Focus and Finish

Evolving Web

I didn't follow my own rule of not touching an open social media channel until I was done with my focused work. comes actually completing things and focusing on them. 10 Social Media Principles Focused Social Media Life Management Personal Kanban Web/Tech

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Focus and Finish

Evolving Web

I didn't follow my own rule of not touching an open social media channel until I was done with my focused work. comes actually completing things and focusing on them. 10 Social Media Principles Focused Social Media Life Management Personal Kanban Web/Tech

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Rethinking Focus

Michael Sampson - Currents

My understanding of "focus" has changed during the past eight months as I have been writing the new book , and I wanted to get some thoughts down about this. In writing the new book, my initial language on focus was that "I was focusing on writing the book."

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Focus. I mean: FOCUS!

Net-Map Toolbox

Find people who are very different from you ("Altaic People": Copyright Historygirl08 on flickr) Some people are good at about everything. Though, honestly, I have yet to meet one of them. For the rest of us, we have to deal with the fact that we are great at some things, o.k.

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Who to Focus On

Alchemy of Change

It got me thinking though… Knowing where to focus is only partly about knowing what to focus on; it’s also about knowing who to focus on. Yep, that’s who you should focus on. How do you best invest your time and energy?

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Focused attention

Viv Mcwaters

Focused attention is one of the 12 Pillars of Wisdom as devised by the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. Here’s how the boffins describe focused attention: “Read a word and you will automatically hear it pop into your head.

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Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul

Alchemy of Change

I'm now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. Announcements Featured Soul soul

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A new focus for my blog: the new social learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

Going back to my first blogpost I became nostalgic about the clear focus I had. I decided to think through a new focus and I found it in the term: the new social learning. In 2005 I started this blog around communities of practices.

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Twitter Focus (#seascorcher)

Nancy White

The local issue has caused me to connect and focus locally which is quite different than my normal pattern. It is too hot to focus on some of my work, so Twitter has been both amusement and communication, but with a very different use pattern than normally.

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FOCUS: Electronic Devices and Travel

Michael Sampson - Currents

Over at, John recently asked What electronic devices (phone, laptop, etc.) do you travel with? In just over a week, it's had 17 answers. Looking over the 17 answers, a phone and laptop are the two essential items. Some people carry a lot more - like Chip who talks about "the stuff that supports the stuff." In my response, I listed what I carry on an international trip, which usually requires me to give presentations, hold workshops, and be away for 1-2 weeks. So yes, I carry a lot too.

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Unschooling structures: shape and focus


One of the things that is on my thinking radar now is what I call ‘unschooling structure’ – the things that help to shape and focus learning. Focus. Here I come from my personal challenge to keep focused on boring/routine/difficult parts of an interesting and dear to my hart project. In particularly I’m wondering about providing kids with an exposure to and participation in practices of the society (thinking in terms of Lave&Wenger here).

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Reflections from 2011 – Focused and Purposeful Social Networking


Greg mentions on that succinct tweet how he will be looking forward to potentially settle down on a single social networking site for 2012 and beyond to stay focused, which seems to be, and rightly so, the focus of attention nowadays for plenty of people, if I may add so myself.

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Focus and Concentration - Minimizing Interruptions

Michael Sampson - Currents

This way I had more focused time during the week. This is further validation of the idea of focus and concentration on the task at hand, and equally, creating a structure to allow that to happen. When the conditions are right and there is space to focus and concentrate for weeks at a time, a lot gets done. Kent shares five lessons he learnt at college. His 5th lesson is: " (5) Cluster classes (and like projects). For the most part, I believe people work best in bursts.

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Socialtext Continues to Focus on Workplace Integration

Portals and KM

Eugene said that when Socialtext Signals and its microblogging capability, was introduced in 2008 the focus was on integration from the start. They wanted make it easy to create activity feeds with a specific focus like a project. Now you can bring issues form the CRM tool into Socialtext to generate more engagement and more focus. This deployment has increased intranet usage and made it more focused on work issues.

The Evolving Web and Focused Social Media

Evolving Web

In early 2006, I started pushing a concept of Focused Social Media. The point where social media serves as a platform for team focus. I started directed, focused conversations with potential users to get feedback for ideas as they were being developed.

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My Community Management-Focused SXSW 2015 Recap

Managing Communities

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HBO Focuses on Post-Katrina New Orleans

Portals and KM

  I do not often cover TV shows on this blog but I do write a good bit on my home town, New Orleans. You can explore these posts through the New Orleans category in the right side bar of this blog. I really appreciate the coverage that HBO has recently brought to the city.

