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Expertise location

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

Practically on the day I joined IBM in 1999 I was whisked off to Cambridge, MA, to be part of a global team to launch a new system that would help people discover hidden expertise in an organisation. On the way home I wrote a paper on the people issues I thought would hamper the […]

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It’s about what we say no to

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —June 7, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

My first blog post ever was around the improv principle of “Say Yes”. I suggested that: “…it is often when we “Say Yes” that we find ourselves in the most interesting, unexplored and uncharted territory”. There seems to be real tension between “saying no” and saying “yes and…”. Take for instance: Jane, a young consultant had […]

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Designing interventions requires new perspectives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 28, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

Designing interventions for complex environments requires the designers to see new patterns. Before I elaborate on this idea here is a story Steve Denning told today on the workingstories email list. John Seely Brown sometimes tells a story (which he says is true) of a board meeting of a Fortune 100 corporation that took place […]

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Intervention design – an example

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 16, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m always on the lookout for intervention design examples and I found one last week I think you’ll like. But before I describe it, remember what we mean by an intervention: a discrete action designed to improve the system but you can’t predict exactly how things are going to turn out. It’s not a project […]

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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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