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…

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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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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…

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Storytelling for Leaders

Leaders at all levels need better ways to influence, build engagement and inspire their people to take action. Our unique learning program develops their story skills to do exactly that. Our one-day Storytelling for Leaders workshop is for organisations that want to develop their leaders’ ability to influence, build engagement and inspire their people to…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Connected Action

At Colabria Action Research Networks we love Connected Action. They are a top, global exponent of Sociology and the Internet, Social Media, Networks and Mobile Social Software – many of the critical themes that propel Colabria worldwide. Connected Action has a ton of useful, tangible offerings. They help make sense of your network future.  Connected…

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Colabria Clusters

Colabria is an action research network. Scholars and academics call it praxis intervention. The focus is proximate. The scope is global. Periodic collaborations, conferences and confabulations propel Colabria. They are know as Colabria Clusters. The purpose is to Create The Future. Colabria was founded in San Francisco in 1996. Ongoing themes include enterprise leadership, social…

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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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The Network Age

The end of the first decade of the 21st century marked the 50th anniversary of the Information Age. In 1957 the USA Labor Dept noted the number of white collar or information workers had exceeded the number of blue collar workers for the first time, ushering in the Information Age. It is also worth noting…

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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…

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LinkedIn Visualization

There is a new open source offering for LinkedIn Visualization. It is by Craig Tutterow, Doctoral Student, University of Chicago. The advantages are described as follows: 1) it’s open-source and can be improved upon collaboratively 2) the visualization is written using the D3.js library, so it is dynamic and interactive 3) option for coloring nodes…

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The Many Commandments of Social Media Argumentation

Social media are not good for argument. They are rife with gross logical fallacies. Often there exist a lot of bad manners and poor netiquette. Social media are great for raising issues, sharing data and opinions. Thus, so that you do not trade in gross logical errors in your day-to-day social media excursions, strive to…

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Transaction-Cost Economics and ESA

The firms of the past were transactional by nature. Ronald Coase’s Transaction-Cost Economics (TCE) was the theory of the firm. Today, the firm is fast evolving to an interaction versus transaction model. This is called the knowledge-based view (KBV). The most valuable enterprise network structures are social. Enterprise network patterns have complex properties. The logic of…

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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…

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Anarchy and Social Media

Some people are struggling to recognizing the great importance of anarchy to social media and crowdsourcing. 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…

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