Monthly Archives: December 2011

Send email a pink slip, or just a “message”?

There’s been a lot of discussion of late since the revelation that European tech leader Atos took the bold – and some may say, ‘reckless’ – step to ban internal email.

Within my small quadrant of the Twitterverse, opinions are far-flung, wide, ranging, and numerous. I’d venture to say that the amount of discussion is second only to the recent “why are L&D leaders ignoring research on learning styles” exchanges and reposts.

After reading and reflecting upon some well-articulated comments from Stephen White, Clive Shepherd and Mark Britz, I wanted to think more about this issue. Mark Britz felt that the Atos email ban was “half-baked” (via Twitter), and Clive Shepherd went so far as to outline alternate approaches via the way he manages email traffic through folders, rules, etc. Stephen was more on the fence, suggesting that the approach was potentially media grandstanding (my words), but could change the work culture. The nice thing about all these exchanges is that (I hope) Mark and Clive and I can agree to disagree and keep some of the dialogue going. So, with that in mind, I offer my counterpoint to their arguments that Altos was wrong to take this drastic step, but – as always – it comes with a bit of a twist.

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Guest Blog – OpenSesame

I’m very happy to share that I will be writing another guest blog for the good folks at OpenSesame.

This opportunity came about because of a Twitter exchange today. I saw a great list of recommendations for making your e-learning a “best seller”. The focus of the article was more about external efforts and I though that there was a good basis for similar recommendations for internally-developed resources.

Long story short, I’ll be putting my writing hat on and the good folks at OpenSesame will generously give me a space for my words yet again.

Next challenge – herding the innovation cats

After listening to Steven Berlin Johnson and reading Stefan Lindegaard, I’m very excited about the prospects for driving and fostering true innovation here at the school.  There’s a wealth of talent (military and civilian) to tap into, but I want to move us past that superficial stage of “tossing out ideas”.

Johnson talks a lot about the “slow hunch”, and I think this is where the innovative culture needs some process and administration (for want of a better term).

So here’s what I think I need to know:

  1. What mechanisms can we use to capture ideas (24/7 if necessary)
  2. What level of detail should we require from those ideas?
  3. What protocol do we use to revisit the older ideas to see if the time is right for them?
  4. How do we manage that “idea” lifecycle?
  5. How can we keep promoting innovation when some functional/hierarchical barriers will remain?

I’m very curious to hear what people have to say.  I have a few simple tech-y ideas, but I don’t want to salt the waters just yet.

I have a meeting planned with my colleagues next week and “innovation” is the planned topic for discussion.

Over to you…

Awash in information = A surfeit of attention

It’s been an interesting and inspiring week as I look through the piles of articles, white papers, and guides.  As much as I’d like to say I’ve perused all of it and can wax lyrical, articulate and erudite on all of it, well, that would be a dirty lie.

Having said that, here are some of the things that are inspring and intriguing me this week.  If you’ve had the opportunity to delve into these resources and have some thoughts, I’d love to hear them. Read the rest of this entry