Archive for the ‘Collaboration’ Category

Book Review: The Power of Positive Deviance

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —July 29, 2010
Filed in Collaboration

I have just finished The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin and Monique Sternin) a book I have been waiting for some time to come out. I am very glad to say the wait has been well worth it. Positive deviance has received a […]

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The origins of Earth hour

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 24, 2010
Filed in Collaboration, Culture

Earth Hour has been held annually since 2007, in late March. In that first year, Earth Hour focussed on getting one city, Sydney, to switch off its lights for 60 minutes. In 2010, over 1 billion people participated in 128 countries and over 4000 cities. Where did this global phenomenon originate? What forces were arrayed […]

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Community of Practice – Green Ninjas

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 24, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

I had a great day on Tuesday exploring a Community of Practice that has formed within a NSW local government council. This group call themselves the green champions and 40 representatives across the council participate to make sustainability an integral part of every staff member’s daily activities. The aim is to ‘show by doing’. Some […]

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Dan Pink: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 11, 2010
Filed in Collaboration

Just in case you haven’t seen this animation it’s worth the 10 minutes to learn about Dan Pink’s findings on what really motivates us.

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Company Command

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 4, 2010
Filed in Collaboration, Leadership

What if a single warrior could have the knowledge of thousands? In the late 1990s, Nate Allen and Tony Burgess (both US Army Captains) sat on their back porches in Hawaii and swapped stories about their experiences as company commanders and pondered the question above. They had a vision about connecting all company commanders in […]

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Beverly Trayner and Etienne Wenger are hosting a BEtreat

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 8, 2010
Filed in Collaboration, News

If you are community of practice leader and want to experience learning in a relaxed atmosphere with some of the very best minds, then you might like to check out Bev and Etienne’s BEtreat. It will be an interesting mixture of the professional and the personal. One day you will be at the cutting edge […]

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Collaboration provides autonomy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 15, 2010
Filed in Collaboration

Last week I started a new Making Strategies Stick project with a large IT company. The guys I’m working with are the technical sales folk and as we were working out their strategic story they mentioned that the passion that was once there for their products seemed to be waning among some of their technical […]

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Digital Habitats—book review

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 14, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, Employee Engagement

Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities by Etienne Wenger, Nancy White and John D. Smith I’m often the technology steward for communities of practice (CoP). I create the Ning spaces and configure ‘em, I setup the email lists, I work out whether we should have a wiki or a blog or a discussion forum or […]

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Places to meet for communities – an important ingredient

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 10, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Three weeks ago I arrived in London for a couple of weeks work and a couple weeks holiday. One of my must-see destinations was the water pump in Broadwick Street, Soho, which was the main contamination source for the 1854 cholera outbreak (my family think I’m crazy). This pump is also the star attraction on […]

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Useful conversations for fledgling CoP

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 5, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

On Tuesday I worked with three new communities of practice in a government agency. Each group was quite different but in all of them we talked about the things the groups should do first. I promised to send them ideas on conversations they might consider early on. Here is what I have come up with […]

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