Monthly Archives: September 2006

How to Be a Model

The word model means literally a ‘miniature form or provisional representation’. It’s the small-scale draft version of what will become the final, larger, perfected product. To describe a model as ‘full-scale’ or ‘final’ is hence oxymoronic. It is almost ironic … Continue reading

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We’re Not Aware of What We’re Not Aware of

This is a very peculiar (for me), meandering post. There’s something important here. I’m just not quite sure yet what it is.“If only (company x) knew what (everyone in company x) knew”, goes the lament of many organizations that have … Continue reading

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“Your Graphic Caught My Attention”

In my recent article on Adding Meaning and Value to Information, I summarized the processes, ‘end-products’ and tools that we use to understand, to derive meaning from information. A lot of the end-products and tools mentioned in that article are … Continue reading

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Patient-Centred, Patient-Controlled Health Care: How the System Should Work

Yesterday I commented on the intriguing health care ‘value chain’, shown above, that Verna Allee’s group has constructed, seen from the perspective of Big Pharma. This perspective assumes that ‘the patient’ is basically helpless, passive, ignorant and uninterested in taking … Continue reading

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Links for the Week – September 16, 2006

Photo by the extraordinary German nature photographer Tanja Askani. Business: Inc. Doesn’t Get the Wisdom of Crowds: Three readers pointed me to an article in Inc. magazine that claims “collaboration doesn’t work” and decries “the idiocy of crowds”. My guess … Continue reading

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Rufus & Quack #3

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Living On the Edge, Comfortably

I was sitting outside one evening last week with an impromptu gathering of neighbours. We had all started out going for a walk around the block, but ended up congregating at one neighbour’s house (he was getting opinions on a … Continue reading

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Discharging Stress: Not That Simple

As part of my colitis self-experimentation program I’ve been studying several techniques for reducing my ambient stress level and for discharging higher levels of stress when they arise. My aerobic exercise, posture, stretching/physiotherapy, breathing improvement and other stress management activities … Continue reading

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How We Understand: Adding Meaning and Value to Information

One of my presentations at next month’s KM World & Intranets conference is about adding meaning and value to information. This article reflects some of my early thinking on this subject. The word ‘understand’, which does not appear to have … Continue reading

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The REAL Innovator’s Dilemma

(Innovation & Technology commercialization process, from Credit Suisse First Boston New Economy Forum 1999 Synthesis)In his celebrated book The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clay Christensen explains how successful companies can be “held captive” by their customers to the point that they become … Continue reading

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