August, 2008

Robertson: Ten tips for succeeding at collaboration

Knowledge Musings

James Robertson of StepTwo posted his slides for a recent presentation entitled, Ten tips for succeeding at collaboration (with audio). Along with the tips, he includes some background around the ideas he presents. Ten tips for succeeding at collaboration [+ audio]. view presentation (tags: blogs sharepoint wikis openpublish08 ). Here are the enumerated tips (in American English :-). And a few of my thoughts sprinkled through. Get ahead of the curve.

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MyBusinessBooks Releases Marketing Plan Manual

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Foundation 2.0: Are Networks the Future of Philanthropy?

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A recent conversation with Brook Manville reminded me of a question that has been puzzling me for a while: Why don't philanthropic foundations think more about networks? The traditional philanthropic model revolves around money. Foundations have it, and nonprofits need it. So the foundations give it to the nonprofits in the form of a grant. There's a lot more to it, of course, but that's the basic idea. Money is important, but it's not everything.

I'm back

Evil HR Lady

I'm back home. I know you missed me. (Or Or at least my trolls missed me! I know they wanted to pounce on me for something and I wasn't writing anything! Sob.) We had a marvelous time. Although, I will warn you that red-eye flights sound good in theory (the kids will sleep!),

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.

Unskilled or Incompetent

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Ask anyone which is worse, an unskilled person or an incompetent person and I’d bet money most will answer incompetent. The difference in meaning is subtle, but profound. An unskilled person can be trained. The word incompetent implies that the individual at hand does not have the aptitude to succeed or grow – they […]. SuccessFactors Research performance management research

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West by Southwest

Transparent Office

Today I flew Southwest for the first time in a while. (I I was headed from my home in Philly to Pittsburgh for a customer meeting.) Along the way, I got an interesting and unexpected lesson in the value of self-organization. Usually, I fly on United (San Francisco is a hub) or USAir (Philly is a hub). Both of those airlines are as traditional as you get, and seating is always a problem. Because I travel on business, I usually book my tickets later than vacation travelers.

Employee Engagement in Pictures and Words From A to Z

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Employee Engagement From Acceptance to Zen. by David Zinger. I invite you to view this 28 slideshare presentation on Employee Engagement from A to Z in pictures and in words. Employee Engagement A To Z Slides. view presentation (tags: business employee leadership management ). Click here if this slideshow does not open in this window. Share This

Ways to Commit Career Suicide

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One of the questions I get most frequently is: "If anyone can edit a wiki, how do you protect the organization from misinformation or, worse yet, from vandalism." So I was really happy to see the following paragraph in today's New York Times article on Diplopedia, the State Department wiki for the diplomacy community: What if someone creates disinformation or vandalism? Mr. Johnson was asked in Egypt â€" a not-infrequent question when the topic of wikis comes up.

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5 Reasons Why Great Employees Leave

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The 35th edition of the World at Work's annual budget survey found that the 2008 actual average increase in salary budgets was 3.9%, and the survey projects a 3.9% increase again in 2009. After sharing these numbers, Kris Dunn , the HR Capitalist asked " Is a 5% raise enough to protect your superstars ?”. I emphatically agree with Kris when she said "NO!” ” though not because I think 5% is a bad annual raise.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

13 Steps to Read a Blog Post: Zingers Revisited #2

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A Guide to Reading Blog Posts. by David Zinger. This post is from August of 2007. I will highlight about one from each month of the last year. I think we often consume blog posts and have no idea was we just took in. I encourage you to scan many posts but when you latch on to a good post to follow the steps below. Have you had the experience of "reading” 10 or 20 blog posts in a row and upon finishing the last one wondering to yourself in total bafflement, what did I just read?

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An Employee’s View on Motivation

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I never thought posting free leadership wallpapers could really motivate someone to take action, but it did. Frequently insightful and never bashful commenter CSBMonkey shared his insights on motivation from an employee’s point of view. If you’re a manager, or you want to be a manager, please keep reading this and make it your own so you can really inspire your team. The emphasis in the article is mine, not from CSBMonkey, but the words are all his.

An Employee’s View on Motivation

Transparent Office

I never thought posting free leadership wallpapers could really motivate someone to take action, but it did. Frequently insightful and never bashful commenter CSBMonkey shared his insights on motivation from an employee’s point of view. If you’re a manager, or you want to be a manager, please keep reading this and make it your own so you can really inspire your team. The emphasis in the article is mine, not from CSBMonkey, but the words are all his.

Google Insights first look

Knowledge Musings

Updated: Fixed URL to Insights. One of my colleagues in marketing pointed to the new Google Insights service that helps you analyze the search terms people are using at Google. I've heard people talk about doing this, but it's involved digging through the raw search logs.

