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.

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 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.

Compliance Continuity: Monthly Guidance to Sustain Your Organization's Wellbeing

Natural disasters can result in evacuations, work stoppages, and other disruptions for your employees. With advanced planning, employee benefits can help sustain the overall wellbeing of your workforce before, during, and after a natural disaster.

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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True Faith HR

In the morning, I usually do a morning surf of the blogosphere to read the latest missives that have been published. One of my regular stops is Glenn Greenwald''s column at salon.com. As usual, he has an excellent post on journalism and the Constitution.

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 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.

Implementing Technology in TA for the Win: An Agile Approach

Speaker: Denise Dresler, Director of Talent Acquisition, Avature

What was once traditionally used only in the software industry is making its way to the recruiting and talent acquisition space: agile methodologies. Join Denise Dresler, Talent Acquisition Director at Avature, where she will be discussing how to take this nontraditional approach of agile talent acquisition and effectively incorporate it into your hiring processes.

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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True Faith HR

After a week of excess (trip to KC for BBQ and baseball, bachelor party in Chicago, Coldplay at Alpine Valley in WI, Brewers baseball), its back to reality and thinking about fall classes. One of the things I am pondering adding is a social media component to my intro to HR class. I would like it to be more than having everyone join twitter or start a blog. What ways should social media be added into a HR curriculum

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Why (and How) to Switch to a New HR & Payroll Platform

Not all HR & payroll is the same, but it can look pretty similar. If your current platform isn’t meeting your needs, let us walk you through how to differentiate between providers and give you some tips on how to select a platform that works best for your business.

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).

Wage Growth: The Last Employer Holdout to Attract Candidates

You get a job perk! And You get a job perk! Everyone gets job perks! While these perks may have helped get that stellar candidate’s foot in the door, this dynamic of severely low unemployment combined with a historically high job open rate continues with no immediate end in sight. Employers will do well to zero in on one lever many have been avoiding pulling: the almighty salary increase.

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?

Cries and Whispers

True Faith HR

I''m often asked "what is my most interesting teaching experience?" For me, the most interesting student interaction I''ve experienced was in my early career. I was in the middle of a Thursday morning lecture/discussion when a student started to get up to leave the class. The student behind her asked, "Are you okay?" She replied, nonchalantly, "Oh.my water broke." Needless to say, I was dumbstruck.

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.

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

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

What'ya Think About Our Blog?


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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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True Faith HR

Summer is always a good time to catch up on TV shows that I miss during the fall or spring, and haven''t found the time to fit into my busy schedule. One of the shows I am catching up on this summer is "Burn Notice." The tag line for the show is "When spies get fired, they don’t get a letter from human resources.they get BURNED." Michael Westen is a McGyver-esque spy who finds himself without a job, no access to his bank accounts, and no idea for the reason behind his dismissal.

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