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Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Tom Short <tom.short@...>
 

--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, Valdis Krebs <valdis@...> wrote:
From a previous post it sounds like Tom found a connection to Ideo...
without revealing actual names/titles how did that happen, Tom?

Valdis
Pretty much a cold call. Based on my initial search on LI for folks
associated with Ideo, I found a number of 3rd degree contacts (as I
mentioned earlier). I started by scanning their job titles, and
focusing on the ones that appeared to be in leadership positions.
There were a handful that met that criteria. Then I read their job
descriptions, found the one that appeared closest to my area of
interest, and called Ideo's main number and asked to speak with this
person. Left a vmail, and a few days later received a call back from
an associate, and so now we'll see where it goes.


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Valdis Krebs <valdis@...>
 

On Dec 17, 2007, at 3:26 PM, Stan Garfield wrote:

Just to clarify, I use the free version of LinkedIn. I can see the
email address of people in my LinkedIn network (it's at the bottom of
their full profile). I can't see it for people not in my network, but I
can see the other information in their profile.
Yup... I tend to have more alternate addresses in my Mail application then LI shows... i.e. common biz address and personal gmail/yahoo address.

And if I click on "Add <name> to your network" I get a screen which
allows me to invite them to join my network. This is now easier than in
the past, when it required me to supply an email address for the person.
Now it just asks me "How do you know <name>?" and then it sends the
invitation.
Ah, that is easier. I have not initiated an addition in quite a while, so I was not aware of this. ;-)

I still get a ton of requests to connect from people I really do not know... so maybe this easier hurdle for connecting is not good for the overall connection spam on LI?

From a previous post it sounds like Tom found a connection to Ideo... without revealing actual names/titles how did that happen, Tom?

Valdis


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Stan Garfield
 

--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, Valdis Krebs <valdis@...> wrote:

Yes, only if you buy the basic or advanced LinkedIn service. The
original free service does not allow you to see someone's contact
info... unless they were clever and made their current email part of
their "user name".

Hi, Valdis.

Just to clarify, I use the free version of LinkedIn. I can see the
email address of people in my LinkedIn network (it's at the bottom of
their full profile). I can't see it for people not in my network, but I
can see the other information in their profile.

And if I click on "Add <name> to your network" I get a screen which
allows me to invite them to join my network. This is now easier than in
the past, when it required me to supply an email address for the person.
Now it just asks me "How do you know <name>?" and then it sends the
invitation.

Regards,

Stan


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Valdis Krebs <valdis@...>
 

Yes, only if you buy the basic or advanced LinkedIn service. The original free service does not allow you to see someone's contact info... unless they were clever and made their current email part of their "user name".

I also use LI, FaceBook and Google to check out people that contact me out of the blue... Google is more time consuming, but often reveals interesting hobbies like the person who just contacted me finished 5th in the Oklahoma City marathon for 50 and older.

Lots of internet/web 2.0 folks have made a mass migration to FB in the last 12 months, but F500 folks are mostly on LI. Now I am getting invites to "trust" on a new social search engine called Spock.com! These social networking sites will never reach their potential if they always require for us to join and then name connections and invite others. Their client-server model will never work because real social networking is peer-to-peer... is person-centered, not site centered.

Valdis

On Dec 17, 2007, at 12:35 PM, Stan Garfield wrote:

It is also a good way to let others maintain their own contact info, including email address, so that it is current when I need to contact them.


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Stan Garfield
 

--- In sikmleaders@..., Valdis Krebs wrote:
> I'd be interested in hearing both + and - experiences in meeting key
> people through a connection via LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. 

Hi, Valdis.

As Dave Snowden suggested, the status line in Facebook can be used to ask for contacts.  Tony Karrer's status line once said that he was looking for social networking gurus.  Several people replied with contacts (the list I sent to Tony is at http://h20325.www2.hp.com/blogs/garfield/archive/2007/10/15/4758.html ).

