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Toning up your brain

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 8, 2009
Filed in Communication

For years the field of neuroscience, much like the field of management, has been held back by a metaphor: the brain is a computer (machine) with each part playing a specific role. If one part of the machine (your brain) is destroyed it’s impossible to fix. The Brain That Changes Itself (by Norman Doige) is […]

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Banning Facebook and the like from corporations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 17, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

On January 16, 1920 the National Prohibition Act came into effect in the United States and all intoxicating liquor was banned, and so began the black market in alcohol. Even before the ban was set in place I’m sure racketeers had plans to take drinking underground and at the same time any chance of the […]

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Getting collaboration-ready from day one

Posted by  chandni —December 2, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Organizational silos can often become one of the biggest barriers to collaboration. You may have all the right intentions, collaboration could even be a strategic goal but something still prevents it from happening. Embedding the idea of collaboration as early as possible can make it really easy to build a collaborative culture. SEI seems to […]

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Collaboration requires fairness

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 28, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Humans have a strong sense of fairness. If two people are given a sum of money and one is asked to divide it and offer the other portion to their partner, if it’s not a 50/50 split the partner is most likely to refuse offer, even if this means that both parties loose everything. And […]

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Ask a gardner what she knows, in a garden

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 10, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Remembering experiences is heavily dependent on surroundings. I’m currently helping an energy company learn the lessons from retiring employees. I’m videoing their experiences with the view to facilitating sessions using the footage; it’s not really about capturing knowledge, just sparking new conversation based on what’s captured. My last subject was the company’s network controller. He’d […]

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My friends confirm my huntch that knowledge work is dead

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 3, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

Yesterday I arrived home from a relaxing trip to Jervis Bay to enjoy Christmas with my family (sans computer). So today I couldn’t help myself to have a peek at Google Reader to see what was happening on the blogosphere when I noticed my little post about knowledge work has raised the hackles of two […]

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The billiard ball example

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 8, 2007
Filed in Fun

When I talk about complexity to clients I mention that complex systems are impossible to predict in detail especially as your forcast extends into the future. I point out that there are so many connections among the objects affecting the system and many of the cause and effect relationships are non-linear (a small thing can […]

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History matters

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 4, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

I just received this comment from AJ which I thought you would enjoy. I will let her comment speak for itself. I’m an anthropologist who’s just finished a study of a small government department. After reading your story above, I thought I’d share the value of understanding corporate histories, corporate kinship & traditions I learned […]

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Data, Information, Knowledge: a sensemaking perspective

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 28, 2007
Filed in Communication

The relationship among data, information and knowledge is often depicted as a pyramid. With data at the base, it’s converted to information and information converted to knowledge. This metaphor of a pyramid or ladder to explain these concepts is unhelpful because you start to believe one is better than the other and there is a […]

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Finding and amplifying a sense of direction—directional stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 1, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

This week I have been talking to people about foundational stories and how they are important for reinforcing the core vales and direction for everyone in the organisation. HP has a well know foundation story about Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard starting their little electronics company in a garage with a measly $500. Within this […]

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