Yesterday I flew from San Francisco to Atlanta.
Aspen trees in Colorado

…and then to Rio de Janeiro. I’m looking forward to ten days in Brasil.


Rio Rio

This city feels good. A broad beach is but a ten-minute walk from my hotel. Trees line the promenade. The weather is good: many stores open right onto the sidewalk.


I struck up an acquaintance with a local couple who are here to attend Rock in Rio, a two-day rock concert. Beto’s a businessman; Greciele teaches geography. We sampled Continue reading Rio

Making Sense of the World

The process of seeking out and sharing meaning is a responsibility of enlightened social citizenship.

Work-life was much simpler in the last century. Information work entailed following instructions, logical analysis and left-brained procedures. Today’s concept work is improvizaton. Learning leaders must deal with situations that aren’t in the rule book. Concept work relies on pattern recognition, tacit knowledge and the wisdom borne of experience. You can’t pick this up in a workshop.

The Continue reading Making Sense of the World

Customer Spring

I’m on vacation and have reduced my daily internet diet of posts, tweets, and email to ten minutes or less a day.

Today in Bergen, Norway

Nonetheless, this great post by Dion Hinchcliffe, Converging on the Social Enterprise, made it through my filters and rattled my cage. In this, and a related post, Dion describes Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff saying that customers and society are social, but corporations are not. The widening gap may lead to rebellion la Arab Spring; he calls it corporate Continue reading Customer Spring

Awesome insights into working smarter

Working Smarter Daily draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more.

Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. Here’s how we choose the crème de la crème.

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Vincent Black Lightning 1952

Charles Jennings, who is not only a colleague in the Internet Time Alliance but also an accomplished guitarist, played this haunting ballad for Harold Jarche, Clark Quinn, and me at his home in Winchester last year before we turned in for bed.

The tune kept popping into my head. In August, Charles turned me on to the original:

I became obsessed. I listened to ten versions of the song, one after another. I couldn’t get enough. My mind explored the story as a metaphor for life itself. (You Continue reading Vincent Black Lightning 1952