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Getting management buy-in

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 9, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

The actKM list has a discussion underway to collect stories of how people have (either successfully or otherwise) tried to get management support for their KM activities. The story below is the one I submitted. An engineering firm I worked for had a number of management-initiated communities of practice that were languishing and I was […]

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Keeping the momentum going after an open space

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 5, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

A few months ago I facilitated an open space session for a group of knowledge coordinators working in a government agency. We spent the day together and at the end of the session there was a clear set of activities and a high level of energy to get things done. Yesterday I heard that many […]

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The 1st Annual Symposium on Meaning Making in Organisations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 30, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Mark, Andrew and I spent Monday and Tuesday at the Australian National University’s Symposium on Meaning Making in Organisations. The event was organised by Paul Atkins and Jennifer Garvey Berger and was a tremendous success—for one thing there were no presentations, only discussions. This event will be run again in September in Washington DC. Many […]

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Sharing the seeds

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 11, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

In October for the past 36 years Half Moon Bay in California holds a pumpkin competition. The biggest pumpkin grown in a season wins. One winner, upon accepting the prize, gave a handful of his winning pumpkin seeds to his neighbours. When asked why he would give such a marvellous advantage to next year’s competitors […]

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The Power of Archetypes in Creating Meaning

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 17, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

My nine year old daughter (she’s now 13) is an avid reader. She loves the Harry Potter series and reads them repeatedly. This voracious appetite for stories has unfortunately resulted in an annoying ‘know-it-all’ attitude that was driving her parents crazy—the only negative side effect of reading we’ve noticed. She would whine in utter disdain comments like: […]

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Dynamic equilibrium in a KM program

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 14, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I started blogging in 2002, first using Radiolands then Blogger. As many Anecdote readers would be unaware of my ordinal posts I thought I would pick a few and re-post them here. I will mark all my re-posts with the original url at the bottom of the blog entry. ==================== In 1987 my father and […]

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Open and closed language in facilitation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —January 25, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

It was during one of my first strategic planning workshop facilitations when I noticed it. This was in a time before I discovered open space facilitation. The group had just spent the last 20 minutes in discussion and it was time to ask them to feedback on their discussions to the room. Casually, maybe even naively, I said “could […]

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Describing your company values

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 8, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

In 2004 I helped a large bank conduct a narrative project to examine trust in a call centre. They had just finished working on their corporate vision and values a few months earlier. Their list of values included the usual suspects: integrity, professionalism, respect. What I found interesting was that when we collected the anecdotes […]

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Thinking about facilitation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 16, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes

Catching up with Johnnie Moore for lunch was great. During lunch we got onto the topic of ‘What is facilitation, anyway’. Drawing on the wisdoms (or maybe not) of some previous research in facilitation I boldly suggested 3 pillars to facilitation: Active listening Humour Humility Course, didn’t take Johnnie a second to bring to the table […]

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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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