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Random Real-time Encounter

Walking down the street, ran into Jeff Jarvis. Quick catchup, but nothing earth shattering. Let’s face it – I’m just name dropping :-).

More from MeshForum next week.

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P-sach Y’all

Yo, my heebe homeboys. Check out the ShaBot 6000, rapping about the 10 plagues, yo. Peace out.

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Coaching- The mangement philosophy for the knowledge worker’s workplace

In a conversation today, I was asked about my thoughts about what will move Coaching as an industry into more general acceptance.
My thought went like this:
If we look at the history of management through the ages, oversimplified, much of what is today’s management structure came from the military structure of the Roman Empire. Top down management still stands as the form most people think of when they think of Management. The President wants us to do this, the Board supports him, and somehow small pieces are translated into actions that individual workers are expected to perform.
Fast forward through reengineering the corporation, dancing with elephants, ebusiness, friction free commerce and information superhighway, and 2005 looks like the year that everything is about the “knowledege worker.”
If “knowledge workers” are expected to take inputs like data, add their own intelligence and insights, and deliver a value-added product as their output, top-down doesn’t support that work style.
Coaching, as I’ve been learning it, supports people in finding their own insights. If we as coaches can teach people how to better look at what they see around them, and what they experience, and find better insights, we not only help them in their own lives but we help them be better knowledge workers.
Coaching as a management style needs to transition from an experiment in organizations to the way we teach people how to manage knowledge workers.
There’s more to this. My thoughts are still clarifying. Stay tuned.

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Come to MeshForum

I’m blogging today to invite all my friends and connections to MeshForum in Chicago May 1-3, 2005.

MeshForum isn’t the typical conference. It’s the kind of conference I like to run, and the kind I love to be involved in.
MeshForum is a conference on Networks. The group founded MeshForum because we want to bring together experts from many fields to explore Networks – from the mathematical study of Networks and complexity to how networks can impact sales to the role of understanding networks in security to biological systems. MeshForum 2005 will explore these and many other types of Networks.

There will not be vendor booths or canned presentations at MeshForum; it is a conference about ideas. Our venue, HotHouse is a non-profit performing arts center, definitely not a run-of-the-mill hotel meeting space. The format of MeshForum has been designed to provide great opportunities to collaborate and interact, from our opening night reception Sunday May 1st, to our highly participatory single track of speakers and panels Monday and Tuesday to our full day of engaged conversations in Open Space format on Wednesday May 4th.

MeshForum will provide you with rich topics to discuss, and great people with whom to converse. To explore the range and complexity of Networks, a series of “Interstitials” – video and digital art projects – will be exhibited during MeshForum.

All attendees will receive, besides great speakers and panels, an opening night reception Sunday with musical performances, breakfast and lunch Monday thru Wednesday, dinner Monday night and musical entertainment Monday evening. Sponsors are arranging for a variety of gifts for all attendees. Books from many of the authors in attendance
will be available for sale.

Here’s my panel brief:
Much will be discussed at MeshForum on the power of networks, and on the interconnections that enable the power of networks to work. But what happens when networks break? We’ll explore breaks in networks, from the physical, societal and communications networks that broke on 9-11, during the Tsunami, and during the August 2003 blackout to the business networks that get broken everytime companies reorganize or move employees from place to place.
What can we do to anticipate broken social networks in business or broken technology or communications networks, plan for them, and mitigate the impact?
What do experts do to analyze networks for potential breaking points? What lessons can your organization learn from these experts in business continuity, emergency management, homeland security, and business social networking to make a difference in everyday work, as well as future ‘broken’ situations?

This panel will be moderated Me, Howard Greenstein and will feature a mix of public and private sector experts.

I hope to see you there.

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Vertigo Sucks

Did you ever notice that when you tell people you’re going on a plane ride, and that you hate to fly, they’ll immediately tell you their bumpiest, most air-sickness-bag-invoking moment?
I find that when I tell people I have been experiencing Vertigo, everyone knows someone who has experienced it, and it never goes away, it is terrible, it ruins people’s lives.
I’m sticking with what the doctor said – one to two weeks of annoying spinning and it will be done. I refuse to deal with this thing for longer.
And this one time, I was on a plane at 35000 feet, and…