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A quick primer on Social Network Analysis

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 2, 2005
Filed in Communication

Given that I’m right in the middle of a social network analysis, I thought I’d throw together a very quick, very brief primer on Social Network Analysis. What is Social Network Analysis? A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, the analysis involves a study of these relationships. How do you do […]

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We’re unique!

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 1, 2005
Filed in News

It’s always great to find out you’re unique. Often I find out that I’m unique in ways that, maybe, I’m not sure I want to be. For instance, my wife often tells me that my short cuts are really long cuts and that only I could come up with a particular way of getting from […]

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Ricky Gervais to podcast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2005
Filed in Fun

The Guardian reports that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, writers and stars of the UK comedy The Office, will be publishing a weekly podcast. Ricky says: “I want to do a radio show where I can say what I want, when I want for as long as I want and that’s free for anybody who […]

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Let’s avoid the grand unifying approach to Personal Knowledge Management

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2005
Filed in Communication

Tom Davenport relates an interesting observation about the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) by its developer, Watts Humphrey. He realized that it was taking too long for many organizations to move up through five stages of the CMM, and began to think about what might accelerate the process. He concluded that if organizations were to develop team and individual-level […]

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Spot the anecdote

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

At the beginning of the month I suggested an exercise to improve your ability to identify stories. Here’s another example to explore. I remember my first anecdote circle as if it were yesterday. I was a little nervous but Sharon Darwent (one of my former colleagues at the IBM Cynefin Centre) provided some sound and simple advice: “When they […]

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Podcast: How story ditting helps to get to the heart of things

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 29, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

And who said work isn’t fun. Facilitating Anecdote Circles is great fun. What makes them even more fun is when you get ‘Ditting’ occuring. Ditting is the natural phenomenom of story ‘one-up-manship’. One person tells a story and then another has a better one, and so it goes. I thought a great way to demonstrate […]

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Peeping into Scott Adam’s window

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 28, 2005
Filed in Fun

Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, does make me laugh. He has a blog which is just as funny and insightful as his cartoons. Worth dropping by for a chuckle.

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Business users are set to by-pass IT departments

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 28, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes

I had lunch with Serafino De Simone at Microhelp last week. Serafino has been running his IT company since the 80’s and based on that experience he made the following observation: The last couple of years is the first time where IT functionality is better at home than at work. This trend will have some interesting […]

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Making better decisions in a complex world

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 27, 2005
Filed in Communication

A business that’s a hedgehog could go good to great, but a business full of hedgehogs could be a disaster. At least, that’s what I’m thinking after taking a look over Tetlock’s latest book on Expert Political Judgment – How good is it? Tetlock used a spectrum model of hedgehogs and foxes to investigate the […]

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Barriers to public participation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 26, 2005
Filed in Culture

This comes from yesterday’s Australian Financial Review regarding a contentious desalination plant which Sydney is planning for. The key points which the paper reported were: “Plans for a desalination plant in Sydney have been released for public consultation.” “The decision to build the plant is final, says the minister.” Now I’m not quite sure where this fits […]

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