Monthly Archives: March 2005

The latest issue of the Global Knowledge Review is out

Ok, this post is a little late :-), but I can blame blogger for it…it was impossible to publish something yesterday 😦

Every issue you can ‘sample’ one of the articles and I am sure that will whet your appetite for the full issue…you can always go and see what the contents are here.

This edition’s article for everyone viewing is: Answers on the back of a postcard please…by Chris Collision. You can see the earlier articles at this place.

The other notable articles are :

Observe people and then learn by Dave Pollard, Knowledge sharing and distribution by Kurt April and The Foundation of Effective KM and Strategy by Dr. Bruce Lloyd. One article that really resonated with me was Break-through innovations and big corporations – a contradiction? by Janina Kugel.

The articles I am really looking forward to reading from next month’s issue are:
KM Choices by Denham Grey (Denham is an awesome thinker…so am really looking forward to this one!) , Peer Assist for Cross Organizational Learning: Reflection by Carol Gorelick (that sounds like a great cocktail of my favourite topics ) and an intriguing article titled What are you cooking today? by Lilia Efimova…wonder what Lilia will serve up !!

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That was a fast one !!

Mark Hurd of NCR gets the HP head honcho job ! Congrats Russell Reynolds ! That was a fast close for one of the toughest tech head jobs. And one that did not finish with the usual list of suspects like Mike Cappellas (did I hear sighs of relief?)

“Mark came to our attention because of his strong execution skills, his
proven ability to lead top performing teams and his track record in driving
shareholder value. He demonstrated these skills by turning around NCR, which,
while smaller than HP, is a complex organization with multiple business
segments,” said Patricia Dunn

“Hurd has been part of a culture that builds and not dismantles. This
should be a signal that HP is not going to head into a garage sale,” Stahlman
said.

And this is what Hurd said

“You talk about problems but there are a bunch of opportunities at the same time,” Hurd said in response to one question about strategy. “I want to get underneath every piece of the business and will be focused on doing my best to optimize each part.” Hurd made several comments that were similar to the ones that Fiorina often made to defend the Compaq deal — namely that it made strategic sense to have a diverse portfolio of tech businesses ranging from PCs and servers to printing, software and services.

Rob at Businesspundit wonders if HP played too safe by opting for a polar opposite of Carly while Juli at Tom Peters blog asks what would Hurd be judged on.

On friendship

rashmi thinks friendship is based on two shared things, history and chemistry. And of course, Holi got her to think on these lines…and check how Anumita celebrated the festival of colors.

The long tail and the bottom of the Pyramid

Chris Andersen compares his theory of the Long Tail with CKP’s theory of Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.

Regular readers of this blog would remember that I am not a terribly big fan of CKP.

The toxicification of education

When we visited RIE somebody pointed out to a booklet by Aditya Narayanan called “All the perfumes of Arabia will not, Dr. Joshi”

It focusses on how the NDA government tried to change what is taught as history to today’s schoolchildren, systematically wiping out facts and drawing a fictional account as history. For example, the syllabus seems to suggest things like:

a. The Harappan and Aryan civilizations were similar
b. The pictures of the Harappan civilizations were altered from earlier textbooks to make artefacts look more like Aryan artefacts.
c. The Russian revolution was a ‘coup’
d. The Bolsheviks were dictators like Nazis and Fascists

while Arjun Singh has launched his ‘de-toxification’ drive, I take heart from the fact that history is not such a fragile thing that can be broken on a whim of a government or ruler…facts will out…