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

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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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Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

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?

The Bamboo Project Blog

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?

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

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!

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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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Scaling the Digitally-Ready Workforce

The digital future will require a new set of skills, behaviors, and ways of working, but most organizations have not defined the critical competencies needed to compete in an age of disruption and do not have a process in place to assess digital readiness in their own people, a new Aon study finds. For HR leaders, the continuous state of disruption requires a new, more flexible approach to workforce planning and development. Download the full report, which shares insights from 1,551 senior business executives, HR leaders, and employees from around the world, to learn the 5 key insights and the steps your organization can take to transform your approach to people, jobs, and rewards to thrive in an uncertain digital future.

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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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Protecting Organizational Culture and Wellbeing During a Global 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.

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

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 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

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.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Organizational Potential=Staff Potential

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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

The Bamboo Project Blog

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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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.