• Thanks Lesley, having a bit of fun on this site. I’ve been thinking about creating a forum for myself on my site – and even downloaded the plugin and played around on it. My intention was to have a space where my new and potential clients can engage with content or services that I end up selling to them. However, I’m also looking into Google+…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the opportunity to test out the new forum. It’s got me thinking about how to put the WordPress Buddypress plugin into my own site too – or create a separate site. We did something similar for a Rotary Club that I was part of called the Rotary eClub of Greater Melbourne using the same platform but centred around community service. I…[Read more]

  • There are many organisations in Australia that have implemented Yammer, an enterprise social networking platform but don’t exploit it to its full potential. Over the next few days I will be developing an interactive masterclass workshop called “Yammer for Learning & Networking” or some such. (I haven’t figured out the name yet) to sell as private…[Read more]

  • There are many organisations in Australia that have implemented Yammer, an enterprise social networking platform but don’t exploit it to its full potential. Over the next few days I will be developing an interactive masterclass workshop called “Yammer for Learning & Networking” or some such. (I haven’t figured out the name yet) to sell as private…[Read more]

  • Much of the same problems occur with enterprise social networking platforms such as Yammer. Implementing the tools are easy, getting people to use them is much harder especially when they don’t see any “utility” for them. In some organisations we have an intranet, Sharepoint, Yammer, LMS – and then add the systems related to your job eg payment…[Read more]

  • In light of Weird Al Yankovic new number 1 album this week, “Mandatory Fun”, I thought I would write a poem.  It’s not at light hearted as Al’s – in fact, it’s quite dark and depressing but there’s hope in there somewhere.

    No, I’m not a poet by any stretch of the imagination but I’m willing to be “creative”. Buzz word of 2014.

     

    The Employee’s Lament

     

    I have a secret

     

    I’m overwhelmed.

     

    Swamped with information.  Content.   Change.  Stuff.

     

    It’s everywhere but I can’t make any sense of it.

     

    There’s always more to learn, to read, to know, to do, to show and to share.

     

    Every….Single….Day.

     

    They tell me I’m supposed to be an expert in my field.

     

    They tell me to be creative. Innovative.  Entrepreneurial.

     

    But what do they mean?  Do they really know what they mean?

     

    They change my work environment.

     

    Cubicle walls broken, my personal items removed.

     

    Open space.  Panopticon.

     

    The tools I have are woefully inadequate.

     

    Firewalls block me.

     

    Hipsters mock me.

     

    Requests for professional development denied.

     

    The inbox never empties.

     

    Costs reduced.  Courses stopped.  Projects halted.

     

    The commute kills me.

     

    They put me into classrooms away from my work.

     

    Tick-n-flick learning.  Three attempts to pass.  100 % pass rate.

     

    They deny me access to those who I can learn from.

     

    I’m on edge all the time.  I roll my eyes at the mention of another restructure.

     

    What do they want from me?

     

    It’s not the organisation I joined all those years ago.

     

    “Do more with less”, they say.

     

    How?

     

    “I don’t know, you figure it out.  You’re the expert – just do it.  Remember, it’s our bottom line.”

     

    But what about my bottom line?

     

    They don’t know what to say about that.

     

    “Just accept it for what it is,” they say.

     

    “Change is constant”.

     

    Shoulders are shrugged. Notebooks closed. Sign for me to get back to work.

     

    “Don’t rock the boat because we don’t even know if we will all be here in a few years,” they say in hushed tones.

     

    I look ahead.

     

    Slow wink.

     

    I understand.  I know what I must do.

     

    Time to take action.  Take charge.  Be responsible.

     

    The organisation does not define me.

     

    I do not fear my work anymore.

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