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October 2010

Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

By Nirmala Palaniappan  ·  October 30, 2010  ·  Interdisciplinary

I read this absolutely rollicking article on human stupidity and its implications on society a few months back and I suspect it has my attention forever and will make me link a lot of what I know with the logic that it applies. The article has flavours of social economics, psychology, human behavior and humor. A simultaneously wonderful, entertaining and thought-provoking article, in my perception. Highly recommended.

If you are wondering where I might go from here, I think there's a link between knowledge management and the human...

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Knowledge Management Gaps

By Nirmala Palaniappan  ·  October 28, 2010  ·  Knowledge Management

Back to the ICKM conference sessions again, one of the presentations I attended was by Strategic Knowledge Solutions. The session revolved largely around processes for KM. A graph based on a study conducted by the organization indicated that most of the issues related to KM are actually to do with the processes rather than the culture or technology. That, to me, was an interesting take. Even though typical consulting organizations tend to focus on processes rather than the culture, I thought it was good to see them point to some...

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Ah! M’ha scordata?

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 27, 2010  ·  Great places

201010270724.jpgSan Francisco has grown on me over the years and it is now one of my favorite US cities. It lacks the architectural grandeur of Chicago, the in your face energy of New York or the neo-imerial triumphalism of Washington DC; but it shares the messy coherence of Boston, in part because it has age on its size. The rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake and fire followed the old street pattern rather than imposing a grid. It feels comfortable with itself from the ramshackle trams to the brash development of Fisherman's Wharf and the eclectic...

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Talent Reality Shows & Organizational Learning

By Nirmala Palaniappan  ·  October 26, 2010  ·  Knowledge Management

Being a music aficionado, I enjoy watching music-based talent reality shows. Apart from enjoying the overdose of music and being amused by some of the occasional drama therein, what I really am in awe of is that most of the participants demonstrate radical improvement and phenomenal growth over a period of few/many months.

I think it's a great thing to genuinely identify, nurture and showcase talent to the world. It is true that most of the participants are already worth a lot but even diamonds need to be polished! As these...

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Making values mundane; inducing mendaciousness

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 26, 2010  ·  Polemic

There are various meanings of the word Common. it can mean shared by as in held in common which is the way most Learning Organisation people use it, but it can also mean showing a lack of taste and refinement; vulgar. I'd add to that pejorative statement in the content of shared of common values lacking discernment; reducing to the mundane. The context of this is a presentation earlier today on complexity and culture (more on mapping and measuring tomorrow) in which I challenged the shared mission and values convention that is all too...

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