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Bing Gordon on videogame design thinking

Only in one universe do the world’s farms produce more strawberries than corn, rice, sugar beets or soybeans. That universe is Farmville, the Facebook app whose other major product seems to be astonishing statistics. Statistics like that there are 30 times more people farming imaginary fields on Facebook than working on real farms in the United States. Or that the people doing that imaginary farming (including 18 million people who play this […] Read more

CoP Update: Competency Models and Organizational Success

A competency model is a framework that identifies the key skills, behaviors, and attitudes required to achieve individual professional growth and, by extension, organizational success.From 2003 to 2008, Google, Inc. grew in size from 1,000 to 15,000 employees. As a result, during this time Google faced difficult challenges vis-à-vis recruitment, skills development, and, in general, how to shape its young and inexperienced workforce into a pool of potential leaders. Yvonne Agyei, Google’s […] Read more

CoP Update: Developing Leaders in Growing Organizations

What is leadership? What does it mean to be an effective leader? How do organizations develop those among their ranks to become effective leaders?According to Jean Martin, Managing Director of the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), many organizations are unable properly to identify “high-potential” employees (those capable of becoming effective organizational leaders) among their ranks. Moreover, among those organizations that prioritize leadership development, most rely on false predictors of future success.For example, one […] Read more