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Organizational Silos: The Enemy of Collaborating and Learning Online

I like to read the Corner Office interviews that Adam Bryant does in the New York Times each Sunday with Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of big companies.

Bryant’s questions invite guests to talk about the influences that shaped them and their leadership practices. Sometimes I identify with what they say and wonder how I would respond if asked. Other times, they provoke me to want to know more and I meander online to satisfy my curiosity.

Lois Braverman, CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family

Lois Braverman, CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family

When Bryant interviewed Lois Braverman, CEO of the New York-based Ackerman Institute for the Family, on February 8, 2015, Braverman promoted the value of honoring various perspectives. Braverman talked about the need to “make room for the legitimacy” of each viewpoint and “not let my righteousness make me think my perception is more meaningful than yours.” On a daily basis, she said

…there may be differences in terms of how we define the problem, because it can be different depending on where you sit in an organization. There’s an administrative reality and there’s a front-line worker reality, and those realities are very rarely the same. Read more

Learning Journeys to Build Web Literacy

Comic strips quickly engage, inform, and inspire us to start learning journeys. They’re also funny!

Last June, I blogged about how the partnership between two comic strip artists—Pearls before Swine cartoonist Stephen Pastis and Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson—had role modeled collaborating effectively online. Critical success factors included their opening up to each other, trying new ways of working, and selecting the right communications tools.

Curtis

Curtis

Walt, Curtis' Dad

Walt, Curtis’ Dad

Last week, Curtis, an 11-year-old African-American boy featured in the comic strip Curtis by Ray Billingsley, assessed why his hair-pulling-out-in-frustration father could not connect to a network from his laptop. Curtis—the typical flippant adolescent—said that it was “Simple” and then rattled off six may-be reasons for his Dad’s inability to access the network. His Dad, a hard-working man with much to learn about computer technology, replied, “Thank you for simplifying that.”

We’ve all been there. Wanting help but dreading criticism Read more