A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt: Book Review

I’d selected several books to take with me on a recent family vacation at the Florida Gulf coast. I was frankly skeptical about A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, published by Amacom.  The social media domain is vast and I was doubtful that any book could really do justice to the […]

Bloggers – How Can You Drive Up the Value of Comments and Questions?

I could not resist the cartoon above when I saw it in last week’s New Yorker magazine!  Comments are tricky beasts!  I get literally hundreds for every post – unfortunately, most of them are pure spam!  Thanks to WordPress and it’s highly effective akismet spam filtering capability, these are virtually all caught for me with […]

By |February 13th, 2013|General, social networking|2 Comments

Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn Groups

I’ve mentioned before that I co-moderate a LinkedIn Group and participate in several others.  I’ve also questioned the value of such groups.
Ask, And You Probably Won’t Receive
This week, a someone in one of the groups I’m part of posted a question.  To avoid embarrassment, I’ll disguise the question, but it went along the lines of:
I […]

By |October 2nd, 2012|IT Management, social networking, Web 2.0|0 Comments

What You Probably Don't Know About Wikis

Several of my posts talk about uses of semantic wikis.  In fact, my company is largely based upon a semantic wiki platform, called Symcordia™.  But the more people I talk to, the more I realize that:

While just about everyone has used Wikipedia as a reference source, few people have ever really thought about what a […]

Accelerating Individual and Organizational Learning – Case Study from a Rock Band: Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 in a 2-Part post – please see Part 1.
Quick Recap
This post explores how a semantic wiki can support self-organizing teams, using a rock and roll band as a case study.  We developed a semantic wiki using the Symcordia™ platform to enable the band’s development and learning – both collectively (organizational learning) […]

Accelerating Individual and Organizational Learning – Case Study from a Rock Band: Part 1 of 2

My regular readers know that I post from time to time about how wikis can enable organization performance and increase organizational clarity.  (For example see here, here and here.)

In the interests of full disclosure, my company is centered around a semantic wiki platform (currently optimized for IT groups – see Symcordia.com for more) so I […]

Corollary to my Post About the Value of LinkedIn Groups

Last week I posted something of a “rant,” questioning the value LinkedIn Groups.  I’ve received more email (though no comments on the blog!) about this post than any since I started blogging 5 years ago!  Many of these messages agreed with my observations, some did not.  One of the most insightful led me to post […]

By |August 4th, 2012|General, social networking, Useful Tools|0 Comments

Are Linked-In Groups Worth the Time and Effort?

I love the idea of LinkedIn Groups!  The reality, however, from my perspective leaves much to be desired!

As a huge believer in social networking as a business tool, but so far disappointed in the impact this has had on most businesses, I really hoped that LinkedIn Groups would work for me.  Let me define “work […]

By |July 31st, 2012|General, social networking, Web 2.0|0 Comments

The Futility of Collaboration without Context

The term ‘collaboration’ gets thrown about as something inherently valuable and worthwhile – an end in itself, rather than a means to an end.  In reality, collaboration in of itself is:
a). Unlikely to happen
b). Unlikely to create anything of value

So Many Collaboration Platforms, So Little Collaboration!
Collaboration platforms are everywhere!  Most IT shops have at […]

The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance

This will be Part 1 of a 3-part post.  This short series represents the culmination of 5+ years of work (on top of a 40 year career in IT!) for me and my business partner, Roy Youngman.  The series of posts also marks the formal announcement of The Merlyn Group, LLC, a business venture we […]