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Honest signals

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 26, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

Alex Pentland is a Professor at MIT. He’s a pioneer in computational social science and Newsweek named him one of the 100 Americans likely to shape this century. When I saw this video I was reminded of the conversation I witnessed between two engineers and the honest signals (Pentland’s term for all those things we […]

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Will the real sponsor please stand up

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 25, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

This morning I had a conversation with Mark Bennett about Anecdote’s CoP Health Check service. The health check focusses on elements of Etienne Wenger’s CoP model which includes executive sponsorship. The conversation with Mark highlighted how the issue of executive sponsorship needs to be addressed at numerous levels. There might be a business line sponsor […]

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Collaboration presentation in Canberra

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 24, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, News

I am giving a presentation at the actKM monthly meeting on Tuesday 3rd March. The location is the National Archives of Australia in Barton. Arrive for drinks from about 5.15 pm with the presentation going from about 5.45 pm till 6.45 pm. Details are on the actKM website. The title of the presentation is ‘Collaboration….takes […]

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The power of hobbies in building community

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 23, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

On that day when Adelaide’s temperature reached 46.7C I was running a workshop for the spatial modelling and drafting community of practice. Their ritual is to have a BBQ for lunch, which seems a little crazy given the heat but that didn’t stop us. We all retreated to air condition comfort to chow down on […]

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Communities and networks connection

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 16, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, News

Tomorrow is the big launch. Nancy White has been toiling away with Tony Karrer to develop a dynamic website that aggregates community and network blogs. Tony is the technical wiz behind the site and there are plenty of ways to discover new and interesting information about one of the topics I love: communities of practice. […]

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Community Orientations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 15, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

A couple of weeks ago I ran a workshop for a community of practice, that I helped establish a 18 months ago, to reflect on what had been achieved. One of the exercises was to compare the community’s current state with the nine community orientations described in Etienne Wenger, Nancy White and John Smith’s forthcoming […]

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Community of practice paper featured in Insightory

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 7, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, News

Just to let you know that my paper on tacit knowledge and communities of practice has been featured on insightory.com.

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Assessing the health of a community of practice using net promoter score

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

It’s a simple idea: if you have more promoters than detractors you can expect your business to thrive. This is the basis of the Net Promoter Score, a metric to give you a sense of how well your business is going. When I first learnt about this single-question metric I was sceptical but then I […]

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Use stories to communicate the value of collaboration

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 29, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

In the previous two posts (Shawn’s on his forthcoming presentation and Chandni’s about collaboration between Google and P&G) have used specific examples to illustrate how collaborative practices can add value to an organisation. In many cases, the value of collaboration is difficult to articulate using numbers. We (not surprisingly I guess) strongly advocate that organisations […]

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I’m giving a talk on collaboration and your invited

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 23, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, News

For years software vendors and consulting firms have been developing SAP software components for NSW government agencies and on-selling the same software to numerous other NSW government agencies. These practices are only possible in an environment where the government agencies do not collaborate. In 2008 these agencies got together to share how they were using […]

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