The M-Shaped Strategy Weekly – 2016 Week 6
After a series of rather disappointing technical issues with Evernote (a tool I really liked), I started saving stuff I liked or wanted to read in a number of other places (Twitter, DevonThink, Pocket, Kindle, etc.). Failing to have a logic for these allocations, I now I feel as if I have a jumble of junk, Yet don't want to return to Evernote and have to deal with the technical issues that disappointed me and cluttered up my flow.
These weekly notes are part of the casualty. Logic has evaporated, themes are difficult to find, entering links into this platform is not easy, and the post is mostly an expression of the limits of time and energy rather than intellectual interest. All of these things pass by, all of them interesting, all of them influential.
Let's see what we can do with this week's feeds.
Companies with a purpose beyond profit tend to make more money
In a survey titled “The Business Case for Purpose”, a team from Harvard Business Review Analytics and professional services firm EY’s Beacon institute declares “a new leading edge: those companies able to harness the power of purpose to drive performance and profitability enjoy a distinct competitive advantage”. Link
The rise of the Platform Economy
This new form of organization seems to be a robust- some would even say dominant - form of business enterprise in the digital economy… While significant challenges lie ahead, the opportunities that platforms reveal are enormous, tapping into an unprecedented level of global Internet connectivity, and a large supply of talent and software skills… to develop the platforms of tomorrow. Link
The new Apple Campus
Apple's got so big that it is building a new campus to complement its campus at One Infinite Loop. Here are 51 facts about the new Apple campus. Link
Working with Lou Kahn
I think the personalities of these young designers had a real impact on the projects. And then there was this smaller core group of older architects who ran the jobs — the dynamic between these groups really fueled the exploration of the work…without it I don’t think the work would have gone where it did; I really doubt that Lou could have pulled it off all by himself. Link
Researchers have been studying creativity for more than 150 years, yet it still remains elusive. We’re not much closer to understanding what it is exactly that sparks unique ideas. One reason for this lack of insight may be that so much research has looked at the wrong things. Link
Leadership effectiveness and organizational health
In the corporate context, effectiveness depends less on the traits of any one executive (or of that person’s direct reports) and more on a company’s competitive challenges, legacies, and other shifting forces. If only we had a clear set of keys to effective organizational leadership—a “decoder ring” to understand which practices produce the best outcomes. Our latest research, however, does point to one major element of the equation: organizational health. Link