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Knowledge hoarding

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 12, 2006
Filed in Communication

Kaye Vivien asks the question: knowledge hoarding (is it real?) Absolutely! is my answer. The term ‘hoarding’ suggests a premeditated attempt to hide something away for your own future purposes, so this is a serious charge. Most retained knowledge, however, is not a result of premeditated hoarding. Gabriel Szulanski’s work¹ on why knowledge is not […]

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coComment – clear conversation in the blogosphere

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2006
Filed in News

Now here is a great tool. Ever wanted to keep track of the comments you make on other people’s blog. Well coComment does just that. Add a bookmarklet to your browser and mark the comments as you make them. CoComment will tell you when someone has responded.

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Some excellent community of practice resources on del.icio.us

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

I was visiting Beverly Trayner’s blog today and noticed that she references a set of Nancy White’s del.icio.us tags on communities of practice. I think this is an excellent idea. If you are unfamiliar with del.icio.us think it of a website where you can bookmark websites that interest you and everyone else can see what […]

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Its not about right or wrong..

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

We collected an anecdote and used it in a document, and the document came to the attention of senior management. We were advised that the anecdote was inaccurate in some of its specifics, that it presented an overly negative picture and that there was a logical reason why someone might behave in the way described […]

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Will the community of practice get started? A test and the effect of titles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

We’ve been helping one of our large corporate clients this week make sense of a series of social network charts and during the process the team identified a strong community of practice which appeared to be having a conspicuous integrating effect on their division. In this case the community was a network of hygienists. This […]

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Call to update Wikipedia’s KM entry

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 6, 2006
Filed in News

Denham Grey has noticed that the knowledge management entry over at Wikipedia has deteriorated lately and has called on all of us who care about this topic to help update it. Denham’s aim for the KM community is well stated: The aim should be to showcase the depth, importance, applicability and value of KM, include […]

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Instructional video on storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2006
Filed in Fun

In the style of The Office, here’s a short video detailing how not to use storytelling in your organisation. And a good laugh too. Just scroll to the bottom of the page to find the clip called ‘Principles of Organisational Storytelling’. Thanks to Julian Carver for pointing this out to me.

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Complexity thinking can change how you think about problems in your organisation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —February 1, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

Inspired by Kurt Richardson’s work exploring the parallels between systems thinking and complexity thinking I couldn’t help myself but to take a few of his gems and add my own angle. The complementary law: A complex system is a system that has two or more potentially contradictory descriptions. There is no right person, right answer, […]

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First person is best for teaching (learning?)

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 1, 2006
Filed in News

Another finding from Eide Neuroscience Blog. I love their piccies. In a study of healthy young adults learning a motor skill, teaching was found to be much more effective if instruction was given from the student’s point-of-view (1st person perspective) rather than the instructor’s (3rd person perspective). In the 3rd person perspective, a student must […]

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“What’s in it for me” is more memorable

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 1, 2006
Filed in Communication

It’s so easy to become insular having conversations with people within your discipline or professional practice. To guard against this malady I went looking for interesting blogs in the field of neuroscience to see what they could tell me about how people learn. Well I found some good ones. Eide Neurolearning Blog is focussed on […]

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