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Enterprise Blogs For Employee Training

I came across three articles about employee training recently. The first one is an IBM PR piece, the second from Management Issues and the third is from CFO.com. Of course, the IBM solution fits in with there SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). However, I wonder if any content management system that supports XML, RSS, and webservices would serve the same purpose as a learning tool as well as fit into an open SOA - I think so.

SOA Goes to School, By Erin Joyce, from Jupiter   "In a global study of over 300 chief human resources offices, IBM (Quote, Chart) found over 60 percent of HR professionals operating in mature markets had difficulty identifying and developing the critical employee skills and talents that are vital to remain competitive.

The 2005 IBM Global Human Capital survey also said more than half of the CEOs surveyed believed their staffs do not have the skills to move into new markets and capture emerging growth opportunities. IBM calls the trend "The Menace of Maturity." The term suggests that companies a bit long in the tooth are likely to see atrophy in their ability to train employees swiftly."

Both of these studies focus on how to retain workers and get workers up to speed on new job requirements. Since I know the most about my own solution, I will give you my take. Ideascape offers the people in your organization a platform to create a gigantic learning and development environment securely on the Net. An interactive platform where more people, both inside and outside the business, can relate to each other; one where employees, instructors,  clients, customers, vendors, and partners inspire and challenge each other to improve and sustain the business. If your people are continually exposed to new thoughts and are discovering new ideas both within your organization as well as outside of it, they will continue to learn, to update their skills, to stay "fresh" to the changes that are happening.  The world is changing at an ever-faster pace; in order to keep up, you have to stay on top of what's happening!  So, if you want fresh ideas from your people,  Ideascape has everything you need to brainstorm, sketch, and develop ideas across the organization that will move people to action and get them ready to tackle new challenges.

Training the key in the war for talent, From Management Issues, "Britain's employers are embracing training as a way of retaining and getting the most out of employees in a tough labour market. Research from the journal IRS Employment Review has suggested training budgets are set to increase as employers struggle to ensure workers have the skills they need to do their jobs, and that managers can get the best out of them.

Its poll of 68 organisations found nearly nine out of ten said a key objective of training was to ensure that employee skills were up to scratch – a reflection of the difficulty employers have finding the right people in a tight labour market."

We have an enterprise blogging system that supports every type of media (rich text, rss, podcasts, and images) available. The system offers a great deal of interactivity using blogs, forums, and wikis, which gives everyone the opportunity to learn from instructors as well as each other. The simple nature of blogging applications keeps the learning material archived and updated since employees are blogging about it with instructors.

CFO.com offers ideas on meeting training needs using internet based exchanges.

Online trading hubs stage a comeback. But this time, there's a twist. From CFO.com, "When David Mroz, a manager at Shannon Precision Fastener, needed to buy a new LCD projector for a training class, he didn't head to Staples to hunt down a bargain. Nor did he go online to search out the best price on the product. Instead, the quality manager at the Madison Heights, Mich.-based Shannon put his prospective purchase up for bid on the Internet."

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Globalization - Handle With Care

Any organization that conducts business on a global basis has to be concerned about war, terrorism, tariffs, regulations, and bone-headed politicians.

From Edge Perspectives, Fragility of Globalization, John Hagel writes, "...warnings for those of us who take globalization for granted. Make no mistake about it: globalization is a fragile process - there is nothing inevitable about it. As it unfolds, it deeply threatens entrenched economic and political interests. Those interests may spark a backlash and we may well find ourselves thrust back into a much more protectionist era."

John Hagel has set me back on my heels. I never thought much about the "fragility of globalization". I've been doing the Washington read on things like "The Flat World" from Tom Friedman and I believe he says something like, no 'N' countries will ever go to war if they're partners in the same supply chain. What's more, I get caught up in the bloggy clouds and believe the momentum for globalization is full steam ahead without interruption. I need to zoom-out and look at the big picture.

Anyway, Mr. Hagel continues that "... the talent market is having a profound impact on reshaping both the economic and political landscape of the world." Which leads me to this next piece where a goup of people are helping to educate others.   We strongly believe that ideas can come from EVERYWHERE; the initiative with the Uganda Digital Bookmobile is exciting and should be supported by all of us.

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Candor In The Workplace

Coordination Theory in a Flat World

Follow me here for my understanding of what this flat world business is about, and what we can do about it as individuals, employees, business founders, owners, stakeholders, and as managers.

Doc Searls has a provocative post, the "Long Tail" about his interview with Tom Friedman, author of The Flat World and the subsequent discussion with other bloggers about the ideas Mr. Friedman puts forth in his new book. Not many people can ignite such passion in people like Doc. Julie Leung, "Thanks to Doc Searls, I burned the soup..but it was worth it" Check it out:

"Later last night, while the pan was soaking and the kids were sleeping, I returned to read Getting Flat, Part 2 from Linux Journal. Doc's piece, with references to works by Thomas Friedman and John Taylor Gatto hit me with its truth immediately, in a way that soaks into the soul. Although I had other duties that needed to get done last night, I wanted to post on it ASAP. While I sorted through piles of papers and evaluated bills, Doc's words continued to cook in my mind..."

Ideas are exploding in the blogosphere around Friedman's, Doc's, Dan Gillmor's, Dave Pollard's, et al. Hugh, from gapingvoid has opened a pandora's box with his post on "Culture and Technology", which lead to this "new gapingvoid rule", and "What level of transparency can a company live with?" and now "more hamish". He is all over the place, but drives home several good points that jibe with the ideas in Friedman's book, Doc's discussion, as well as what we are trying to accomplish at Advancing Insights with Ideascape. 

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Fun, Work, Innovate

One of the best ways to energize people is to engage them in fun. Laughing
helps arteries and boosts blood flow
"Laughing appears
to be almost as beneficial as a workout in boosting the health of blood vessels,
a new study suggests." So go visit Bernie
DeKoven's FunLog, Dr. Fun
and learn something new about
having fun.

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HBR Breakthrough Ideas for 2005

I've been reading through the Harvard Business Review "Breakthough Ideas for 2005" of which there are twenty of them, to find out if they have anything really new. Interestingly, the last one, "Don't Believe Everything You Read" is the best. Of course, some of the others were good, but nothing really new. In any case, you can find the list on their site, $6.00. I would give you the link, but those people have a problem with others linking to them. LOL Don't forget, there will be an entire book written about each one.

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