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Wikipedia raids are great activities for communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 23, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

For some time now I’ve been advocating what I call ‘action-oriented communities of practice.’ The model is described here and it’s in use by a range of communities of practice. The starting point is to convene short, intense discussions around topics of interest to the community. This can be done online or face to face […]

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Some free eBook resources

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 22, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Like they say, life is about timing. Coinciding with the launch of our recent ebook The ultimate guide to Anecdote Circles, Chris Corrigan has released an 81 page ebook called the Tao of holding space. Definitely worth a read for all those interested in Open Space.

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The role of social networks in IT systems implementations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 21, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

I had coffee with my friend Trevor Moore yesterday and we got talking about a system implementation he’s involved in. It’s a large project affecting more than 500 people in the organisation. Trevor shared with me a sketch he uses to illustrate what is likely to happen to staff performance as the system is developed, […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Anecdote Circles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 19, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

We are very pleased to announce the release of a little eBook we have been working on called The Ultimate Guide to Anecdote Circles. Our aim for this book is to bring together the combined practical experiences of Anecdote in running anecdotes circles and presenting the information in a fun, easy to use format. You […]

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Facts and stories (go together like a horse and carriage)

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 15, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Steven Pinker says: “Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.” Thanks to Les Posen for point me […]

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The world’s thinnest pen?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 15, 2006
Filed in Fun

I have a confession. I love stationery. Dave Snowden calls it the stationery gene and I’m sure it’s firmly embedded in my DNA. So I’ve been enjoying peaking into Notebookism which seems to be all things stationery and I marvelled at a recent post on the world’s thinnest pen, the Uniball Signo Bit 0.18 mm gel […]

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Nancy White and me at VPSCIN

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 13, 2006
Filed in Communication

Nancy and I facilitated a workshop this week for the Victorian Public Sector Continuous Improvement Network (VPSCIN) where we explored the relationship between communities of practice and technology. Frank Connelly describes the event here and Luke Naismith summarised the workshop here.

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Tag lines for knowledge strategies

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 13, 2006
Filed in Strategy

We’ve been helping a few organisations with knowledge strategies lately and discovered the power of knowledge strategy tag lines. This idea first came to us while we were working on trust in one of the large Australian banks. They’d done a traditional mission, vision, values exercise (which are normally ineffective) but one of the values kept popping up […]

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Which storybased techniques are most used?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Since completing our Australia wide survey on the attitudes and awareness of story and narrative approaches within organisations, I have been working my way through sharing the results. So far, the analysis has surfaced interesting results around: Australian managers intuit story most useful for culture change The 7 story forms valued within organisations The 5 ways […]

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The Prato Dialog

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 8, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

I’m on route home from Florence (at Heathrow) and I just wanted to get down some thoughts about the Prato Dialogue I’ve just attended. Eight CPSquare members met for 3 days and we engaged in sustained conversation supported by the bare essentials: a couple of flips charts, chocolate, good food and wine and plenty of […]

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