Sunday, January 29, 2012

This Week's Reading List

Traditional power brokers experience big time failure, CIOs who are losing control of IT, and faculty who know too much, all on this week's reading list.

"Chris Dodd's debut with Hollywood a flop"
Supporters of both SOPA and PIPA thought they had this one in the bag. They donated huge amounts of money to the right politicians, they enjoyed a huge head start, and they were represented by a retired U.S. Senator with gravitas. So what happened? Simply put, they ran right smack into the grassroots forces emanating from our many-to-many world. Traditional one-to-many notions of power and authority just aren't what they used to be.

"CIOs losing control of IT, survey says"
Hey CIOs, who among you wants to lose control over your mission and destiny? Here's a surefire way to do so: don't make the trains run on time, always speak in ways that are comprehensible only to people who work for you, and always make excuses and blame technology when things don't go as expected. Want to be a strategic partner and be seen as a business leader? Understand that your authority and credibility comes from operational excellence, understand your work through the lens of those who depend on you to do their jobs, and take responsibility for your IT service outcomes regardless of the cause of poor performance.

"Note to Faculty: Don't Be Such a Know-It-All"
Expectations for good teaching are changing and it is this shift that will ultimately change higher education for the better. Students see less and less benefit from a traditional one-to-many lecture based teaching experience. What they want are faculty who see themselves as conveners of crucial conversations and collaborations and who take responsibility for equipping their students to participate in meaningful ways. That is what teaching and learning becomes in a many-to-many world.

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