Four-day workweeks may be in your future. Is that good or bad?

empty-officespace

The five-day, 40-hour workweek is not written in stone, as those of us who work more than 40 hours and on weekends can attest. But it is, for lack of a better term, the “standard” workweek in modern times, and certainly an improvement over the 12 hours a day, six days a week that workers […]

How to ensure your employees fail in the workplace of the future

failed-ideas

As artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and other intelligent technologies transform the workplace, enterprise employees are being told they must become highly adaptable and be committed to learning throughout their careers to ensure their relevance. Likewise, enterprise leaders are advised that success in the fast-moving digital economy relies on their ability to harness the […]

Workplace productivity: AI, music, and mood control

music-in-the-workplace

Recent research suggests that music can affect a worker’s productivity and creativity. Awesome! Enterprise leaders merely have to pipe some music into that office and watch the transformational magic ensue! The problem with doing that is not everyone is motivated or inspired by the same music. The hip hop lover’s rapture may be the classic […]

Good enough is never good enough, right?

Good enough is never good enough, right? Have you ever drawn, rehearsed, practiced, written something 1,000 times, starting over again and again, wanting something so much that everything you do becomes “never good enough?” Never good enough is a philosophy that pushes us toward choosing the riskier more original idea, right? It also encourages us to never stop learning. […]

When rules actually inspire innovation

IoT skills DXC Blogs

Our culture has almost a sense of hero worship for those who break loose from the confines of their corporate lives to live their dream and innovate without restriction. How many movies have you seen about a Wall Street or Madison Avenue executive who gives up the frenetic urban lifestyle to move to rural Vermont and start something […]

How organizations can prepare for emerging tech — and why they should

flower-blooming

Do you ever find yourself talking to inanimate objects? My husband does it all the time, and I do it occasionally. My children like to talk to the DVD player, laptop, phone, TV and any digital object they find fascinating. My 2-year-old will even sometimes touch the TV thinking that she can swipe on to the next […]

Thinking outside the box, circle, triangle and star

outside the box innovation CSC Blogs

When great minds discuss ideas, they certainly have fun doing so. Michael Billimoria, our CTO for Consulting in UXC, and I have been exchanging ideas recently about new and innovative ways of working. (We also discussed the Exponential Edge blog that I wrote last month.) We decided to work together on a collaborative piece on […]

The exponential edge

Innovation CSC Blogs

What’s in an edge? What’s in a cutting edge? What’s in a bleeding edge? When I look at those phrases, I envision scary, almost violent images. Why do we use such words to indicate innovation and the positive act of leading through creativity? I think we use them to intimidate, to scare, especially those of us who are afraid of what might come, […]

Where does the spark come from? Ways to get creative at work

Creativity at work innovation CSC Blogs

When does what we invent (our ideas) reinvent us, and thus reengineer the very way we think? When does a thought lead us to new ways of doing, working and creating? These questions came to mind recently when I was discussing my latest blog on “reinvention as the new reincarnation” with my manager. Conversations, I find, often start in one direction and then lead into […]

The Smart Creative: Key thoughts from ‘How Google Works’

Smart creatives CSC Blogs

In my role in the IT industry, I like to learn from the best bits of other organization’s practices and people, improve on them, bring them in house and make them work for me. So when I read a book, I often think about how the ideas can help my organization and our people. The book “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt and […]