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December 29, 2010

Most Popular Stories and Hacks of 2010

The most-read contributions since we launched the MIX in April are an interesting collection of stories -- from a range of industries, geographies, and organization types -- each of which demonstrates a creative approach that has delivered exceptional results.

Getting rid of the busy work so you can get to work
Jordan Cohen's description of pfizerWorks, Pfizer's system for supporting knowledge workers, came complete with a video interview of users. It won the Grand Prize in our first M-Prize competition.

Forget your people -- real leaders act on the system
John Seddon's description of the redesign of government services in Plymouth, U.K. also won an M-Prize.

Happiness is…a work environment where people feel good about themselves and are empowered to do their best work
Henry Stewart's story of how he came to launch Happy People and Happy Computers explains some of the HR philosophy behind one of the UK's best places to work.

Tongal: A 21st century business model for finding top talent and putting them to work on something they love
James DeJulio's story explains the rationale and business model behind Tongal, a different kind of advertising collective that taps the talent of an open network of innovators.

Let The Chaos Reign: A Self-Sufficient Organization
Matt Shlosberg's idea to redefine organizations as groups of motivated teams rather than leaders and followers was a provocative recast of the traditional corporate organization.

The Tube: IDEO Builds a Collaboration System That Inspires through Passion
Doug Solomon, IDEO's chief technology officer, explains how building the firm's intranet helped clarify their understanding that knowledge sharing was a social activity.

CoachingOurselves: No money, No time but we need management development that really 'works'!
Phil LeNir's inspirational story told how a beleaguered team became their own management consultants.

Communicate Hope: Using Games and Play to Improve Productivity - 42projects
Ross Smith tells how a series of projects at Microsoft used game theory and the appeal of games to increase productivity.

Not just an ordinary day at the beach: Organization innovation and employee empowerment at the Bank of New Zealand
Chris Bayliss tells how a shift in leadership led to greater empowerment -- but also accountability -- of a retail bank's employees.

Innovation Democracy: W.L. Gore's Original Management Model
Gary Hamel describes how the maker of Gore-Tex and other pioneering materials employes equally innovative management techniques to inspire employees to be curious, engaged, and productive.


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Tim O'Reilly: Feed the Ecosystem or Build a Monoculture?

MIX Maverick Tim O'Reilly says that a certain point in their development many organizations shift from feeding their ecosystem to serving their own needs -- a turning point that can hurt the company and its industry.

M-Prize Challenges

Wondering what to do in the end-of-year downtime? Why not spend a little time writing up that great Story or Hack that's been on your mind and submit it to one of our M-Prize Challenges?

Submit a Hack
aimed at redistributing power, unleashing human capability, or fostering renewal and you could win the chance to implement your idea in a global company.

HCI Human Capital M-Prize
Do you have an idea or experience that would help make our organizations more adaptable and better places to work? Submit a Story or Hack in our HCI Human Capital M-Prize.

Office Hours with Gary Hamel

Learn how to write a better hack

If you missed London Business School Professor and strategy guru Gary Hamel's one-hour online workshop focused on creating award-winning Human Capital M-Prize entries, you can sign up to view a replay.

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