Conversation is Good Business

  MIT validates the obvious: conversation is good business. Authentic conversation is a key modality of The Social Enterprise and your Colabria Action Research Networks. In the BofA call center: “Individuals who talked to more coworkers were getting through calls faster, felt less stressed and had the same approval ratings as their peers.” Face-2-face conversation…

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,…

Employee Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student 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 innovation. It’s…

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…

Brooks’ Law

The global praxis ecosystem of Colabria Action Research is inhabited by recognized authorities on large IT system design, development and deployments. Commentary on very large enterprise and consumer systems helps refract, anneal and share decades of hands-on experience and executive leadership. Today’s lesson is on Brooks’ Law and large-scale government IT & systems failure. To…

11 Simple Rules

1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation — the first requisite — for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.” 2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person…

Early Stage Financial Tech

Trends in Early Stage Financial Tech a seminar presented by seedchange Eventbrite Registration Rqr’d: http://bit.ly/1zsZ5XG  Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 6-8pm Agenda  6-6:15pm Welcome & Conversation 6:15-7pm The Mascot Wine Tasting with Will Harlan 7-7:30pm Discussion on Trends in Early Stage Financial Technology with: • Deepak Gupta (Managing Director at seedchange, Mentor at 500 Startups & VegasTechFund) • Joe Caminiti (Managing Director at seedchange, previously BlackRock and…

Managing the Situated Present

  Managing the Situated Present By Dave Snowden  •  July 30, 2014   Probably the most important phrase in The Children’s Party Story is the conclusion: We manage the emergence of beneficial coherence within attractors, within boundaries.   That simple phrase packs a lot of meaning and potential.   Key to it is the idea of managing the situated present.  To unpack…

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…

Graph Visualization with Linkurious

Monday, July 21, 2014 6:30 PM Graph Visualization with Linkurious ThoughtWorks 315 Montgomery 16th Floor San Francisco, CA Registration Required Sébastien Heymann, CEO of Linkurious, is coming to SF and will be presenting to our local meetup group! Linkurious helps make sense of graph data through a simple web-based interface and uses Neo4j to offer…

Complexity Digest June 2014

  Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence We consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace. Characterizing the model’s success in predicting peace requires examples where peace prevails despite diversity. Switzerland is recognized…

Supernetworks

The human understanding and relationship with networks is advancing at a breathtaking pace. The progression is so fast we are nearing The Network Singularity: an explosion of extraordinary network comprehension delivering an exceptionally new understanding of our world. People will inhabit new Supernetworks. Already, today, we depend on them for life and prosperity. Here are…

Conversation is Conversation

Thanks to everyone for supporting your Colabria Action Research Networks. Most people are aware that the principal modality of Colabria is authentic conversation. Still, after so many years, many people ask for Colabria content to be computer-mediated and recorded. This is a disappointment. It indicates that many people still do not know what conversation is and…

Overloaded 2014

Overloaded 2014 is a one day gathering of thought leaders and researchers solving information overload. Overloaded 2014 is Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) in San Francisco, California, USA.  Overloaded 2014 In today’s global knowledge economy there may be no greater challenge to progress and productivity than information overload. Come…