July, 2009

Are Knowledge Workers the New "Blue Collar" Workers?

The Bamboo Project Blog

I'm currently reading Matthew Gardner's Shop Class as Soul Craft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, and it's raising some interesting questions about "knowledge work" and where we may be going with the information economy.

The Five Forces of Enterprise 2.0 Adoption

Transparent Office

What makes individuals and organizations embrace Enterprise 2.0? There's a friendly but sharp ideological debate playing itself out on Twitter, the blogosphere, and in conference breakout sessions. I think it's confused.

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

Conversation Matters

In this three part 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.

The Amazing Business Impact of Superior Talent Management

Josh Bersin

For the last several years HR and Corporate Training managers have been desperately seeking ways to cost-justify their increasing investments in talent management programs, processes, and systems. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Do You Like Twitter? Or Hate It?

Future of Work

I’m in awe at how fast Twitter has become a daily part of my life, and how it’s sweeping across the whole world - often generating very intriguing extended conversations. What’s your opinion? Do you like twitter, or think it’s a silly waste of time? What role does Twitter have in your business/professional life?

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"How to Open a Banana Like a Monkey": The Anatomy of a Good Training Video

The Bamboo Project Blog

Why this video works (in no particular order): It's short--less than a minute. It reminds us of how we usually peel a banana and the problems with it.

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4 ways to raid IRAs penalty-free

Business Management Daily

Take advantage of tax law exceptions for “raiding” an IRA. Here are four prime examples. The post 4 ways to raid IRAs penalty-free appeared first on Business Management Daily. Employee Benefits Program Human Resources Small Business Tax

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

Conversation Matters

I'm posting the Executive Summary of a study I conducted with the Defense Intelligence Agency. You can read the full study - all 30 fascinating pages here. Executive Summary of How A-Space is Shaping Analysts' Work. 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 Coaching & Development Model of Management Proves Itself Again

Josh Bersin

The top issue on the minds of HR leaders today is the need to “rebuild a culture of performance&# in their organizations. From the 2009 Talent Management Factbook®, n=780 organizations). Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

What Do You Like About Coworking?

Future of Work

It’s incredibly clear that coworking - using a shared work facility and being around other people - is “hot.&# The number of coworking facilities is growing by leaps and bounds all over the world, and there are more and more folks choosing to spend part of their work time in those settings. So, being naturally curious and fascinated by this shift in work styles, I’m wondering which features of the coworking concept are most appealing.

Extension to a Good Post on Performance Management


This morning I read a good post on Renegade HR called "Create a Performance Management Culture The Ghandi Way" and I want to extend my thoughts on this approach. All too often companies do their reviews once a year and forget about the employee''s development until next year''s reviews come around. Then when it comes time for next year''s reviews the managers rate the employees similar or identical to the previous review and their development plan looks no different than the previous year''s.

Forget the Kids--It's the Adults Online Who Need Critical Thinking Skills

The Bamboo Project Blog

Stephen Downes points to a column by Larry Magid on the need for today's young people to develop critical thinking skills that will help them better evaluate what they read online. In it, Magid talks about the fact that in the old days" of mass media we had "trusted" news sources that we could generally rely on for the "truth." With the proliferation of media in the Internet age, this has changed.

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Human capital only appreciates if you appreciate it

Working Girl

This seems to be the ultimate secret of human capital management. You may think you know this, but do you really? If you look at any financial statement you will see debits and credits, which in turn represent assets and costs. That''s the secret of accounting, by the way. Most assets become less valuable over time. Again, nothing mysterious happening here, if you buy a new SUV (shame on you!)

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

A KM Strategy Built on the Collective Knowledge of Ecopetrol

Conversation Matters

Two years ago I participated in a meeting to develop a knowledge management strategy for Ecopetrol, the state oil company of Columbia, South America. I want to describe it because it has stayed with me as a good example of an organization making use of its collective knowledge.

