Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom of crowds’

Career Advise – Listen to the Wisdom of the Linkedin Crowd – Big Data and Hr

January 17, 2013

Who is more likely to become the next CEO in a company – the CFO, the COO or the CIO ?

Well, ask the Linkedin crowd. There are now more than 200 Million Profiles on Linkedin and even most of the Senior Executives of the Fortune 500 companies have setup their profile. Now is the time to use the wisdom of the Linkedin crowd and start planning your career.

Of the current CEOs on Linkedin:
No.1: 110 000 have been the CIO in the past
No.2: 46 100 were the CFO in the past and
No.3: 37 400 had the COO Role in the past.

Well, guess what you might want to consider studying before going for your MBA or EMBA ?

Lately there has been a lot of research on crowd wisdom or swarm intelligence.
And it is a key source for great insights and forecasts. Just lately the swarm intelligence research of Peter Gloor MIT helped to predict correctly the outcome of the US presidential election in 2012.

The Linkedin Crowd will also tell you what university or business school to choose if you aspire to be the next CIO, CFO or COO….

What else would you like to ask the Linkedin Crowd ? Leave a comment and I will ask the Linkedin crowd for the answer…


Gotthard tunnel traffic updates – the smart blog post

May 31, 2012

Live traffic updates: Gotthard tunnel traffic update Everyone talks about smart phones today. What about smart blog posts ? I am just testing this new idea of intelligent blog posts on It is not just a post on a blog with text and pictures.Iit also contains small little widgets. One widget for example  is showing all the twitter tweets with the hashtag #Gotthardtunnel. Additionally it displays  live webcams along the way and has a link to the google traffic map showing the area of the Gotthard tunnel motorway A2. Blog posts are easy to display on smart phones and won´t require any apps programming and downloading for the end user.  So drivers can easily get an update on how the traffic flow is towards the Gotthard tunnel and away. Other drivers can use the hastag #Gotthardtunnel to update on the traffic along the way. I can add at any time more and more  intelligence to the blog post as I go along. I just did. Now it includes a google news rss feed on the latest news on the Gotthard tunnel. Please see my example : Gotthard tunnel traffic update

Examples of continuous, collaborative and collective Learning

November 12, 2009

1) Weight Watchers: Peer learning & support to a sustainable change of eating behaviour.
Probably one of most difficult learning endeavours is to change one’s eating behaviour
When Jean Nidetch in 1961 at the age of 38 went on a diet sponsored bz the New York City Department of Health she lost 20 pounds within 10 weeks, but also started to lose her motivation to continue. Only after she realized that what she needed was to talk to someone she had the inspiration to bring the diet program to her friends’ livnig rooms in Queens. They started to loose weith together. These meeting eventually turned into Weight Watchers one of the most widely recognized and effective weight-loss programs.
Reference: Feruzzi, Keith: Who’s got your back

2) Diversity of thinking: Game Show Who Wants to be a Millionaire
In this TV show the contestants are asked multiple choice questions with four answer options. The contestants have three jokers to work with: a) two choices of answers removed b) call a friend c) poll the audience. After analyzing the TV shows polling the audience led to a 91% chance to get the right answer versus calling a friend with 65% chance to get the right answer.
Reference: Surowiecki, James: The Wisdom of Crowds

3) Collective and collaborative informal learning: Interesting Example from Nucor

Summary: One of Nucor’s unit faced quality issues with the parts they produced. Supervisors would
bring this faulty part to the workers responsible and tell them how to improve. No sustainable change was observed, morale was down. The new leader of the unit Ken Iverson instead would collect all the faulty parts and in display those at the center of the foundry. About six weeks later the quality improved as employees had gathered around the parts and discussed among them how to improve the quality. It was a self directed collective and collaborative learning.

Further Reading:

The Fastest Ways To Learn Any New Language

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