Orginally posted Nov 16, 2017

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The “N Cs of topic X” is a very popular construct. I once defined 5 types of communities — Content-driven, Communicative, Collaborative, Conversational, and Comprehensive. These did not prove to be very useful.

A more recent article I wrote included Personal Digital Brand: The 5 Cs — Content, Channels, Contacts, Communication, and Cadence. Here are some additional C words I have used when writing about leadership, knowledge management, and communities:

  • Caring, Courage, Coaching
  • Culture, Customization
  • Calm, Creative, Curious
  • Competence, Commitment, Compassion
  • Converse, Correspond
  • Consistency, Completeness
  • Challenge Convention
  • Common Concern

A huge number of “N Cs of Topic X” articles can be found by searching. The concept has been used so often, it’s become a cliché, But there are definitely a lot of words starting with C that are relevant to many important topics.

Jim McGee’s Collection of C Words

Jim McGee tweeted “knowledge words — create, collect, comment, collate, critique, connect, crystallize, convert — what C words are missing?”

He then blogged C-words of knowledge and asked “What would you like to add to the list?”

Verbs

  • Catalog
  • Categorize
  • Cite
  • Classify
  • Coalesce
  • Codify
  • Collaborate
  • Collate
  • Collect
  • Comment
  • Communicate
  • Conceive
  • Connect
  • Consult
  • Constrain
  • Construct
  • Convert
  • Coordinate
  • Craft
  • Create
  • Critique
  • Crystallize

Nouns

  • Community
  • Construct
  • Conversation

He summarized the answers he received in Fun with constraints, knowledge, and design.

Verbs

  • Calculate
  • Calibrate
  • Canvas
  • Capture
  • Catalog
  • Categorize
  • Censor
  • Certify
  • Challenge
  • Change
  • Characterize
  • Chart
  • Check
  • Cite
  • Claim
  • Classify
  • Cluster
  • Circulate
  • Circumscribe
  • Circumvent
  • Coalesce
  • Coax
  • Co-create
  • Codify
  • Collaborate
  • Collate
  • Collect
  • Collude
  • Combine
  • Comment
  • Communicate
  • Compare
  • Compile
  • Compose
  • Compute
  • Concatenate
  • Conceal
  • Conceive
  • Conform
  • Confide
  • Connect
  • Connote
  • Consider
  • Consolidate
  • Constrict
  • Consult
  • Constrain
  • Construct
  • Contribute
  • Converse
  • Convert
  • Convey
  • Coordinate
  • Copy
  • Count
  • Craft
  • Cram
  • Create
  • Critique
  • Crystallize
  • Cultivate
  • Curate
  • Customize

Nouns

  • Capital
  • Case/Case Study
  • Cause
  • Channel
  • Characteristic
  • Chart
  • Collage
  • Community
  • Compendium
  • Competence
  • Component
  • Concept
  • Concern
  • Constraint
  • Construct
  • Content
  • Context
  • Convention
  • Conversation
  • Culture

Adjectives

  • Coherent
  • Complete
  • Concise
  • Conditional
  • Consistent
  • Contingent
  • Contradictory
  • Convergent
  • Cryptic
  • Current
  • Cursory