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The Power of “No”: Escape From Overload and Focus on What Matters

Partnering Resources

One of the most important things a leader can do is to help people stay focused. But too many toys make it impossible for people to focus. Friends over at the Human Systems Dynamics Institute have many free tools designed to help leaders focus. By DWRose on flickr.

2015 138

FOCUS: Collaboration Best Practices with SharePoint

Michael Sampson - Currents

Michael on FOCUS is asking about collaboration best practices with SharePoint in an enterprise: " Please list, in detail, 3 best practices that you would like to share with the Focus community on how organizations are leveraging Sharepoint to drive efficiency and reduce costs. High quality contributions will be included in an upcoming report on collaboration, and will receive significant promotion on the Focus network. ".

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Switching focus from Ageing Better to Living Well with tech: it’s all personal

Social Reporter

Meanwhile the main conclusion in our report is that we should switch our focus from programmes, to exploring in more detail what digital technology means to the individual – in different situations, with different interests, needs, capabilities and support. It‘s been a voluntary effort so far, and we needed to focus. At this stage – in February 2015 – we are considering a change of focus towards the individual.

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Focusing on What Matters

Hildy Gottlieb

Do organizations spend too much time focusing on internal management issues? In my latest podcast for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Jan shares her observation that organizations focus way too much on management, and not enough on the needs and aspirations of the communities they work with.

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Achieving "Eureka!" (Martin White, Intranet Focus) #intranets2012 @intranetfocus

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the start of day two of Intranets 2012, Martin White from Intranet Focus in the UK is talking on the topic of Achieving Eureka. James said "Martin is probably the most experienced intranet consultant in the world.". Key points: - assertion: people have two main passions - (a) a delight when you find something you are looking for ("yes!"), and (b) a delight when you are able to tell people something you know.

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Email vs. Collaboration Tool - "Better Attention, Enhanced Focus, More Tidy"

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ana comments on the difference between using email to collaborate and using an online collaboration tool: " So despite prioritizing messages and labelling them, the fact is that in a tool such as email it is hard to focus (not to mention keeping track of the discussion when you easily mix subjects in different threads).

"Focusing on Improving Practices" - Oscar Berg re Collaboration Technology

Michael Sampson - Currents

Writing for CMSWire, Oscar from Sweden advocates focusing on improving practices via collaboration technology : " The key question is not if people have adopted a certain technology, but rather how they are using it and how new and improved practices are being adopted.

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Engaging News Project: Newsroom Focused Ideas for Improving Online Discourse

Managing Communities

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Cortex Offers Healthcare Providers with a Focused Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration Platform

Portals and KM

It is very focused and serves a real need. The healthcare industry is one where increased knowledge sharing of best practices will benefit all involved.   This is certainly one way to drive health care costs down while improving service that any one should agree with.

Where Software Vendors Should Focus - McKinsey

Portals and KM

They do best when they focus on the areas that matter most for the kind of organization they want to be. Perfectionists secure their niche by focusing on quality. They conclude that companies need to recognize where they are and focus on their strengths. Here is nice short report from McKinsey with good advice for software vendor s. In summary they write that software-development organizations that try to excel at everything may be diluting their efforts.

Bad Timing - Oracle to Acquire Taleo (and the latter will lose focus?)

Michael Sampson - Currents

With SAP's acquisition of SuccessFactors, Taleo used a late January 2012 edition of BusinessWeek to call attention to its continued focus on customers, rather than its own pending M&A (see ad above - click for a larger image as required).

2012 148

Focus Roundtable on "Reaping the Business Benefits of SharePoint"

Michael Sampson - Currents

A few days ago, Dux Raymond Sy, Andrew Woodward, Paul Culmsee, Ruven Gotz and myself took part in a roundtable discussion for on the Reaping the Business Benefits of SharePoint. Topics included executive support, engagement strategies, user adoption, and more. Listen in to the call, above. SharePoint

Expanding Web Search Part One: Focused Search-Based Applications

Portals and KM

Exalead is not competing here but focusing instead on the other end of the market, operating in the long tail by enabling businesses to create purpose-built search-based applications. Eric said there are many applications, such as this tracking system, with very focused requirements.

