Category: Culture & Competency

Where’s the Collaboration?

During a phone call in late January, Fred (not his real name) asked: I’m working in Office 365 and SharePoint and sharing a lot of knowledge and content. But it’s all knowledge management. Where’s the collaboration? I have a couple of answers, albeit without having the opportunity to […]

On Learning Something New

Derek offers his experiences and advice on learning JavaScript. If you don’t want to learn JavaScript though, there are some excellent principles of deep learning in his post: Build a real foundation and solid understanding. Don’t start with “little bits.” Go with multiple learning pathways at the same […]

On the Priority of Team Work

Nicholas Bate wrote “the priority of team work is not fun” (#10 in the list). I wrote to him and asked for clarification: Did you mean “team work is a priority, and it’s hard work to get it right,” or “the priority of team work is not to […]

Collaboration vs. Cooperation

On Quora someone asked about the difference between collaboration and cooperation. Danny was first to answer with: Collaboration is “working together toward a shared goal”. I don’t know the formal definition of cooperation but guess it means “working together”. People do not require a shared goal to cooperate. […]

On Reading Books

Hugh writes about the benefits he experienced from getting back to reading actual books, as opposed to being constantly caught up in digital flows of information. I started to wonder: could training myself to read books again help me manage the digital information stress in the rest of […]

Your Schedule Makes You Dumber

A couple of weeks ago I referenced an article on the power of belonging to an open network. One of the quotes that came across my desk today (as an avid collector of good quotes, I have a database that sends me 1/30th of my quote collection every […]

Social Skills Growing in Importance

Writing on HBR, Nicole looks at how technology is making social skills more important. There are a couple of reasons for this: people who can coordinate among themselves are more flexible than computers and machines, and it is hard to automate these types of interactions. A new NBER […]