Moving on after nearly 6 years in Ethiopia, in 6 epitomising posts of the ‘habesha phase’


This Friday – 2 June 2017 – I will be leaving Ethiopia as a resident for good. I will still be working with ILRI but based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Personal matters have taken precedence over professional ones and we have to be back in Europe. It’s a pity in some way, but it’s […]

Be genuine and genuinely care for your neighbour’s pace on the way to change


A lot of conversations, in general and also on this blog, are exploring past reflections and previous conversations. I am in one of these iterations about Alignment and authenticity. I’ve said before that -for me- authenticity is essential in what we do, when we engage with others, because that genuine approach shows the real us and […]

The (social) economics of gift and burying “knowledge is power” once and for all


“Giving a gift makes you indispensable. Inventing a gift, creating art-that is what the market seeks out, and the givers are the ones who earn our respect and attention.” (Seth Godin,). As I am continuing to listen to this excellent ‘Linchpin‘ book, at least one whole section of the book is worth exploring from an […]

A knowledge management primer (1): KM as simple as ABC


This is a new series of posts, an alphabet primer of knowledge management (KM), to touch upon some of the key concepts, approaches, methods, tools, insights. And because there could have been different alternatives for each letter I’m also introducing the words I had to let go of here. Today I’m starting this primer on […]

Moving conversations up the trust ladder… and scale of influence


At the end of the day, as some would say (‘KM is about increasing the quality and frequency of conversations that get your job done’), in KM it’s all about conversations. Conversations of contact-making (contextual webs) Conversations of meaning-making Conversations of joint exploration Conversations of co-creation (in events and otherwise) Conversations of trust building Conversations of […]

50 shades of influence


Influencing others may take many paths. It usually is a mix of our own personality and preferred ‘convincing/negotiation’ style, but it should also relate to the preferred ‘listening/convincing’ style of the people that you want to influence. And it depends on values. Even though values change slowly, they do change. So if you want to influence […]

Every *little* step you take is magic (well, it can be if it’s purposeful)


  In the series ‘Breaking Bad‘, lab chemist Gale Boetincher once talks about the purity of the crystal meth he can cook, guaranteeing his mafia boss 96% purity, a “hard-earned figure” he is proud of. The purity of his competitor (and future partner series hero Walter White)’s crystal meth is 99%. As Boetticher puts it: That last 3%, […]

Agile KM from ‘SMART goals’ to ‘practice SMARTS’


The game of knowledge management has changed. Despite the definitions given to knowledge management (see this useful post by Stan Garfield – and my own definitions of knowledge and knowledge management), KM really is no longer about managing knowledge-related assets as a taxidermist. It certainly is no longer about databases and catch-all portals (despite some tendencies). It’s […]

Enabling change: a manager’s choice (and a leader’s decision)


People don’t resist change. They resist being changed! – Peter Senge I’ve covered individual change on this blog though various writings (on the willingness or difficulty to change, recognising that the process of changing is slow, wanting others to change), but hardly done justice to the management side of change. And management has a lot to […]

Sailing along ‘pattern currents’ in the sea of change


  Change is so ubiquitous and, as Torben Rick would say, “constant change is the new normal” to such an extent that for networked individuals, change is hardly surprising though it is still discomforting. Where, then, are the spaces to catch your breath and find some kind of ‘structure’ or insights to make sense of change?  There […]