Social Media Workshop – The Wonders of the WWW in Web 2.0

Protocols are the glue that hold the internet together. Remember making phones out of paper cups as a kid? Two cups at each end of a taut string? The cup serves both as a mouth-piece and receiver. This simple system needs a  protocol in place to a avoid confusion among speakers. So one is always … Continue reading

Autonomy and the Virtuous Wheel of Community Collaboration

  We saw how a compelling purpose is necessary to get community contributions started. Sustaining a community requires more than than. It requires transparency, so content contributed by individuals is visible to the whole community. That is so individuals can provide feedback on contributions. And judgement can appear. Individuals enjoy autonomy from the anyone, anytime, … Continue reading

How work gets done. Or not.

How does work get done in your organization? Even the most traditional organizations recognize that work gets done outside of formal org. processes and hierarchies. Leaving a little room for informal collaborative communities to develop and make legitimate contributions makes a world of difference. The organization of the future is emerging as a social organization that is … Continue reading

Delegation and miles on my moccasins

  “I am ready for the next role,” says the bright employee who is clearly not ready yet. Delegate! Let them walk a mile in your shoes. List down your “pain” areas. Consider these as candidate projects for delegation. Size it right. Select an opportunity that builds leadership muscle and does not defeat them. It … Continue reading

Tom Sawyer, and the open-source fence-painting project.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Open Source movement was starting to capture public imagination. In the 1st half of the 1st decade of the 21st century, we engineers joked about carrying our precious code sewn in our underpants. I majored in Artificial Intelligence. I … Continue reading