How Socially Defined is my Identity?

For the last several months, people have caught me spouting off on Twitter (and elsewhere, like DevLearn’s General Session) that identity — my identity, in particular — is socially defined. Now it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. I’ve created a Wiki page (using Wikispaces, because they make use of OpenID) to be […]

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is Broken

In today’s #lrnchat on “Tools of the Trade” we ran through a number of topical questions related to how we find out about, select and replace tools for learning in our organizations. In a discussion of how we replace tools, a tweet came up: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This pattern of thought […]

The Org Chart is NOT The Org

I just got back from COINs 2010, and I am mentally more awake as a result of this great conference. The closing keynote on Saturday night was Richard Buchanan, and though he never used the words, he spoke a lot about the notion of General Semantics. ¬†Buchanan specifically cited a few things that really resonated […]

Simple Governance for Learning Communities

Governance is an important tool in sustaining a community. ¬†When the community has a hand in shaping a living governance (meaning it’s dynamic and prone to change with the changing needs of the community), based on a set of shared goals, you gain trust in the systems and in the communications that are going on […]

Post-Mortem on Star Wars Management Guide

For the second in what might be a series of documenting #fail, I’d like to answer the question “whatever happened to the Star Wars Management Guide?” Context Almost a year ago, I pondered the idea of having a broad community of geeks, engineers, MBAs and anyone else to collectively write a business book based on […]