May, 2009

Modern Corporate Training: The Enterprise Learning Framework

Josh Bersin

Over the last year or so we have talked with hundreds of companies about their desire to transform their corporate training programs to take advantage of social networking, knowledge management, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Learning Culture Learning On-Demand Learning Programs enterprise learning framework

Knowledge Management: Where We've Been and Where We're Going - Part Two

Conversation Matters

In this series I‘ve classified the evolving landscape of knowledge management into three categories. The first category is leveraging explicit knowledge and is about capturing documented knowledge and building it into a collection - connecting people to content.

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Your Guide to Job Search and Personal Branding on Twitter

The Bamboo Project Blog

Twitter --the 140 character social networking site--is becoming increasingly useful for job seekers. It doesn't work for everyone, of course, but it can certainly turbo-charge your networking, a key strategy for successful job hunting. It can also be an effective part of your personal branding campaign. Here, then, is a (somewhat) definitive link guide to getting a new job (or losing your current one) through Tweeting. (I I put this together for a client, so thought it would be nice to share).

Latest ReviewSNAP Additions

Reviewsnap

Recently, based on requests from some of our clients, ReviewSNAP has added the capability of attaching documents such as job descriptions as well as attaching documents to our feedback area.

Twittering Matters

Future of Work

There’s an intriguing new article about Twitter and how it’s affecting corporate cultures and reputations in the June 1 issue of Business Week (&# Managing the Tweets&# - the online version is titled “ Web 2.0: Managing Corporate Reputations “). Here’s the essence of the article (written by our friend Michelle Conlin and her colleague Douglas Macmillan ): Social networking is a love-hate relationship.

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Social Networking at Work

Working Girl

Mapping social relationships is a fairly new possibility that has emerged with the proliferation of social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter, which have emerged in conjunction with growing globalization and the emergence of virtual teams.

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

Conversation Matters

KM has changed in many ways since its beginning some fifteen years ago, with new tools and new strategies. But what is most interesting to me is the profound change in the way we conceptualize knowledge and the implications of that conceptualization for how we do our work as knowledge professionals.

KeyHubs and Google Wave Are Looking Interesting

The Bamboo Project Blog

A few things that have popped up recently that have me excited to explore further: KeyHubs for Mapping Informal Networks Via a Delicious save from Beth Kanter , I found this article on mapping networks--an interesting read in itself.

The Winner is.

Transparent Office

A lot of companies ask me whether contests are a good way to spur social software adoption. In my experience, contests can be very effective in generating buzz, awareness, participation, and enthusiasm. They can also be demotivating and marginalizing. It all depends on how you run the contest, and the right way to do it is counterintuitive. The theory that many people bring to contests is informed by classical economic theory: If you want to motivate people to change their behavior (e.g.,

Another View of the Future of Work

Future of Work

Time Magazine has just discovered that the future of work will be very different from the world that we’ve all grown up with. The May 25 print edition actually has “The Future of Work&# as it’s cover story: And if you click on that image you’ll go right to the (free) online version of the story. It starts like this: Ten years ago, Facebook didn’t exist. Ten years before that, we didn’t have the Web. So who knows what jobs will be born a decade from now?

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SaaS vs. On-Premise Software

Reviewsnap

ReviewSNAP was recently asked by Capterra to give them a list of features or benefits of a SaaS (software as a service) program for their buyers'' guide. There are advantages to both types of software, but it really boils down to the needs of the company. If you are considering using a SaaS program rather than an on-premise program you will need to ask yourself the following questions: If implementation of the software is required, how long will it take?

IBM Adopts Saba as its Learning Technology Partner

Josh Bersin

A very important partnership was announced today: IBM announced a major commitment to Saba as its primary learning management technology partner. Background on IBM’s Learning Platform. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: How to Overcome Obstacles in Your Career

45 Things

Yesterday I guest posted on GL Hoffman's "What Would Dad Say" blog about learning to be more resourceful. I'd like to expand on that and talk about overcoming obstacles at work. Today, the workplace is a hotbed of stress

Feeling Like Dirt

The Bamboo Project Blog

The past few months for me have been a sort of hodgepodge of deadlines and projects and weird personal things like realizing that my younger daughter is going to college next year (COLLEGE! My baby!) and that she doesn't need her mother so much anymore.

Team Building

Evil HR Lady

A friend had to go to a mandatory "team building" event. You can probably guess my opinion of such things, but some people like them. Wasting time "building unity" by doing a silly activity such as building a raft, making a dinner or negotiating a ropes course is bad enough during business hours, but this event was held in the evening. You remember the purpose of evenings, don't you? It's time to be at home.

Be Sure to Participate in our Future of Work/Mobile Workforce Summit

Future of Work

We’ve already announced our partnership with Realcomm to conduct a Future of Work - Mobile Workforce Summit the day before Realcomm 2009 in Chicago in June. We are also very pleased to report that as of today we have four active sponsors for the event: Spenser Communications is a major distributor of Avaya products and services; Citrix Online is a provider of web commuting and remote access tools like GoToMeeting, Goto Webinar and GoToMy PC.

Spellchecker and Format Editor Added to ReviewSNAP

Reviewsnap

Everyone at some point questions whether or not they spelled something correctly or they used the correct grammar. Well you no longer need to worry about that when adding comments/suggestion, development plans or adding job descriptions to the ReviewSNAP Performance Management System. Not only did we add the ability to spell-check your content, but you now have the ability to format it as well.

