Green Chameleon’s Book Binge, Networking in a Virtual World, Seven Deadly Sins of KM

09-Aug-06 Archive of Weekly KM Blog by Stan Garfield

KM Books

Green Chameleon: Book Binge by Patrick Lambe

  1. Edwin Hutchins — Cognition in the wild (1995) on naturally situated cognitive processes
  2. Steven Reiss — Who am I? (2000) on the basic motivational factors for why people do things (like share knowledge, for example)
  3. Charles Tilly — Identities, boundaries and social ties (2005) on foundations of how social networks and social infrastructure work
  4. Frances Yates — The art of memory (1966)
  5. Beth Crandall, Gary Klein, Robert Hoffman — Working minds (2006) at last a practitioner’s guide to cognitive task analysis techniques
  6. Edward Tufte — Beautiful evidence (2006) on the representation of knowledge
  7. Jean Mills — Making sense of organizational change (2003) on complexity and change
  8. Chris Anderson — The long tail (2006) some useful stuff on taxonomies, believe it or not
  9. Charles Tilly — Why? What happens when people give reasons … and why (2006)
  10. Philipp Blom — To have and to hold (2004) about collectors and collecting… where taxonomy started
  11. Douglas Wilson — Jefferson’s books (2001) short but clear exposition of a pragmatic taxonomist
  12. Daniel Pink — A whole new mind (2006) right brain narrative and patterns gaining prominence in a world with lots of left brain analytico-logical baggage

KM Links

Networking in a virtual world an essential skill for success by Nancy Settle-Murphy and Patti Anklam in the May 2006 Communique from Chrysalis International Inc.

Finding the right connections to help you do your job, or to grow into the next one, requires a significant investment of time and effort even when you know all of the right players. But when you’re part of virtual organization, effective networking can be considerably more challenging.

While you may be able to see who’s who from the org chart, the real influencers, potential mentors and key contributors tend to be less obvious. When you are physically surrounded by many of the key players, you can make connections fairly easily with a bit of planning. But when you’re part of a virtual team, you have far fewer opportunities to make the kind of deep connections so important for networking.

The first article focuses on finding the right people who can be part of your personal network. Such a network has great intrinsic value, providing a venue for mutual support and enrichment. A thoughtfully-developed network can also help you achieve job and career objectives, both near- and long-term.

Real-time conversations crucial for networking in a virtual world by Nancy Settle-Murphy and Patti Anklam in the July 2006 Communique from Chrysalis International Inc.

The second article focuses on planning and facilitating conversations most likely to help you cultivate mutually-rewarding relationships. We also discuss ways to follow up to keep both parties engaged and interested in moving forward together.

KM Questions

A question posed to Matt Moore results in an entertaining reply.

Q: What are the Seven Deadly Sins of KM?

A (from Matt Moore):

  1. Pride: “We don’t need to learn from anyone else, our operation is completely unique.”
  2. Envy: “XYZ’s KM, CoP, SNA program has just appeared in a news article. We would like one too.”
  3. Wrath: “I don’t want to WASTE time with any planning. Just do it!!!”
  4. Sloth: “I want all you underlings to share what you know. But don’t bother me about it.”
  5. Avarice: “Damn right I want to get organizational benefits. Invest to get them? Never…”
  6. Gluttony: “I want a million documents in the database. No! Make that a billion. More is better!”
  7. Lust: “I just love messing around with vendors & consultants. Meetings, workshops, everything. Just don’t hang around in the morning.”

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