LinkedIn has been useful in finding details about people who contact me through other channels.  I can search for them in LinkedIn and figure out where they are located, their current organization, etc.  It is also a good way to let others maintain their own contact info, including email address, so that it is current when I need to contact them.

Regards,

Stan


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Tom Short <tom.short@...>
 

Hey Jack - thank you for offering to help. I've made an initial
connection at Ideo - will see where it goes. Trying to do some
informational interviewing there, as I am in the process of looking at
job options.

--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, "Jack Vinson" <jackvinson@...> wrote:

Tom-

I'm a little late here, but I have contacts at the Evanston, IL
office.

But... As always, it would be helpful to understand what you are
looking
for before I make the introduction. We are all busy people, after
all. And
it isn't a very strong connection. (They've been guest lecturers in
my KM
class at Northwestern.) Another option is to check with your friends in
academia that are near Ideo -- they may be doing projects together.

As far as LinkedIn goes, I've nearly 500 connections and I have
attempted to
only link to people I've met in some way. I will totally admit that
there
are people in there that I don't really "know." And I actually
clean out my
connections from time-to-time. AND I try to forward along any requests
where I can help. I also have a huge contact list in my local
address book
-- as I am sure many other people do.

I also echo Dave Snowden's suggestion. Try using your other passive
social
networks: post a status on Facebook or a query on Twitter (to name
some of
the popular places).

Regards,

Jack Vinson, Ph.D.
http://www.jackvinson.com

-----Original Message-----
From: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Tom Short
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 10:51 AM
To: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sikmleaders] Anyone have any contacts at Ideo?

I am looking for an introduction there. If anyone has any contacts
there, especially here in the Bay Area, and would be willing to make
an intro, please let me know.

Thanks!
-Tom




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Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Jack Vinson <jackvinson@...>
 

Tom-

I'm a little late here, but I have contacts at the Evanston, IL office.

But... As always, it would be helpful to understand what you are looking
for before I make the introduction. We are all busy people, after all. And
it isn't a very strong connection. (They've been guest lecturers in my KM
class at Northwestern.) Another option is to check with your friends in
academia that are near Ideo -- they may be doing projects together.

As far as LinkedIn goes, I've nearly 500 connections and I have attempted to
only link to people I've met in some way. I will totally admit that there
are people in there that I don't really "know." And I actually clean out my
connections from time-to-time. AND I try to forward along any requests
where I can help. I also have a huge contact list in my local address book
-- as I am sure many other people do.

I also echo Dave Snowden's suggestion. Try using your other passive social
networks: post a status on Facebook or a query on Twitter (to name some of
the popular places).

Regards,

Jack Vinson, Ph.D.
http://www.jackvinson.com

-----Original Message-----
From: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com [mailto:sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Tom Short
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 10:51 AM
To: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sikmleaders] Anyone have any contacts at Ideo?

I am looking for an introduction there. If anyone has any contacts
there, especially here in the Bay Area, and would be willing to make
an intro, please let me know.

Thanks!
-Tom




Yahoo! Groups Links


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Tom Short <tom.short@...>
 


Makes me wonder where there is some sort of inverse rule of the six degrees of separation. Maybe it's the 18 Links of Gold...All you need is to be connected to one of them, and you are connected to the world...

Funny enough, after I wrote the above, I continued reading the NYTimes Sunday Magazine article "The 7th Annual Year in Ideas," and in finishing up the article, read the last Idea, entitled Zygotic Social Networking.  Here, a snippet:

According to its Web site, GeneTree's goal is to take any two people in the world, "sit them down and show them exactly how they're related." If you're a mitochondrial "H," you share a haplogroup with 40 percent of all people of European descent. This is what Woodward calls "deep linking."   - Mailia Wollan, New York Times Magazine, Sunday, 12/9/2007.

Guess the question is, what does such "deep linking" mean, in terms of social networking?  What sort of inherent social capital does such linking imply or convey?