Other Articles using N Cs of Topic X

  1. Dan Ranta: Collaboration at GE (slide 10) — GE Communities — Context, Collaboration, Constituents, Communication, Content
  2. John Tropea: Conversations, Connections and Context
  3. Larry Hawes: The Seven Cs of Social Interaction — Conversations, Continuum, Container, Community, Currency, Credibility, Connectivity
  4. David Armano: The 4 Cs of Community — Content, Context, Connectivity, Continuity
  5. Laird Schaub: 7 Cs of Building Community — Communication, Curiosity, Courage, Complexity, Conflict, Civility, Constructiveness
  6. Geoff Livingston: The Four Cs of Social Engagement — Co-creation, Collaboration, Conversation, Crowdsourcing
  7. Agnes Molnar: The Five C’s of Enterprise Search — Culture, Content, Challenges, Capabilities, Confines
  8. Albert DeSimone, Jr. and Walter B. McRae: The Seven Cs of WebService Design- Comprehensiveness, Currentness , Client-Orientation, Clarity over Coolness, Courtesy over Coolness, Compatibility without Compromise, Cross-Linking
  9. Anne Zelenka: The 7 Cs of software — Collective, Collaboration. Connected, Cyborg, Closed and open at the same time, Composed by a broad population, Choreographed into workflows, Cognizant
  10. Lisa Zawilinski and Donald Leu: The Cs of Change — Creativity, Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, self-Control, Comprehension
  11. William Arruda: The 10 Cs of Branding — Competent, Credible, Clear, Compelling, Consistent, Constant, Confident, Connected, Committed, Current
  12. Nedra Weinreich: 15 Cs for successful social marketing — Competent, Credible, Clear, Compelling, Consistent, Constant, Confident, Connected, Committed, Current, Change-oriented, Competitive, Compatible, Caring, Culturally Appropriate
  13. Mick Cope: The Seven Cs of Coaching — Client, Clarify, Create, Change, Confirm, Continue, Close
  14. David Skyrme: The 3Cs of Knowledge Sharing — Culture, Co-opetition, Commitment
  15. Madanmohan Rao: The 8 Cs of KM success — Connectivity, Content, Community, Culture, Capacity, Cooperation, Commerce, Capital
  16. Dave Friedman: The Six Cs of Social Influence Marketing — Content, Customization, Community, Conversation, Commerce, Commitment
  17. Gerry McGovern: The 6 Cs of Killer Web Content — Who Cares? Is it Compelling? Is it Clear? Is it Complete? Is it Concise? Is it Correct?
  18. Tim Kounadis: Sailing the seven Cs of successful corporate portals — Contributive, Consistent, Comprehensive, Contextual, Collaborative, Customizable, Compelling
  19. Juliet Rodman: The Seven Cs of Successful Change — Caring, Choice, Creativity, Courage, Comfort, Confidence, Celebration
  20. Tim Davies: 7 Cs of Social Media for Participation — Context setting, Creative expression, Consultation, Conversation, Collaboration, Campaigning, Change
  21. Gaurav Mishra: The 4 Cs Social Media Framework — Content, Collaboration, Community, Collective Intelligence
  22. Nedra Weinreich: The Ten Cs of Social Media — Communicate, Connect, Collaborate/Co-Create, Collect/Categorize, Collective Wisdom, Customization, Conversation, Community — these can all lead to the Big C: CHANGE
  23. Palin Ningthoujam: 7 Cs of Social Media Marketing — Context, Communicate, Conversation, Content, Create, Collaborate, Contacts
  24. Suze Bragg: 9 Cs for ensuring your brand’s success — Convenience, Content, Consistency, Customization, Community, Connectivity, Customer Care, Communications, Conviction
  25. Terence Brake: The Six Cs of Global Collaboration — Cooperation, Convergence, Coordination, Capability, Communication, Cultural Intelligence
  26. Daniel Robin: Sailing the Seven Cs of Collaborative Business Relationships — Courage, Consideration, Consistency, Clarity, Commitment, Capacity, Competence
  27. Shiang-Kwei Wang and Seungyeon Han: Six Cs of motivation — Choice, Challenge , Control, Collaboration, Constructing Meaning, Consequences
  28. James Coakes: The Six Cs of Teamwork — Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration Compromise, Contribution, Commitment
  29. Chris Widener: The Seven C’s of Success — Caring, Character, Choice, Concentration, Confidence, Consistency, Courage
  30. Michael McKinney: Lee Iacocca’s Nine Cs of Leadership — Curiosity, Creative, Communicate, Character, Courage, Conviction, Charisma, Competent, Common sense — The biggest C is Crisis
  31. Paul Dunay: Seth Godin’s 7 elements of leaders — Challenge, Culture, Curiosity, Charisma, Communicate, Connect, Commit
  32. Dave Pollard: KM 0.0 — Simply Enabling Trusted Context-Rich Conversations Among Communities That Care — Content and Collection; Context and Connection

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