14 May 2006

Change is in the air


Change is in the air, originally uploaded by dgray_xplane.

The economy is changing. The environment is changing. The ways that we communicate and interact are changing. It feels like everything is in flux -- there is a monumental shift in the air.

I can sense it. Can you sense it too?

There is a huge gap between we measure the value of a company and the way the market values it. New models of work are emerging -- the idea of a company as an individual entity is evolving into the idea of a company as an ecosystem.

Would Dell be Dell without its sophisticated network of global suppliers and information systems? Would Wal-Mart be Wal-Mart?

And it goes without saying that companies like Google, eBay and Yahoo are emerging into dominance by finding new ways of defining and creating value.

More than 20 years ago, management visionary Peter Drucker wrote, "The economy is forever going to change and is biological rather than mechanistic in nature."

And yet there is still so much we don't know and have no way to measure.

Yi-Tan means conversations about change. On Monday, May 14th (that's tomorrow for those of you who are reading this on Sunday, or today if you're reading this on Monday), I will join Jerry Michalski on his weekly Yi-Tan call to discuss how visual thinking is changing the way interact and communicate.

The topic: how to build shared visual meaning inside a company. We'll discuss:

-- When is visualization especially useful? How is it changing org charts and other common tools?
-- How do you engage work groups in visualization work?
-- How might we create better shared visual memory? Better visual contexts we can return to over and over?

This is the second call in a series on shared visual meaning. The first one was a group dialogue and I was one of the guests on that one too. You can listen to that call as a podcast here.

We will use a free Web document-sharing service that includes chat capabilities.

At the start of the Yi-Tan call, please head to Vyew and join meeting number 568542. If you'd like to practice with it first, join us in that meeting a half hour before the call starts. Jerry and I will both be there.

Date: Monday, May 15, 2006
Time: 10:30 PDT, 1:30 EDT
Primary Dial-in Number: 1-800-615-2900 (Toll Free in USA and Canada), or 1-661-705-2005 (for callers outside the USA and Canada)
Participant Access Code: 778778

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6 comments:

JJeffryes said...

Kinda late at night for us midwesterners.

dave said...

It's midday for us midwesterners Josh!

JJeffryes said...

Oh, nuts. I thought you meant it was 12:30 at night.

D'oh!

Next time maybe adding a "a.m." or "p.m." could be nice? There isn't one in your post, unless my eyes are working as well as my brain. :)

Bruick said...

Change was definitely in the air, as multiple users tried to interact with a new GUI while you held a discussion in the background. How confusing was it for you to focus and hold a discussion while everyone was doodling, posting, beeping their mute buttons (or not beeping their mute buttons and sharing their background audio), chatting, turning pages, posting and scrolling in the new interface?

It was nicely complimented by discussion of the evolution and misuse of Powerpoint presentations.

charlene said...

It was hard to resist messing around with things especially with a button that says "Draw" taunting me. But a few minutes later I found myself doing housework while listening.

Anonymous said...

Quoted from change is in the air..
"And yet there is still so much we don't know and have no way to measure."

That is so true , our measurements are still not completely defined more so due to our inability to completely comprehend the way the world works and the direction it is moving towards..
and communication is certainly tending towards completing it's cycle going back into the raw forms
as groups started raw forms to communicate then evovled it shall once again require us to go work and communicate in scratches and re-evolve in to it..
unless we find a short cut(loop into re-evolved improved modes) to find temp. equilibrium ..
any thoughts on this ...
or am i lost in imagination and not communicating in words clearly. :))
Regards,
Pooja Palan

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