KM Love

A fundamental cultural difference of East/West KM is the principle of love and nurturing (East) versus metrics and measurement (West). Sadly, Western thinking, for the most part, equates ‘love’ with eroticism. Immature, sniggering dilettantes dismiss the exceptional, objective importance of love to effective knowledge creation and its critical antecedent conversation. Rather, Western-Cartesian thinking prefers, for…

East Meets West KM

Many great management innovations over the last 40 years have originated in Japan. Total Quality (TQM), PDCA, Toyota Production System (TPS), Lean, and so on, are good examples. These innovations are the genesis and ancestors of almost everything we take for today’s management. This includes modern and prevailing management practices for knowledge workers and KM. However, the…

KM Stack Exchange Network

The KM Stack Exchange Network, also called KM StackExchange, is a question-and-answer site for knowledge management (KM). Please join today.  KM StackExchange questions, answers and users are subject to a reputation award process. KM StackExchange is self-moderating. KM StackExchange is modeled after Stack Overflow – a popular forum for computer programming questions.  KM StackExchange solves…

KM Disappointments

It is disappointing to still hear the near-religious advocacy of process, standards and certification for knowledge management (KM). Ironically, KM people, often charged with change management and innovation, are so inelastic they simply reject contemporary, effective and proven KM practices. Even when their sacred cows of KM standards, certification and process engineering lead them to…

Entrepreneurial Finance Group Meetup

Your next Entrepreneurial Finance Group Meetup is on 20 Feb 2014 from 6PM-9:00PM in San Francisco. The theme is startup investment innovation and an introduction to Seed Change.  On September 23, 2013, Title II of the JOBS Act lifted the ban on general solicitation by startups. Startups are now allowed to solicit their offerings. Simultaneously,…

Is KM Turning A New Leaf?

Contemporary business management, the product of most US b-schools, has a predilection to Newtonian mechanics, processes, metrics, Taylorism, Fordism and so forth. We need to flip that model. The problem is business people always go after the low-hanging fruit of simple process work. This is particularly true and harmful in general business management and for…

The Streetlight Effect

Why do some enterprise social media and online groups succeed when so many others fail? How do different patterns of enterprise collaboration and populations of users differ from one another? How do contribution vary? How do these differences illustrate the roles people play within their knowledge networks? How can I visualize and optimize my networks…

Systems Thinking Experience

Colabria Action Research recommends Beyond Connecting the Dots – A Systems Thinking Interactive Learning Environment. Beyond Connecting the Dots is a novel and thoughtful systems thinking experience. Here is a description from the makers — Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling providing an exciting experience that…

SciCast

George Mason University launched today, Jan. 10, 2014, the largest and most advanced science and technology prediction market in the world: SciCast. The federally funded research project aims to improve the accuracy of science and technology forecasts. The idea is that collective wisdom from diverse, informed opinions can provide more accurate predictions than individual forecasters,…

Training versus Development

The objective of Colabria Action Research is leadership development. The Colabria Cluster Method draws from praxis intervention and Presence. Unfortunately, many don’t know the difference in Training versus Development. This fun list by Mike Myatt, a Forbes contributor, is helpful. 1. Training blends to a norm – Development occurs beyond the norm. 2. Training focuses on…

Colabria Testimonials

Written Colabria Testimonials are among the best way communities and networks validate. Unlike “TED/TEDx” Colabria Action Research’s middle name is not ‘entertainment;’  it’s ACTION. That’s why Colabria and its social networks are widely acknowledged as leaders.  Here is a modest sample of Colabria Testimonials concerning your global Action/Research Clusters.  “Thank you for putting this cluster…

Factor Analysis and Complexity

Business leadership is discovering the enormous advantages of complexity and complexity science. Many difficult or ‘wicked’ problems may only achieve positive outcomes by embracing the principles of complexity. This is a very positive and important development for business, the enterprise, productivity and innovation. Unfortunately, there is a futile and disturbing trend to ‘manage’ complexity. Worse,…

Codified CoPs Are Harmful

Conventional, online communities of practice (CoP), with the de rigueur ‘best practices’ (?) are often highly counterproductive. Galaxies of codified information hurt productivity, innovation, growth, prosperity and organizational effectiveness (OE). Codified CoPs are harmful. Beware of best practice bullies. Overzealous subject-matter experts (SMEs), with their rose-colored glasses, set out to codify their methods, techniques and tools in elaborate…