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.

COVID-19 Return to Workplace Guide: Reopening Facilities Following a Pandemic

Download the Gallagher Better WorksSM Insights COVID-19 report for information, new survey results and resources to help you recognize opportunities, minimize risk and confidently navigate the challenging road ahead.

Surprise! You're Fired!


Have you ever been fired, demoted or reprimanded and had no clue that it was coming? When the boss gives you the bad news you just want to laugh and ask if you''re being Punk''d, but unfortunately you know that is not the case.

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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.

Get a Better Handle on Your Remote Workforce

During these uncertain times, more employees are working remotely than ever before. Form I-9 completion for remote employees can be particularly challenging for HR teams. Download this eBook from Equifax Workforce Solutions to help navigate offsite Form I-9 compliance.

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.

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.

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!)

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

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.

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.

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).

How to Keep Employees Engaged and Connected in the New Normal of Remote Working

Speaker: Elena Valentine, CEO, Skill Scout

The way we conduct work has completely changed. Before the pandemic, remote working or a few work from home days were allowed for certain employees. Now, remote working is our new normal. We have had to align our business to make sure that our employees are productive and have the necessary resources to succeed. But, did we make sure that they still feel connected with the rest of their team? Join Elena Valentine, CEO of Skill Scout, to learn how to make employee engagement a top priority even when everyone is working remotely.

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.")

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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


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.

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

100% Remote Onboarding: Group Demonstration

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Join WorkBright on Thursday, June 24th 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.