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A post I wrote at GigaOM Research about gamification is getting a lot of play on Twitter:
The need for a renewed push in the enterprise to reengage every person with their personal work, to find meaning and purpose, has never been greater. But adding badges to users’ profiles on whatever work management tool the company is on, showing that Bette is a super expert customer support staffer is the shallowest sort of employee recognition, like giving our coffee mugs to the folks with the lowest number of sick days.
We need to build deep culture, where the foundation of the new work ethos is on people’s relationship to their own work: gaining mastery in their work domain, acquiring higher levels of autonomy, and gaining the respect of coworkers. For that, we don’t need no stinking badges.
Deb Lavoy, Find Your (Corporate) Greatness
'Not Just Narrative, Purpose'
A solid piece about the motive force inherent in aligning a company’s narrative with its mission. From upper right, clockwise: Leaders, Niche, Lost, Marketers.
I learned today that Umair Haque, an old friend, will be joining me and a stellar list of other participants at the Meaning 2012 conference in Brighton this October 1. I am really excited about the event, and a chance to spend time with the conferees, and the folks at NixonMcInnes who are wrangling the conference.
Meaning conference is the annual gathering for people who believe business can and must be better in the 21st century. It’s happening on Monday 1st October 2012 in Brighton’s beautiful and historic Corn Exchange.
The purpose of Meaning is to build awareness and community around the practical possibilities of progressive business so that the world becomes a better place.
The speakers are international thinkers and doers from business, academia and activism, each bringing their view of the challenges and opportunities available to us.
At Meaning you’ll learn from pioneers and build connections with like-minded peers. Together we can change the world of business.
Speakers so far:
- Umair Haque, radical economist
- Caroline Lucas, MP and Leader of Green Party
- Stowe Boyd, social tools researcher and speculative designer
- Alexander Kjerulf, happiness-at-work expert
- Vinay Gupta, inventor of the hexayurt
- Margaret Elliott, employee ownership advocate
- David Hieatt, founder of Howies, Hiut Denim and The Do Lectures
- Professor Karen Pine, behaviour change expert
I have proposed the topic of ‘Post-Normal Humanism’, but we’ll have to see what shakes out as I write a short series of posts about what ‘progressive business’ means leading up to the conference.
- Deb Lavoy, my E2Conf Keynote
Deb Lavoy was one of the best things about the recent Enterprise 2.0 conference.
I might quibble a bit with terminology, because I find that what is really needed for groups to succeed is meaning: the significance of an activity, and its import for others. Purpose emphasizes the end of some activity, which is fine as far as it goes. Meaning carries the additional nuance of shared understanding, which is primary for me.
I am looking forward to the Purpose Driven speaker series that Deb is running for Open Text, starting with Simon Sinek in NYC, July 12.