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Mark Oehlert - Organizationally we have to change

Mark Oehlert - Organizationally we have to change

The introduction of the PC into the corporate world… It took, you know, a couple of decades for us to start realizing productivity gains from the PC. And one of the reasons of that was, was linked to the fact that we were trying to continue our kind of industrial age models just with computers. Essentially, you know… Henry Ford said, “If I would ask my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” And that’s what[...]
Mark Oehlert - We need different inputs

Mark Oehlert - We need different inputs

I would say the crux of the answer comes down to whether or not, we change what we are trying to do. So, if I am continuing, at one level, if I am continuing to do something, in kind of an industrial age kind of way, but I have got all this information coming at me, but I haven’t changed my outputs, I have got all these different inputs, but I am trying to do the same output, then that[...]
Mark Oehlert - What the default settings are for our organizations

Mark Oehlert - What the default settings are for our organizations

I think that’s one of the things that we can’t overstate is that, I have heard it called “rule by default”, and by default I mean, even if you just think about something as pedestrian as you are an instructional designer and you go to build a course and you are using an authoring tool; the architecture that’s… for building that, it’s built into the authoring tool is typically kind of a tree style. You have a chapter, you have[...]
Mark Oehlert - We should be looking at the way people are using their technologies

Mark Oehlert - We should be looking at the way people are using their technologies

We have changed the way we behave based on the technology we have, but we have also taken technology and used it in totally unexpected ways. That’s why, I think, your point about diversity versus homogeneity is really important. And I think one of the… you know, we can look at that at a platform or a device level, or you are going to have… you are going to issue everybody iPhones or everybody Blackberries, and that’s going to be[...]
Mark Oehlert - It's a barrier between home and work

Mark Oehlert - It's a barrier between home and work

The piece of that, that I have seen is, what really bothers me, is when people say, well, you know, we really don’t have to do anything, because the younger generations are coming in. And they will go fix, they are collaborative and they love technology. Well the truth is, that’s not so much right, if you look at the generational studies and not only that, but if we keep pushing that off, then it won’t change, because they will[...]
Mark Oehlert - They want to be able to just buy a piece of technology

Mark Oehlert - They want to be able to just buy a piece of technology

One of the things that, I also think is important in terms of the translation in the enterprise, it’s something that Nilofer Merchant talks about in her book is purpose. To me that becomes, as someone looking to get people to engage on corporate platforms and you always get this question about “well, everybody is on Twitter and everybody is on Facebook. So that just must mean, if we build the same kind of capabilities, they will be on ours[...]
Mark Oehlert - We want people to work as a team but never hire for a team

Mark Oehlert - We want people to work as a team but never hire for a team

I am a big believer in the non-existence of the information overload, because if it were that simple, then if I start restricting people’s access to information, they should start feeling better. And they don’t. They still want the same, they want the information, they just want to be able to filter and arrange it in a way that makes sense to them. And that’s why one of the things that I think about, in terms of visualizations, is like[...]