Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency
High Performance Organizations AV
Bootstrap Institute http://www.bootstrap.org/
Douglas Engelbart, Ph.D http://www.bootstrap.org/org.htm#Douglas
|Doug Engelbart, Bootstrap Institute founder and Director, has an
unparalleled 30-year track record in predicting, designing, and implementing the future of
organizational computing. From his early vision of turning organizations into augmented
knowledge workshops, he went on to pioneer what is now known as collaborative hypermedia,
knowledge management, community networking, and organizational transformation.
Well-known technological firsts include the mouse, display editing, windows, cross-file editing, outline processing, hypermedia, and groupware.
Integrated prototypes were in full operation under the NLS system, as early as 1968. In the last decade of its continued evolution, thousands of users have
benefited from its unique team support capabilities.
After 20 years directing his own lab at SRI, and 11 years as senior scientist, first at Tymshare, and then at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Engelbart
founded the Bootstrap Institute, where he is working closely with industry and government stakeholders to launch a collaborative implementation of his work.
Engelbart has received numerous awards for outstanding lifetime achievement and ingenuity. His life's work, with his "big-picture" vision and persistent
pioneering breakthroughs, has made a significant impact on the past, present, and future of personal, interpersonal, and organizational computing.
|The Bootstrap Institute offers collaborative programs and seminars by
Doug Engelbart and his staff, aimed at
developing high-performance organizations,
teams, and individuals. Together we explore strategy, technologies, and processes of future work environments, including: 2A
|Overview of High Performance http://ra.nilenet.com/~centerod/highperformance.html
High Performance Organizations achieve superior results by clarifying their strategy, streamlining their design (processes, systems and structure) and making each
person a contributing partner to the business. Employees understand the business, are committed to getting results, and are organized into units or teams that take full responsibility for making decisions, solving problems, and continuously improving the quality of their work.
High Performance within an organization consists of the following basic principles:
People are the organization's greatest asset and are empowered with information, resources, training, and authority to manage
their work and contribute to the business in significant ways.
Work is designed around core business processes rather than functions, so employees own responsibility for a whole and meaningful process or
segment of work.
Teams are the natural work units of high performance companies and are responsible for managing all of the tasks to accomplish business goals.
The role of management changes from controlling workers and solving day-to-day problems to defining strategy, managing systems, and creating an environment in which people can be most effective.
Companies organized by principles of High Performance consistently out-perform more traditional companies. This outline for success is evident through both research and experience. In fact, an average improvement in productivity of 37% was visible in a review of 100 companies which had recently
redesigned their work environments.
|Centre for Management Effectiveness Research Reports on
|HISTORY: Vannevar Bush's Memex inspired the research of
Douglas C. Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Andries van Dam, and, through
their example, generations of students, researchers and knowledge workers.
Since 1958, Doug Engelbart pioneered the use of computers to augment the abilities of high performance teams. We believe his 1992 paper, Toward High-Performance Organizations: A Strategic Role for Groupware, sets the agenda for collaborative systems.
Since 1965, Ted Nelson has been changing the way we think. Feed Magazine says: "Reading [Nelson's] Literary Machines, you can't help feel the need for the system Nelson lays out: the mad organization of the book itself -- with its restless transitions
and MacDraw diagrams unhappily jailed on the page -- makes its own great case for Xanadu."
From 1968, Brown University research teams led by Andy van Dam developed four generations of hypertext systems: the
Hypertext Editing System, FRESS, the Document System Presentation System, and IRIS Intermedia. These systems were
created for writing as well as reading electronic books. http://www.twisted-systems.com/externalmain.htm
|The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People : Powerful Lessons
in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey Our Price: $11.20 Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours. Paperback - 360 pages Reprint edition (August 1990)
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A reader from Greensboro, NC , March 2, 1999 The book is very good reading material.
As the title of the book implies, Covey describes the seven habits of highly effective people and techniques for adopting the seven habits.
Covey makes clear that an individual must make a paradigm shift before incorporating these habits into his/her own personal life. A paradigm
is essentially the way an individual perceives something. Covey emphasizes that if we want to make a change in our lives, we should
probably first focus on our personal attitudes and behaviors. He applies different examples via family, business, and society in general.
