Fingerprint of Change

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It is customary for the attendees of conferences to report to their respective organizations on the activities of the conferences they attended. This time I am kind of a journalist reporting to the beBee community on the conference that I participated on as a speaker and workshop facilitator. This is the conference on β€œFingerprints of Change”.

The best theory is an applied theory. The conference achieved both through running two days of lectures on topics related to the activities of the workshops. This way the participants decided which workshop to attend depending on several factors such as their interests and their apprehension of the topic by the speakers. Thinking about it this is a self-organizing approach and inline with the modern theories of management. The participants dissolved themselves in the hives (workshops) of their interest. It also served as measure of the ability of lecturers to attract the bees (participants) to their hives. It is a pull mechanism and not a push one. This made the atmosphere of the conference attracting, inviting and highly engaging.

To have an idea of the topics discussed I Include the following images.

I liked the idea of β€œidentification Card” for the speakers. All participants had the opportunity to identify with the speakers before their presentations



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I liked the idea of β€œidentification Card” for the speakers. All participants had the opportunity to identify with the speakers before their presentation

The conference is still going on. I like to bring two issues that deserve the readers’ attention.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

I made my opinion loud that KPIs are suitable for simple and to some extent to complicated organizations. For complex ones KPIs are of the mark.

A second issue I voiced my opinion about that KPIs may produce a β€œtunneling effect” by making organizations greatly involved in what they are doing and become blind to incoming competition, replacement of newer technologies and mostly by the creation of new technologies altogether. In the latter case an organization might be thrown offshore.

Corprorate Social Responsibility (CSR)

I expressed my view that CSR needs an β€œinverting of thinking” approach. Instead of looking at as a cost creative organizations may reverse the cost into benefit. This is a challenge for the creative mind.

I wish to end by thanking Reference for its great management of the event and making it a sounding success.

The effort of Reference in organizing this conference is hugely appreciated. I can’t find the words to express my gratitude to Reference and its dedicated team.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Welcome on board dear Ahmad Al - Tawil. Can you call me please. Amani has my phone number

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
- again dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee- you are spot on. I am writing now a buzz on why KPIs sometimes are irrelevant and cause us to have tunnelling effect. I voiced similar thoughts to yours on the conference. Kodak focused on great KPIs and advanced rapidly, but only to get blind to the emerging opportunities and threats of the then emerging electronic camera. We have built many paradigms based on KPIs such as the balanced scorecard. That is fine, but then I need to understand that how could KPIs work with complex systems and their unpredictability as you explained wonderfully in your comment. Apparently, we lose our senses sometimes by following trends and without enough consideration of their limitations.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
An amazing comment with its high quality dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee. You are right as we have abandoned many of our good practices and replaced them with less functional ones. Your examples reflect your deep understanding and practicing of solid self-organizing activities. When we adopt approaches that force the tablet in our throats and expect great results then we shall be fooling ourselves. People shall be more engaged if they work on things they like and are attracted to them. You explained this perfectly well.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
dear Steve Brady- your comment is enough to reflect many realities. I agree with your super thinking and suggestion of turning our thinking inside out. This is the way to find new awareness of reality. Sometimes opportunity presents itself for us to become aware of reality. Accidentally only yesterday a new hashtag captured the interest of Jordanians and I shall share this example in my next buzz. I thank you for you= time to share your lovely comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
;dear Steve Brady- your c[mment is enough to reflect many realities. I agee with your super thinking and suggestion of turning our thinking inside out. This is the way to find new awareness of reality. S[metimes opportunity presents itsel for us to become aware of rea)ity. In cidentally only yesterday a new hashtag captured the interest of Jordanians and I shall share this example inmy next buzz. I thank you for you= time to share your lovely comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
My dear Cyndi wilkins- I am truly thrilled that you noticed the parallism with hives. I am so happy that you did. Yes, hives on beBee are a form of self-organizing with the possibility of pollinating each other. It is pollinating and NOT pollinating. You made my day.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