--- In sikmleaders@..., "Peter Marshall"
wrote:


[snip]


> One more note -- although MOST link whores are useless, there are some
> people that maintain high quality connections to many many people and
> are highly effective brokers. These are jewels, and finding them is
> priceless. Adam Rifkin is my personal connection to the universe and
> has been an absolute gold mine, and he has links well into the
> thousands.
>
> Peter
>

 


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Patti Anklam <patti@...>
 

I concur with Valdis on 2 of his notes today. I'm pretty careful about filtering my LinkedIn contacts, so while I have quite a few they are all people I know I could make a safe connection with.
 
Also -- very interesting given earlier postings, is that Tom's original message to this list didn't provide context for what type of person, at what level, in what role, that he was looking for at Ideo. Having that information would have made it somewhat easier for people who do have contacts there...
 
/patti
(978)456-4175
 


From: sikmleaders@... [mailto:sikmleaders@...] On Behalf Of Valdis Krebs
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 1:20 PM
To: sikmleaders@...
Subject: Re: [sikmleaders] Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo?

Tom,

I have about 100 contacts on LinkedIn and I have been diligent in just
connecting to those people I really know [I even deleted over a dozen
that I realized I really don't know]. My bar for a connection is set
at: I either met in person and have collaborated or have worked
together online, but no F2F contact. Most of my LI contacts are
people I have known for years. Yet, there are still plenty of
contacts I have who are not on LI. I bet Patti's connections are also
well-filtered. I keep the "BS" filter on LI at about 500, but expect
some noise and disconnects at half of that.

Valdis


On Dec 11, 2007, at 12:47 PM, Tom Short wrote:

>
> Yes, it's too bad that the whole "competitive network building"
> mentallity has taken hold in Linked In. Now, when I see connections
> to
> people who show more than about 100 (or really even 50), my optimism
> about their usefulness drops a lot. The best ones are 2nd order hits
> with people who have less than 30 or so connections - then I'm quite
> optimistic that they would be able to help make the connection.
> Anything in the 100 range is suspect, and anything over 200 is a
> writeoff.
>
>
>
>
> --- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, Valdis Krebs wrote:
>>
>> Maybe Tom is looking to "close a triangle" -- get a direct
>> introduction? Always the preferred route!
>>
>> LinkedIn often does not work for a quick/effective intro --
>> especially
>> if the LinkedIn network path you need to utilize contains people who
>> really don't know each other -- which happens quite a bit.
>> LinkedIn/Facebook/other SNS have become polluted with unusable
>> links[i.e. network noise] because some folks on on these sites will
>> accept any invitation, while others are in a race towards 'my network
>> is bigger' and want to get as many people in their direct circle as
>> possible, even if many/most are strangers. These links often fail
>> when
>> it comes time to activate and use them in finding a path to someone
> you
>> seek. Just because a 'mathematical path' exists in a network does not
>> mean it will be found, or be effectively utilized.
>>
>> I'd be interested in hearing both + and - experiences in meeting key
>> people through a connection via LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
>>
>> Valdis
>> valdis@...
>> http://www.orgnet.com
>>


Re: You too can be replaced by a sales pitch... #humor

David Snowden <snowded@...>
 

I would have thought the best use of the materials would be as a target for a throwing competition for the ginzu knives



Dave Snowden
Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Cognitive Edge Pte Ltd

Now blogging at www.cognitive-edge.com


On 11 Dec 2007, at 18:42, Boas, Bernadette M wrote:


Stan and others,
would definitely want to know of Bruce's assessment of the depth and quality of the Toolkit materials provided (for $249), apart from the sharpness of the ginzu knives :))))
 
On the site there is an extensive library of materials being sold, though it is not cheap if it a throwaway.
Thanks
 

Bernadette Boas 
Teradata Corporation 
VP PS Capabilities Development 
Cell: 678-438-1908 
bernadette.boas@teradata.com

The information included in this e-mail is confidential and proprietary to Teradata, and is intended solely for the use of the original recipient.



