It took both the telephone and the mobile phone 15 years to amass 100 million users, but Facebook did it in 9 months. We see more and more people becoming connected on online social networks, and it seems our networks are growing exponentially. But the reality is, social networks rarely add to our number of connections. Designing for Social Interaction - Boxes and Arrows: The design
by As some FASTForward readers may know, I’ve worked with organizations on human resources, organizational/work design and organizational effectiveness issues for most of the past two-and-a-half decades. I’ve also been reasonably deeply involved for the past decade with the evolution of the Web and networks and how they impact knowledge work, work design, collaboration, knowledge management, and individual, group and organizational learning. 10 General Principles For Leading and Man
Smashing Silos No business, institution, or government agency is immune from silo syndrome in which barriers develop among the organization's many parts. But adopting collaborative culture, processes, and tools can keep silo syndrome in check and create greater value. The term "silo" is a metaphor suggesting a similarity between grain silos that segregate one type of grain from another and the segregated parts of an organization. In an organization suffering from silo syndrome, each department or function interacts primarily within that "silo" rather than with other groups across the organization.
Accreditation Executive Summary What’s the Value of Accreditation? This project was undertaken to identify and understand factors that are perceived by Accredited Business Communicators (ABCs), their supervisors and their clients as adding value to the accredited individuals, the organizations they serve and the communication profession. Research was conducted in three phases in late 2007: qualitative in-depth telephone interviews were conducted with nine ABCs in the U.S. and Canada; a quantitative Web-based survey of ABCs, with 356 from seven countries participating; and Web-based surveys with 27 supervisors and 19 clients of participating ABCs. For the survey of ABCs, the number of completions provides overall results that can be generalized to all ABCs with a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points at a 95% confidence level.