Knowledge Management

Survey and Assessment Interpretation

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Using a Coach with 360° Data I believe that a participant is not likely to interpret 360 results in a meaningful, constructive, and proactive way without the help of a coach. -SANDRA MASHIHI, Interpreting 360-Feedback Results: Who Should Do It?, Envisia Learning Taking part in personal assessments, surveys and using 360-degree multi-source feedback are all very important tools for a manager and leader to use in… Read More »Survey and Assessment Interpretation

Dan Elder, Executive Coach

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Dan Elder is a leadership coach, management consultant, and change agent who has coached and mentored hundreds of leaders at all levels. A retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 26-years serving soldiers and their families, he has deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq, Dan is an author, editor or reviewer on a number of soldier-related books and articles and a member of the International Coaching Federation.… Read More »Dan Elder, Executive Coach

360-degree assessments for Killeen, Temple & Waco

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We use multi-source feedback 360-degree assessment tools that provide individuals with straightforward, practical feedback on job-related skills necessary for effectiveness in a management role. Our products simplicity also makes it an ideal first step for organizations that are new to the 360-degree assessment process. Our surveys can be used with supervisors and managers, as well as individual contributors. It is designed to be easy to complete and simple… Read More »360-degree assessments for Killeen, Temple & Waco

Unit Cycle dictates knowledge management posture

Where your unit is in the Army Forces Generation cycle dictates how it approaches knowledge management activities. For example, when you begin a cycle, usually at the conclusion of an operation or deployment, knowledge workers gather observations and best practices, archive and catalog good ideas and best practices, and finally improve processes that did not work so well. As equipment and people are reset, new… Read More »Unit Cycle dictates knowledge management posture

Plotting the Ability to Collaborate

I was recently reading a blog post “A Practical Guide To Collaboration” on Federal Computer Week by Steve Kelman who was quoting from a recent book called “Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results” by Haas School of Business professor Morten Hansen of UC Berkley, who shares his 20-years experience researching how companies collaborate . The commentary was not a… Read More »Plotting the Ability to Collaborate

Topsarge Capabilities Word Cloud

I got his idea from my pal Joe Pearson, a Senior Forums Facilitator supporting the Department of Defense out of Austin, TX. Here is a Wordle Tag Cloud based on keywords prevalent in my LinkedIn Profile. The more often a word is mentioned, the larger the font is. You can use Wordle to build a tag cloud for any topic, like a book report, a… Read More »Topsarge Capabilities Word Cloud

Maturing Businesses use of Social Media

As a knowledge management professional I am often reviewing an organization against a maturity model (KMMM), it is a tool to learn how groups improve. Applying social media tools in marketing efforts can also be modeled, something that has been talked about for a few years, like CRM Magazine’s June 2009 article Social Media Maturity Model: 30 Posts, 30 People, 30 Days. John Hernandez VP… Read More »Maturing Businesses use of Social Media

Cloud Computing, You are Probably already doing it.

Imagine the amount of fat, bloated programs that hog your computer’s storage and it only seems to grow. Or those wonderful digital cameras and digital video images you have been collecting for the last couple of years. And you wouldn’t want to forget about videos, podcast and other rich media that you just want to hold on to like a digital packrat. So much so that it seems we have to yearly buy larger hard drives, more memory sticks or add portable storage devices to hold all our files like the 21st century version of a time capsule. When it comes to an organization, especially a large one, those costs in hardware and software all translate to money. Well along came Cloud Computing and unless you have been paying close attention you may have never heard the term, but you might have been doing it for a number of years.

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Cloud Computing is best explained as IT capabilities offered as a service. The Cloud is a long-used word describing the Internet, but when used with Computing some believe the term is not often understood. To add further confusion, Cloud Computing is similar, but distinctly different from another concept called Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In comparing the two, an April 2008 Gartner report differentiates the two as “cloud computing refers to the bigger picture…basically the broad concept of using the internet to allow people to access technology-enabled services. SaaS is software that’s owned, delivered, and managed remotely by one or more providers.”

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