Soundview Executive Book Summaries

How Many Phones Do You Carry?

Are you the type of business executive who fills his or her pockets with multiple devices? Do you carry one type of smartphone for work purposes and another smartphone for personal use? You might be interested in checking out this article from The Wall Street Journal. As Roger Cheng, the article’s author, writes, “For lots of workers, the company BlackBerry just doesn’t cut it anymore.” This speaks volumes about the way in which the public’s demand for the latest technology is roaring ahead of many organization’s ability to keep pace. Cheng makes a very interesting point about the fact that many successful companies are allowing their employees to use their own devices. However, such an allowance comes with a tacit understanding between employer and employee that issues of cost and accountability will be shared.

This sort of concept is further proof of the ideas suggested by authors Jon R. Katzenbach and Zia Khan in their book Leading Outside the Lines: How to Mobilize the (in)Formal Organization, Energize Your Team and Get Better Results. The idea that companies are allowing employees to use their personal mobile devices for business purposes matches Katzenbach and Khan’s suggestion that use of practices from the informal organization strengthen a company’s efforts. In the same vein, the rules established between employer and employee that Cheng discusses in his article fit with the authors’ notion that the traditional formal organization still has a place in the new landscape. The Wall Street Journal piece is an excellent indication of the way in which the two ideas blend.

In case you missed our recent Soundview Live event with Katzenbach and Khan, the archive link is now available! Click here to learn more and find out how you can listen to the event at your convenience.

And don’t forget, no matter what type of smartphone you use, Soundview Executive Book Summaries are available in a format that works with your device!


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