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Focus for 10 years leads to stretch now

Learning Alliances

Almost 10 years ago I decided to focus full time on communities of practice and pretty much everything I’ve done professionally ever since then has revolved around that one subject.

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Yahoo Moving Focus from Basic Search to Presentation and Services

Portals and KM

CDNet reported that Yahoo is pondering the meaning of search. It is in the middle of a company transition, with a pending deal to sell its search assets to Microsoft. in exchange for a healthy portion of the revenue generated by searches on Yahoo's pages. To remain competitive in search it is looking at how it can bring added value for users.

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2011 conference season focuses on consumer behavior

Ant's Eyeview Blog

This spring, a new topic seemed to be repeated at every event I went to: a focus on consumer behavior. Some organizations, particularly those who are consumer-focused, may want to reconsider their investments to shift engagement and content to social sites rather than their dot-com.

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Intranet Focus Ltd - Successful Enterprise Search Management

Michael Sampson - Currents

Martin White and Stephen Arnold have released a new book on making search technologies work in the enterprise. Successful Enterprise Search Management is the first book to provide comprehensive guidance on all aspects of selecting, implementing and managing enterprise search applications.

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Changing Dynamics of the IT Workforce—Higher Need for a Focus on Adoption

Michael Sampson - Currents

He suggests three main changes: more Business Analysts (per my book, Collaboration Roadmap , this would be about business engagement), increased reliance on cloud-based services, and a higher focus on user adoption. On the last issue Christian writes: " By shifting the focus of resources away from the hardware and toward the business, organizations will get more value out of their existing investments.

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Focus on the Process - The "Why" Not the "What" for Social Software

Michael Sampson - Currents

Jordan at Traction Software reviews the recent Deloitte study and my User Adoption book , and comments: " When you focus on the "why," people stop looking at the platform as a "blog" or "social" system but rather as a work-process system. I think this means we have agreement on what to focus on between three parties - Jordan, Deloitte, and Michael.

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SAP StreamWork for Direct Relief International: To Focus and Accelerate Projects

Michael Sampson - Currents

Recently, the organization opted to try a new SAP solution – the SAP StreamWork collaborative decision-making application – to help focus and accelerate projects among teams that are distributed across states and countries. It helps us quickly get a group of people together and focused on working through a problem, even if they're in different countries.

Joyful, Spirit-Filled, Vision-Focused Touchy-Feely Mumbo Jumbo

Hildy Gottlieb

People in the community benefit sector, all over the world, are doing the work that makes our communities livable, joyful, warm and inviting and healthy and strong. This sector’s work is about compassion, resilience, health. It is about vibrancy, humanity.

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Don't Just Focus on Adoption - It's Misguided: A Warning from Susan

Michael Sampson - Currents

Adoption Council, commented that an exclusive focus on adoption is a dead-end - and I agree: " For an early adopter market, adoption in this space always seems to get a bad rap. In the Council, the members are focused on changing hearts and minds and promoting the use of social tools in order to drive acceptance for a new way of working. Generally speaking, a focus on just one thing to the exclusion of everything else is misguided and dangerous.

Cisco Kills Cisco Mail - Will Focus on Quad and Video Instead

Michael Sampson - Currents

Read more: NewsFactor: Cisco Drops Hosted E-Mail to Focus on Collaboration. Cisco held a big Collaboration event in November 2009 and announced a slew of collaboration products. One of those was a hosted email service, but barely 15 months later, the product has taken a bullet to the head: " Cisco Systems is dropping its hosted e-mail product. Apparently, Cisco Mail no longer fits into the company's win column as it makes strategic decisions about its future.

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Practice vrs technology focus

Steve's Musings on Education

This churning may always make it difficult to focus on larger goals. This suggests to me that learning the technology may need to be an explicit focus in the early stages of community use of the technologies (or for new members of a community). In the just-completed CPSquare “Connected Futures&# workshop many of us have struggled learning, and learning to use, new Web 2.0 technologies. Exposure to these new technologies was part of the point of the 5-week workshop.

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Having a Small Online Community Allows You to Focus on What Matters

Managing Communities

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Focus on what made you successful

Ant's Eyeview Blog

But what some great, sustaining companies do is remain focused on the successful, core elements of their business. If they followed some of the bigger retailers, I expect their focus would shift and risk the core customer engagement they have built over decades. Changing your yardstick can risk focus on internal core functions and when customers notice, your existing business revenue is at risk. Consistent, moderate growth and profitability can be boring to some.

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