Protecting Organizational Culture and Wellbeing During a Global Pandemic

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Picturing my blog

Knowledge Musings

Oh, pretty. Marcel Salathé has created a java applet that builds a network of your blog (or any other website) based on the internal HTML. I think the big "flowers" are the articles. What do the colors mean?

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I'm back

Evil HR Lady

I'm back home. I know you missed me. (Or Or at least my trolls missed me! I know they wanted to pounce on me for something and I wasn't writing anything! Sob.) We had a marvelous time. Although, I will warn you that red-eye flights sound good in theory (the kids will sleep!),

How to create products customers love

Knowledge Musings

I attended a webinar by Marty Cagan of the Silicon Valley Product Group, where he discussed some a "top ten" elements from his new book, Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love. The webinar will be archived at the FeaturePlan website. He started out by reiterating the highlight of his webinar from March : The job of the product manager is to discover a product that is valuable , usable and feasible.

Making it Harder to Get Hired

Evil HR Lady

People like to get their knickers all twisted up over discriminatory hiring practices. And for the record, it's not illegal to discriminate in hiring; it's only illegal to discriminate based on certain protected classes. Certainly you can discriminate against idiots, if you would like. You can also discriminate against smart people, which I have known some bosses to do on the misguided theory that they'll look smarter if all their underlings are dumb. But, that's an other topic.)

Preparing for the Workplace of the Future: HR’s Role

Speaker: Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy, Peridus Group

Join Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy with Peridus Group, to learn what you can do now to prepare yourself and your organization for the future workplace while simultaneously solidifying HR’s impact as a strategic and influential leader for business success

Making it Harder to Get Hired

Evil HR Lady

People like to get their knickers all twisted up over discriminatory hiring practices. And for the record, it's not illegal to discriminate in hiring; it's only illegal to discriminate based on certain protected classes. Certainly you can discriminate against idiots, if you would like. You can also discriminate against smart people, which I have known some bosses to do on the misguided theory that they'll look smarter if all their underlings are dumb. But, that's an other topic.)

No More College Requirement?

Evil HR Lady

Having a Bachelor's degree is generally a requirement for a professional job. Sure, there are people who have such jobs without one, but I don't recommend it as the way to go. But, what does having one really mean? Charles Murray argues, in the Wall Street Journal, that it's not necessary, and in fact absurd: Imagine that America had no system of post-secondary education, and you were a member of a task force assigned to create one from scratch.

People still say these things?

Knowledge Musings

The TOC Thinkers blog is in the middle of a series of articles on management and Theory of Constraints by Bryan Logan. The whole set is interesting (and long), but the 4th entry, NEW MANAGEMENT THINKING - Increasing Productivity , has a quote that amazes me every time I see it used in real life. Regrettably far too many executives remain firmly convinced that the only way to increase productivity is for their employees to work harder or faster.

Attack with the Tip of the Spear

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Last week my colleague Chris blogged about the differences between competencies and skills – over the course of my consulting experience, I developed a simple framework for putting skills and competencies to work. Think about throwing a spear – the first thing the thrower needs is energy/momentum. The spear will not fly very far unless […]. Talent Management skills

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

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Office Gossip

Evil HR Lady

My issue is that I've recently had a conversation with my HR manager about what I believe to be an uncomfortable working environment. The talk made me feel better along with a few days off. However, a friend at work has informed me that some employees there were gossiping about who I am engage to. I told my HR manager and she apparently told my fiance's supervisor. I've kept it a secret for over a year for many reasons.

Office Gossip

Evil HR Lady

My issue is that I've recently had a conversation with my HR manager about what I believe to be an uncomfortable working environment. The talk made me feel better along with a few days off. However, a friend at work has informed me that some employees there were gossiping about who I am engage to. I told my HR manager and she apparently told my fiance's supervisor. I've kept it a secret for over a year for many reasons.

Attention, what attention?

Knowledge Musings

A friend pointed to this brief article in Business Week from 12 June 2008, May We Have Your Attention, Please? by Maggie Jackson. It's official: The average knowledge worker has the attention span of a sparrow. Roughly once every three minutes, typical cubicle dwellers set aside whatever they're doing and start something else—anything else.

KM Principles at the US Army

Knowledge Musings

The US Army has a set of Knowledge Management Principles and an accompanying paper (pdf) that describes the details (date stamped June 2008). Their principles are. People / Culture Dimension. Train and educate leaders, managers and champions. Reward knowledge sharing and make knowledge management a career-enhancing activity. Establish a doctrine of collaboration. Core Principles of Collaboration.

Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

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