Posts Tagged 'Ideas'

Challenges for Open Business Models

Another article from The McKinsey Quarterly (see previous post) provides very useful insights on the process and challenges of open innovation. Jacques Bughin, Michael Chui, and Brad Johnson provide several examples of organizations following an approach which they call distributed cocreation, characterized by multiple parties collaborating to jointly create new products or services.
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Attention Economy

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Every leader is interested in action. Examples of action in open, distributed, social networking environment are writing a Wikipedia entry, providing a bug fix in an open source software project, donating money, sharing an idea, or changing a thought pattern. But before you call for action, you first need to grab the attention of an individual.

Attention is prerequisite of action, and winning attention is a key leadership skill, especially in the crowded Internet space. In the coming posts, I’ll try to provide more insights into the following two questions:

  • How do I get attention from people who are likely to contribute to my project?
  • How do I retain attention from those people?

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Conclusions after reading The Starfish and the Spider

In the previous post, I have reviewed The Starfish and the Spider. The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. The topic of this book is very close to my research interests investigated in this blog, as the notions of social networks and decentralized organizations (the starfish) are very similar. So, here are the gems from Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom’s book that I find most relevant:
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The New Psychology of Leadership

If you have been exposed to some usual leadership models, you can probably quote several skills or personality traits of effective leaders. Such skills can include charismatic inspiration, initiative, technical skills and many others. In a Scientific American Mind article The New Psychology of Leadership, S. D. Reicher, M. J. Platow and S. A. Haslam argue that recent research in psychology calls for a different focus in defining effective leadership. Based on their approach, we can come up with several rules that can apply to leading efforts in a social networking environment.

Rule #1: Understand the values and opinions of the followers.

Strong leadership, based on the article, is a product of the relationship between leaders and followers within a social group, which calls for an understanding of the group psychology. The authors say that “leaders are most effective when they can induce followers to see themselves as group members and to see the group’s interest as their own interest”. Continue reading ‘The New Psychology of Leadership’

Building a Community 1


“Community building talent is the single most precious resource in the modern world.” Peter Drucker

Leadership requires audience. In the past, leaders joined or started organizations to get things done. In the future, leaders will likely join or start online communities to gather resources necessary to bring about their visions. In this series of posts, I will try to identify best practices and rules governing the process of community building.

Rule #1: Identify a common trait for the community members. Continue reading ‘Building a Community 1’

Open Projects: Some Draft Ideas

What are the key elements of successful open source projects that engage hundreds of people?

Imagine an almost ideal information model of human – every element (gene, particle, organ …) is described and its characteristics are stored in form of parameters. There are relationships defined between those elements, which can take parameters on their own. Furthermore, imagine a group of people who volunteer to be described by means of this model. They provide their genetic code, and allow for storing information of actual parameters recording the state of their body. Continue reading ‘Open Projects: Some Draft Ideas’