This article follows a chat with Frédéric Domon of social learning. We are both former rugby players and we found a lot of point in common between rugby and the social business. Of course the same analysis could be done with others sports like basketball for instance. If rugby is a ruffian’s game played by gentlemen, is the Enterprise 2.0 implemented by gentlemen (if they keep the spirit), in a ruffian’s world ?
I’ve been interviewed by L’Atelier (the original french one) last week on what middle management and collaborative organizations are. As frequently written before, I believe that communities inside enterprise are born from the top and live at the bottom. So, what about the middle management(french version here) ?
Once during a conference, I’ve asked this question to a speaker who was managing communities in its company. The answer was clear: « The middle management is between two slices of bread, or ham suits or it is crushed ». It reminds me of an article entitled « Death of the middle managers: thinking of Enterprise 2.0 and Corporate Culture Change« . Needless to say that this subject is somehow taboo…
For a long time I wanted to translate in english some of my posts and further to my discussions with Dennis Stevenson, Susan Scrupski and Daniel Hudson, I have decided to start today. I must also say that the ranking of the most influential individuals on Enterprise 2.0: The 2010 enterprise 2.0 All-Star Blogger Roster (thank you Mark for ranking me in, although my posts were written in french), gave me the momentum to translate some posts once or twice a month.
This first one is related to a conference on Entreprise 2.0 (part of the General Management and Strategy Program) for an audience at HEC Executive Education (HEC is ranked first business school in Europe by the Financial Times). The objective of this article is to share the conference material.