 


From: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com [mailto:sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Don Beck
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 6:22 PM
To: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sikmleaders] Re: You too can be replaced by a sales pitch...

--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, "bruce richard" .> 
wrote:
>
> This just came into my mailbox recently and I had to chuckle at the 
idea
> that for a mere 250 depreciated US dollars you get a total KM solution
> complete with powerpoint slides...
> 
> https://www.itbusinessedge.com/commerce/?c=607
> <https://www.itbusinessedge.com/commerce/?c=607>
>

I ordered mine and got a nice set of Ginzu knives at no extra charge!




Roundtable: Enterprise mashups for expertise location #expertise-location

Kaplan, Bill <bill.kaplan@...>
 

Jean—

 

Will there be another Share Point session like the one on 12  Dec upcoming?

 

Bill


From: sikmleaders@... [mailto:sikmleaders@...] On Behalf Of Jean Graef
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 11:01
To: sikmleaders@...
Subject: [sikmleaders] Roundtable: Enterprise mashups for expertise location

 

The Montague Institute will hold a teleconference roundtable discussion on January 17, 2008 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Eastern time.

Jean Graef of the Montague Institute will give a brief tutorial on mashups and Qin Zhu of HP Labs will describe an expertise mashup that combines a list of technical reports with data from the company employee directory. See http://www.montague.com/roundtable42.html

Space is limited, so you should reserve your spot early.

Other upcoming events include:

Pre-roundtable primer: Sharepoint search - December 11, 2007 via teleconference (http://www.montague.com/primer.htm)

Benchmarking Sharepoint for Knowledge Management - December 12, 2007 via teleconference (http://www.montague.com/roundtable40.html)

Demonstrating taxonomy value to senior managers - February 20, 2008 via teleconference (http://www.montague.com/roundtable43.html)

Taxonomies, Search & Sharepoint seminar - March 26 & 27, 2008 in Washington, DC (http://www.montague.com/sharepointseminar.html)

-----------------------------------------------
Jean Graef
The Montague Institute
www.montague.com
-----------------------------------------------


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Peter Marshall <peter.marshall@...>
 

Fascinating discussion.

I just checked and see that I have 134 connections... Perhaps it's a
self-selection phenomenon, but I find that I tend to see people with
over 200 or 250 connections as link whores, but also see those with <
50 as technophobes of some kind.. I think there's a sweet spot of
about 100-150 real connections. Like Valdis, I have been
conscientious about only accepting real connections.

Having said that, it's obvious that "system gaming" behavior is
happening on LI. If everyone used the connections feature to identify
their "relationships", then traversing trusted contacts would work...
but since it is valuable for some people to appear connected or to be
on pathways, people try to game it and distort the data.

Perhaps Google's greatest strength as a platform is that it's
fundamental algorithm remains "un-gamed", although there are many
strategems to game Google, and once in awhile threats appear that
actually undermine Google's effectiveness and the market shudders.
But generally, Google has been very effective at maintaining the
integrity of it's "if I'm connected to many well-connected sites, then
my reputation is high" algorithm, by ruthlessly pruning sites that use
exploits to appear to be well-connected.

This suggests that a connection-validation strategy would be helpful
for LI and similar sites. Perhaps something that required both
parties to rate the relationship, and ignore links that were not
mutually validated. Other ideas here?

One more point -- I have found the best use of LI -- as other have --
to simply scan my one-level connections for likely hits on some
request, and then communicate with them outside of LI... Of much less
value, but has worked twice: searching and then following up with 2nd
level hits, where I have a strong 1st level connection to them. No
other approach has ever worked for me.

One more note -- although MOST link whores are useless, there are some
people that maintain high quality connections to many many people and
are highly effective brokers. These are jewels, and finding them is
priceless. Adam Rifkin is my personal connection to the universe and
has been an absolute gold mine, and he has links well into the
thousands.

