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January 20, 2014

I thought this might have been taken down since its three years I posted in it.  

I have started regular posting to Tumblr about a music challenge I am doing so I think I will bring it back to here instead.

Watch out for updates and a re-design also.

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Data, Information & Knowledge. A Distinction.

January 4, 2011

Heres a quick post to start the year.  The difference between the above three words became apparent this evening.

 

Data are records on file.

Information is the representation of data into an interpretable format.

Knowledge is productive application of information.

 

It all makes sense now.

 

Knowledge Management and the Knowledge Worker

November 7, 2010

Today’s study was based on knowledge workers and of knowledge management in general and I finally came across work by Peter Drucker.  It didnt take long for him to be cited in an article, but when you are credited with coining a phrase such as “Knowledge Worker” that is not a surprise.  The Emerald database of academic articles had a special on him when I logged in today to search for some Drucker material (which must have been a sign), and one of the articles, “Disseminating Drucker” states he is the most referenced management thinker in textbooks, but apart from knowledge economy and management by objective topics, textbooks only reference to stress a point as opposed to discussing further work, does this make him the ultimate, “No Need to Do Any More Lads”, we have the “Final Thoughts”, the “Last Word” on the topic

I don’t think he would have thought so, and I would be interested to hear what his thoughts would have been to that finding.  In his book Management Challenges of the 21st Century, he says in earlier works by himself as well as Douglas McGregor they assumed there was one way to manage people which also assumes that all workers are employee’s, that all workers are unskilled, and are subordinates.  This is not now the case especially amongst the most knowledgeable of workers, and he says, “Knowledge workers are not subordinates, they are associates”, and “knowledge workers must know more about their jobs than their boss does, or else they are no good at all”.  He goes onto list six 6 factors to consider when looking at knowledge worker productivity of which number 4 says;

Knowledge work requires continuous learning on the part of the knowledge worker, but equally continuous teaching on the part of the knowledge worker.

Mr Drucker lived this in the same book when he admitted he and others were wrong in their initial theories regarding managing all workers the same and conceded to Abraham Maslow, as they are the owners of the asset (the knowledge) it is up to them, and not a manager or peer to push for maintenance of same.

In an organisation, including subsidiaries of large multinationals, how can we ensure that knowledge worker productivity is as effective as it could be, and what can we do to ensure that knowledge workers are maintaining the asset they are employed for (knowledge) in the first place.

Language

October 31, 2010

I like this Kinetic typography video from Matthew Byrne, But I like the attitute of Stephen with regards to language.

I guess what I am saying is listen (or read) what he has to say and go easy if you notice “Mistakes” in this blog 😉

Enjoy

http://player.vimeo.com/video/15412319

Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography – Language from Matthew Rogers on Vimeo.

Today’s Research Path

October 30, 2010

I read the first few chapters of the Clay Shirky book, “Here Comes Everyone” today, and here are some of my initial findings.

“Human beings are social creatures” and as such operate within groups.  In fact we operate in groups more effectively than we do in isolation. The complexity of these groups however comes at a cost, where cost is the sum of resources being allocated to a task (money, time, energy).  But what sets apart a group and a hierarchical organisation is co-ordination, and this co-ordination and associated costs is known as the “Institutional Dilemma”.

Mr Shirky states that group complexity grows faster than group size, so in a group of 5 people there are 10 connections, in a group of 10, there are 45 connections and in a group of 15, there are 105 connections etc.  The larger the organisation gets the greater its management responsibilities and cost.  There is a tipping point at which this gets too great for the organisation and it fails.

I need to research more on Ronald Coase’s 1936 article “The Nature of the Firm” and the “Coasean Floor” that transaction costs are now going below.  This floor contains many activities that the transactions costs are so low that the pay off is too small for a firm to care about in the past, but now the tools exist to achieve success in these activities and how these can now be leveraged to increase effectiveness.  One of the obvious ones is the one message to all, breaking the organisational lines and introducing the sharing ethos of groups.

One last point I covered and will be looking into further is the comparison of Sharing, v’s Co-Operation, v’s Collaboration, v’s Collective Action.

I also looked at a Daniel Pink talk on motivation and the difference between what science knows and what management does with regard to Motivating and Getting Work Done.  Carrot and Stick incentives work on narrow focus tasks with clear guidelines and instruction, but where a level of critical thinking is required, Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose are proven to motivate better.  As an example Mr Pink uses Google’s percent time and how half the new products coming from the company originate from this activity.

Here is Clay Shirky in a TED lecture from June 2009.

Time Management

October 21, 2010

I have been living the social media junkie life for the past few months.  I have been blogging, tweeting, facebooking (if that is the correct verb to use) and of course consuming as much content as I can both mainstream media and academic.

First thoughts, time management.  my phone has been beeping every (theres another one) couple of minutes with status updates on twitter, text, facebook, or google buzz, my google reader account as well as constantly having over 100 unread items is also growing in subscriptions as I come across another potential worthy point of reference to consume.

On time management courses I have attended over the years the one point I always got was to map your day and turn off e-mail, only checking it a few times during the day.  Now if I were to disconnect for any length, the time I would need to catch up on all the sources of info would be too great to be worth my while.

Would the introduction of such a 2.0 platform introduce these issues, or should it be seen as a natural part of the working day?  One initial thought on my day to day activities is that support I give using e-mail could now be shared with a greater audience of potential support seekers as opposed to the original requester.

Social Network Movie

October 17, 2010

Got to go see “The Social Network “ movie (or the facebook film as it is also known) last night and I really enjoyed it.  It was a great story for a movie and if Mr Zuckerberg had concerns for people disliking him, no worries here.  I found the character in the movie to be witty, intelligent, and driven, as well as vindictive, assured and secure.  The last one may come as a surprise but he knows what he is and is comfortable with that.

Facebook is a company that a lot of us (over 500 million) use some more than others and this connection I felt amplified my enjoyment, making me feel like I was part of the story more so than say the original “Wall Street” which I watched the night before.  No stocks here, no connection to the plot.  I signed up for Facebook sometime in 2006, an early’ish adaptor,  even though the name had changed from the Facebook before I came on stream.

The writing of Aaron Sorkin was super with fast dialogue, innuendo and subtle references scattered that made me laugh out loud on several occasions, and it was like watching the first few series of the West Wing again.  If I did have some reservations on the story is the potential for millennial’s in particular to think that it is easy to succeed, which may further cement the common thoughts or the sence of entitlement this demographic has.  Have a read of what a very bitter Paul Carr had to say on TechCrunch in a recent blog posting, and of course the ensuing comments

Reading Douglas Coupland’s brilliant “Generation X” started my research on the demographic breakdown of generational differences from the Boomers, to the Generation Xer’s and now the millennial’s, or sometimes known as Generation Y.  The differences in attitudes and of understanding is fascinating and will form part of my Thesis.  I’m just not sure how I fit in yet.  I still see myself as a young fella’ even if my knees do crack when I get off the couch.