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Tackling large domains in communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 16, 2008
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One of our clients is a large engineering firm (perhaps Australia’s largest) and I’ve been working with them over that last 12 months helping to establish some communities of practice. Our first one focussed on technical draftsmen and is off and running well. Their domain is well defined, they have good participation and have developed […]

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Seven personal skills for effective collaboration

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

It’s easy to talk about what collaboration is or is not or the types of collaboration. What’s difficult is to change your practices (read behaviours) to improve your chances of an effective collaboration. Here are seven personal skills that we all need to master to give collaboration a chance. How to apologise How to advocate […]

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Being a connector has its risks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 25, 2008
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New research has shown that we notice popular people and don’t notice unpopular people. OK, so we probably didn’t need research to tell us that but Cameron Anderson and Aiwa Shirako were investigating how reputations form and Dave Munger at Cognitive Daily describe the results this way: It turns out that your reputation for cooperativeness […]

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Collaboration by design

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 7, 2008
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Lend Lease has pretty good lineage when it comes to innovative practices on the KM front. Their iKonnect program started in 2000 and is a great KM success story. I chatted with some of the KM folk at Lend Lease late last week and wasn’t surprised to find that they are still coming up with […]

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Vital behaviours for communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 27, 2008
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Over at the Influencer blog David Maxfield has written a four post series on improving teamwork based on one of the key insights from his co-authored book, also called Influencer, which is simply changing a few behaviours can drive a lot of change. David calls them vital behaviours. For example, the two vital behaviours David […]

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A column in The Sydney Morning Herald on collaboration

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2008
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Today I have a short column in SMH on the theme of team and community collaboration for small to medium enterprises.

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Collaboration paper generating interest

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 13, 2008
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Our recent whitepaper ‘ Building a Collaborative Workplace‘ is generating some interest. An edited version was published in BRW last week and last night I had a new experience when interviewed live on Sky Business Channel ‘Money Makers’ program. I haven’t seen the interview yet (other than experiencing it live) and am looking forward to […]

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Intentional communities and designing for emergence

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 10, 2008
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A couple of years ago we helped the Australian Army establish three communities of practice around these domains: doctrine, urban warfare and air manoeuvre. In the process of intentionally helping these communities get established we created the conditions for an unexpected community to arise: a community of spatial modellers. The spatial modellers created massive simulations […]

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Collaboration featured in BRW

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 5, 2008
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Today a modified version of our paper on collaboration appears in the BRW (Business Review Weekly). I’m pleased to see the mainstream business press is taking collaboration, in all its forms, seriously. If you have discovered Anecdote for the first time and want to learn more about our views on collaboration take a look at […]

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Conversation is king

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2008
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Cory Doctorow made the observation, Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about. I was reminded of this insight, which I gleaned from Clay Shirky’s new book, on this morning’s conference call with my CPSquare pals. We were talking about the Web2.0 and Communities workshop we just delivered and towards the end of […]

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