101: Redesigning Schools
the Good with the Bad
Tip: Stay In For The Long Haul
Have to Be a Little Different
Book Reviews With A Twist
"Why all the fuss about teams and employee involvement? Why should the organization spend more to develop employees? Why are intranets and other internal networks for communication so important?"
If you don't have a clear answer for these questions or need better understanding, this book is a must read.
Stewart makes the case for developing the people within
an organization, while creating a language that allows us to apply the principles
of intellectual capital. He helps us understand that intellectual capital
is critical to our success and why, like other assets, we must learn to
manage it to develop its full potential.
We're moving from an era where the main sources of wealth
were physical to one where wealth comes from knowledge and communication.
Success goes to those who do the best job of developing and managing their
knowledge resources - their people.
To be successful:
The message from this book I will remember 10 years from now: "The information and knowledge people use in their work is at least as important as any piece of equipment or truckload of material they use, and like equipment or materials, can be managed more productively."
Favorite new term: Network organization. One of the biggest challenges many organizations face is how to share knowledge. The issue is one of sorting the information that's usable knowledge and applying it.
Favorite quote from this book: A quote shared by Charles Pauk, chief information officer of Andersen Consulting: "When one of our consultants shows up, the client should get the best of the firm, not just the best of that consultant."
Second favorite quote: "What
distinguishes a star in the corporate firmament from a dim bulb in the basement
is not his level in the organization but the complexity and value of the
projects he works on."
Advice for charting your future in the information age:
"Instead of security, seek resilience. Chart your contribution, not
Intellectual Capital, The New Wealth of Organizations,
Thomas A. Stewart, 1997, Doubleday/Currency, New York, NY, ISBN 0-385-48228-0,
US$27.00, 261 pages.