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"Group action just got easier." That's the synopsis of the more than 150,000 words Clay Shirky has written in his most recent books on social media and collaboration, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.

"We now have a medium that changes the way groups of people act and get things done. It's a change in the business environment because it's about every place we come together," Shirky said at the 2012 World Innovation Forum, where ExecuNet exclusively reported.

 

 
In the last 12 months, recruiter confidence rose from 28 percent last September to peak in March 2012 at 58 percent. It has now retrenched to 39 percent in June. Being below 50 percent indicates recruiters are not very confident that the overall executive job market will expand over the next six months — just like the middle of last year.

 

 
Strategy and execution: are they still two very distinct functions within an organization? That's a recent discussion point in ExecuNet's Consulting Roundtable where senior-level executives exchange business ideas, solve daily challenges and engage peer feedback.

While the strategy and execution teams may be linked, given the challenges of the business environment and the need to close potential performance gaps, the member consensus was that they are very different functions. However, one member pointed out that "where one is on the organization chart has a bearing on which activity one is involved in and one may be involved in both activities."

Here's where other ExecuNet executives stood on the division of responsibility between strategy and execution:

 

Published on: Thursday, July 05, 2012

What it Really Takes to Innovate

Posted By: Joseph Daniel McCool
Filed Under: leadership, joseph daniel mccool, innovation, ideas, resources, achieve business goals
 
There are lots of things that are easy to talk about but far harder to actually put into action. Innovation is one such topic.

Creating something new — a product, service, idea, consumer experience or technological advance — requires a lot of resources, both human and capital in nature. Because innovators typically start with a "something big and bold" motivation, it often requires significant investment and a lot of patience to turn a concept into a profit.

 

Published on: Monday, July 02, 2012

Buttoning Up on Service

 
I adore buttons. I like their smallness and their mystery. I like how they do so much for so little.

Once Upon a Time, a pearl-white button on a shirt decided he wanted to see the world, so he pulled and stretched, until ping! He was free. This made the shirt unhappy, prompting an email to the shirt maker:

 



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