About Productivity, Social Networks and everything else I'm interested in

Month: April, 2009

Obama appoints a CIO, CTO and CPO

I think this a very importend. 

From President Obama’s weekly address today (april 18, 2009):

“I have named Jeffrey Zients, a leading CEO, management consultant and entrepreneur, to serve as Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget and as the first ever Chief Performance Officer. Jeffrey will work to streamline processes, cut costs, and find best practices throughout our government.

Aneesh Chopra, who is currently the Secretary of Technology for Governor Kaine of Virginia, has agreed to serve as America’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Aneesh will promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities – from creating jobs and reducing health care costs to keeping our nation secure.

Aneesh and Jeffrey will work closely with our Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, who is responsible for setting technology policy across the government, and using technology to improve security, ensure transparency, and lower costs. The goal is to give all Americans a voice in their government and ensure that they know exactly how we’re spending their money – and can hold us accountable for the results.”

Largest ever organizational network analysis shows how social networks drive performance

The summery by Ross Dawson: 

In summary, there were four key results:

1. Structural diversity and centrality of social networks are positively correlated with performance for both individual consultant and project teams.

2. Strong ties to powerful individuals, such as access to executives, is positively correlated with work performance, however having many weak ties to management is negatively correlated with work performance.

3. A team with strong ties to the management can be beneficial for work performance, having many managers working on the same project exhibits an inverted U-shape relationship with performance.

4. Participating in projects with the appropriate social capital can boost consultants‘ work performance in addition to their own social capital.