April 14, 2010

From the ground up: Helping our organizations work smarter

April 14, 2010 - Categories: ibm, leadership, work

IBM’s latest Smart Work study is about how outperforming organizations have adopted smarter work practices much more than most organizations have. It has a lot of useful insights from CEOs and case studies. Reading it, I thought: This is written for executives. What do the results mean for us on the ground? How can we help our organizations work smarter, even if we’re not in leadership positions? Ultimately, cultural change doesn’t come from just CEOs or consultants – it comes from what we do every day.

The study showed that top-performing companies focus on:

What can we learn from that, how can we challenge ourselves, and what are some ways we can get started?

People

How can we learn more, and how can we help others learn?

How can we reach out to people outside our departments and outside our organizations?

Processes

How can we make our team’s processes more flexible and responsive?

How can we build collaboration into the way we work and the tools we use?

Information

What real-time information could help us make better decisions, and how can we get it?

How can we combine information to give us a better view of the big picture?

No matter where we are in the hierarchy, we can help our organizations work smarter. What are you doing to build a smarter planet?