Archive for 2005


One year on and an updated look and feel

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 26, 2005
Filed in News

We’ve given the Anecdote blog a face lift in celebration of its first year of blogging service. This is my third blog. My first started in 2002 as a bit of an experiment and then I moved over to Blogger in 2003. Blogging is still a bit of a mystery to me. For example, I’m […]

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Whole of Government Innovation CoP

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 25, 2005
Filed in Fun

Thanks to Elena (pictured here in a fetching Christmas hat) for organising the Christmas lunch today and Frank (or should I say Frank’s brother-in-law) for the wines. I’m looking forward to our meetings next year.

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What are wikis good for?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 24, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes

A few months ago, as an experiment, Shawn, Mark and I attempted using a Wiki as a way to work collaboratively on a paper. What we found however was that the Wiki format forced us down a much too linear way of thinking essentially stifling our creative juices. Even though a paper is finally presented in (hopefully) a logical coherent […]

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What do bank managers, pharmacists and salesmen all have in common?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 23, 2005
Filed in Communication

Well, they did all just appear in a Roy Morgan survey of Professional Ethics and Honesty. But, the interesting thing is there seems to be a story here looking at the levels of trust since the late 1970’s. To summarise (with poetic license) there has been a marked decline in trust in bank managers over time, […]

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Community of practice synonyms

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 23, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

I have just returned from a conference in Sydney on Knowledge and Innovation.  I sat on a panel yesterday addressing the question “Communities of Practice: why do they work or fail?” One of the points I made was that communities of practice are often named something else, normally to adopt a title more suitable for […]

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Our tendency to categorise and the effect on sensemaking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 22, 2005
Filed in Culture

Patti over at 37 Days provides a brilliant and humorous description of Richard Nisbett’s work on how westerners and Asians perceive the world differently. Her renditions of Dick and Jane stories are priceless. According to Nisbett our early years of language development consist of Western children being taught nouns while Asian children are taught verbs. And […]

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How do you design your questions for a Social Network Analysis?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 21, 2005
Filed in Communication

One of the key components to a social network analysis (SNA) is the designing of the questions. Here are some examples of some questions often used in SNA*: Whom do you typically turn to for help in thinking through a new or challenging problem at work? Whom are you likely to turn to in order to […]

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Annotations and their role in building context

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2005
Filed in Insight

Denham Grey’s post on just how useful annotations can be in providing context reminds me of two famous annotators, Pierre de Fermat and J Edgar Hoover. Fermat was a genius mathematician born in 1601. Apart from being a judge he delighted in his hobby of solving the most difficult mathematical problems. While studying Diophantus’ Arithmetica (published in 1621) […]

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Words should be full of meaning

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 18, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Following right on the tail of my post on Facilitation is a fat word I came across this posting over at The Monster Blog: Words should be full of meaning, not hollow phrases. Sounds in an empty room also resonate. Too many management slogans resonate around us at work and too many of them are hollow and […]

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Got conflict? Use the power law

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 18, 2005
Filed in Communication

Imagine this scenario of how conflict might arise in a group: You are facilitating a meeting. Everything is going great. During an action planning session one participant stands up, looks around the room assertively and says “I’ve done a quick analysis and it’s clear that there are parallels and similarities between several group’s work here. […]

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