UPS delivered a box from Amazon today. I have been expecting several knowledge management books but it turns out it was just a book by Michael Sampson.
Yes, that's right, Michael can now add published author to his list of accomplishments. (Sort of like being blessed with a 9th child.)
Seamless Teamwork: Using Microsoft SharePoint technologies to collaborate, innovate, and drive business in new ways.
But wait! There's a problem. Kathy just walked into the room and I handed her the book. Her first comment was "Where's his picture?"
Even if you are not a SharePoint user, you can still learn a lot from Michael's book. I did. You'll learn about the capabilities of SharePoint and the lessons learned from collaborative implementations gone well and those that didn't go so well.
At 10:00 AM this morning, people all over California will be ducking, covering, and holding on to anything they can to escape the devastation of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The Great Southern California Shakeout will be held November 13. It's designed as a wake-up call -- literally -- to get all Southern Californians ready for the Big One. What the next So Cal Quake may look like
Geologists say it's not a matter of if, but when, the big one hits and this effort, in the planning stages for months, is hoping to put that awareness squarely on the minds of all residents.
The shakeout scenario what would happen if California were to get a jolt of 7.8 or stronger along the San Andreas fault. (To give you a mental and physical picture of what that would be like...geologists say that would be 5,000 times larger and stronger than the 5.4 quake that struck on July 29.)
I live next to (on top of, really) the San Andreas fault line, so we are aware of the dangers of earthquakes. But, are we as a community as prepared as we need to be? I think not. I think many of us have this picture that the government will come to our rescue. I think we need to be prepared to be much more self-sufficient. Do you have an emergency preparedness kit in each car? For each member of your family? Do you know what to do when the ground starts moving?
My daughter, Emily (11) wrote this letter to the Disney Company. I asked for permission to blog it. I think she touches on several very important points...
November 10, 2008
As a stockholder of the Disney Company (that means I own two shares of the Disney Company), I think we should:
Bring back Disney magazines Lower prices on things Have Santa visit Put cotton candy in the candy store Make Fantasmic a little less violent Under the huge Christmas tree, put a stable with Mary, Jesus, and Joseph Bring back submarines and the Country Bear Jamboree
No response yet, but I look forward to seeing how they respond to this young stockholder.
I have a very special opportunity that involves my client, The David Allen Company. In short, I have been asked to nominate a few people to participate in a special program. There's no cost and the benefits are huge. You'll be asked to share and blog about your experience. I can nominate 3 people. If you are an established Notes blogger with a serious interest in personal productivity, I'd like to hear from you and see some of your personal productivity blog posts that you have written. You know where to find me.
In my graduate studies in knowledge management, I have been using the lens of KM to consider various issues that I hear about. Here's an article from today's L.A. Times, which I found interesting: "About 300,000 college-educated legal immigrants in the state, and 1.3 million nationwide, are unemployed or working in low-level jobs because their credentials aren't recognized here, a study finds."
When I moved to California from Belgium at age 14, the Los Angeles Unified School district refused to recognize much of my education because there were no U.S. equivalents for the subjects I learned within my grade level. In other words, I was "too young" to learn those subjects and would simply have to learn them again. This put me in basic-level courses, even though I had successfully completed advanced courses in physics, zoology, mathematics and two foreign languages. I was willing to take exams to prove what I knew but the LAUSD system did not have provision for this at the time. It's as if my knowledge (recognized by grades, awards, and international scholarships) simply did not exist - at least as far as the Los Angeles educational system was concerned. (Fortunately I got out, and I've never allowed education to get in the way of my learning since.)
I can sympathize with what the people in this article are dealing with. They have the brains, filled with knowledge, but without the recognition, their opportunities are limited. Here, we have a problem of knowledge resources at a time when we need all the brain power we can get. This is not a discussion of legal vs illegal immigration. This is, however, in my opinion, a very interesting KM challenge. Clearly the current situation (for all of its causes) does not maximize the knowledge worker contribution that these people can contribute to society.
I wonder what a KM centric approach would be to maximizing the value of the knowledge these people have and are willing to share?
I've invited my friend and client, David Allen, to co-present with me. We will be sharing our experience and best practices for knowledge worker productivity using Lotus Notes. Thank you for your votes!
Our other Lotusphere proposal for a birds of a feather session is still under consideration.
If you haven't seen the list of Best Practices session proposals for Lotusphere 2009, please check them out. There are many excellent session proposals and you can vote to help determine which sessions will be on the Lotusphere 2009 agenda. Right now, according to the early polls, my two session proposals are near the top of the list. I would sure like to have your vote.
This year, I've invited my client, David Allen, to co-present with me at Lotusphere. David graciously agreed to participate and I'm excited. We'll be talking about how we get things done with Lotus Notes. I've asked David to present a mini-GTD overview in the context of Lotus Notes. I know that many of you are already aware of GTD, if so , this will be a nice review. For those of you that have not heard of David Allen or his Getting Things Done methodology, I encourage you to read his best-selling book, Getting Things Done, the Art of Stress-Free Productivity. I promise these sessions, if selected, will be ones you won't want to miss!
Bruce Elgort's IdeaJam service allows you to cast your vote for or against any session topic on the list, so let your voice be heard and make your vote count.