Category Archives: Purpose

The Phone and the Organization

Take a minute to watch this instructional video from 1954 on how to dial a rotary telephone Now take a minute to think about how new these concepts must have seemed to people in 1954. Now take another minute to … Continue reading

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Turning TEDxBloomington Ideas Into Action

TEDxBloomington was a great event that brought together local government officials, citizens, students, researchers, celebrities, employees, business owners, to share knowledge about today and ideas for the future. A question that was on many lips and on even more minds … Continue reading

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Your business isn’t all about the numbers. The numbers are all about your business.

There is a general spoken and unspoken idea that businesses are all about “the numbers.” I’d like to suggest an alternate idea: Your business isn’t all about the numbers. The numbers are all about your business. Businesses who focus on … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency

Update 6/13/2012: We finally finished our book on this topic. It is available in print here, and in Kindle format here.  You can also download a sample chapter here:   (601k PDF)   Literacy and fluency* have to do with our … Continue reading

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People: The Next Step in Social Software Adoption

The adoption of social software (a.k.a. social media, social computing, enterprise 2.0, etc) within organizations seems to be taking the following general path: focusing first on the tools, then on the broader purpose for those tools, and next, people and their skills … Continue reading

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The Need for Balance In the Digital Age

For the last year we’ve been researching and working with all different types of organizations in the areas that relate to the use of digital, and especially digital social technologies. One of the most important factors for success (or failure) … Continue reading

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New Collaborative Strategy Process: Preliminary Test Results

A few days ago, i wrote about a new collaborative strategy process that we are testing. The results show promise. The goal of the process is to enable a group of people to collaboratively develop an idea of the top … Continue reading

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Envisioning Possible Futures – Imagination Fluency

Any time a group of people do something together to build or improve an organization, plan a party, or go on a bike ride, a certain number of people within that group will have to come up with and promote … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Media for the Context

One of the key indicators of fluency with a language or a medium is the knowledge of what tool to use when. Should we meet face-to-face more often for project meetings, or should we use video conferencing? Should we use … Continue reading

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Social Computing and Pattern-Based Strategy

I just happened across a brand new Gartner report that placed “the business impact of social computing” and “pattern-based strategy” side-by-side as atwo of the four converging trends that “will change the face of IT and business.” At first the … Continue reading

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