We’ve Been Thinking About Work All Wrong and its Hurting Us All!

Work of the Hands, Work of the Head

The Case for the Prosecution First let me say, that this piece is definitely NOT intended as an academic discussion. Thus, I invite you to reflect on the reality of work from YOUR own individual perspective, or from statistics that are readily available, or indeed from authors whose job it is to consider how we […]

Knowledge Work – as Easy as 1234?

“Knowledge Work” is a phrase that we’ve all heard of, but scratch the surface and you’ll soon discover there is, in fact, no agreed definition of what knowledge work actually entails. The phrase was coined originally by Peter Drucker some 50+ years ago, and despite the lack of a formal definition, Gartner estimate that there […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

At NolijWork – we describe our solution as a “Work Coordination Platform for Knowledge Work”. In reality, we believe it has the potential to be much, much bigger than this, but you have to start somewhere. In future, our vision is to be closer to an “Operating System” for Knowledge Work – because of how […]

What Fighting Al Qaeda Can Teach Us About Knowledge Work…

When considering various branches of the military, they clearly represent the archetypal hierarchical organization. Working from top down, (or bottom up if preferred), military ranks identify where individuals appear within a hierarchical command and control structure. Yet in 2003, when General Stanley McChrystal took over command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq, […]

Knowledge Work – A Wicked Problem

At NolijWork, we’ve been thinking about the challenges of fixing Knowledge Work for some time now. Our thinking is influenced by various sources such as Peter Drucker, Tom Davenport, leading thinkers at McKinsey, Rob Cross, Cal Newport, Dion Hinchcliffe and other colleagues from Constellation Research amongst many more. It’s not simple, in fact its a […]

Interaction Sequences (aka “Plays”)

In a previous post, we introduced a concept of “interactions”. The term is used deliberately for a number of reasons :- McKinsey have written a number of well researched papers around the topic of “interactions”, some going as far back as 20+ years, specifically referring to the “rise” of these interactions relevant to knowledge work. […]