Martijn Linssen

Interactive Coptic-English translation of (the gospel of) Thomas

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The goals behind this translation are twofold: this is the most pure translation that can exist, and it is fully traceable: each and every word is accounted for and can be verified with one single click by everyone, as long as there is access to the Internet: that is where the full and complete online Coptic Dictionary of KELLIA is at.

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Why I left, and the reason for my return

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I pretty much left Twitter - and my blog - in 2013. Whereas I usually quit cold turkey, this time I lingered a bit, publishing a handful of blog posts in 2013, even one in 2014, and I'm sure that my Twitter activity followed much the same pattern; I've always said that the combination of the two is what upholds my 'Circle of Inspiration'. Why did I leave?

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Waking up.

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I think we are waking up. From my limited perch, it appears sudden clarity is emerging in businesses. The past months I have been privileged to work with clients who get it. The rebels deep within their walls are being heeded, funded, and presented with the intractable questions.

Menlo Park Syndrome

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Psychologists refer to something called the capture-bonding psychological trait, something Wikipedia claims may ‘lie behind battered-wife syndrome, military basic training, fraternity hazing,’ and so forth. That reference to basic training is illuminating.

The Expertise Strikes Back

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Tom Nichols writes of the death of expertise in a recent, well-received blog.

People, Organization, Technology?

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I see my friend Dave Snowden is extending/rethinking/refining his Cynefin framework, which emboldens me to follow through on an idea that won’t leave me. More completely, an idea that challenges some basic axioms and cliches that have haunted my PowerPoint/Keynote presentations for years.

A Wedding and a Funeral – Reflections on a Portfolio Life

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Please forgive me for having not blogged, but life should be allowed to intrude. And intrude it has this season: I officiated a planned wedding that became suddenly very interesting, and then conducted an unplanned funeral that tears at my heart still.

Defibrillating Knowledge Management

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This is not the original title for this blog, the change is a bow towards the good folks on the ACT-KM listserv, some of whom are checking for a pulse on the teenaged wrist of Knowledge Management.

2010-2020: The Great Divide

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A Great Divide is what I see for the coming decade. Not a hydrological divide of the Americas, but an IT-divide of the business. Pretty much a follow-up from my one year-old Cloud and Social: the tectonic plates of IT 2.0

Generations, Social and Enterprise: adopt vs adapt

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[Never mind the Dutch text please, it's the only picture I could find apt enough] Today I read the words adopt, social and enterprise and tweeted: You can't adopt Social to the Enterprise, you have to adapt the Enterprise to SocialThat

Rebels at Work: The Pragmatist

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Carmen Medina’s blog post caught my eye over at Rebels at Work, regarding emerging archetypes for what they call “Bureaucratic Black Belts.”. First, let’s remind ourselves of who BBB’s are and what they do. Bureaucratic Black Belts are those individuals in an organization who have mastered all the ins and outs of both its bureaucratic rules and bureaucratic culture.

All Social is Learning | Organizational Knowledge Design

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I've been reflecting lately on my brief sojourn into education reform prior to returning to “the world.” Several things I learned there, including the idea that how brains work and how people interact represent new fields of study to

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Trusting the Terrain

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This picture does not indicate a non-stop train. One would think, if one did not speak Dutch, that you boarded the train at Tilburg, and de-trained at Den Haag Centraal. (My My actual origin point was Eindhoven a few hours earlier, but that’s part of the story.). To expand.

The Guru Problem

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Years back, I had the good fortune to talk with David Gilmour, back when he was deeply involved in the Tacit Knowledge System. The software, since absorbed and disappeared by Oracle (hoping my Oracle friends can correct me here), simply allowed you to find expertise.

The Evangelist, the Priest and the Monk?

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I eavesdropped on a conversation yesterday between Olivier Blanchard and David Armano. Tracing it back, this is where it started: David ended that Twitter day with. building is harder than tearing. no doubt referring to this debate

Return to Menlo Park

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Sigh… I’ve been wrong about Facebook 1.5 times so far. The first time, with the advent of Google+, I predicted that a social network that begins with circles would triumph over one that seeks to make everything you say or do available to all of humanity. I said Google+ would kill Facebook. Yes I did.

Job-Killing Processes

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I’ve been wrestling with a thought lately – if organizations are complex systems, and complex systems are continuously self-organizing, then why do we believe formal processes make these complex systems more efficient?

The Roadmap to 'Hadoop in the Cloud'

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The Twitter ball started rolling again just now. Matt Asay posed an interesting question about Forrester suggesting Hadoop isn't a great fit for the cloud.

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The Death of Mystery?

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A view of the Arctic ice in August 2012. Actor Bruce Dern was on a show recently where he mused about his first days in Hollywood rubbing shoulders with the giants of the entertainment industry. They were larger than life,” he told the host, “because no one knew what they were doing after school.”

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Mussels in vinegar

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A recipe for a Social Media experience A column not for the fainthearted Recently I commented on a picture, posted on Facebook. The picture showed somebody’s hand, holding a mussel, over dinner. Its caption said: "Seek the ten differences".

