Did I Just Spam My Entire LinkedIn Network?

Dan Pontefract

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 24, 2013 I sent a generic email to my entire LinkedIn network. And then on March 24th I sent a direct email to anyone in my LinkedIn network. I asked my entire LinkedIn network for help.

How Your Nonprofit Can Make the Most of Its LinkedIn Profile

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: We are seeing more and more nonprofits use LinkedIn for organizational goals – from its powerful board recruitment tool to setting up company pages (see Ten Must Follow Nonprofits on LinkedIn ). Has your nonprofit set up a company page on LinkedIn?

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Need Answers: LinkedIn Has Them

Beth Kanter

So, when Geri offered up this second post about nonprofits and LinkedIn, I couldn’t resist. Need Answers: LinkedIn Has Them – guest post by Geri Stengel. Or, as posed on the Chronicle of Philanthropy LinkedIn Group: Can philanthropy ever be evil? Tips linkedin

Visual Depiction of a Connected and Engaged Organization

Dan Pontefract

Dan''s Related Posts: For every fall there is a spring in our step Steve Denning Nails It on Forbes: Paradigm Shift in Leadership and Management My 1800+ LinkedIn Network Graphically Mapped Credo of the Collaboration Canoe Employee Engagement is Still Poor but it Does Drive Bottom Line Results.

The Life Time Magic of Tidying Up Your Professional Life and LinkedIn Connections

Beth Kanter

When you make no conscious effort to keep it organized, the closet becomes a cluttered mess. Every so often, it might get so out of control that you try to purge your closet. If you want to use LinkedIn as a Rolodex on steroids, you have to keep it tidy.

Attention Data Nerds: Nonprofits Miss Out on the Power of LinkedIn: Learn How to Tap It

Beth Kanter

Once I recover from the journey, expect read reports about the Networked NGO in Rwanda and use of social media to support Women’s Rights organizations. If you’re motivated to go deeper on LinkedIn after reading this summary, you will want to check out my curated list of nonprofit and LinkedIn resources here. Nonprofits Miss Out on the Power of LinkedIn: Learn How to Tap It – Guest Post by Geri Stengel.

Apparently, Organizational Culture is Crap

Dan Pontefract

I then stumbled upon a tweet by Twitter quote machine Vala Afshar , Chief Customer Officer and CMO at Enterasys, which quite frankly surprised me: It’s not that I disagree, per se, given levels of employee disengagement and disillusionment in our organizations of today.

Getting More Value from Your Social Media

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Getting More Value from Your Social Media by Kevin Wheeler on November 24, 2010 Platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and a variety of proprietary platforms are becoming core to successful recruiting, learning, relationship building, and marketing. To assume that everyone is connected, has a Facebook profile and uses LinkedIn is flawed.

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An Ode to Hierarchy

Dan Pontefract

Dan''s Related Posts: Hierarchy for the Sake of Hierarchy is Simply Being Gutless The Hierarchy of Education LinkedIn is not Facebook so Please Think Twice About Your Updates Credo of the Collaboration Canoe That Decision Is Above My Pay-Grade.

Interlocutor: The Word of 2012

Dan Pontefract

For example, the study indicates that roughly only 33% of North Americans and 25% of Europeans will take the time to update their Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. collaboration communication engagement leadership organization reciprocity teams Culture interlocutor social social networking

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Community Group on Linkedin

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen The Gurteen Knowledge Community Group on LinkedIn has grown by over 100 members from 2,184 members last month to 2,289 today and is still one most active of all the KM LinkedIn groups. Here are three of the discussions taking place: When you got the mandate to do knowledge management in your organization, where did you start,what was the first thing you did?

Using social media to track and drive organizational success metrics

Ross Dawson

A real highlight of the conference was the Social Media: Risks and Rewards panel, which I chaired, with the participation of a fantastic cast of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Steve Barham of LinkedIn, Laurel Papworth of The Community Crew, and Sam Mutimer of ThinkTank Media. An organization that has a high level of participation in social media has a very specific advantage over companies that do not.

network leadership = adapting to perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

Trust is the glue that holds creative organizations together, not rules and regulations. A similar approach can be developed for today’s networked organizations. Technology leads organizations. Organizations lead institutions. Originally posted on LinkedIn 18 August 2015.

What’s Your Learning Tool Stack?

Clark Quinn

Seriously, this is important, as the tools we use and provide through the organization impact the effectiveness with which people can work. For many people in organizations, this is likely to include the MS Office Suite, e.g. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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Is HR Relevant and Does it Matter? | Over the Seas

Kevin Wheeler

Most business leaders, line managers, and even employees are uncertain of the value HR brings to the organization or its people. Despite the rhetoric, Human Resource functions at large, hierarchical organizations with traditional manufacturing or service employees remain much the same as they were 10, 20 or more years ago. Newer organizations are already using HR in a different way.

seeking and sense-making

Harold Jarche

I use Feedly to organize my web feeds and Diigo to capture what I find on the web. I share some things on LinkedIn but use it mostly to loosely connect with others. How do you make sense of your work?

and what do you do?

Harold Jarche

Depending on who is asking the question, the short response could be something like: I help organizations adapt to the network era. I focus on new ways for connected organizations to work & learn. The world of work is changing, as are our relationships with organizations.