The Talent Management Software Slump

Josh Bersin

We have been carefully looking at the Talent Management Software market over the last few weeks, and the first quarter of 2009 was a bit of a disaster. The market for performance and succession. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Book: Brain Science Shows Current Management Techniques Do More.

45 Things

I can't begin to count the number of "management gurus" I've interviewed over the years. They explain how to use 360-degree feedback; give ideas for 1001 employee rewards and incentives; and outline how to set achievable goals for

The Bamboo Project Blog: Your Guide to Job Search and Personal Branding on Twitter

The Bamboo Project Blog

Twitter--the 140 character social networking site--is becoming increasingly useful for job seekers. It doesn't work for everyone, of course, but it can certainly turbo-charge your networking, a key strategy for successful job hunting

Counter Offers

Evil HR Lady

I work in California and have recently been offered a similar position with a new company. I turned in my resignation letter today and my boss asked me what it would take to make me stay. I told him that if they increase my salary to match the new offer I would stay. After he talks with his boss and HR, he tells me that they will match the offer but they want to see a hard copy first. I'm wondering if this is violating my privacy rights to salary information.

Doing Business Anywhere, Anytime

Future of Work

As previously announced, Charlie Grantham and I were featured in a webinar yesterday that was hosted by PC Magazine and sponsored by Citrix Online. Michael Krieger represented PC Magazine and acted as moderator. We were also joined by Eric Bensley of Citrix Online. The topic was “Corporate Agility: Doing Business Anywhere, Anytime.&# A recording of the webinar, including both our slides and our voiceover, is available at this link (it will open in Windows Media Player).

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Fact or Myth: Recruiting is Less Important in Economic Downturn

Working Girl

Although gross job creation remains fairly consistent regardless of economic conditions and many companies continue to hire, either consistently or sporadically, many companies have hiring freezes and are moving to outsourced recruiting to cut costs. These companies may be right to focus on cutting costs and/or retaining their critical employees rather than on new recruiting strategies.

The State of Learning and Talent Measurement: A Work in Process

Josh Bersin

In April we published our bi-annual State of Learning and Talent Measurement research and again the news is mixed. Report available here at no charge.) A few tidbits for you to think about: Only. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Five Steps Every College Student Needs to Take Now to Get a Job Later

45 Things

I've spoken with several campus recruiters lately, and they all say the same thing: You think this job market is tough? Just wait. Not exactly music to the ears of a college student right now. While they're studying and funneling

On Directed and Flow Learning Goals

The Bamboo Project Blog

Tony Karrer has an interesting post on the issue of learning goals. He's noticed that there seem to be two types of goals: Directed Learning Goals – specific focus. Flow Learning Goals – nonspecific, exploratory.

Past Transgressions

Evil HR Lady

I have come across some information at work and I don't know what I should do about it. Please help! I work in a sales environment. I have been there for over one year now and I love all of the people for the exception of the one person I work for most directly -- I will refer to her as Andrea from here on.

Let’s Keep Technology in Perspective

Future of Work

and use it appropriately. On this national holiday in the United States - Memorial Day - we are all reminded of, and thinking of, our military veterans and active-duty soldiers, sailors, pilots, and marines. We have to be incredibly grateful for their service. Before today I took some comfort in knowing that technology enabled distant warriors to stay much closer to their loved ones that ever before.

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Some Resources for Accessible Learning

The Bamboo Project Blog

In using social media tools for learning (or anything else), one thing I think we often forget is the issue of accessibility. And by that, I don't mean in terms of issues like having access to a computer or broadband, although those are issues as well. Currently I'm working with two different clients who work with individuals with disabilities and one of the things we're grappling with is how accessible these tools are.

Reflections on an Open Space Conference

The Bamboo Project Blog

Last week I ran an Open Space conference for 50 service providers who work on connecting individuals with disabilities to employment. For the uninitiated, Open Space is a format that encourages dialogue and problem-solving around key topics, rather than pre-set presentations. Just wanted to capture a few thoughts/reflections while they're fresh: I worked with a team of about 8 people to put the conference together.

Looking for a Career as an Entrepreneur?

Future of Work

One of the groups being hit very hard by the current economic downturn is this year’s college grads. They are facing one of the toughest job markets ever. After teaching a class on entrepreneurship recently at INSEAD, Forbes columnist and book author Sramana Mitra heard from many students about their difficulties finding employment. So she has arranged to deliver a free webinar on “ Entrepreneurship As A Career &# next Wednesday, May 20, at 10 AM PDT.

Another Workplace Futures Conference You Should Attend

Future of Work

I’d like to encourage you to consider attending the Worktech(tm)09 Conference in New York City on May 20. It’s being held at the Time and Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas. Our across-the-pond colleague and fellow futurist/author Phillip Ross , CEO of Cordless Group in the U.K., is behind Worktech, which has been held annually for the last several years. He’s an expert on the impact of new technologies on work and the workplace - and a very dynamic speaker.

May Issue of Future of Work Agenda newsletter

Future of Work

[This newsletter was emailed to registered subscribers on Sunday evening, May 3. We are reproducing it here for your convenience. The newsletter is also available through our website at this link. You can subscribe to the newsletter here ; we produce 11 issues a year, every month except August. The newsletter is free and will remain so as long as possible.]. Has the future ever been more uncertain than it is right now?

Charlie Grantham Invited to Join Citrix Online’s Worldwide Workplace Council

Future of Work

That’s good news for us, and for the future of work. Charlie Grantham has been invited to join a newly-formed Worldwide Workplace Council being sponsored and hosted by Citrix Online. The full press release is here.