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Advice for Innovators: Maybe lay off the facts when trying to get buy-in

Given the power of our prior beliefs to skew how we respond to new information, one thing is becoming clear: If you want someone to accept new evidence, make sure to present it to them in a context that doesn’t trigger a defensive, emotional reaction.

This quote, from Chris Mooney’s excellent piece on the phenomenon of motivated reasoning, comes near its end. Here he gives possible ammunition to those who would try to win over another whose worldview triumphs over inconvenient scientific fact — at least in the context of the current debate.

Mooney closes with the suggestion we reserve those damning facts that brought us to our own belief on the matter, and instead “lead with the values” and appeal to the other’s lifelong experience of constructing beliefs. At least be respectful of it.

New facts, new studies, new data won’t instantly sway someone entrenched and invested in their own way of thinking. Someone with a litany of anecdotal evidence and worn intellectual cowpaths.

I deal with this very issue in my hierarchical corporate environment. I am exceedingly fortunate to be given the freedom of movement and political cover to explore the potentials in new tools and processes. I work diligently to find allies at my own level of operating.

But appealing to the management layers — even those who’ve provided me this very breathing room — is a challenge. Often it’s a matter of delivering conspicuously on the task assigned (“Give me a place to store documents that everyone can access.”), then devoting nights and weekends to the innovative, the forward-thinking, the ‘solution qui anticipe’ (“Tought about a wiki instead?”).

It’s a thin line to walk.

#contentstrategy reads from @BillIves @collabguy @hjarche @marisacp51 @sggottlieb @tacanderson

Overcoming Information Overload on the Web: Part 3: Organic Semantics
from Ives, Bill [Portals and KM] by Bill Ives @BillIves

Information Quality Management (IQM): Assessing Your IQM Practice
from BitPipe: Content and Knowledge Management

Have you modeled your content effectively?
from Content Here by seth @sggottlieb

Content Strategy: How to Diversify Your Content
from CMSWire.com by Marisa Peacock @marisacp51

The Social Media Strategists Power Tools [Consumption]
from New Comm Biz by Tac Anderson @tacanderson

SharePoint Adoption Trends and Takeaways
from KMWorld WhitePapers

Defining Collaboration – 5. Collaboration Scenarios as a Way of Classifying Collaboration Technology
from Sampson, Michael (on Collaboration) by Michael Sampson @collabguy

Frictionless learning
from Jarche, Harold by Harold Jarche @hjarche

SharePoint governance: Information architecture’s role
from KMWorld Popular Stories

Enterprise Social Technology – Review
from Jarche, Harold by Harold Jarche @hjarche

Robin Good’s definitive overview of real-tme content curation

Content curation is one of the most disruptive forces to have emerged in the last twelve months and one that will continue to expand its reach and influence in the coming years. Content curation, and with it, all of the infinite number of other curation sub-niches (video, news, social, products, data, etc.) will see a true blooming of applications, tools and services that will further enable individuals and organizations to create high-value content collections, digests, and newsradars of all kinds.

Thorough overview of curation principles and positioning for content professionals. Topics include:

Part 1: Why we need it

Part 2: Aggregation is not curation

Part 3: Types and real-world examples

Part 4: Process, key tasks, workflow

Part 5: The curator attributes and skills

Part 6: The tools universe

Part 7: Business applications and trends

Content curation and value: The business of context

Content curation: Why is the content curator the key emerging online editorial role of the future?

Online news content and distribution strategies: Content curation and user syndication are next

Online content curation: The key to building visibility, authority and value

Jane McConnell’s “snapshot of the digital workplace” brings managed, collaborative and social content together

The “digital workplace” sounds good. People like the way the words resonate. It generates enthusiasm. Yet, when you need to explain to senior management in 2 minutes, it’s a little harder. What does it really mean?

digital workplace four variations


I’ve sketched the diagrams you see here and have tested them in numerous contexts over the last few months. They work well, both in potentially conflictual meetings with internal stakeholders and with 5-minute talks to senior managers. I use them as a build-up, talking through the evolution from the first model to the last.

Very nice illustration of what can be a difficult concept for management to grasp.

Lytebox for media presentation

Lytebox was written from the Lightbox class that Lokesh Dhakar (http://www.huddletogether.com) originally wrote. The purpose was to write a self-contained object that eliminated the dependency of prototype.js, effects.js, and scriptaculous.js. Since the original version of Lytebox (which released with iFrame support), major modifications have been made to improve performance as well as “Slideshow” support, “Themes” support, HTML content support (as opposed to just images) and many more configurable options that allow you to customize the look and feel of Lytebox. Lytebox Message Boards and let it be known!//–>

Ever click a link and an image or video pops up in a slick little window while the originating page darkens behind it? That’s this. (At least this is that….)

SharePoint Easy Tabs kudos from a Microsoft MVP

Yippee! Easy Tabs 5 is out (in Beta, your mileage will vary) and looking
good. I’ve actually deployed it in house, in production as I plan to simply
replace the textfile holding the script with the final version when he has
finished his masterpiece – one upload, all tickety-boo.

Been using it on a new rollout. Hands-down my favorite no-code usability — branding! — solution for MOSS or SP2K10.