The Art of Tidying of Your Online Professional Network Connections

Beth Kanter

These principles are still true today, but a lot of changed with the adoption of online professional social networking sites such as LinkedIn. Is it rude to “unconnect” from someone on LinkedIn? Think about what happens to your closet if you don’t organize it.

Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram

Dan Pontefract

There is a diagram floating around LinkedIn and Twitter that attempts to illustrate an individual’s true ‘purpose’ It’s amusing to me, because it’s short-sighted. When all teams are connected, the organization becomes symbiotic.

Reflections on the Stoos Gathering | Unmanagement


Ten days ago I flew to Switzerland for a mountaintop retreat with twenty thought leaders from around the world to ponder better ways to manage organizations. People in sustainable organizations focus on doing this better and better, forever delivering more value to their customers.

Social Net-Work-Life Balance

Dan Pontefract

Seeing as it’s been almost 3 years since I’ve been with the likes of Facebook , LinkedIn and Twitter (at various entry dates) I thought it would be interesting to analyze my own personal / professional network to understand if any trends might be occurring.

What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?


In short, learning and development organizations and departments are suffering from an analytics crisis. We asked this question to various L&D professionals on LinkedIn to get to the bottom of what''s stopping companies from measuring learning today.

The Social C-Suite

Dan Pontefract

To be engaged – whether for Gallup, BlessingWhite or any other HR consulting firm – is for an employee to feel a part of the organization, like she wants to go the extra mile, is willing to stay and will recommend her place of employment – and products and services – to others.

A ‘Field of Dreams’ Industry

Clark Quinn

LinkedIn has released their Workplace Learning report, and one aspect stood out: Only 8% of CEOS see biz impact of L&D, only 4% see ROI. Um, that comes when you’re demonstrably contributing to the organization.

The Dark Side of Scaling Up: Will You Want to Live in What You Build?

Bob Sutton

  My Stanford colleague Huggy Rao and I devoted seven years to learning about what it takes to scale up excellence in organizations. It was first published at LinkedIn last month.

the learning loop

Harold Jarche

I posted one of my models on LinkedIn this week and immediately received feedback that it was similar to the OODA Loop. John Boyd’s OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) was developed as a framework to help pilots make better decisions in battle.

Learn Informal Learning Informally

Jay Cross

Take a look, then tell me how much you think I should charge, whether anyone in your organization might want to sign up, and what else you’d like to see. Benchmark your organization against peers. Collaborate with a self-organizing team to solve problems.

Traditional training structures are changing

Harold Jarche

The near future will look like the near past, with more complex social and technological connections inside and outside organizations. Citrix GoToTraining has just released a paper I was commissioned to write, called What’s working and what’s not in online training.

Employee Access to Social Media in the Workplace Decreases

Dan Pontefract

Social media policies are now found in 80% of organizations, up from 60%. Only 17% of organizations have provisions that protect them against misuse of social media by ex-employees.

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth Kanter

Activities can be introduced into every aspect of the organization – from the C-suite to teams to departments and across departments as well as at all-staff meetings and events. Why not encourage creativity in the workplace through organized activities?

Learning is Connecting

Harold Jarche

For example, there are how-to videos on YouTube, learning-oriented chats on Twitter, study groups on Facebook, and professional communities on LinkedIn.

Emergent Value

Harold Jarche

While most organizations need to deal with all of these domains, each takes different control methods and communications platforms. Complex work requires looser hierarchies and stronger networks, something many organizations need to improve.

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on the net without a net

Harold Jarche

I have also seen organizations move away from using external consultants. When LinkedIn advertises ex-McKinsey consultants available for $60 per hour, you know that it’s an obsolete business model. I have spent the past 20 years figuring out what changes the internet era might bring.

2015 top 10 tools for learning

Clark Quinn

Microsoft Word: My writing tool for longer posts, articles, and of course books, and writing is a powerful force for organizing my thoughts, and a great way to share them and get feedback. LinkedIn: I share thoughts there and track a few of the groups (not as thoroughly as I wish, of course). Jane Hart has been widely and wisely known for her top 100 Tools for Learning (you too can register your vote ).

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Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset

Jay Cross

It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. Curating these items — selecting, organizing, evaluating, and sharing them widely — multiplies an organization’s return on information many times over.

The Value of Taking Mini-Breaks During the Nonprofit Work Day

Beth Kanter

Last week, I was in London teaching social media strategy workshops for London NGOs organized by Social Media Misfits and keynoted Institute of Fundraising’s Future of Fundraising Conference.

Why Big Teams Suck: Seven (Plus or Minus Two) Is the Magical Number Once Again

Bob Sutton

I also posted this piece over at LinkedIn this morning. Some organizations learn about the drawbacks of oversized groups the hard way. This lesson applies to small organizations too. 

Transforming Nonprofit Staff Into Champions on Social

Beth Kanter

A champion is an individual that supports a nonprofit organization or cause. They are passionate about your organization and social change, and will talk about it to anyone who will listen. Or, maybe your organization is using social to recruit for talent.

gamers, artists, and citizens

Harold Jarche

Most of them do not have a professional network beyond their organization where they may have worked for a decade or more. The last century’s division of work and personal life are still evident in many organizations where employees are cut off from their online social networks. Gamers.

Techniques and Tools: How To Visualize Your Network

Beth Kanter

Or they can be maps of networks of organizations and communities. For example, LinkedIn Inmaps will automatically create a color coded map of your network. Organization.