QAspire Blog 2009 – Essential Posts Redux

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Home Go to QAspire.com Guest Posts Disclaimer QAspire Blog 2009 – Essential Posts Redux When the year ends, we tend to retrospect. February 2009: Experiences and Learning on Respecting people This essential post touched upon the issue of respecting people at workplace. Two diverse experiences shaped up this post and lessons learned from these experiences are still very relevant. August 2009: Quality is Happiness This short piece received some interesting responses.

Discussions with our Research Members: Five Topics to Watch for 2010

Josh Bersin

Diversity as a talent management strategy. I just finished a research member roundtable with some of our major clients and want to share five big issues we see emerging for 2010: 1. Nearly all of. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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Do We Really Need So Many Kinds of Social Media?

Conversation Matters

I recently spoke at the 2009 Army Knowledge Management Conference. What Granovetter discovered was that weak ties produce greater diversity of thought than do strong ties. Cognitive diversity, as Scott Page illustrates in The Difference , implies something different than how we generally think about diversity. Our general meaning of diversity is differences in terms of race, age, gender, or status. Cognitive Diversity is the real key to Creating New Knowledge.

A-Space (Facebook-like) Is Making a Difference Across the U.S. Intelligence Community

Conversation Matters

This report provides an overview of an exploratory scientific, qualitative study conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Knowledge Laboratory in April- June of 2009. The primary benefit that A-Space brings to analytic work is a venue for seamlessly incorporating cognitive diversity to address complex analytic issues. Research indicates that cognitive diversity, (e.g. I'm posting the Executive Summary of a study I conducted with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Where Knowledge Management Has Been and Where It Is Going- Part Three

Conversation Matters

I am using it in quite a different sense here, to mean the knowledge that is derived from the confluence of diverse perspectives and data from across an organization and that is brought to bear on important organizational issues. What these three factors call for from knowledge management professionals in response is the: • Inclusion of cognitively diverse perspectives. Scott Page, in his book, The Difference , distinguishes cognitive diversity from identity diversity.

A Wiki for Generals

Conversation Matters

With complex issues there is a need for in-depth discussion that makes use of cognitive diversity that can only be achieved by engaging in an on-going dialogue among those most impacted by the issues. Previously I wrote about the process and benefits of having Soldiers update doctrine through the Army’s new wiki. Eventually there will be 230 manuals up on the wiki. There are 100 additional manuals that won’t be put up.

The Social Software Value Matrix

Transparent Office

The market for internal collaboration is more diverse. Mom always told me, "It's what's inside that counts." Companies are finally paying attention to how social media affects their business outside the company walls. They recognize the extent to which Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and other mass-collaboration forums present both opportunities and risks. There is excellent thought leadership on the topic, including Wikinomics , Groundswell , and Jeremiah Owyang's blog , just to name a few.

The Problem and the Fix for the US Intelligence Agencies' Lessons Learned

Conversation Matters

Coming together as a group to reflect on and discuss the total process increases the identification, validity, and usefulness of lessons by engaging a diversity of thought and experience. engage each person involved in the work process in the reflection process in order to bring diversity of insights and experiences. One of the fascinating task my consulting brings is the opportunity to conduct in-depth studies of complex issues about knowledge sharing in a variety of organizations.

Information Literacy and Habits of Mind

The Bamboo Project Blog

How do we make our networks diverse? Here's an interesting tidbit published in Science Daily --researchers analyzed 91 studies that included over 8,000 people and found that most of the time we seek information that supports our viewpoints and then screen out everything else: The researchers found that people are about twice as likely to select information that supports their own point of view (67 percent) as to consider an opposing idea (33 percent).

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Still Matter in a Pandemic

Thrive Global

There have been many tragedies since the COVID-19 crisis began, but losing focus—and tightening the purse strings—on DE&I (diversity, equity, and inclusion) efforts shouldn’t be one of them.

When is Help Helpful?: The Capacity to Make Use of Help

Conversation Matters

But they may not be able to tap into diverse external knowledge sources.”. The more diverse the group asking for help, the more likely that organizational members will be able to relate to the incoming information. “It Tom Gilmore and I have received some thoughtful comments from our initial post in this series “When is Help Helpful?” Those comments call our attention to the relationship or the system in which both parties are embedded.

The Power and Potential of Peripheral Vision

Future of Work

Day, Sloan Management Review , April, 2009, for an insightful discussion of weak signals and how to interpret them). What can you do to remain aware of what might happen to your business without being completely distracted by the diverse possibilities and losing that all-important focus on your core business? This is a reprint of our “Compass&# article from the October issue of Future of Work Agenda , our free monthly newsletter.

Enhancing What Social Media Does Right and Reducing What it Does Wrong

The Bamboo Project Blog

Social media does a great job of helping us develop connections to people like us, but is less effective in promoting the diversity so necessary to innovation and creative thought. How do we address this, both in terms of actual tools that encourage exploration of diverse ideas and thought processes, as well as in terms of HOW we use existing social media tools? Via Workplace Learning Today comes this article on the distractions of tagging.

