Saturday, March 8, 2008
Sunday, December 30, 2007
1960-170 - government and large organization planning was top down. Upper management made the decisions; middle managers saw to it that decisions were carried out.
1970s-80s - organizations needed more flexibility to thrive, hierarchical control of employees gave way to trust and collaborative work relationships. (3)
late 1980s - the professional field of coaching was born - a field promoting continuous resilience and performance in persons and organizations--focused on formulating scenarios for the future, given the complexities and speed of change in today's world. Coaches were often ask about:
high performance teams
individual and organizational renewal.
"The term coach is used, in the book and in the profession, like it is used on athletics. A coach both guides and mentors., helps the client see options for becoming more effective as a whole person. Good coaches taken great satisfaction is seeing their clients discard the old, fixed, constricting rules and begin to follow new rules that give them the strength to thrive in whatever situation they find themselves. (xi)
Monica and Gloria and I met at the King Cafe to determine steps forward. Monica talked with Charlie and he's supportive of the plan. (I know that it would be great to have such a program for faculty and MPPs as well.) The folks at the UW have been great about sending us their information. We're talking with friends in the colleges who have expertise in this area and finding out more about the City's mentoring program. And over Christmas break we're reading some books/articles to get a better foundational understanding of the field of Coaching/Mentoring.
I thought I'd use this blog for the next few weeks to capture what I'm reading about and thinking about as we plan to begin a coaching program at SJSU in the fall.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
"Trends are clearly observable changes happening today and expected to continue into the future" - Strategic Foresight: The Power of Standing in the Future.
This is a very interesting podcast Ray Kurzweil discussing artificial intelligence and the Singularity--it's surprising to hear what he thinks is possible by 2020.
- Technology is becoming cheaper, smaller,faster, and more integrated
- Communication devices are converging
- Digital interaction (digital pens, singularity)
- Robotics like kokoro, robots that look like people, and actoroids
- Sustainability - Green
- Blurred boundaries between work, leisure, communication and information
- 24/7 service/access is expected
- Alternative work schedules - not Monday-Friday, 8-5--Telecommuting
- Vigorous, longer life spans
- Everyone is a content creator
- Fabbing - creating individually on the fly
- Personal Coaches
- Customization for the individual
Are we making the right decisions given these trends?
We should keep looking for ways to personalize and customize our services. For instance, we could try to package information for people with great CDs, websites, DVDs, books, articles on various topics of interest. Everything available on one page - delivered digitally.
All of us should be observing the mall and what we read to see how technology is being used. Then we should think about what opportunities we might have to use these technologies as well. We should probablydevelop our own Think Tank -- a team that is charged with watching for new trends and technologies and bringing 2-3 innovations to try each year.
World Future Society - Find information about forecasts, trends, and ideas about the future from the largest futuring organization.
IPodder - great index for finding podcasts
Ondisruption.com - great site for keeping up with what's happening
Shifted Librarian- a blog by librarians thinking about the future and opportunities for librarians