Peter

On Dec 11, 2007 1:33 PM, Valdis Krebs <valdis@orgnet.com> wrote:




Tom, can you be more descriptive of the Ideo contact you would like
to make? People have multiple paths to them thru multiple interests/
associations/memberships [like you & the IBM/PGE exec you described]
-- the more we know the more alternate paths we may be able to come up
with.


On Dec 11, 2007, at 12:43 PM, Tom Short wrote:

Looked good on paper - didn't work. Not only did I not get any
offers for help from the two or three people I asked in my network,
I didn't even get a reply from them to my request! The nerve of
some people ;-)
This is what happens when people "over-connect" -- it is easy to
accept a connection request, but then a hassle to help one of those
connections, who is really a stranger. Those people who will connect
with anyone are sometimes derisively called "link whores". We all
suffer when the paths are blocked/diverted by link whores. Tom, you
are probably not making it down the path because of someone else's
poor choice of connections.

Valdis



--
Peter Marshall
------------------------------------------------------------------------
SVP, Platform Strategy & Professional Services
Peracon, Inc.
www.peracon.com
McLean, VA Office: (703) 748-7517
Newport Beach, CA Office: (949) 706-6757
Mobile: (949) 689-7000
Skype: ideasware


Re: You too can be replaced by a sales pitch... #humor

Boas, Bernadette M <bernadette.boas@...>
 

Stan and others,
would definitely want to know of Bruce's assessment of the depth and quality of the Toolkit materials provided (for $249), apart from the sharpness of the ginzu knives :))))
 
On the site there is an extensive library of materials being sold, though it is not cheap if it a throwaway.
Thanks
 

Bernadette Boas
Teradata Corporation
VP PS Capabilities Development
Cell: 678-438-1908
bernadette.boas@...

The information included in this e-mail is confidential and proprietary to Teradata, and is intended solely for the use of the original recipient.



 


From: sikmleaders@... [mailto:sikmleaders@...] On Behalf Of Don Beck
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 6:22 PM
To: sikmleaders@...
Subject: [sikmleaders] Re: You too can be replaced by a sales pitch...

--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, "bruce richard" .>
wrote:
>
> This just came into my mailbox recently and I had to chuckle at the
idea
> that for a mere 250 depreciated US dollars you get a total KM solution
> complete with powerpoint slides...
>
> https://www.itbusinessedge.com/commerce/?c=607
> <https://www.itbusinessedge.com/commerce/?c=607>
>

I ordered mine and got a nice set of Ginzu knives at no extra charge!


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Valdis Krebs <valdis@...>
 

Tom, can you be more descriptive of the Ideo contact you would like to make? People have multiple paths to them thru multiple interests/ associations/memberships [like you & the IBM/PGE exec you described] -- the more we know the more alternate paths we may be able to come up with.

On Dec 11, 2007, at 12:43 PM, Tom Short wrote:

Looked good on paper - didn't work. Not only did I not get any offers for help from the two or three people I asked in my network, I didn't even get a reply from them to my request! The nerve of some people ;-)
This is what happens when people "over-connect" -- it is easy to accept a connection request, but then a hassle to help one of those connections, who is really a stranger. Those people who will connect with anyone are sometimes derisively called "link whores". We all suffer when the paths are blocked/diverted by link whores. Tom, you are probably not making it down the path because of someone else's poor choice of connections.

Valdis


Re: Surveying Communities of Practice #CoP #survey

Gian Jagai
 
Edited

Hello Everyone,

I took the questions from the message thread that Stan sent me to and
created a word doc with the various responses all collected together.
I've posted the doc SIKM - Surveying Communities of Practice https://groups.io/g/SIKM/files/SIKM%20-%20Surveying%20Communities%20of%20Practice.doc

Thanks for your help.

Gian...


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Valdis Krebs <valdis@...>
 

Tom,

I have about 100 contacts on LinkedIn and I have been diligent in just connecting to those people I really know [I even deleted over a dozen that I realized I really don't know]. My bar for a connection is set at: I either met in person and have collaborated or have worked together online, but no F2F contact. Most of my LI contacts are people I have known for years. Yet, there are still plenty of contacts I have who are not on LI. I bet Patti's connections are also well-filtered. I keep the "BS" filter on LI at about 500, but expect some noise and disconnects at half of that.

