Building the Anti-Siloing Case with Meeting Miser

12 11 2007

Break down silos to save money, talking to management.

I’ve addressed the issues surrounding siloing a number of times on this blog from varying perspectives; however, when it comes down to it, siloing causes inefficiency, which in turn costs $$$. Anyone who has worked at a large organization knows how much of a time waster cross-functional meetings are.

Well here’s a little tool that helps you calculate how much money is actually being wasted due to inefficient meetings. It has been floating around a number of blogs for a that past week or so. $$$ is the language of management, so MeetingMiser can hopefully provide you will a little more ammo to pitch collaboration promoting initiatives.

Finally, it is a great execution of a branded widget – sponsored by – that promotes its core values and adds a dash of worked related fun.

11.5 Ways To Keep Your Company Ahead Of The Creativity Curve

30 10 2007

The list below was pulled Robert I. Sutton’s Weird Ideas that Work

A few obvious ones, but there are a few gems as well.

“(1) Hire smart people who will avoid doing things the same way your company has always done things.

(1.5) Diversify your talent and knowledge base, especially with people who get under your skin.

(2) Hire people with skills you don’t need yet, and put them in untraditional assignments.

(3) Use job interviews as a source of new ideas more than as a way to hire.

(4) Give room for people to focus on what interests them, and to develop their ideas in their own way.

(5) Help people learn how to be tougher in testing ideas, while being considerate of the people involved.

(6) Focus attention on new and smarter attempts whether they succeed or not.

(7) Use the power of self-confidence to encourage unconventional trials.

(8) Use “bad” ideas to help reveal good ones.

(9) Keep a balance between having too much and too little outside contact in your creative activities.

(10) Have people with little experience and new perspectives tackle key issues.

(11) Escape from the mental shackles of your organization’s past successes.”