Whose Your Brian Reid?

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Being an interlocutor doesn’t take much. Being present in someone’s life despite geographical distance is as easy as you mentally make it. Let me introduce you to Brian Reid. (@number1brian) In the winter of 1997, Denise and I made the decision to move to Ottawa, Ontario. Our car was packed by June as we headed […]

The Collaboration Commons Idea

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One of the problems that I see occurring in both offices and schools is we’re often stuck with 19th century collaboration infrastructure with 21st century technology and wishes. For example, many libraries (be it K-12 or public) have setups like the following:   In the corporate world, all too often the office looks like the […]

Steer Clear of Organizational Leadership Turbulence

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Originally published to the January, 2012 Edition of T+D Magazine. Reprinted here with permission. by Dan Pontefract Frequent airplane passengers are likely to have read the following message prior to watching an in-flight movie: “the following film has been modified from its original version. it has been formatted to fit this screen.” for purposes of […]

The Anti-Social Social Dilemma

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The problem I see on the horizon for leaders, teachers and parents is what I’m referring to as the anti-social social dilemma. I believe I am social media, social networking and social learning’s number one fan. I also strongly believe that IT, HR and Learning leaders should be experimenting with up and coming social sites […]

The Tuition Value of Mistakes

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What is a mistake? Is it a blunder? Misinterpretation? Oversight? A momentary lapse in judgement? It’s perhaps all of those; but one avenue often overlooked is that a mistake has value. A mistake, however you define it, has tuition value. And to be blunt, organizations that sweep mistakes under the proverbial rug, without using them […]