SOLVING THE TOUGHEST MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES—TOGETHER GET STARTED

Start
Finish
10/30/2013
Challenge Begins
3/31/2014
First Round Deadline
5/12/2014
Final Round Deadline

Winners

We launched the Unlimited Human Potential M-Prize to unearth the most progressive practices and boldest ideas for unleashing and mobilizing human capability, wherever it exists. Today, we are delighted to announce the winners of the M-Prize, selected from over one hundred entries from every kind of organization and every corner of the world. Here they are (in alphabetical order):

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Nomatik Coworking

A clever “work social” platform designed to extend the spirit of coworking beyond actual coworking spaces, to engineer productive matches between individual talents and organizations, and to reimagine the boundaries of the organization in the process.

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Horizontal Management at Vagas.com

Brazilian e-recruiting firm Vagas.com’s singular design for a radically open, free, and entrepreneurial organization.

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Collaborative Funding: dissolve authority, empower everyone, and crowdsource a smarter, transparent budget

Wellington, NZ-based collective Enspiral’s powerful alternative to traditional budgeting—a visually engaging, intuitive, and flexible approach to collaborative funding.

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How We Harnessed Big Data and Social Technology to Empower and Engage Employees

Toronto-based Klick Health’s redesign of work with a Big Data-powered organizational operating system called “Genome.”

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Enterprise Knowledge Graph - One graph to connect them all

Lukas Masuch’s hack of knowledge management—a powerful platform to structure, simplify, and render immediately accessible all the relevant knowledge and data so often dispersed and hidden across large organizations.

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Incubating intrapreneurs to revitalize customer business

Cognizant’s insurance practice embeds innovation capabilities and entrepreneurial behavior across the organization with a grassroots initiative to invent the future of the insurance industry.

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Developing Tomorrow’s Talent: a girl, a blog, and 30 days to business impact

Accenture’s fresh take on “people development:” transforming it from an HR-driven, discrete activity to a continuous approach woven into the fabric of everyday working life with a series of “micro-actions.”

Special “Idea Accelerator” Prizes

We are also delighted to announce that several entries from the pool of Unlimited Human Potential Challenge finalists have been selected to receive additional prizes, based on their potential to produce a viable app, product, company, or even a movement.

Winners of Design Thinking Workshop with experts from SAP Labs

Winners of SAP Ventures Mentoring Session including guidance and introductions to incubators and/or angel investors in the SAP Ventures network

Finalists

Organizations that are built to thrive in the 21st century must focus both on unleashing human capacity—designing environments and systems for work that inspire individuals to contribute their full imagination, initiative, and passion—and on aggregating human capability—leveraging new social, mobile, and digital technologies to activate, enlist, and organize talent across boundaries.

Those are the twin challenges we tackled with the Unlimited Human Potential M-Prize. We put out the call for the most progressive practices and innovative ideas for unleashing human capability. And we asked, how can we tap into emerging digital technologies and the principles that undergird them (such as transparency, collaboration, meritocracy, open­ness, commu­nity and autonomy) to create organizations that are truly fit for human beings?

Today we are delighted to announce the finalists of the Unlimited Human Potential Challenge. We'd also like to offer up our deepest thanks to everyone who contributed to this M-Prize—your initiative, inventiveness and passion have added so much to the challenge of making all of our organizations fit for the future (and genuinely fit for human beings).

Here are the finalists in alphabetical order. Congratulations!

When it comes to building management and business models that are fit for the 21st century, one of the fundamental challenges is developing organizations that are capable of discovering, nurturing, aggregating, and appropriately rewarding contributions from employees, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders across boundaries.

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Specifically, organizations that are built to thrive in the Innovation Economy focus both on unleashing human capacity—designing environments and systems for work that inspire individuals to contribute their full imagination, initiative, and passion every day—and on aggregating human capability—leveraging new social, mobile, and digital technologies to activate, enlist, and organize talent across boundaries.

In other words, the organizations and individuals who design clever ways to invert the pyramid and to shift from the static value chain to value-creating networks, win.

Now, more than ever before, leaders must recognize the value of individual contribution. Individual ingenuity, initiative, and passion are the fuel of the Innovation Economy. Yet, these deeply human qualities cannot easily be corralled, commanded or “ordered up” from on high. They must be properly invited, nurtured, and inspired. This means that organizations must become increasingly inventive in devising new models of engagement that emphasize the power of the individual over command and control. And it means that the work of leadership must increasingly focus on energizing and enlarging the community rather than managing it from the top-down.

The good news is that the Social Web and other digital technologies and platforms offer a robust set of alternatives to industrial-era forms of organizing. We now can imagine organizations where . . .

             . . . coordination happens without centraliza­tion,

. . . where power is the product of contribution rather than posi­tion,

. . . where the wisdom of the many trumps the authority of the few,

. . .  where novel viewpoints get amplified rather than squelched,

. . . where commu­nities form spontane­ously around shared interests,

. . . where opportuni­ties to “opt-in” blur the line between vocation and hobby, where titles and credentials count for less than value-added,

. . . where perfor­mance is judged by your peers

. . . where influence comes from sharing information, not from hoarding it.

The even better news is that these new approaches and technologies are available to just about anyone—from global companies to emerging startups to individual innovators to citizen groups to cross-sector initiatives. That’s why we are launching the Unlimited Human Potential Challenge—to unearth and celebrate the individuals and institutions who are working to create real value and to improve lives in a meaningful way.

We are seeking the most progressive practices and innovative ideas for unleashing human capability to produce radically new approaches to organizing, competing, and creating advantage. How can we tap into emerging digital technologies and the principles that undergird them (such as transparency, collaboration, meritocracy, open­ness, commu­nity and self-determination) to imagine the future of business?