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The Bamboo Project Blog: Information Literacy and Habits of Mind

The Bamboo Project Blog

How do we make our networks diverse? Flickr photo via vaxZine July 07, 2009 in learning | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Information Literacy and Habits of Mind : Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post. Catchya later from Middle-earth Posted by: Ken Allan | July 08, 2009 at 05:32 AM Great unpacking and amplification, Michele.

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Iran is All A-Twitter

Future of Work

There have recently been articles and editorials about this “digital revolution&# in publications as diverse as The Washington Times (&# Editorial: Iran’s Twitter Revolution “), The Nation (&# Iran’s Twitter Revolution “), and Time Magazine (&# Iran’s Protests: Why Twitter is the Medium of the Movement “). We’re all caught up this week in the eruption of demonstrations in Iran.

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Community Conversations

The Bamboo Project Blog

where they shared an interesting model they've been using to build awareness about diversity issues. Essentially it consists of bringing together a bunch of people to experience a unique, diversity-related event or experience and then using follow-up debrief conversations to help participants process the experience and discuss follow-up next steps.

Community Conversations

The Bamboo Project Blog

where they shared an interesting model they've been using to build awareness about diversity issues. Essentially it consists of bringing together a bunch of people to experience a unique, diversity-related event or experience and then using follow-up debrief conversations to help participants process the experience and discuss follow-up next steps.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Dealing with Negative Comments on Your Blog

The Bamboo Project Blog

Leave me a comment--negative or otherwise. :-) April 02, 2009 in Blogging | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Dealing with Negative Comments on Your Blog : Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post. Diversity in opinion is inevitable. Posted by: Michele Martin | April 02, 2009 at 01:43 PM Ha ha he he he!

The Bamboo Project Blog: Is the Best Predictor of Future Failure Your Past Success?

The Bamboo Project Blog

February 23, 2009 in learning , professional development , reflective practice , Strategic THinking | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Is the Best Predictor of Future Failure Your Past Success? Posted by: Shafeen Charania | February 23, 2009 at 09:33 AM The idea that "future failures are in our present success" is great meme. keep up with a diverse one.

A KM Strategy Built on the Collective Knowledge of Ecopetrol

Conversation Matters

Day one was designed to consider a wide diversity of ideas. The presentations of their ideas were also limited to 15 minutes each, but it definitely brought cognitive diversity into the meeting. Following each brief presentation small group conversations were held about the ideas – not the typical Q&A with the presenter, but a conversation among peers- an opportunity to make meaning out of the diverse ideas they had heard.

Our Strength Lies in Our.

Evil HR Lady

I know you thought I was going to say "our strength lies in our diversity." We have diversity committees, VPs of Diversity, affirmative action plans and call minority candidates "diverse candidates." When we moved to Switzerland we enrolled our daughter in one of the most "diverse" schools on the planet. It's all that diversity, right? But, in terms of true diversity (or differences), I have never been involved in a less diverse organization.

Connection Before Content: Meetings That Are Knowledge-based

Conversation Matters

That means a diversity of ideas and opinions is lost to the group. Peter Block has a rule of thumb that is very useful if you want a group to apply its collective knowledge to address a difficult issue, Connection before Content. Before a group attempts to use its collective knowledge to deal with serious issues it has to build the relationships that will allow the group to hold an open conversation.

Farewell TRDEV

The Bamboo Project Blog

I "met" a lot of interesting, smart people who were willing to engage in extended conversation on a diverse set of ideas. Back in the mid-1990s, I joined this great training listserv called TRDEV. At the time, it was owned by David Passmore at Penn State and it was an excellent source of information, discussion and argument.

What Makes 360 Degree Feedback Work?

Reviewsnap

Since having enough diversity in raters is important, it is critical that the raters understand that when they are invited to provide feedback by a certain date, they must not ignore the request. The use of 360 degree feedback surveys has grown and is continuing to grow at a very fast rate.

Feelings mixed about recent college hires

45 Things

Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Feelings mixed about recent college hires In the last year there has been a noticeable shift in the mood regarding recent college graduates. September 9, 2009 4:43 PM Anita said. September 9, 2009 4:53 PM Ask a Manager said. September 9, 2009 6:39 PM Megan said.

Informational Interviews

Evil HR Lady

It would be great if it's a "diverse candidate!" I work at an organization where our managers do informational interviewers without talking with HR. Our policy per our AAP states that we only accept applications and interview candidates for open positions. Is there any harm in doing an informational interview if we have no interest in hiring them in the end?

10 Things Employers Say Every College Student Should Know About.

45 Things

Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Monday, May 4, 2009 10 Things Employers Say Every College Student Should Know About Getting a Job At first the students didnt catch on. Just do something different and enjoy yourself -- diversity makes you unique," Daugherty says. TL [link] May 4, 2009 9:45 AM Anita said. May 4, 2009 10:25 AM David Benjamin said.

Our Strength Lies in Our.