4 years ago #14

This is a perfect example of understanding the 'uniqueness' of each human being and the value they bring to an organization...Be it complex Corporate functionality or simply pollinating 'the hives' with valuable insights to perhaps assist those in areas of struggle to strengthen the 'hive' or business as a whole. I love the parallel you have created here Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee....in reference to this platform...with all bees contributing their unique expertise to each of the hives of their interest, we are building a sustainable platform for those looking for a voice where they may have otherwise been squelched into silence;-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Thank you so much for your compliment. I say that the conference was well-prepared and the environment was very supportive. The engagement of participants was beyond expectation. Yes, and I wonder who dared to coin the term headhunter. Coining a term reflects on the person who coined it. What if he had opted for bees for our hive? You know this is a rather unspoken value of beBe- the hives are the attraction and attention of talents.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
I do all the participants of the conference would read your comment Joanne Gardocki. The issue of "HR is evolving from personnel function to talent management" was a prominent topic during the presentations and discussions. Yes, I am personally very glad by your observation spotlighting this hugely relevant issue.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I of KPIs are truly important CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Unfortunately the eyes of Is can be blind and lead us astray if not carefully chosen. They are Is that aren't. They are Key indicators, but are not for the locks we have on the doors.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Thank you for sharing the buzz dear Sara Jacobovici. You too brought a smile in my heart. I am becoming a "mobile" journalist.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich- I always enjoy the depth of your comments. You mentioned indirectly the butterfly effect of a smile and how t could be a great motivator for employees and beyond the capability of any KPI. I am referring to your comment in my next buzz. The idea of the buzz is that we tend to divide organization as simple, complicated, complex, chaotic and unknown. Yes, the work of some organizations might be simple, but the human employees (not robots) are complex bodies). That said the question then becomes how simple is a simple organization? I find the idea of self-organizing organizations is also extensible from self-organizing teams. Your smiling comment brought a butterfly effect on my and is urging me to write on this topic.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
hank you so much for your supporting comment Sara Jacobovici. Yes, the organizers did a superb job. A conference need quality speaker, engaged audience and 'Sustaining" environment. The conference achieved all. Thank you for your trust in me.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you dear Debasish Majumder. I am so busy today as well. It is early morning and I have a litle time to respond to you and all the great commenters. I appreciate your sharing. I noticed a poem b you and hopefully soon will read.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #6

KPI's work depending on the "i" and that initial indicator is whether the "i" of an intelligent person fashioned them or the"i" of irresponsible. KPI's that fail invariably have little thinking behind them and are instituted like a best practice rather than as a smart practice. KPI's should follow evidence based thinking and that is not always the case, given the circumstances that lead to KPI's failing in their purpose.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #5

KPI's work depending on the "i" and that initial indicator is whether the "i" of an intelligent person fashioned them or the"i" of an idiot. So you know well that I do not think much of personal branding, but I also think very little of the practice that has institutionalized itself in corporations we call "Human Resources". If human resources were actually "human" then why do organizations have corporate social responsibility initiatives? CSR between the cheeks of marketing and human resources. So enough of the blind alleys that the opening paragraph can take me down and here I do not want to open up, because my disdain for PB, HR and PR should not preclude me from acknowledging efforts of meeting organizers to create more dynamic and better functioning meetings. Unfortunately the blurb in the conference does contains the same maddening mentality of "HR trying to get a seat at the table" (which is the C-Suite). So let me pretend that none of that matters - then I can focus on the tactical bits of the conference and there I am always happy to see event organizers make it easier and smarter to collaborate. This is the hardest buzz I have had to get through because my stomach tightens - not due to a bowl of talent but due to the bowels of HR groupthink and of course that invariably brings me back to the "i" of KPI. Apologies but this HR rattles me a lot.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #4

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee reports "live".

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #3

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, you have given your readers a great opportunity to see you, not only in action, but how you incorporate the ideas you share here in the virtual word of beBee, in the real world of business. The conference is an important one and obviously organized at a very high level of professional standards. Not at all surprised seeing you as a speaker at this event. Your focus on KPI and CSR are invaluable to the topic related to the title "Fingerprint of Change". Thanks for being such a good journalist in reporting this event.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

4 years ago #2

nice update sirAli \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! Enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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