These are not the requirements you are looking for…

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How do you “engage stakeholders” and “gather requirements” in 2011? Outside the workplace, people and technology have co-evolved. We Facebook,” we text, we tweet, some of us “check in,” all while listening to music that is streaming to us on customized or micro-segmented “radio” channels.

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Why acquisition beats retention

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In a short conversation with Graham Hill today, the topic of acquisition versus retention was brought up. My response to Graham's initial question was "human nature": @GrahamHill: If only banks, utilities, telcos put as much effort into

Breaking Down Love’s Checklist

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I was confronted today by a checklist posted by a friend – 10 questions that “should be asked before your wedding day.”

Twitter, just show us the algorithm - please?

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After all the various stories about the hashtag #wikileaks not appearing as a Twitter trending topic, and whether that was plain Twitter censorship, some magical (and not quantified nor explained) algorithm or the hand of God

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Capgemini's comma-splice.

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An obvious screenshot from the renewed site, here's the latest Capgemini slogan. Capgemini presented a glossy new site this Monday, announced and talked about on Twitter. It looks really suave, but not everything has moved correctly

Mark Zuckerberg no longer a social norm

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A few days ago Mark Zuckerberg was offered another podium at San Francisco's Crunchie Awards, where he dared to state that privacy was no longer a social norm. People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and

In Defense of Data Centrism

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In Defense of Data Centrism. In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices. We can look to theories, ie, this 'should' work; or we can look to data. Often the latter choice is considered backward looking

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Quora: a gossiper's wet dream

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And yes, it is a big wet dream to begin with, for all those self-promoters out there overshadowing the few good and helpful answers that are given on the platform An ingenious tweet from Olivier Blanchard in a rather long conversation

Stop breaking down silos, let's enginize the pistons

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Everywhere I go these days I encounter the call for integrating everything into anything and the words "break down silos". While the former I applaud, the latter is a politically incorrect way to address the stakeholders (sic

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Klout. Nail. Coffin. Who cares?

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[Showing true and visible Influence, "The swirl at the wingtip traces the aircraft's wake vortex, which exerts a powerful influence on the flow field behind the plane"] This is my last post on @Klout - period

Enterprise 1.0 - The Dysfunctional Family?

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I compared the enterprise to a dysfunctional family a little while ago. As it turns out, there are many, many similarities. Let's see how far I get on this post without writing a book in stead of a post

Free Yourselves from the Tyranny of the Document Metaphor!

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(My title comes from a former colleague who buried this bon mot in a client deliverable – if she wishes me to name her, I shall. Else, know this headline gem is just something I wish I'd written.) I interjected myself into a listserv

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Enterprise 2.0: The Prodigal.

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Stranger titles have appeared on this blog. Following the Enterprise 2.0 conference on Twitter via its hashtag #e2conf, I noticed a strange phenomenon: most tweets weren't about Enterprise 2.0, but Social Business

Why I think @Klout is Krap

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After my last post it wasn't hard to come up with this devious title. At the defrag conference, Philip Hotchkiss from Klout took the stage, resulting in a few tweets about the perceived value and accuracy of Klout

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Microsoft and Cloud - they.

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I myself think it is extremely funny what is depicted there: the instruction to download (from the Cloud!) and install Microsoft Silverlight (on your local machine!) in order to be able to see how fantastically great Microsoft is for

How Bottom-Feeders May Be Accelerating Tribalism

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Two events in this young week spur me to the keyboard. In the face of social media evangelists who see only the upside of increased global connections – new business models, micro-financing, etc. – we also see the dark side of humanity amplified.

Disturbing, this Distributing Cognition

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For the umpteenth time, I yelled up the stairs to my teenaged daughter – the most unflappable human I knew. “Did Did you put the garbage out?” “Ok,” came the laconic response. “Ok? How is that an answer? Why do I have to remind you every week?”

Pardon my Dust

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I need to blog more often. I’ve known this for some time, and wanted to get an apology out to anyone who follows this page. After chastisement duly administered by a certain dear Spanish friend, I am finally taking steps to increase the rate of blog posts on this little cul-de-sac.

Real Profitability Part I: The Big Three and Four

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After last post about the wondrous differences between absolute statistics and relative statistics, I decided to do a post and show you what I carry in my back-pocket before attending an event where The Big Three (GOOG, MSFT and AAPL

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Why customer service can't.

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Business or Pleasure? - Why not both. Redefining the meaning of ICT analysis for consumers, enterprises and governments

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Do you Fear the End-Of-Year.

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Targets - Selling targets, purchase targets, license targets, billable hours targets, call-close targets: if you work for a large company, you probably have some. Sometimes also called Key Performance Indicators (KPI's

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Larry's magic numbers - bite.

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At Oracle Open World, aka #oow10 on Twitter, a lot happened. Fair to say that, whatever you think of it, at least it stirred up things. Cloud in a box" (bringing back to me fond memories of my first AS400, and later my first ICL

Enterprise microblogging: measuring true value "is relative"

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Yammer announced a new feature yesterday: Leaderboards. Leaderboards gives users access to statistics about their network activity. The Leaderboards include: Most Liked Members: Top 10 users whose messages have received the most 'Likes