The Deadly Pronoun

Don’t use the pronoun I. Using the pronoun I indicates a person is self-absorbed, arrogant and narcissistic. Skilled communicators do not use the deadly pronoun. Today, substantial persona is established online, thus it’s prudent not to use the deadly pronoun. Decades of research confirms what Colabria and common sense has been advocating for years. This December 2011…

Knowledge-based Organizations

  Work in knowledge-based organizations is social. Activities include collaboration and sharing. Work products are improvisational. Success requires judgment and freedom to act. There is a heavy reliance on others. Trust is key. Knowledge creation and flow span organizational boundaries. Social networks propel excellence in knowledge-based organizations. In contrast, transactional organizations are different. Integrated process…

Open Leadership

It is surprising how little most leaders, managers and know about the networks they inhabit. The overbearing focus on management, processes and managerialism is harmful. The evolution to networks and open leadership is essential. Of course, fixed structure and deliberate control are important elements of the smooth operation of many business activities. They are best…

Reinventing Discovery

The New Era of Networked Science In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. There are many books…

Structural Holes

People ask a lot about structural holes. Here is professor Burt’s paper linked below. The concept changed everything. It has had an enormous impact on network analysis and business management. A lot of the real work of leadership is about brokering structural holes.     Network analysis is the lens to discover, broker structural holes…

Social Network Websites

Most Social Network Websites will fail. Some attempt to call themselves social network services (SNS). They’re not.  Most all are actually application destinations, not services. Application focus and centralization is the fatal flaw of them all. They are like the wall-cities and castles of Europe. Suitable at one point, but structurally failing over time. As…

Electronic Frontier Foundation

       Electronic Frontier Foundation Save the date and join us for this year’s Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards ceremony on September 19th 2013. The annual Pioneer Awards honor luminaries who have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications with extraordinary technical, economic, or cultural contributions. Past Electronic Frontier…

Narcissus Loves Facebook

Often the narcissism of social technology can be a great nuisance. The everyday minutiae of individual daily life seems to creep into social media. Clinically narcissistic social media behaviours are counterproductive. After all, among the biggest social media applications is, well, not surprisingly called, “Face”book. (?) Most of Facebook is objective narcissism and rather inappropriate.…

Collective Intelligence 2014

Collective Intelligence 2014 Collective Intelligence 2014 is an interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence of many types. Collective Intelligence 2014 topics of interest include but are not limited to: human computation social computing crowdsourcing wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets) group memory and extended…

Enterprise Educrats

 It is a relief that enterprise educrats are finally realizing and accepting that learning is socially mediated. It is good to see firms abandoning their failed strategies for monolithic learning applications, transactional learning management systems (LMS) and centrally controlled collaboration. It is rewarding to see the majority of folks accept this model for enterprise efforts…

Hastily Formed Networks

  http://www.nps.edu/ Monterey, California USA As network science, social networks and network analysis expand rapidly and become the lingua franca of business, economics and society, novel and important network patterns continuously reveal themselves. They deserve attention, thinking, visualization and analysis. Some are new and others are continuously evolving. They are central to knowledge, productivity, resilient…

Mr. Simplicity

 The Courage Within Us by Mr. Simplicity aka Bill Jensen is recommended by your Colabria Action Research Networks. The Courage Within Us unleashes what’s already inside you. You have what it takes to survive and thrive in disruptive times… but you must master your disruptive hero. The Courage originated from interviews with 100 Disruptive Heroes:…

The Weakness of Strong Ties

We all know about The Strength of Weak Ties. What’s also very important is The Weakness of Strong Ties. As network comprehension steadily advances, so does hype, misunderstanding and downright, objectionable falsehoods about social networks, social media and social business. Some is just learning and naivety. Some is deliberate. Some originates from network dilettantes. It…

The Use of Knowledge in Society

Friedrich August Hayek is positively central to 21st Century knowledge management (KM). It is puzzling why the moldering KM Establishment and failed KM practitioners persists in rejecting the foundations and principles of KM.   If KM could unpack their disastrous preoccupation with information technology and process engineering then enormous progress could be made in KM. Hayek’s epic…

UnManagement

Colabria supports and recommends UnManagement by Charles (Kalev) Ehin. Dr. Ehin coined the term “UnManagement” in 1995. It was at a management conference in San Jose, California. UnManagement is the informal (as opposed to formal) management that occurs within all organizations. It’s the emergent social networks that develop organically among workers based on their unique…

Technology Zombies

In an excellent 2004 essay titled, “Ten Technologies That Refuse to Die,” author Eric Scigliano makes observations on once breakthrough technologies, now technically obsolete, that are still alive. Even while being overcome with far better, more reliable, more useful offerings, these technologies march on like so many zombies in a late-night horror film. They are…

Visual Complexity

http://www.visualcomplexity.com   Colabria Action Research sponsors and recommends VisualComplexity.com. Colabria also recommends, “Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information” by Manuel Lima. You are encouraged to subscribe to the ‘Latest Projects’ RSS feed. Here is some background from the Visual Complexity Website About page —  VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in…

KM Sins

  Kudos to Dave Snowden for revisiting 1998’s KM Sins. It recalls the famous “Teenage Sex” CIO Quote from 2001 on KM. “Knowledge management is like teenage sex,” he says. “Everyone is talking about it all the time, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, almost no one is really doing it although everyone is bragging…