Archive for March, 2007

Reflections on family

Keith March 29th, 2007

“Everyone has a family – even if they are only fictional.”

- Renée

The Formula for Happiness

Keith March 28th, 2007

Just saw this on the Dilbert Blog.  Great idea – particularly in its simplicity.

A reader has acted on one of suggestions in this post – there is now also a Happiness Formula Wiki.  Go and add your thoughts!

Another reader noted that “current research shows that happiness causes success more than success causes happiness”.  Scott Adams responded, “given that happy people are typically optimistic, energetic and fun to work with, I can see how happiness would lead to success.” 

I think that there is also a correlation between happiness and luck.  (I could be wrong…)

Someone did some research a while ago into luck.  He interviewed a wide range of people who consider themselves to be lucky, and then analysed all the responses.  He found four basic principles that “lucky” people live by:

  • They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities.
  • They make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition.
  • They create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations.
  • They adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

So what’s your formula for happiness?

My Generation

Keith March 19th, 2007

British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a self-deprecating anecdote about himself at the Davos Economic Forum.  He had decided to overcome his own computer phobia and enrolled for an IT course in his constituency’s community centre.  At the final examination, he asked a nervous young man next to him if he was so tense because he was next to the PM.  “No,” replied the youth, “I’m tense because I can do this stuff and I’m unemployed; you can’t do it, and you are Prime Minister”.

What makes you digitally literate?  Is it just the generation you were born into?  I’m convinced that it is not that simple.  The quote above is from Patrick Lambe’s book The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy.  You can also read the relevant article on Patrick’s site.

In this article, Patrick provides a list of characteristics of the “Net generation” worker, and contrasts these with the pre-Net generation manager.  I find it intriguing to try to place myself on this table.  I am convinced that it is not as simple as physical age.  I can see parts of my world view on both sides.

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Nothing is what it seems

Keith March 15th, 2007

“Everything you have seen here has been an illusion.”
 - Eisenheim 2007

“If the main theme throughout my writing is, ‘Can we consider the universe real, and if so, in what way?’ my secondary theme would be, ‘Are we all humans?’”
 - Philip K. Dick 1957

Let me take you back…

Keith March 14th, 2007

I had a very enjoyable week in KL and Singapore – a good conference session in KL, with lots of discussion, and a similarly positive session at the iKMS meeting.  (Not to mention the food, the sightseeing, catching up with old and new friends, the food, the shopping and – did I mention the food?) 

The kind people at iKMS gave me a copy of Patrick Lambe’s (previous) book The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy.  I have only had time to read the first few pages, but it has already given me fuel for a post here!  This relates to the distinctions we make between our personal and professional lives – but more on that later.

Reading the book gave me cause to wonder how long I have been dabbling in computers and web sites.  I could probably dig up some old archives on floppy disk at home to be more precise, but a good way to look at the history of any web site is to use the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

This tells me that a copy was saved of my first web page on 3 Dec 1998.  I set it up a bit earlier than that – the copy here is a later version.  However, if I use that date, that means that I have been editing web sites for just over eight years.  This is pertinent to the discussion to follow.

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In KL and Singapore

Keith March 3rd, 2007

I’m off in the morning for a week’s “holiday”.  On leave from my regular job, but speaking at “Portals, Content Management and Collaboration” in KL on 6 Mar for DZ Hampton, then speaking at the iKMS on the evening of 8 Mar in Singapore.

This will be my first trip to KL, but the fifth to Sing in recent years.  I am just so looking forward to exploring new places, revisiting some old ones, catching up with friends and networking – but most of all the food!

Zen and the art of Social Media

Keith March 1st, 2007

In 1994, Forester Research stated that “the Internet is too anarchistic for prime-time business and too complex for the average techno-peasant to master.” In discussions on actKM, Matt Moore has asked whether business is now ready for Social Media – blogs, wikis, RSS, etc.

We have a whole generation of tech-savvy people now entering the workforce that have no memory of a world without PCs and the Internet – and only bad memories of an Internet without broadband access. They live on MySpace and Instant Messenger. If they come into a corporate office today, they will probably feel like their arms have been cut off. (I remember that one of my first workplaces didn’t have STD on the phone system and I had to go through an operator to make long distance calls – it seemed so archaic then!)

Different social media tools may suit different business environments. RSS allows individuals to choose what they read, which may be a big benefit, but corporate communications managers may be somewhat scared by this prospect! (Funny, because they can do that now by deleting emails…). People will adapt to use the tools that suit their needs.

Is there a distinction between “personal” and “professional” use of Social Media? Should we restrict the use of these tools in the workplace to “business use only” – or restrict the use of some media for fear that they will be used (or abused) for “personal” use?

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