Jun 18

Strategy Papers

Photo is Anglezarke Reservoir, Chorley

Photo is Anglezarke Reservoir, Chorley. Taken earlier this week on an unusually calm morning and before riding up the hill you see in the distance.

I’m in the middle of writing a strategy paper for workplace technology which is proving to be an immensely rewarding, if time consuming experience. The initial audience is our own internal teams but I hope it will make it into the wild in a few months. I don’t want to blog about the content but more on the approach.

I’ve used a lot of research sources for the work including Google search, Twitter search and Gartner search.  The sensing work has generally focused on people – the community of people with the skills rather than the content (find the people, find the best content).


Filtering information has been the most time consuming element; there is just so much information out there.  I need to use more techniques to support this but right now I’m testing some new approaches and I’ll blog about whichever works out best.


The biggest challenge for me here isn’t writing – its carving our uninterrupted time from my daily schedule to write without interruption.  Time management is the biggest challenge to writing for me.

Now this us the interesting part, what I’ve found is I’ve extended my reach to internal experts, today this is an internal activity.  Those I’ve reached out to who are already active in their own social communities have been the most active in contributing.  You can see the future work styles in action!

It’s a wonderful if now a time pressured journey.  It reminds me that for this task, and an increasing number of tasks for knowledge workers in the future that personal knowledge management is key.  I’m beginning to put into practice knowledge learned via Harold Jarche‘s Personal Knowledge Mastery activity based distance learning course.



Jun 16

OneNote Test

I’m just tinkering so please excuse the disturbance as I test OneNote as a blog authoring tool. However, to stay with the theme of workplace here is a nice image showing how services are changing as we move towards a world where we as professionals focus on activities in the context of the workplace of tomorrow.




Jun 11

Grumpy Old People and Bright Young Things

I must be getting old as police officers are now looking young.  The millennials (Generation Y) are here and they are the next generation to drive change through business leadership.  They’ve got different attitudes to everything and they are uber technology savvy and modern work style adoptees.  Well that is what every marketing team in the world seems to be shouting from the rooftops.  Now before I’m accused of being a grumpy old man I do believe that we constantly have to change to meet the needs of the younger generation – I have some Generation Z folks asleep in various rooms of my house right now.  And just as back in the day I was adept at programming on a ZX Spectrum and my elders of the day were impressed I now see my Gen Z’s interacting with touch devices, and I’m sure the generation after that will be comfortable with the miniature devices and interfaces of the 2030’s. 

So I want to make some arguments that will help folk not just focus on millennials, and my argument is two fold:

  1. The whole world population is ageing.  We are all getting older, including the millennials.  As the population ages we need to focus on that multi-generational need.  The need to ensure we have experiences in the workplace that enable each generation to work together, to collaborate and share knowledge is critical.
  2. My second point is that I don’t believe its the Millennials who are driving change.  I believe it is innovators and disrupters who are driving change – they are from each generation; although I will bow to the fact that the millennial generation seems more comfortable with challenging authority and are hence more likely to be disrupters.  I do however affirm my stance that some of the most disruptive people in my networks are much older than me (and I’m getting into the grumpy territory!).

Finally a giveaway (well its really a giveaway with attribution) is a visualization of data from the United Nations on average age to show my point that we really aren’t getting younger:

age profiles


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