The Three Ways of Getting Things Done, Author: Gerard Fairtlough.
By Steve Denning – There are only three ways of getting things done effectively as an organization:
The book explains that “hierarchy is not necessary for discipline, for systematic ways of working, for inspiration or for leadership. The alternative to hierarchy is not chaos or anarchy. Only our powerful addiction to hierarchy, given to us by our genes and by our culture, leads us to believe this.” more> http://tinyurl.com/kjtk7ps
Posted in Book review, Business, Economy, Education, History, Leadership
Tagged Business improvement, Decision making, Government, Heterarchy, Hierarchy, Industrial economy, Leadership, Organization, Responsible autonomy
By John Shinal – With evidence mounting that NSA spying has damaged the business of some of the largest U.S. technology companies, the question now is how long it will take them to win back the trust of overseas customers.
Without any changes in U.S. law that restrict the agency’s ability to use tech for surveillance, the answer may be “never.”
Given Cisco’s emerging market order growth went from 13% for the quarter ended in April to 12% in the most recent period — post NSA-flap — it appears privacy concerns are having a material impact.
IBM last month reported a 22% decline in revenue from China, which contributed to a 4% drop in the company’s quarterly profit. more> http://tinyurl.com/p553laf
- How the NSA was Infiltrated and Why Your Business May Be Next ←
- U.S. tech companies call for more controls on surveillance, Reuters
- The NSA scandal has damaged U.S. credibility online, Grant Gross, computerworld.com
- NSA spying scandal accelerating China’s push to favor local tech vendors, Michael Kan, IDG News Service/PCWorld
- Blanket surveillance unconstitutional, David John Marotta and Megan Russell, dailyprogress.com
- Greenwald talks journalism, surveillance and ‘why privacy is so vital to human freedom’, Giuseppe Macri, dailycaller.com
- NSA tracking phone locations on ‘planetary scale’, Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post
- NSA cites Reagan-era executive order to justify collection of cellphone location data, Jaikumar Vijayan, computerworlduk.com
- Could Google and the NSA Make Whistleblowers Disappear? Peter Van Buren, thenation.com
- NSA Snares Americans’ Porn Viewing Histories in Effort to Target Muslims, Jason Mick, dailytech.com
- What We Want Most in the Era of Surveillance, Alex Pasternack, huffingtonpost.com
- Australia’s surveillance has ‘achieved too much’ to stop, says David Johnston, Katharine Murphy, theguardian.com
- Sweden spied on Russia for NSA: report, thelocal.se
- NSA spies on Italians from roof of US Embassy in Rome, magazine reports, Philip Willan, IDG News Service/PCWorld
Posted in Business, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, Leadership, Media, Net, Regulations, Technology, telecom
Tagged Big Brother, Bill of Rights, Federal government of the United States, National Security Agency, Surveillance state, United States
By George Packer – Although a hundred and forty-one million people bought things in stores or online, exceeding the 2012 figure by one per cent, they spent $1.7 billion less than they did last year. Why didn’t the new, extended Black Friday weekend achieve the desired results in consumer dollars?
One obvious solution is to pay them more—more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, more than the eight dollars an hour that a Walmart employee makes in base pay. Henry Ford paid his assembly-line workers five dollars a day, enough to buy a Ford car. Target could pay its “associates” enough to buy a sixty-inch flat-screen TV at Target. more> http://tinyurl.com/kcbu95t
Posted in Broadband, Business, Economy, History, Net
Tagged BlackFriday, Business improvement, Henry Ford, Industrial economy, Jobs, Leadership, Minimum wage, Organization, United States
By Sheila Bair – People love to beat up on the big banks (and I do my fair share), but believe it or not, they were not the root of all evil in 2008. Asset managers and insurance companies also created significant problems. As you will recall, taxpayers had to risk trillions in government support to bailout both the American Insurance Group, a.k.a. AIG (AIG), as well as the money market/mutual fund industry. What’s more, it is important to understand that when we bailed out the banks, we also bailed out these nonbank institutions, as some were heavily invested in bank debt or were standing on the other side of bank derivatives trades. Without the bank bailouts, these nonbanks could have taken big losses. more> http://tinyurl.com/kt9opho
Posted in Banking, Business, Economic development, Economy, Education, Regulations
Tagged Bailout, Banking reform, Business, Congress Watch, Government, Organization, Regulations, Too big to fail, United States