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Social Media – Giving Introverts a Chance in the Workplace?

This post is, at least in part, triggered by a guest post on Vicky Beeching’s cybersoul blog: Introverts, extroverts, and why Twitter is like Narnia. The post is by Tanya Marlow, and she brings a unique perspective to the issue. It resonated with a couple of posts written here back in 2008, so it seems like a […]

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WHY Communication Is So Important

A couple of weeks ago, a dozen or so of us gathered in a cosy room next to Whitehall, to meet with Evernote CEO, Phil Libin, and some of the team. It was great to hear the inside story of Evernote and news of upcoming features (if you haven’t tried Evernote, download it and give it a go), […]

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Culture or Technology in Business 2.0

One of the unusual things about social media in the business context is the dramatic way it impacts on business culture. Dennis Howlett wrote a long and interesting piece on his Zdnet blog about the Enterprsie 2.0 debate, or lack thereof. It is one that is intertwined with much of what I do, using blogs […]

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Broadband Maslow and the Hierarchy of Human Needs

The BBC ran an interesting piece, based on an OFCOM survey, or rather OFCOM’s annual Communications Market Report. It features some rather ‘startling’ findings about us Brits and our use of broadband. “Britons are more willing to cut back on holidays and meals out than on spending on communication technology during the recession… … spending on mobiles, […]

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Too Late To Learn?

Tortoises. That’s it. Tortoises. We all need to be like tortoises. I’ve been listening to what John Cleese has to say in the video clip here, which is what got me thinking about them. I have to admit, it wasn’t where I started thinking. You might not associate tortoises with creativity or learning, but they […]

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Dunbar’s Number – Groups, Language and Social Media

The Dunbar number regularly gets bandied around in social media circles, and for good reason. However, it is usually misunderstood. In today’s hyper-connected world, where technology lets us have hundreds (if not thousands) of ‘friends’, people are increasingly interested in understanding what the human limits on maintaining human friendships might be, and why. Real world relationships have […]

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Personality Sorters and Social Media – Part II

In a business (and the world in generally), we need both clay pots and brass ones. Different personality types each have their (complementary) strengths and weaknesses. The brass and the clay pots need to get along together; not by being separate, but by working together. It is probably one of the reasons we have culture and etiquette – some rules of engagement that help to protect us from our individual differences.

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