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Blogging with Smarts and Guts

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/11/2005 - 10:43

The ever generous and insightful Steve Rubel from Micro Persuasion offers the most down to earth advice for any business about who should be blogging for the company. Steve says, "Blog from the Gut of Your Company, " USA Today has a big story asking why CEOs aren't blogging in droves. I think they are making a bigger deal out of this than is warranted. Often the most interesting corporate blogs are the ones that are written by the rank and file. They come from the passionate "gut" of the company, not necessarily from the top."

Enterprise Blogs For Employee Training

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/11/2005 - 09:13

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."

US Businesses Dumbing Down.

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/10/2005 - 12:17

U.S. companies failing to transfer critical knowledge , from Management Issues. "Many U.S. organisations are failing to capture critical knowledge and experience from older employees approaching retirement and few seem able to transfer valuable knowledge to newer employees, according to research from consultants Accenture."

Accenture interviewed more than 500 full-time U.S. workers between 40 and 50 years of age.

How can so many US Businesses be so short sighted? I gotta toss this in... Ideascape is a platform for enterprise blogging, bookmarking, and idea discovery with workflow, conversation, & decision-making management. Employees blog about their daily work activites (tacit knowledge), which is captured, disseminated, and archived. It creates a gigantic learning and development environment. A digital meeting place for employees to find, discover, and share ideas while learning and having fun, which improves the performance of the orgainzation.

"Blogging constitutes a new form of decision-making. Expertise location, i.e., knowledgebase management is antiquated. If you have a problem, you don’t want a database; you want a person or conversation that can help – hence the growth of the blogging medium. Herein, of course, lies the implications for business. People are using blogs to discuss and debate everything from politics to Chapstick." Goodblog, from What I Learned at the Blogging Conference.

Who's Doing The Math?

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/25/2005 - 10:19

Long before a couple of bloggers were feeding us bs; journalists, advertisers, experts and politicians were doing a mighty fine job of feeding us innumerative bs. According to a recent survey (just kidding) conducted by Jay Leno with the "Jaywalkers" from this year's "Top Jaywalking Thinkers", they found that 51% of people make shit up, 105% are afraid to look dumb, 67% try too hard to impress others, and 39% believe that 41% of journalists have hemorrhoids from sitting on their asses.

Ideascaping Business Processes

Never before has it been so fast and easy for anyone to find, discover, and share ideas, concepts, questions, answers, solutions. We can work together now using enterprise blogs, group chat, forums, and slick bookmarking systems like del.icio.us and Furl along with tagging systems like technorati. that were hardly imaginable a little over a year ago.

admin Mon, 04/25/2005 - 07:18

Creativity and Innovation on the Web

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/14/2005 - 14:12

In his post “how to be creative” Dave Pollard (How to Save the World) hits the nail on the head in describing creativity. He also goes a step further, separating out creativity from innovation. “What is creativity? It's not the same as innovation.

Maximize shared understanding.

Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/09/2005 - 12:10

Wouldn't that be something? If businesses sought ideas from multiple sources
– especially unconventional ones (like BLOGS!) that offer diversity and
independence - and blended and synthesized them with their own internal ideas.
Just think if they captured the company’s informal social network –
the daily problems, challenges, and opportunities that their employees, partners,
customers/clients, investors, et al face. Imagine if businesses let staffers
and outsiders blog on company and product news from their site. I mean, actually
listened, before a crisis, to the immediate feedback and responded. From real
people they could co-create innovative solutions to complex problems.