This book's focal point is on an approach to obtain personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Covey points out that private victories precede
public victories. He makes the example that making and keeping promises to ourselves comes before making and keeping promises to others.
Habits 1, 2, and 3 deal with self-mastery. They move an individual from dependency on others to independence. Habits 4, 5, and 6 deal with
teamwork, cooperation, and communication. These habits deal with transforming a person from dependency to independence to
interdependence. Interdependence simply means mutual dependence. Habit 7 embodies all of the other habits to help an individual work
toward continuous improvement.
Habit 1 discusses the importance of being proactive. Covey states that we are responsible for our own lives; therefore, we possess the
initiative to make things happen. He also points out that proactive people so not blame various circumstances for their behaviors but they
realize behavior comes from one's conscious. Covey also explains that the other type of person is reactive. Reactive people are affected by
their social as well as physical surroundings. This means that if the weather is bad, then it affects their behavior such as their attitude and
He also explains that all problems that are experienced by individuals fall into one of three categories, which are direct control, indirect
control, or no control. The problems that are classified under direct control are the problems that involve our own behavior. The problems
classified as indirect control encompasses problems that we can do nothing about. The problems classified as no control are those that we
can do nothing about.
Habit 2 focuses on beginning with the end in mind. Covey wants the reader to envision his/her funeral. This may sound disheartening but his
goal is to help you think about the words that you wish to be said about you; it can help the individual visualize what you value the most. To
begin with the end simply means to start with your destination in mind. That gives an individual a sense of where he/she presently is in their
life. One has to know where they are going to make sure that they are headed in the right direction. Covey also mentions that the most
effective way to begin with the end is by developing a personal mission statement. After doing that, you should identify your center of
attention. Are you spouse centered, money centered, family centered, etc. The he tells you depending on you core of interest, your
foundation for security, guidance, and power.
Habit 3 is the practical fulfillment of Habits 1 and 2. Covey accentuates that Habits 1 and 2 are prerequisite to Habit 3. He states that an
individual cannot become principle centered developing their own proactive nature; or without being aware of your paradigms; or the
capability of envisioning the contribution that is yours to make. One must have an independent will. This is the ability to make decisions and
to act in accordance with them.
Habit 4 deals with the six paradigms of interaction, which are win/win, win/lose, lose/win, lose/lose, win, and win/win or no deal. Win/win is a
situation in which everyone benefits something. It is not your way or my way; it is a better way. Win/lose declares that if I win then you lose.
Simply put, I get my way; you don't get yours. Win/lose people usually use position, power, possessions, or personality to get their way. The
win/lose type of person is the person that feels that if I lose; you win. People who feel this way are usually easy to please and find the
strength of others intimidating. When two win/lose people get together both will lose resulting in a lose/lose situation. Both will try to get the
upper end of the stick but in the end, neither gets anything. The person that simply thinks to win secures their own ends and leaves it up to
others to secure theirs. The win/win or no deal person means that if there is not a suitable solution met that satisfies both parties then there is
Habit 5 deals with seeking means of effective communication. This habit deals with seeking first to understand. However, we usually seek
first to be understood. Most people to not listen with the intent to understand but with the intent to reply. The act of listening to understand is
referred to as empathic listening. That means you try to get into the person's frame of mind and think as they are thinking.
Habit 6 discuses combining all of the other habits to prepare us for the habit of synergy. Synergy means that the sum of the whole is greater
than the sum of its parts. Possessing all of the habits will benefit an individual more than possessing one or two of them. Synergism in
communication allows you to open your mind to new possibilities or new options.
Habit 7 involves surrounds the other habits because it is the habit that makes all of the others possible. It is amplifying the greatest asset you
have which is yourself. It is renewing your physical, emotional, mental, and social nature. The physical scope involves caring for yourself
effectively. Spiritual renewal will take more time. Our mental development comes through formal education. Quality literature in our field of
study as well as other fields help to broaden our paradigms. Renewing the social dimension is not as time consuming as the others. We can
start by our everyday interactions with people.
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