A thoughtful feature in the Financial Times discusses the question of why in-house collaboration in organizations is so difficult, with the consequent impact on effective working. The article highlights some accepted theories about this, including these: [The first theory] is that most companies have "first generation organisation structures and second generation management capabilities". Internal synergies will only come with the right organisation structure - overlapping accountabilities for … [Read more...] about Four steps to overcome collaboration obstacles
Robert Scoble reports a big upward blip in sales of Naked Conversations, the business book on blogging he co-authored with Shel Israel: I was talking with Richard Edelman yesterday (his blog is here) and he told me he bought about 250 copies of my book. "Oh, were you the one who bought from Amazon?" I asked. Wiley had already seen the spike in sales and reported to us that someone had made a big order. Turned out he was. He's handing them out to all of his senior managers. Who's Richard Edelman? … [Read more...] about The time is right for Naked Conversations
I like the new Technorati Favorites, the new service where you can add blogs and other sites to a list of favourites that others can also access. It's the sharing aspect of it that I like most. Others can see which sites I regard as favourites and I can do the same with others' favourites lists. Adds some more dimension to what you know about people. Here's my current favourites list on Technorati. There are three easy ways to get sites into your own favourites list: Click on the little star … [Read more...] about Sharing your favourites
After setting up my first Google webpage the other day, I've been playing around with the new Google Page Creator. My cat had a suggestion for a new page... A lot of commentary out there knocking Google for this tool. It doesn't work properly, they say. Why isn't it integrated with Blogger, they ask. What on earth is Google doing with such trash, they wonder. There's no pleasing some people. Ok, the service is groaning under the strain of popularity at the moment. New sign-ups were suspended … [Read more...] about Google Page Creator: Where’s the problem?
A survey by IABC says that only 67 percent of companies are prepared for the next crisis even though more than 80 percent say a crisis communication plan is clearly a key buisness tool: Despite a year of natural disasters and organizational crises, only two in three companies are prepared to manage and respond to the next crisis that affects them, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The survey also reports strong support for … [Read more...] about Crisis communication planning still has a way to go – IABC survey