Are you and your business aware of the revolution that the new field of network science has created?
For example, can you speak ‘network science’? Have you put the discoveries of network science to use in your business and personal career? (The networks are already there -- always have been -- but they may not be recognized and leveraged the way they need to be!). Do you understand how to identify and leverage “the social capital of brokerage”?
Don’t worry. Just click here for this week’s Forbes, with its easy-to-grasp glossary, and some simple step-by-step principles to get you started.
Is your company trying to solve management issues by moving employees’ workspaces around?
News in both The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company notes that companies and researchers have lately been moving workers around -- in order to diversify the job functions of the people who surround them, or even just to get employees to do more talking with their neighboring workers.
But wait. . . there’s even bigger news than this.
The much-bigger news is this: Adding Network Analytics to this ‘new’ phenomenon of management-by-moving-employees-around will help you achieve much more: and that is, scientifically-proven results and bottom-line improvement.
Companies considering changing workspaces to boost productivity should first apply Network Analytics (and Activate Networks is the leader in this technology) to take stock of their existing -- but hitherto invisible -- organizational network. Only then will you, the manager, be able to develop the precise action steps that will reliably build the organizational network that your company needs.
Activate Networks’ Vice President of Marketing Steve Wardell, will present a 3-hour interactive session on “The Art of Developing Your Go-to-Market Strategy” on Monday, November 18th, from 6 to 9 pm, as part the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge series “Start Smart.”
On November 9th Luke Matthews, Activate Networks’ Senior Scientific Director, will speak at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) in Boston, MA. He will discuss his findings that congregational lineages better predict religious violence than do the personal social networks of their leaders (Matthews et al. 2012).
“Most companies sabotage their own innovation processes without meaning to,” writes Columbia Business School professor and innovation expert Rita McGrath in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network.
Spot any of her 5 “tell-tale signs” of this self-sabotage at your company?
We commonly think about “networking” outside of our organizations. We look for connections that can help advance our next opportunity, maybe a new partnership or job.
It’s human nature to dislike change. Change is disruptive to the power structure, and it’s also hard to get back in the groove.
So how do change agents succeed in making people change? How can you successfully lead change – from a modification in someone’s job description. . . to a thorough-going corporate restructuring -- at your organization?
The latest issue of Harvard Business Review reveals “The Network Secrets of Great Change Agents.”
After analyzing successful change at Britain’s giant National Health Service -- among other seemingly change-resisting businesses and situations -- the authors discover 3 network ‘secrets’ that produce surprising and notable results. And, they point out, these secrets are applicable by any manager.
For starters – and this is where Activate Networks’ Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) technology is key – you need to KNOW your company’s informal network and how it’s working. (As you’re probably well aware, your company’s informal network may not look anything like your org chart!)
The first secret it this: The ‘centrality’ of the change agent (you or the person you delegate) within this network is critical to producing the change. In other words, bring the most central people into your program and then work through them.
Secondly, as the HBR study demonstrates, network analysis of the ‘shape’ of your organization’s social network lets you know exactly which of several specific strategies will produce the particular kind of change you need.
The third secret is that ONA identifies your champions, fence-sitters, and resisters -- further insights you need, and can directly apply by using different tactics for different kinds of people.
How can data-driven transformations advance the future of healthcare to better track the spread of disease, offer more affordable treatments, and improve patients' quality of care?
I had one of the best seats in the house at this year’s Connected Insight Summit – behind the registration desk. From this perspective, I had the privilege of meeting leaders across industries and connecting them on common ground: the power of our real-world, social networks.
After two days exploring the latest advances in network science to solve today's toughest problems in business, life sciences and healthcare, 300 attendees walked away from Activate Networks' Connected Insight Summit with a revived perspective on Nicholas Christakis’s keynote wisdom: “We are entering a massive, passive data revolution.” The cutting-edge case studies presented throughout the Summit focused on this exciting challenge through a network lens, emphasizing how social network analysis (SNA) is powerfully impacting the future of entire industries.
During the Connected Insight Summit, over thirty industry innovators joined us from world-leading institutions – including Yale, Excel Medical Ventures, DocGraph and more – to present how they’re leveraging social network analysis to discover key lessons within the enormous haystack of data at our fingertips today. If you missed this premier event, keep reading this entry to find the cliffs notes from the conference.