The Bamboo Project Blog: We Need More Passion for the Work, Not the Organization

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Kathy Sierra, one of my favorite bloggers, posted the other day about passion at work. She argues that we shouldn't be asking employees to feel passionate about the organization they work for, but the work that they do. What does

Transparent Office: In-the-Flow and Above-the-Flow

Transparent Office

I often hear from wiki champions inside organizations that "It's hard to get people to use wikis". There's something right about that comment, but also something wrong. I'll explain why. Wikis can be used for many different activities

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


Informal learning - the root of KM?


Been reading through Jay Cross's new book - "informal learning - rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance" during the holiday break. Way more learning happens in the coffee room than the classroom, but firms continue to spend way more on formal training than informal learning - there is a huge disconnect right there.

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New Report Helps Attract, Retain and Reward Top Talent

The 2019 Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis explores what top employers are doing differently to stand out in healthcare cost control and HR management. Use these insights to build a better workplace and confidently position your organization for success.

I agree not to be an a-hole


There’s been a ton of coverage relating to Bob Sutton’s new book – The No A **e Rule, which I wrote about recently after Bob came to speak at our last company meeting. From The Today Show to Guy Kawasaki, Bob’s book is burning up the airwaves and the Internet. Lucky for us, he thinks our company […

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The Bamboo Project Blog: Does Your Introversion/Extraversion Carry Over to Your Online Behavior?

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Joanna Young has a great post up on Why Comments Count. In it, she says that "comments suit introverts": I'm still thinking this one through, but I think there's something about this form of communication that suits us introverted types

Beyond the Glass Ceiling: What are Your Personal Values?

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One of the areas we spent some time on in our retreat was personal values. We talked about how what we value has profound impacts on our job choices and preferences. They are also usually the root of the problem

The Bamboo Project Blog: Welcome to Employee Learning Week: Seeing Yourself as a Learner

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All week I'm planning to do a series of posts (including some great guests posts) in support of ASTD's Employee Learning Week. In today's post, I want to take a look at what I consider the backbone of professional development--seeing

The Bamboo Project Blog: Egocentric vs. Object Centric Networks: I Think I Know the Problem With Ning

The Bamboo Project Blog

Three months ago we started the Building a Better Blog Ning network. After three weeks I was still enamored with the community. Things were going well, we had a lot of new members. All was right with our little corner

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.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Get Camtasia Studio for Free and Create Great Screencasts!

The Bamboo Project Blog

Yesterday I created my first screencast on the evolution of a blog post. I did it using the free version of Camtasia Studio that's currently being offered by TechSmith. That's right. You can get a full-featured 3.1.3 version of their

The Bamboo Project Blog: Getting Started with Blogging: Advice For New Bloggers From Bamboo Project Readers

The Bamboo Project Blog

As always, I continue to be blown away by the generosity and kind spirit of my readers. Last week I asked for your advice for new bloggers in preparation for a conference where Christine Martell and I are presenting.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Is An Online Identity Necessary and What Should You Do to Maintain It?

The Bamboo Project Blog

In the past few weeks I've been thinking/writing about online identity. A few days ago, I posted on transparency and an excellent article in WIRED magazine on The See-Through CEO. In comments on that post, Christy Tucker shared an

The Bamboo Project Blog: Google Calendar + Remember the Milk= I Should Be Getting More Organized

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For someone who is always extolling the virtues of Web 2.0 technologies, I can be surprisingly low-tech. I've made half-hearted attempts to get better at using Google calendar, but honestly, I've had a hard time weaning myself from my

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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.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Create a Cool Photo Collage for Your Website, Blog, Newsletter, Flickr Album and Just About Anything Else

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Looking for a way to do something different with photos for your newsletter, blog or other on and off-line publications? Robin Reagler shared this cool little tool with me--the Hockneyizer. Upload a digital photo and it will create a

The Bamboo Project Blog: My Personal Learning Environment Mindmap Revised

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The last day of Reader Questions and this morning I had something from Sky who asked me for a clearer version of my Personal Learning Environment Mindmap from April. Since this is about the fifth time someone has asked me

The Bamboo Project Blog: How I Organize Myself to Write a Blog Post

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This week I'm doing a series of posts responding to reader questions. Today, I'm going to a question from Nancy Riffer who wants to know how I organize myself when I'm writing a blog post. I have a confession to

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The Bamboo Project Blog: Seven Strategies for Supporting Personal Learning Environments at Work

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Yesterday I started to answer Glen Ross's question about how to support staff in developing and using personal learning environments (PLEs) by defining what I mean when I talk about a PLE. Today I'm getting to the real meat of

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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.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Five Reasons Why You Need a Portfolio and Seven Reasons Why It Should Be Online

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Do you have a portfolio? Is it online? After reading Cammy Bean's post today, I started thinking about all the reasons why an online portfolio makes a lot of sense. Actually, let's start with just having a portfolio, whether online

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

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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 Bamboo Project Blog: The Psychology of Email--Two Studies

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A couple of interesting studies re: email use and our responses to it, via Jeremy Dean of PsyBlog. The Impact of Capitalization and Emoticons on Perceptions of Email Apparently, depending on your personality type, proper use of

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The Bamboo Project Blog: Open Source Bidding and Innovation

The Bamboo Project Blog

A few weeks ago, Michelle Murrain asked a great question--How do we make change if we keep doing things the same way? (I I would argue that you can't, but that's not the point of this post.) Now David Wilcox and

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.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Organizational Potential=Staff Potential

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Via Doing Well by Doing Good comes a great video in which Seventh Generation CEO Jeffrey Hollender asks a question that all nonprofits should be asking themselves: "How can we expect an organization to reach its full potential if we

The Bamboo Project Blog: More on Scarcity vs. Abundance Thinking

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In between a grant proposal and a website I'm working on for a client, I've been continuing to think about the issue of scarcity thinking in nonprofits that I started on yesterday as I read what others have to say

The Bamboo Project Blog: Blogging for Learning

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Beth Kanter wrote yesterday about the recent growth in blogs maintained by nonprofit techies, linking it to my earlier posts on creating a climate of learning. She points out that: What's great about this type of blogging is that a

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The Bamboo Project Blog: Building the Plane While Youre Flying It

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Via Joyce Valenza, here's another video that may be useful in training people to use new technologies, particularly blogs and wikis where we're definitely building the plane while we're flying it

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The CFO Playbook: 10 Metrics to Transform Your HR Team

CFOs are losing faith in HR’s ability to solve problems with data. Discover the metrics your HR team needs to measure to become more data-driven.