Compensation Cafe: How to Spread Innovation

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Innovations that spread quickly share an element of face-to-face diffusion, a process that can be amplified through human-centered technology and practices.

Not all innovations are created equal. Some good ideas take their time to spread, even within a single company, while other ideas are adopted at lightning speed across companies and even industries. Figuring out what explains that difference has been a challenge for companies looking to move with more flexibility and agility.

Some valuable insights might come from the field of medicine, according to a New Yorker article published a few years back. In that article, the key differentiator was the presence of social diffusion, or “people talking to people.”

As I write in this recent post on Compensation Cafe, this can “complement and ultimately amplify other diffusion processes (such as technology or incentives) to fundamentally shape the norms or culture of an organization towards new ways of thinking and behaving.”

The challenge that many companies struggle with is the adoption of innovation across various areas of the business, ensuring that what is known and practiced in one group is also known and practiced in another. Solutions that emphasize human-centered technology and empowerment […]

Be the Colleague People Want to Work With

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – As humans, we all bring different personality tendencies to our teams. We can choose how to amplify those that contribute to the greater good.

Relationships. We all have them. Relationships with others are a condition of being human. From superficial to very deep connections, we cannot navigate this life without deep relationships with […]


Compensation Cafe: A Question of Measurement and Value Creation

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Nonfinancial metrics are increasingly used in compensation formulas; recent research and trends in crowdsourced data may improve the value of these trends.

Getting compensation formulas right can be challenging, ensuring that leaders maintain a balanced focus on short-term results as well as long-term value creation. Traditional levers in those formulas have been in the […]


A More Connected Organization

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! –Organizations need to provide strong links between stakeholders to ensure that all can benefit from the business.

The Marketplace radio program is running a feature on “The Price of Profits” looking broadly at the purpose of organizations. In a recent installment in that series, the host opens with this question: “Whom do companies serve?”

I’m […]


Don’t Believe that Positivity Can Work for You?

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – A strategy that includes evidence-based business cases and ground-up moments of positivity can help shift companies away from leaders who manage through fear or pressure.

Of the recent webinars that I’ve given and attended, there is almost always the inevitable question from someone in the audience: “how can an organization become more positive when […]


Compensation Cafe: Are We Ready for Basic Income?

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – A guaranteed income could bring substantial changes to the world of work, from increased meaning, to crowdsourced compensation, to more freedom. But will it work?

Experiments in basic income are beginning to happen across the world, with the potential to change the way we work. When technology can increase productivity while lessening the need […]


I Dare You to Make Work More Human

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – Regardless of role or level, we are all responsible for making work more human for ourselves and our colleagues.

“We make work more human.”

What’s your reaction to that statement? Do you cheer along in belief we can and are doing just that? Or do you scoff, saying to yourself, “This is business. We’re […]