Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 43, 2021

Weekly Pulse is a content curation and highlights from readings, books, videos, podcasts, insights, ramblings and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the last week.

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So, let's go with some discoveries from last week!

#1 - Ladies Who Launch 
#2 - The Collective Intelligence of Remote Teams 
#3 - No boss? No, thanks 
#4 - How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together 
#5 - What Happened After Zappos Got Rid of Workplace Hierarchy 
#6 - Apple, the iPhone, and the Innovator’s Dilemma 
#7 - Facebook is now called Meta: what does this change in your life?

Ladies Who Launch 

Source: Fortune Magazine
Author: Michal Lev-Ram
Year: 2021

Summary: While the billionaires of space tourism get all the headlines from the media, women are powering some of the most exciting innovations designed for the final frontier, and this article shows how women like Candace Johnson, Lynette Tan, Hélène Huby, Vanessa Clark, Simonetta Di Pippo, Barbara BELVISI and many others are taking the lead in this sector. 

The Collective Intelligence of Remote Teams

Source: MIT Sloan Management Review
Author: Christoph Riedl, Thomas W. Malone, and Anita W. Woolley
Year: 2021

Summary: A very interesting MIT Sloan Management Review study suggest that remote work can be at least as effective as in-person work. Better processes and new online tools make remote work effective. So, it’s not where we work that matters the most, it’s how the work is done and who is doing it. 

No boss? No, thanks 

Source: Aeon
Author: Nicolai Foss, Peter Klein and Sam Haselby
Year: 2019

Summary: The research show that someone needs to be held accountable for the firm’s actions. ‘Democratic’ decision-making is inefficient when each decision affects another. The shift from management as direction to management as making and enforcing the rules is slowly entering the management literature and the business-school curriculum. That’s a paradigm shift worth embracing.

How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together 

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Alia Crocker, Rob Cross and Heidi K. Gardner
Year: 2018

Summary: To make agile implementation a reality, the authors suggest four key strategies for managers: First, manage the centers of your collaboration networks. Second, be sure to engage with the players. Third, build bridges between silos within the organization. Finally, build systems to more effectively integrate and communicate between various internal and external stakeholders.

What Happened After Zappos Got Rid of Workplace Hierarchy

Source: The Atlantic
Author: Bourree Lam
Year: 2016

Summary: In 2013, Tony Hsieh, Zappos’s CEO, started promoting a new management structure called holacracy. It’s a setup that’s supposed to encourage collaboration by eliminating workplace hierarchy, meaning no more titles and no more bosses. But after the company's turnover rate be around 30 percent, it seems for Zappos that absolutely no hierarchy at the workplace is doomed to fail.

Apple, the iPhone, and the Innovator’s Dilemma 

Source: Wired
Author: Molly Wood
Year: 2019

Summary: The Innovator’s Dilemma, of course, is about the trap that successful companies fall into time and time again. They’re well managed, they’re responsive to their customers, and they’re market leaders. In the case of Apple, the company is trapped by its success, and that success is spelled “iPhone.”

Facebook is now called Meta: what does this change in your life? 

Source: William Meller - New article

Summary: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at his company’s Connect event that its new name will be Meta. The metaverse is the next evolution of social connection. It's a collective project that will be created by people all over the world, and open to everyone. You’ll be able to socialize, learn, collaborate and play in ways that go beyond what’s possible today.


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