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"Meaning Scales"

Businesses that are interested in open innovation, business development, social e-comm, content management, etc. now have powerful tools, web 2.0 and social software applications, to help employees connect the dots.

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You can't manage knowledge?

Knowledge Management by Euan Semple from his blog The Obvious sez, "You can increase the likelihood of connections, you can increase the chances that such connections will result in one person helping another and you can help create a culture in which helping each other is a good thing but you sure as hell can't manage knowledge." Bang! Euan shoud know since he walks the talk at the BBC.

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Social Network Software

Advancing Insights provides - social network software - digital publishing tools and services to businesses. Business managers and project teams use them as tools to improve innovation, productivity, and customer service. These tools are a class of social network software.

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Because markets are changing faster than businesses

Today, your brand is being watched, augmented, and de-located. People are writing their own stories, thoughts, ideas, and developing new products and services using social media technologies. These simple social networking and web 2.0 technologies and services: Blogs, Wikis, Forums, Tagging, Podcasts, and RSS are connecting people and information in new ways, conversations, faster than you can say oh shit.

What, how, and where people are discovering new ideas.

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Are You Teachable?

Let's waste some time! is a previous post I wrote about why we need to be open to new ideas. When you're doing research, you want to discover something new, which is impossible if you're attached to thinking that you already know the answers. Valuing not-knowing is the basis of all creativity and innovation. It's the state of mind that's open to all kinds of possibilities, of looking for something new, something that might even be surprising. Instead of defending old opinions or interpretations, you're looking with fresh eyes.

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Will You Still Respect Me In The Morning?

Don't you think it's interesting that we have books that directly tie corporate performance to employee morale? What gives? Did you ever read the Monk Story? A simple tale about treating people with respect.

"A monastery has fallen on hard times. It was once part of a great order which, as a result of religious persecution in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, lost all its branches. It was decimated to the extent that there were only five monks left in the mother house: the Abbot and four others, all of whom were over seventy. Clearly it was a dying order.

Deep in the woods surrounding the monastery was a little hut that the Rabbi from a nearby town occasionally used for a hermitage. One day, it occurred to the Abbot to visit the hermitage to see if the Rabbi could offer any advice that might save the monastery. The Rabbi welcomed the Abbot and commiserated. "I know how it is," he said, "the spirit has gone out of people. Almost no one comes to the synagogue anymore." So the old Rabbi and the old Abbot wept together, and they read parts of the Torah and spoke quietly of deep things.

The time came when the Abbot had to leave. They embraced. "It has been wonderful being with you," said the Abbot, "but I have failed in my purpose for coming. Have you no piece of advice that might save the monastery?" "No; I am sorry," the Rabbi responded, "I have no advice to give. The only thing I can tell you is that the Messiah is one of you."

When the other monks heard the Rabbi’s words, they wondered what possible significance they might have. "The Messiah is one of us? One of us, here, at the monastery? Do you suppose he meant the Abbot? Of course - it must be the Abbot, who has been our leader for so long. On the other hand, he might have meant Brother Thomas, who is undoubtedly a holy man. Certainly he couldn't have meant Brother Elrod - he's so crotchety. But then Elrod is very wise. Surely, he could not have meant Brother Phillip - he's too passive. ,But then, magically, he's always there when you need him. Of course he didn't mean me - yet supposing he did? Oh Lord, not me! I couldn't mean that much to you, could I?"

As they contemplated in this manner, the old monks began to treat each other with extraordinary respect, on the off chance that one of them might be the Messiah. And on the off off chance that each monk himself might be the Messiah, they began to treat themselves with extraordinary respect.

Because the forest in which it was situated was beautiful, people occasionally came to visit the monastery, to picnic or to wander along the old paths, most of which led to the dilapidated chapel. They sensed the aura of extraordinary respect that surrounded the five old monks, permeating the atmosphere. They began to come more frequently, bringing their friends, and their friends brought friends. Some of the younger men who came to visit began to engage in conversation with the monks. After a while, one asked if he might join. Then another, and another. Within a few years, the monastery became once again a thriving order, and - thanks to the Rabbi's gift - a vibrant, authentic community of light and love for the whole realm.

Author, M. Scott Peck

Simple idea! Treat people with respect. Now we have ample evidence that suggests that treating employees well pays dividends.

"Giving Employees What They Want: The Returns Are Huge" (reg req)

"David Sirota, co-author of The Enthusiastic Employee: How Companies Profit by Giving Workers What They Want (Wharton School Publishing), believes far too many managers stifle employee enthusiasm across the board by using bureaucratic or punitive techniques that should be reserved for a troublesome few."

Mr. Sirota studied 28 companies employing 920,000 people that lead to the following findings:

  •  14 of the 28 companies with high morale had a 16% increase vs. just 3% for low morale companies, Share prices in the respective industries was 6% overall,
  •  let employees take pride in their work - employees want a sense of achievement from work,
  •  treat fairly and respectfully - fair pay and benefits,
  •  camaraderie - to work as a team - giving people a say in how they do their jobs - they want to participate.

Sirota: "We are often asked how to motivate employees. Our response is, that's a silly question. The real question is: 'How do you keep management from destroying motivation?' When we look at the data we find that people coming to a new job are quite enthusiastic. Most of them are very happy to be there and looking forward to meeting their new coworkers. But as you study the data you find morale, or enthusiasm, declines precipitously after five or six months."

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Ideascaping the Long Tail for Mind-boggling Ideas

Passion lives with diversity on the long tail. Yep, it's an adventure going there. I discover awesome things - from niche markets - that blow me away and really cool people - bloggers - who have mind-boggling ideas about everything.

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Uncovering the madness of crowds...the flickrliscious effect on research labs

To grasp the meaning of tags (the almighty web link) we need to understand abstact feelings. Businesses don't go there, too scary. They need fewer  MBA's and more artists.  They need to get REAL PEOPLE - FAST!

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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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Maximize shared understanding.

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.

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