the masses.

Lamia Ben


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