Now it’s up to you. What are you or your organization doing, or what could you be doing, to unleash and capture human capability, wherever it exists? Make a case for how your management hack or business model innovation creates a real impact—in your organization and beyond. By sharing a bleeding edge case study or contrib­uting a pioneering idea, you can help shape the future of business. The ultimate prize?  A better run world.

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The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Office (IND) initiated a revolutionary change program.
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The truth is, we aren't very savvy when it comes to letting people contribute.
By Sean Schofield on November 21, 2013
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Attentiveness and effort are advantageous for realizing coherent, consistent visual intentions – reinforcing and driving the business enterprise mission and message.Organizational and procedural struc
By John Roth on January 25, 2014
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Just imagine 7 billion (and counting) nodes in the global village.
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A few months ago, the folks at the Center for Creative Leadership organized a free MOOC on Leadership.
By Stephen Remedios on December 18, 2013
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Do you want to manage like Google? One of the world’s largest Internet companies doesn’t leave proper management to chance, and neither should you.
By Andre Lavoie on February 19, 2014
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Organizations can be wildly successful, while at the same time creating an environment where their employees are ecstatic to go to work, every day, for generations to come.  It means embracing ou
By Arlene Dilworth on February 21, 2014
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Decisions on business bottlenecks can be made by concerned employees (regardless of their rank) aptly only when the broader aspects of business are clear to them. This can be achieved by understa
By AMIT NANDA on March 31, 2014
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‘Going to work’ used to mean showing up at the office where your manager would tell you what to work on that day and closely monitor your progress. This is obviously no longer the case.
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Enspiral is a network of professionals and companies on a mission to make the world a better place. We emphasize empowerment, collaboration, and innovation.
By Alanna Krause on March 30, 2014
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The employees in an organization can be categorized as Gatekeepers: Who control the resources and much more; Innate Achievers – Who excel at taking initiatives and tu
By Joel Modestus on March 31, 2014
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Today we manage workers by headcount, jobs, roles, processes, and infrastructure.
By Michael Grove on April 30, 2012
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Let's turn our corporate training/development efforts and university classrooms into learning communities that create structured content and computable knowledge with immediate economic and social val
By Mark Clare on March 31, 2014
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This story features Hero Arts, a 38-year old design company that manufactures decorative stamp products for the global craft market.   A family business, Hero Arts is recognized by customers
By Aaron Leventhal on May 11, 2012

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The submission phase is now over.

Submit a Hack (a disruptive idea, radical fix, or experimental design) or a Story (a real-world case study of a single practice, an initiative, or a broad-based transformation) on the subject of how organizations and leaders have tackled (or could tackle) two urgent challenges: 1) redistributing power in a way that gives many more individuals an opportunity to lead, and 2) equipping and energizing people to lead even when they lack formal authority.

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Participation is open to any registered member of the MIX. Join here

MIXers may (and are encouraged to) team up to co-author submissions. To work collaboratively, one MIX member needs to start a Story or Hack and then add other MIX members as participants by entering their MIX usernames in the co-author field. All listed authors will have edit access to the Story or Hack.

Submissions may draw on secondary source materials but should be based primarily on first-hand experience or an original idea. In every case, be sure to credit all those who contributed to your story or hack and provide citations to external reference material.

The Unlimited Human Potential Challenge will unfold in two stages: a preliminary submission phase ending March 31, 2014 and a final round in which finalists develop their entries further based on feedback from the MIX editorial team and community, ending May 10, 2014.

All entries will be judged by our panel of leading management thinkers and progressive practitioners, including (more judges to be announced shortly):

  • James DeJulio, co-founder & president, Tongal
  • Lisa Gansky - Entrepreneur and author, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing
  • Gary Hamel - Co-founder of the MIX and author, The Future of Management
  • Umair Haque - Director of Havas Media Labs and author of Betterness: Economics for Humans
  • Norbert Kunz, CEO Social Impact GmbH, Ashoka Fellow
  • Charlene Li - Founder, Altimeter Group and author, Groundswell and Open Leadership
  • Tom Malone, Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author, The Future of Work
  • Nilofer Merchant, Strategist, thinker, and author of The New How and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra
  • Jacob Morgan - Co-founder, Chess Media and author, The Collaborative Organization
  • Don Tapscott - Author, Speaker and Advisor on Media, Technology, and Innovation

Winners of the Unlimited Human Potential Challenge will receive significant recognition on the MIX, by SAP, and our media partner. Winners will also earn the chance to be recognized and share their contributions at SAP’s annual SAPPHIRE NOW event (June 3-5, 2014) and the MIX Mashup (Fall 2014).

For the first time ever, these winners will be eligible for an additional suite of prizes, what we’re calling the Idea Accelerator. Based on their potential to make a genuine impact—specifically, the potential to produce a viable app, product, company, or even a movement—up to three winners will win:

 *A design thinking workshop with experts from SAP Labs to further develop, prototype, and possibly scale the idea

 *A mentoring session with executives from SAP Ventures, including introductions to business incubators and/or angel investors

*Additionally, depending on the results of interviews conducted by the SAP Ventures team and the market potential of the winning entry, one of these entrants could also win up to USD $50,000 in funding from SAP Ventures, to go towards the formation of a new start-up company or venture. (Special consideration for this optional award will be given to entries with the potential to leverage SAP HANA.)

Please note: while the prize purse will focus on contributions with the potential to leverage SAP’s HANA technology, the MIX and the judging team will consider all contributions equally. Any Story or Hack that meets the Challenge Brief has the potential to make it to the winner’s circle.