Employers Capitulate on Business Slowdown – The Turnaround is Coming

Josh Bersin

In our Q2 TalentWatch® research report (TalentWatch is Bersin & Associates business research on employment, hiring, talent readiness, and investment trends, available to research members) we see. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

New Research Report on Flexible Work for Nonexempt Employees

Future of Work

We recently completed a research project in partnership with World at Work. Titled “Flexible Work Arrangements for Nonexempt Employees,&# it is now available for download from the Word at Work website at this link (the link also includes an embedded video of Ryan Johnson , Director of Public Affairs, interviewing WDC’s Charlie Grantham about the research. The section on our research is about halfway down the page; click on “View the Complete Results&# to download the report).

Performance Incentives


Employees that have performance incentives as part of their compensation package need to earn their bonuses or other form of incentive compensation. In some organizations, incentive compensation is too loosely tied to performance and payments are made regardless of performance. This sends a very bad message in terms of accountability. When performance does not meet the minimum requirements for payout under an incentive compensation arrangement, there should be no payout.

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Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

10 Questions for Your Reflective Practice

The Bamboo Project Blog

Meredith Levinson has posted a series of 6 excellent questions to identify change agents and innovators during a job interview that she got from Amanda Hite, founder and president of recruiting and HR consulting firm Talent Revolution. It occurs to me that these six questions would also be great thought starters for both individual and organizational reflective practice. They are: What do you do to build, manage and maintain your network? If I Google you, what will I find?

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: My 5 New Rules for Cellphone Use

45 Things

Congress is currently seeking a ban on texting while driving after studies have shown that the practice is as dangerous -- or more so -- than drunk driving. Further, it's been found that even talking on a cellphone while driving means

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

Conversation Matters

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. This post is about a recent study I conducted for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to look at the Lessons Learned problems across the Intelligence Community (IC) and within DIA specifically.

New Policy

Evil HR Lady

When I'm put in charge of employee policy, I'm definitely adding this poster to the handbook. And posting it next to the cafeteria. Edited to add that my brilliant German speaking readers have translated the poster for me (I'm still learning "Das Auto ist Blau.")

How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

What Do You Call “Corporate Headquarters” in a Distributed World?

Future of Work

I recently came across that question from a senior HR executive who works for a global volunteer organization. She phrased the question this way: we have been going though some organizational restructuring. As part of this change effort we want to also change the way people reference what in the past has been called our “Headquarters” – basically the office that is similar to a corporate home office.

What'ya Think About Our Blog?


Hey Everyone, as you can see ReviewSNAP completely revamped the look of our blog. We would appreciate your feedback on the look and feel of the blog. Blog business blog HR blog


Information Literacy and Habits of Mind

The Bamboo Project Blog

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On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Do Online Classes Make Sense for.

45 Things

When I graduated from college -- even though I loved the experience -- I literally ran to my car after the ceremony, speeding away in my '72 Olds Cutlass Supreme. (An An awesome car I could now kick myself for selling

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

Tipping Points in Enterprise SaaS


A core tenet of SaaS has always been that it is a lot cheaper than on-premise software. This is based on the fact that there are no upfront license fees, and no hardware, maintenance or upgrade costs. As with all technology shifts, this promise has been met with healthy skepticism and not a little FUD from the incumbent on-premise vendors

The Importance of Individualizing a Cover Letter

Evil HR Lady

I don't hire people; haven't hired people in years. But, I can still tell you that it's important to make sure what you send to someone who does hire people is tailored to that particular job. I was reminded of this when I received an e-mail from a public relations person who wanted me to promote a book. I know that this person did not tailor his e-mail to me at all for the following reasons: 1. He just starts out with the text. No salutation including my name.

Are You a Digital Nomad?

Future of Work

Here’s a rare chance for me to give you tomorrow’s news today. There’s a good article in tomorrow morning’s Washington Post (July 26, 2009) about the rise of “digital nomads,&# otherwise known as mobile workers.

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