Evil HR Lady

I know you thought I was going to say "our strength lies in our diversity." We have diversity committees, VPs of Diversity, affirmative action plans and call minority candidates "diverse candidates." When we moved to Switzerland we enrolled our daughter in one of the most "diverse" schools on the planet. It's all that diversity, right? But, in terms of true diversity (or differences), I have never been involved in a less diverse organization.

Temptation

True Faith HR

Programs would include: Developing critical thinking skills Developing time management skills Developing a responsible work ethic Communicating effectively Using mathematics effectively Working cooperatively Respecting diversity Integrating technology What other "soft" skills training is needed for today''s undergraduate Hard as it is to believe, the fall semester for my school begins seven weeks from today. I''ve already been working on my syllabi for two of my classes.

How do you roll?

Working Girl

If personal academic achievement requires a diverse supporting cast, how much more so a job performed as part of a team? If your company only has one way of doing things you may find yourself with a limited talent pool because your pool will favor people who do that one thing well, instead of cultivating a team environment where creative diversity can thrive.

Chosen Time

True Faith HR

It was with great interest that I read about Ben Eubanks’ “ Introducing the HR Education Series ,” at UpstartHR.com. As someone who has taught HR for 14 years, and who has been intimately involved with SHRM College Relations at the local, state, regional and national level, the subject is near and dear to my heart. Working in small, liberal arts college, I am the sole proprietor of our HR program. Its success or failure is dependent on how well I carry out my job.

Informational Interviews

Evil HR Lady

It would be great if it's a "diverse candidate!" I work at an organization where our managers do informational interviewers without talking with HR. Our policy per our AAP states that we only accept applications and interview candidates for open positions. Is there any harm in doing an informational interview if we have no interest in hiring them in the end?

Senses.

True Faith HR

We demand "quality" products and services and try to achieve "equality" and "diversity" in the workplace. Let''s get it out there: I have no sense of smell (what the medical community calls anosmia ). It is not the result of taking Zicam or some strange head injury. I don''t ever recall having the ability to tell one odor from the next. I cannot tell you the difference between a rose or a daffodil. Despite beliefs to the contrary, I can still taste.

Critical Considerations When Jumping to a Small Employer

45 Things

At the same time, the skill set you will acquire will be incredibly more diverse, you will learn strategies much faster and see results much quicker,” she says. If you've ever worked for a big company, you know the advantages: everything from a comprehensive employee benefits package to a great holiday party every year. Letting go of those goodies can be tough, but what if you don't have a choice?

Has Praise in the Workplace Gone Too Far?

45 Things

Compliments should not be used as a diversion for sticking a knife in someone's back. * "You're great." Who doesn't like to hear those words? Most of us enjoy getting a pat on the back, especially at work. Complimentary words give us confidence, they motivate us and they help us believe that what we really do matters. Still, there is nothing worse than praise that rings false. You know the kind: "Oh, your presentation was fantastic! The best I've ever seen! And I mean, EVER!"

Obama Has His Cabinet in Place -- Do You?

45 Things

Some descriptions that come to mind: Smart, savvy, experienced and diverse. That's exactly what you're aiming for with your Cabinet: Smart, savvy, experienced and diverse. As Barak Obama begins his first days in office, he'll be surrounded by trusted advisers. Before he makes a decision, he's likely to consult members of his Cabinet. He'll probably ask their opinions on everything from foreign policy to domestic issues. In the end, of course, the final decision will be his.

Race Questions

Evil HR Lady

If we divide people up by color and pat ourselves on the back for increasing our diversity, have we really diversified anything? Today is Martin Luther King Jr. In preparation for this, Offspring #1's kindergarten class read a story about Marin Luther King Jr. She came home and told me all about it. And then she had some questions. Mom, are we white?" This was a sincere question, by the way. Yes, we're white." pause "Is Katelyn white?"

Race Questions

Evil HR Lady

If we divide people up by color and pat ourselves on the back for increasing our diversity, have we really diversified anything? Today is Martin Luther King Jr. In preparation for this, Offspring #1's kindergarten class read a story about Marin Luther King Jr. She came home and told me all about it. And then she had some questions. Mom, are we white?" This was a sincere question, by the way. Yes, we're white." pause "Is Katelyn white?"

Diversity, stop burying your head!

New to HR

Here in the London, UK Diversity was once a hot topic, probably because an English street dance troupe called Diversity won Britain's Got Talent in 2009. Diversity in the workplace is still a struggle for many organisations. 29th April * Webinar with Vivienne Aiyela * Diversity in the 2015 Workplace * Sign Up For FREE! Diversity, not just about gender. London and diversity. What’s next for the diversity agenda?

Diversity, stop burying your head!

New to HR

Here in the London, UK Diversity was once a hot topic, probably because an English street dance troupe called Diversity won Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. Diversity in the workplace is still a struggle for many organisations. Diversity, not just about gender. Where ever one turns, either the news, social media or any form of public information outlet, gender diversity is a hot potatoe. London and diversity.