Valdis

On Dec 11, 2007, at 12:47 PM, Tom Short wrote:


Yes, it's too bad that the whole "competitive network building"
mentallity has taken hold in Linked In. Now, when I see connections to
people who show more than about 100 (or really even 50), my optimism
about their usefulness drops a lot. The best ones are 2nd order hits
with people who have less than 30 or so connections - then I'm quite
optimistic that they would be able to help make the connection.
Anything in the 100 range is suspect, and anything over 200 is a
writeoff.




--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, Valdis Krebs <valdis@...> wrote:

Maybe Tom is looking to "close a triangle" -- get a direct
introduction? Always the preferred route!

LinkedIn often does not work for a quick/effective intro -- especially
if the LinkedIn network path you need to utilize contains people who
really don't know each other -- which happens quite a bit.
LinkedIn/Facebook/other SNS have become polluted with unusable
links[i.e. network noise] because some folks on on these sites will
accept any invitation, while others are in a race towards 'my network
is bigger' and want to get as many people in their direct circle as
possible, even if many/most are strangers. These links often fail when
it comes time to activate and use them in finding a path to someone
you
seek. Just because a 'mathematical path' exists in a network does not
mean it will be found, or be effectively utilized.

I'd be interested in hearing both + and - experiences in meeting key
people through a connection via LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.

Valdis
valdis@...
http://www.orgnet.com


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Tom Short <tom.short@...>
 

Yes, it's too bad that the whole "competitive network building"
mentallity has taken hold in Linked In. Now, when I see connections to
people who show more than about 100 (or really even 50), my optimism
about their usefulness drops a lot. The best ones are 2nd order hits
with people who have less than 30 or so connections - then I'm quite
optimistic that they would be able to help make the connection.
Anything in the 100 range is suspect, and anything over 200 is a
writeoff.




--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, Valdis Krebs <valdis@...> wrote:

Maybe Tom is looking to "close a triangle" -- get a direct
introduction? Always the preferred route!

LinkedIn often does not work for a quick/effective intro -- especially
if the LinkedIn network path you need to utilize contains people who
really don't know each other -- which happens quite a bit.
LinkedIn/Facebook/other SNS have become polluted with unusable
links[i.e. network noise] because some folks on on these sites will
accept any invitation, while others are in a race towards 'my network
is bigger' and want to get as many people in their direct circle as
possible, even if many/most are strangers. These links often fail when
it comes time to activate and use them in finding a path to someone
you
seek. Just because a 'mathematical path' exists in a network does not
mean it will be found, or be effectively utilized.

I'd be interested in hearing both + and - experiences in meeting key
people through a connection via LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.

Valdis
valdis@...
http://www.orgnet.com


Re: Anyone have any contacts at Ideo? #SNA-ONA-VNA

Tom Short <tom.short@...>
 

Wow - what a discussion that request triggered...interesting all by itself.

Regarding trying LinkedIn, yes, tried it several times.  Main issue is as Valdis has already described - I only have 3rd order and higher connections.  I figured - well, ok, so first I'll scan the list of Ideo people that I have 3rd order connections to. I'll pick the one  who would be my preferred starting point in terms of learning  more about Ideo (which is my goal).  Then I'll look at who my 3rd order connections are, send them a quick note, and ask them to do me a favor and figure out who *their* connections are to my Ideo target, use some social capital to get them to broker the intro, and away we go.

Looked good on paper - didn't work.  Not only did I not get any offers for help from the two or three people I asked in my network, I didn't even get a reply from them to my request!  The nerve of some people ;-)

Anyway, that was back in October or so.  I checked my connections again a few days ago and nothing had changed, and I'm still quite interested in finding someone there to meet with, so I figured I'd post to this group, and see if I might turn up some 2nd or 3rd order connects I didn't know I had (not everyone on this board is in my LinkedIn network, yet I still feel like I know many of you).

