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Scooping up nuggets like Pac-Man! KNuggets is a curated board of ideas, innovations, and resources on Knowledge Management, Communication, Collaboration, and Learning.
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Dispelling Myths around Project Sponsorship

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PM Center Insider Dispelling Myths around Project Sponsorship – by Radhia Benalia, PhDc, PMP, Certified Green Belt Radhia Benalia is a pracademic. In addition to filling a leading position in a reg...
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Being in different levels of leadership roles among the collection of communities I am engaged in at the moment, I found these Myths on Project Sponsorship intriguing. There always seems to be a challenge in finding the proper balance for leadership on a project. Should the leader communicate more to ensure we stay on track? Or should they stay out of the way and let the team execute and learn? There is no one-size fits all answer, but situational awareness is of course always needed.

 

So I am left with concluding that clear communication about scope and objectives up front is of utmost importance. But here is the next question I get to....As a sponsor, if I am satisfied that I have laid out the objectives clearly and the team is informed, then I can leave them to execute their plan. I only interrupt flow or work to perform whatever level of monitoring we (the sponsor and the project manager) have agreed to beforehand. Ok, no problem there. But inevitably the time comes when something changes one of the objectives we started with. Perhaps an external influence out of our control. What are my priorities as the sponsor at this time? How much do I now need to get involved? I obviously have to inform the team of the change and how it may now impact the objectives we previously discussed. But how do I decide how much I need to get involved to ensure the team has addressed the change? Or do I just identify the change, identify the adjusted objective, and let the team get back to planning?

 

What are some tips on how to make this decision? Thoughts?

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Narrative and storytelling in Social Leadership

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It's because stories sit at the heart of how we communicate that i've included 'Narrative' as the first dimension of Social Leadership. When we share stories, we contextualise information, relating...
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Why is managing the change process in KM so hard?

Why is managing the change process in KM so hard? | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
Cindy Hubert, executive director of Advisory Services at APQC, discusses the relationship between change management and knowledge management (KM).
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Ms. Hubert says it well when she states, "When will we finally accept that fact that we are asking people to CHANGE the way they work? Have we really thought about what change means to our organizations? ..."


Most KM practitioners know that the KM discipline, at it's heart, is all about the people in an organization. But how do you know if the people within your organization are ready to adopt a KM implementation (and are ready for Change)?

 

This seems like a great topic for a 1-hour KM cafe at your local KM interest group gathering!

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Applying Complexity Thinking to Solving Global Problems

Don Tapscott's speech at the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013. In his talk on “Applying Complexity Thinking to Solving Global Problems.“ He raises the question: how do we solve the problems in the world? Complexity is at the heart of this.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Inspirational insight into a grand vision of what we can collectively and individually do "if we will it."

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:19 AM

The future is not to be predicted but to be achieved through a new dynamic paradigm including self-organizing, emergent and sometimes resilient networks involving millions of stakeholders.


These networks embrace, active participation, uncertainty and constantly changing conditions, and they show great promise for solving global problems and governing an volatile and complex planet in the future.

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Big Data for Leaders, Part 1

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Wondering if Big Data is something you need to be paying attention to for your work?

 

Maybe you have already decided “Yes”, but are unsure where to start?

 

 

I think this essay by Jeff Marshall is a solid introduction to the big data discussion and is well worth following. Here, Mr. Marshall begins to breaks down big topics into easily understandable pieces. Topics are brought in and presented clearly from among data modelling, database logical layer design, strategic planning, and probably even more areas as the discussion continues.

 

Here are my own take-aways from this essay:

* Organizational strategy should drive data selection (understand strategy to understand questions that need to be answered by big data)

*What is BIG DATA? (a mix of structured, unstructured, and streaming data)

*Key to understanding your big data is in understanding the connections, not necessarily the components

*Managers and Users of data need tools to guide the search for relevant data and for acting on it

*An ontology can provide the organizing structure and a guide for these the creation of these tools by:

--Organizing internal data to uncover relationships and meta-tags for use in search

--Driving different searches (deliberate, robotic, and anecdotal)providing a structure for queries and classification schemes

--Don’t forget. During all this tool building, we still need to stop and check our data. Is it safe, is it reliable, is it accurate?

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The Social Leadership Handbook has landed!

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Our UK office is on the third floor, a choice i regret when carrying a thousand books up the back stairs. Today, the Social Leadership Handbook has arrived from the printers in Latvia. Latvia? Yes,...
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If you have not been following Julian Stodd's blog on Social Learning (http://julianstodd.wordpress.com/) you may want to bookmark it now or pick up a copy of the Social Leadership Handbook. I started following his blog close to a year ago now and am glad I found it. Mr. Stodd provides plenty of musings and thought provoking content useful to dig deeper into how social tools can be beneficially used in the workplace or in life in general.

 

Congrats Mr. Stodd and to the team at Sea Salt Learning (http://seasaltlearning.com/)! I'll be looking to order a copy soon!

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Failure in Social Leadership: a case study for Mozilla

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When Brendan Eich, newly installed boss at Mozilla resigned this week after only a month in role, it was largely because of a failure by that organisation to recognise the realities of the Social A...
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From the article...

 

"[I]n the Social Age, the gap between formal and social spaces is blurred, and highly transparent, so what we do in all contexts counts."


An excellently phrased quote from Mr. Julian Stodd on the reality of social leadership.


The blurred gap between formal and social spaces is a challenge that all leaders will have to monitor and manage.


What do your social spaces say about you? (hopefully what you want them to since you have been incrementally building them) What do your formal spaces say about you?

Now, if you consider that one affects the other, are you still on message?

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