Twittamentary now Available Online Under a Creative Commons License Reply

You may now watch Twittamentary online thanks to Tan Siok Siok sharing her documentary under Creative Commons.  If you follow this site, you will know I wrote a case study about crowdsourcing the film’s stories and that I try to show the documentary every chance I get in the executive and MBA classes.

You can read more about the Twittamentary case study, but do take this opportunity to watch the film as well.

Singapore’s Employee Engagement Amongst the Lowest in the World – 2 Years in a Row Reply

DisengagedTwo different studies have found that Singaporean employees are amongst the least engaged in the world.

Seeing how Singapore has made productivity such a priority, perhaps we are missing the obvious.

Today’s great read: Joseph E. Stiglitz makes the case for a return to industrial policy in developed and developing countries alike. – Project Syndicate Reply

Citizens in the world’s richest countries have come to think of their economies as being based on innovation. But innovation has been part of the developed world’s economy for more than two centuries. Indeed, for thousands of years, until the Industrial Revolution, incomes stagnated. Then per capita income soared, increasing year after year, interrupted only by the occasional effects of cyclical fluctuations.

The Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow noted some 60 years ago that rising incomes should largely be attributed not to capital accumulation, but to technological progress – to learning how to do things better. While some of the productivity increase reflects the impact of dramatic discoveries, much of it has been due to small, incremental changes. And, if that is the case, it makes sense to focus attention on how societies learn, and what can be done to promote learning – including learning how to learn. [emphasis added]

via Joseph E. Stiglitz makes the case for a return to industrial policy in developed and developing countries alike. – Project Syndicate.

This Week in Asia: Will Thailand’s Military Rulers Ask Social Media Firms to Censor Individual Citizens? Reply

This week in Asia, I pick up stories out of Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.  Site Tech in Asia reports that Thailand’s current rulers will approach Google and Facebook in an effort to censor individual citizens.  I also share the story of a Singaporean blogger who wants to crowdsource his legal fees after making some questionable assertions about the Prime Minister.  Finally, the report wraps up with Cadbury’s Halal problems in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Do check out the great podcast lineup over at For Immediate Release.

Why You Hate Work – NYTimes.com 1

THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.Increasingly, this experience is common not just to middle managers, but also to top executives.

The above quote comes from a superb article in this weekend’s NYT.  One of the must-read articles of the weekend.  While I broadly put myself into the category of technology lover, this article brilliantly combines the consequences of humans using of technology with changing norms and competitiveness in the workplace.  I won’t spoil it for you….but the picture is not pretty.  I believe the argument here is absolutely spot on.

Here is a little bit more.

Demand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity — draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life. Increased competitiveness and a leaner, post-recession work force add to the pressures. The rise of digital technology is perhaps the biggest influence, exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information and requests that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours of the day and night.

via Why You Hate Work – NYTimes.com.