And fwiw, in terms of successes using LinkedIn, one thing I have used it for successfully in the past is finding IBMers.  Being an IBM alum (7 yrs with them), I feel like I can leverage Big Blue's most excellent culture of open connectivity and reach out to any IBMer (sometimes former employees, but always current ones), call them out of the blue, introduce myself as an alum, and they will talk to me.  I did this when I was interviewing with PG&E, and wanted to learn more about the company from someone with an insider's perspective.  I found a Director at IBM who listed in his LinkedIn profile 17 years of experience with PG&E before
he jointed IBM (I searched in LinkedIn using both companies as search terms) - a perfect contact for me.  Even though this gentlemen was in quite a high position, he took my call and we talked for an hour or so - right out of the blue, no appointment, no secretary.  Really quite impressive, and entirely consistent with my experience when I worked at IBM.

May be more info that you wanted - my attempt to address the various questions/topics that you all raised in your posts.

As for Dave's request - I have no objection to your posting this conversation on your blog.

Happy holidays, all.  (And I'm still looking for that Ideo contact - I'm also trying the cold-call approach - still no success).

rgds,
-Tom

--- In sikmleaders@..., "Tom Short"
wrote:
>
> I am looking for an introduction there. If anyone has any contacts
> there, especially here in the Bay Area, and would be willing to
make
> an intro, please let me know.
>
> Thanks!
> -Tom
>

--- In sikmleaders@..., "Tom Short" wrote:
>
> I am looking for an introduction there. If anyone has any contacts
> there, especially here in the Bay Area, and would be willing to make
> an intro, please let me know.
>
> Thanks!
> -Tom
>


Re: Need help - Lessons Learnt Process #lessons-learned

Kaplan, Bill <bill.kaplan@...>
 

Patti—



Thanks for this. We call the same concept(s) “Dynamic Learning” and have incorporated the Army’s After Action reviews (AAR) with two other of what we call “Fast Learning” processes for learning before and learning after. We have also tied this to our quality concept, strategy, and practice and integrated this with our training. This ensures not only that our operating and business processes are aligned with the training necessary to execute based on current learnings and insight, but also that our internal and external delivery exceeds expectations as part of the way we work.



Best



Bill Kaplan

CKO

Acquisition Solutions, Inc.

www.acquaitionsolutions.com <http://www.acquaitionsolutions.com/>

703.253.6313



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From: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com [mailto:sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of pattianklam
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 09:23
To: sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sikmleaders] Re: Need help - Lessons Learnt Process




Hi,

You may want to take a look at Marilyn Darling's work in Emergent Learning <http://www.signetconsulting.com/concepts/emergent_learning.php> . We used her EL Map process in my group at Nortel. It differs from many of the standard lessons learned processes in that it is situated in action. That is, the method provides a way to immediately take learnings from one event or process and apply them to an upcoming or planned similar event. I use EL maps for my own learning process.

http://www.signetconsulting.com/concepts/emergent_learning.php

/patti anklam
http://www.pattianklam.com/


--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, sjagannath@... wrote:

Hi All,

Am looking for best practice’s in capturing/conducting Lessons learnt
sessions or the process steps involved. This is for a IT services company.
Please point me to any good resources or share documentation, if you may
have.

Any guidelines, templates & tips/tricks for capturing salient points would
be really helpful. Thanks in advance.

Regards
Srinivas Prasad J


Re: You too can be replaced by a sales pitch... #humor

Don Kildebeck
 

--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, "bruce richard" <brucer51@...>
wrote:

This just came into my mailbox recently and I had to chuckle at the
idea
that for a mere 250 depreciated US dollars you get a total KM solution
complete with powerpoint slides...

https://www.itbusinessedge.com/commerce/?c=607
<https://www.itbusinessedge.com/commerce/?c=607>

I ordered mine and got a nice set of Ginzu knives at no extra charge!

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