July, 2007

The Bamboo Project Blog: The Rise of the Do-It-Yourself Portal

The Bamboo Project Blog

In the past few days, I've found a number of new portals online. I'm starting to wonder if we can't learn a thing or two from what's happening. First, via Eisenblog, came Open Learn University's portal, created by Stuart Brown

The Ten Best Reasons to Be A Mentor


Jill asked a great question on the Mentor-me-Meg Update post - Why should someone be a mentor? What''s in it for them? To help answer that question, I have put together a list of the top 10 benefits of being a mentor.1) Sharpens your skills. Working with a mentee requires you to stay on top of your game. As you help someone else develop their ideas and work through their challenges, you


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What Is The Best Pricing Model - Dynamic or Static?


An article in the summer MIT Sloan Management Review on dynamic pricing reminded me how much I dislike the concept of variable and negotiable pricing. Dynamic pricing is described by author Arvind Sahay as "where prices respond to supply and demand in real or near-real time." Sahay suggests that dynamic pricing provides a way to "reap higher profits" in every individual sale. That sounds well

Good "Fit" or Employee Discrimination?


Chick-fil-A Chairman S. Truett Cathy and his sons Dan T., CEO and "Bubba," SVP routinely making hiring and firing decisions based on their applicants'' and employees'' religious and marital status. More astoundingly, they make no attempt to hide the fact and speak openly to the press about it. According to the July 23rd issue of Forbes magazine:- The company''s corporate mission is to "glorify god

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In Praise of Praise


I always like it when I see a company provide public praise and recognition for one (or more) of their employees. Tonight I ran into a nice post on the Twitter blog from Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey about Twitter "Support Superhero" Crystal. Jack had received an email from a happy customer about the exemplary performance that was provided to him by Crystal. Jack posted the full letter on

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Best Mentoring Pairs in TV and Film


Mentoring is not only popular in companies and associations, it also makes for a great theme in films and television. Peer Resources has compiled a fun, comprehensive "Hall of Fame" list of fictional mentoring relationships.Do you remember any of these?Rounders Rounders - 1998 motion picture, directed by John Dahl. John Turturro''s character Joey Knish mentors Matt Damon''s Mike McDermott.Donnie Brasco

Mentor Me Meg Mission - Update One


Aside from feeling a little bit like a stalker, the Mentor-Me-Meg mission is off to a great start. It began with this post explaining my quest for connecting with Meg Whitman, CEO of Ebay. After I posted about the mentoring mission, I enthusiastically charged ahead with some of the steps I had outlined in hopes of quickly reaching my goal.Here is a list of what I have accomplished thus far:1


YouTube-Style Film Ad Contest


You may have heard about Nobscot''s unique film marketing project/contest. Aspiring filmmakers and marketers are competing to create the best YouTube-style video on why people really leave their jobs.The rules require that the video begins with a person or person-on-the-street being asked via voice-over: "Why did you leave your last job?" The filmmaker will then be able to use their own

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Mentor Me Meg!


In today''s connected world where everyone is just a few degrees away from everyone else, how difficult do you think it would be to reach out to the person of your choice and ask them to become your mentor? If the CEO & President of a niche HR software company in Honolulu wanted to have, for example, Meg Whitman as her mentor, would she be able to connect with her? That is exactly what I aim to

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The Holy Grail of Enterprise 2.0


Pundits, professors and providers of technology are scurrying around trying to predict how Web 2.0 will successfully enter the workplace. There is talk of wikis and blogs and tagging and collaboration and social networking. Everyone recognizes (correctly) that Web 2.0 tools can and will transform the workplace but no one is quite sure how they will work and more importantly what value they will

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The Happy-to-Grumpy Metric


There''s a nice article on metrics in last month''s (June 2007) CFO magazine. The article brought up my favorite financial ratio - the "Happy to Grumpy" ratio which Wells Fargo uses to measure actively engaged employees to the actively disengaged. Says Wells Fargo''s CFO Howard Atkins, We want to measure what drives our results, and that includes team-member engagement. That measure might not get

Keeping Up With the Joneses


In my last post, I said that I was a Baby Boomer. It turns out that I was wrong. I have just learned that I''m actually a Jones. A Jones? Apparently a movement to redefine the generations has been brewing for the past 7 or 8 years. From a 1999 news article They grew up watching The Brady Bunch, not Leave It to Beaver. Their attitudes were shaped more by Watergate than JFK. They remember gas lines

Winning at Employee Retention


An interesting, albeit somewhat rambling, post from Marc Andreessen with his thoughts on employee turnover and retention. Andreesen is the software entrepreneur best known for co-founding Netscape shortly after his graduation from college. In this post, he asserts that employee retention is directly tied to being a "winning" company and conversely that employee turnover is due to a "not winning

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Workplace Interruptus


Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but is also a disruption of thought. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860) I''m a Baby Boomer which means I get work done by starting, concentrating and finishing. I''m pretty good at juggling multiple work items throughout the day but I like to give 100% of my focus to whatever I am working on at a given

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It's Not What You Say It's What People Hear


I hate that this great phrase is being used by political spinmeister Frank Luntz as the subtitle for his new book. Words That Work: It''s Not What You Say, It''s What People Hear is about using verbal chicanery to manipulate people''s viewpoints. But let''s set aside Luntz''s less than honorable objectives and focus on the very practical concept of paying attention to what people hear rather than on