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Why is presentation important?

Posted by  chandni —February 4, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

There are probably a 100 reasons why presentation is important. But a laundry list of reasons won’t get the point across as effectively as a story can. Here’s an interesting anecdote I read recently: Gary Bush’s passion for his craft makes him my most memorable teacher. I took a course called Presentation Fundamentals from him […]

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Lao Tsu on communities of practice development

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Here is a poem by Lao Tsu, a Chinese philosopher circa 700 BC. It’s well quoted on the web but it was difficult to find exactly which writing it was included in (any ideas?). Anyway, it speaks to how we should be helping our communities of practice develop. Go to the People Live with them […]

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Control Of Anecdote Wrested From Boyfriend

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2008
Filed in Fun

A news item just in from the US. NASHVILLE—In what onlookers described as an epic war for conversational dominance, girlfriend Amy Soisson, 28, clawed, battled, and interrupted her way to complete control of an anecdote started Wednesday by her boyfriend, Greg Harvey, 29. According to sources, Harvey was in strong command of the tale’s settings […]

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Seven ways to get more from your teleconferences

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 31, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Your teleconference system is one of your most important KM technologies. Here are 7 things a facilitator can do to improve teleconference experience. Encourage everyone to be on time . Unlike f2f meetings where people can sneek in and catch up, arriving late at a teleconference meeting seems to be doubly disruptive. Introduce everyone. When […]

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BHP Billiton axes its Knowledge Networks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 31, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

BHP Billiton axed their division called Operational Excellence last year. This was the group that, among other services, supported the organisations Knowledge Networks (also called communities of practice but language matters in this story). BHPB had developed the networks over the last 10 years but when the new CEO arrived he thought that if the […]

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Etienne Wenger’s Online CoP Workshop

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 29, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Just to let you know that Etienne Wenger and his collaborators at CPSquare are running their 4 week online workshop shortly (starts the 28th of January so you had better hurry). If you are interested go to: http://www.cpsquare.org/edu/foundations/index.htm Let them know you found out about the course via the Anecdote blog and they will provide […]

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Learning how to learn

Posted by  Daryl Cook —January 28, 2008
Filed in Insight

After listening to a podcast recently — an interesting conversation between Dave Pollard and Chris Corrigan — I am now even more convinced of the importance that we know HOW to learn. (To be honest I probably didn’t need all that much convincing!). This skill will be so important in the future due to the […]

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Organic Communities of Practice

Posted by  Krista Schmeling —January 25, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

I recently picked up a copy of Fast Thinking magazine (summer 2007 issue), and found an interesting article on a group of software developers who organically-formed a community of practice. They call themselves SuperHappyDevHouse, and although they started off in California’s Silicon Valley, they have attracted interest from other places in the world, including New […]

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Adding storytelling to the employee engagement agenda

Posted by  chandni —January 22, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I was pleased to read the findings of a recent survey on employee engagement. ▪ 81% of organizations surveyed worldwide have an employee engagement practice ▪ 49% use storytelling techniques to engage their employees Although only a few organizations have employee engagement formally defined on their agenda, the survey suggests an increasing trend in the […]

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World Trade Center and emergency services mis-coordination

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 22, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

One tragic example [of mis-coordination] is recounted in Peter Denning’s article about HFN [hastily formed networks], in which he describes analysis of the disaster response efforts after the attack on the World Trade Center: New York Police Department (NYPD) helicopters that had been monitoring conditions by circling the towers had observed signs of structural collapse […]

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