Biology of Business

Biology is a far better philosophical and practical foundation for 21st Century business than physics and mechanics. Process management, information technology, engineering, and measurement offer poor archetypes for business prosperity. Multidisciplinary naivety, an overbearing mechanical orientation, process fetish, and debilitating indifference to living systems are among the root causes of spectacular business failures. The Biology of…

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Business Oxymora Meets Culture

Modern enterprise management is rife with oxymora. Many are hilarious corporate doublespeak such as constant change, accurate estimate or irregular pattern. Others aren’t funny, they’re harmful. Among the most harmful is codified culture. Too often business writes down banal claims about culture. ‘People Are Our Number One Asset” is a classic chestnut. On the contrary,…

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Employee Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student (Employee) Engagement by Heather Wolpert-Gawron Image credit: iStockphoto Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is is an excellent essay on how to improve student engagement in the classroom. It is highly recommended. It is so darn great it was modulated for lifelong learning and employee engagement. It elaborates the critical leadership principles for sustained business…

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Management Science

At the Management Science site ‘12manage’ they ask you to select your Management Interest Group. Some are listed below. Of course, everyone uses CAGR, EBITDA, and P/E Ratio every day. How many others do you know? It is important to recognize these as mostly tortured rhetorical flourishes rather than useful techniques. Remember, management science, methods and…

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Techonomy Bio Update

Please see this Techonomy Bio Update by Alex Cudaback, Director of Programs, Techonomy Media. CONFERENCE VIDEOS & TRANSCRIPTS: The content from Techonomy Bio is now available. Check it out for videos, transcripts, the final agenda, speaker bios and more.  TECHONOMY BIO 2015: We’ve received an enormous amount of positive feedback and I can now confirm…

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Innovation and Invention

Among the most misused business terms are innovation and invention. Paradoxically, there are also widely accepted meanings of these terms. Still, misuse is pervasive here in Silicon Valley and for business everywhere. The contemporary, definitive business definition of innovation was offered by Michael Porter at Harvard in the 1980s in his books on Competitive Advantage…

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Same Time Same Place

Networks can defeat the tyranny of geography. Unfortunately, there are major unintended consequences. Among the most severe problem is the faulty approach to collaboration, discussion and conversation. People use technology when face-to-face is required. They use face-to-face when technology works great. It’s a real mess. Fortunately, the definitive answer is simple! There are four choices.…

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Heutagogy

Sahana Chattopadhyay has thoughtfully modulated the well-known Cynefin Framework for heutagogy or self-determined learning. The current version is below. Self-determined learning and distributed phronesis are essential planks of 21st Century Learning. To refract and anneal self-directed and organizational learning vis-à-vis an existing framework is an apt contribution. Sahana asked for feedback. Several elements are absent and…

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California KM

On behalf of Colabria, please accept your invitation to participate in your next Colabria Cluster – Knowledge Management 2014(KM2014). Your California KM Community is the Colabria Action Research Network representing Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Northern and Southern California. KM2014 is your next community event. Your Bizzabo KM2014 Event Community is open. All are welcome. In today’s post-informational and post-industrial society, Knowledge…

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Death of KM Standards

As predicted some nostalgic application vendors and elements of the decomposing Knowledge Management (KM) Establishment are providing futile life support for KM Standards. Of course the Death of KM Standards is certain and confident. It has already occurred in most all global KM precincts. However, some find unlearning the 1990s-style of KM very difficult. They…

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KM and Philosophy

For one reason or another online knowledge management (KM) groups attracts philosophical scholarship. Often it is just academic bloviating. Sometimes it descends into intellectual bullying and trolling. For the most part, KM and philosophy don’t mix. Of course reasonable people just ignore divisive and counter-productive behaviors of amateur philosophers in online KM groups. Still, because…

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KM Fetishes

There is a knowledge management (KM) renaissance underway. KM has long been a troubled discipline. Vendors, dilettantes and document jockeys hijacked KM and called it their own. Moribund IT & HR units co-opted KM as their savior. Frustrated process engineers failed at making KM an ordered system. Best Practice bullies codified disastrous central repositories for…

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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…

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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,…

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Trust

Trust is rising on the enterprise agenda. It’s because traditional, 20th Century levers of command, control and consequence are waning. Social business depends on trust. Last century’s management tools like directives, decrees, orders, edicts, fiat, and so on and so forth, are out, way out. Today’s enterprise leadership is based on presence, authenticity and above…

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Crowdsourcing Anarchy

Someone asked, “Can social media and crowdsourcing help government activities?” This is a good question but the predicate is wrong. In fact, much of what government does is unnecessary. Doing the WRONG things faster or better or even with collective intelligence is still wrong. “We are being ruined by the best efforts of people who…

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Anarchy, Society and Social Media

Some people struggle to recognize the great importance of anarchy to society. Unfortunately, these folks have been influenced by government propaganda that anarchy is intrinsically wrong. They have been brainwashed to believe that larger and larger government or enterprise control is the only solution and way forward. They are influenced by media pictures of layabouts…

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Alignment

So-called ‘alignment’ is among the most hackneyed, overused and specious business terms in use today. It is a close second to the king of overused, trite and meaningless business expressions: leverage. Don’t fret, leverage is in a first-place tie with the queen of platitudinous, turgid and meaningless business words: value. Did you ever notice how…

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Knowledge Repository

Recently Colabria Action Research was asked to review a relatively new offering in the ‘knowledge repository’ domain. The basic proposition was a SharePoint extension. The intention was to facilitate collaboration, capture organizational procedures and syndicate ‘knowledge’ for all stakeholders. Often there exists utility for ‘Best Practice’ information and content in embedded bureaucracy. Well-established business procedures and…

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