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The 7 good habits of people in great organizations

Think about an organization where every single employee…

    take initiative and make things happen – rather than complain and mourn.
    have a purpose, a vision for their lives and steers by this vision in their everyday activities.
    believes that they are the creative force of their own lives and knows what is important to them and acts based on these priorities.
    knows that there is enough for everybody and look for solutions together by being careful and brave.
    give each other psychological air, do not judge others and thus create an aura of trust.
    involve others in their difficult decisions and firmly believe that
    1 + 1 = 4
    use 7 hours each week on sharpening their skills, and the remaining 161 hours to live in the four dimensions of life (physical, mental, social and spiritual) and increase depth and quality of life.

Think about the value creation we would have if these habits were integrated in your organization?

Courtesy of Gøran Gundersen who made me aware of the 7 habits and his interpretations of the habits and Stephen Covey who coined them in his book 7 Habits of highly effective people.

On changing the culture, On collaboration, On social media

What kind of paradigm are we in?

My fiancé studies ExPhil and perspectives on learning and technology this semester, and I simply wonder what paradigm are we in?

From Koschmann, T.: Paradigm Shifts and Instructional technolgy. An introduction 1996. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers (who reference like that nowadays anyway? Scientists. Periode.) it is written this about Paradigms:

Kuhn theorized in 1972 that scientific research proceeds through long, relatively stable periods of normal science intermittently punctuated by briefer, more tumultuous times in which new paradigms for research may emerge. He charachterized normal science as “research firmly based upon one or more past scientific achievements, achievements that some particular scientific community acknowledges for a time as supplying the foundation for its further practice.

I have long since predicted a massive change in the entire academic world around this. Due to the Internet, information spreads faster and faster. Things change faster and faster, and I can not understand how academia can withstand this ever increasing change spead much longer. They still refer to scientific articles and journals. They still get compensated to publish in journals. While the entire rest of the world just googles, reads, learns and accepts and not to mention blogs, tweets and discuss online!

So my question is, what kind of paradigm are we in? About time some scientists hatch?


Paradigm shift

On changing the culture, On collaboration

Think with exciting partnership

The norwegian electric car manufactorer Think has been through several tough financial rounds, and according to some calculus one car should be sold at the price of 3 million. Recently they released news that they will start manufactoring Think City in USA.

Today they released news that they together with strategic partner AeroVironment earlier behind charging of GM’s EV1, will develop rapid charging stations to deliver 80 percent in 15 minutes. 15 minutes is just long enough time to eat a burger and sip a coke.

I think gas stations will become dining sites with charging stationshowever it will take many years before we get there. What do you think?

Photo: Think

On collaboration, On social media

Twitterfeed alternatives – I went for Proxifeed for now

Long time no blogs. I have been busy becomming a dad 🙂 A friend just asked me, three month after my sons birth, whether I was a dad yet. I guess so if that means being constantly in mixed mood, really wanting to spend time with my son and fiancé, being busy having guests or visiting grand parents, trying to do some workout now and then, having a hard time concentrating at work – all the time while smiling and thinking that you are happy after all.

To the topic.

I have been trying to get Twitterfeed to post my blog entries to Twitter for me but with too much variable luck to my taste (more people complain about Twitterfeed instability issues here, here and here). I therefore decided to replace the service and researched for alternatives.

I tried WP to Twitter but as it is not possible to add Plugins on wordpress.com I settled on Proxifeed. It is only in beta still, but looks very promising if they deliver what is said on the site. At least it delivered my last post from this blog to my twitter account immediately. Unfortunately is was old and I had to delete the tweet (ugh..) but hopefully this post will be posted automatic, as the first since the election.

The neat thing about proxifeed is that it automatically scans all other RSS-feeds (How do they know that..?) to find the most recent content / ads suitable for your account and posts it.

From proxifeed.com showing the concept

The not so neat thing is that it is only allowed to have one twitter-account per feed profile, but the feed profile may feed from multiple RSS-feeds with a common set of keywords. I added both my blogs as sources to the same profile with both norwegian and english keywords. I think it should work as far as I disable ads. I have disabled ads so far, just using it in the same manner as Twitterfeed would be, but I think it looks promising.

The best thing is definitely that it integrates the tracking module from the URL-shortner so you see how many actually clicks in a dashboard. Love it!

Do you guys have any expeirience using any of these tools?

On changing the culture, On collaboration, On social media, On the CIO role

Did your boss get social media? Three bullet points to get him there

Recently there was a case in Norway (the first in our country that I know) where profiled Norwegian blogger Vampus tweeted “cleaned out my desk and ready for new challenges”. She was just internally reorganized in her company, and most certainly did not quit – at least not by communicating to her boss via Twitter.

The handling of the case by her management was an interesting one, where we should learn. I just posted at the Norwegian collaboration blog about what to learn if you are a manager or CEO, and here is the executive summary so to speak:

  1. Create good guidelines for your employees (and yourself) on what is allowed and not to write online. Ask employees already blogging what it should contain and use common sense.
  2. If in doubt when you read an online post from your employees, ask them what they meant by it, especially if something can be interpreted bad for your company, it may be ironic or “to the point”.
  3. Be aware of what one as a company want to acheive by having profiled bloggers employed and discuss expectations already when interviewing for employment. If already employed, make sure you give good guidelines as in bullet 1.
On collaboration, On enterprise SaaS, On outsourcing

Projectplace flies high on SaaS model


I am referring to Swedish SaaS Company Projectplace International AB, which proves the Enterprise SaaS model absolutely viable. I was flying home from Tromsø the other day and read an 8 page insert to SAS inflight magazine Scanorana (a nice advertising media by the way).

More than 300 000 projects are currently run on projectplace. I have used it in a project – it works great, but I think it provides less flexibility than for instance a well set up Sharepoint site. However a couple of nice features extend those of Sharepoint, being the time and issue registration features.
I have had several skeptical comments to SaaS, but obviously it works very well for Projectplace. I do not think they have higher security than username and password. That seems to be enough for the projects mentioned above, so perhaps it is enough for Innovation also, ref Induct Softwares SaaS model?

On collaboration, On enterprise SaaS, On outsourcing

Yammer – Free enterprise Twitter as SaaS

Steria Norway is testing collaboration with Yammer – so far we are satisfied and a need is uncovered. It is a great example of enterprise software as a service solution featuring what seems to be good enough enterprise security by reducing visibility by others to only those with same mail domain.

Other than that it is a better version of twitter with file attachments, no post length restrictions and better group functionality.

Our community likes it. However, one needs to assess how it adds value to a projectized organization like Steria. Can it be too much collaboration?