I am working on something special for my 10th year blogging anniversary. So I figured it was a good time to dig around the archives.
Collaboration is still a big buzzword. Though there are now a LOT more blogs (and tweets and instagrams and.....) and people are much more willing to get out there and share (vs 10 years ago) - I think that little tinge of fear still exists for many of us.
Even today, I click Publish and think "Today is the day they will all realize I have no idea what I am talking about."
My life is richer for having taken that risk.
September 22, 2006
Within the blogs, I am starting to see discussion on why people don't
use collaboration tools (or LMSs for that matter). The big question is
Dave Pollard did a little experiment in August 2006 trying to get people to help him edit a Writley document. Sadly, he gave the process a failing grade.
Shawn at Anecdote and George Siemens at elearnspace
both add their 2 cents regarding the reasons for the failure of
collaborative tools. So the question in my mind is....with what we have
to work with, how can we encourage adoption of these tools? Especially
since the buzz in knowledge management and training circles is
All three bloggers hint at something that came to the fore for me when I started blogging - fear.
many of us have risked answering a question at school (elementary
--> grad school)? How did you feel when you found out you were
In the corporate world, how many of us have had ideas stolen by others? How did that make you feel?
How many of us have had a great idea only to be told how stupid it (and, by extension, you) are?
Is it any wonder that we all hesitate to collaborate? Particularly in a corporate environment?
are essentially asking our end-users to put themselves out there with
no net, no reason, and no reward. In most organizations it is in the
best interest of the individual to keep their ideas and knowledge to
themselves. That individual's information is what makes them valuable.
Why in the WORLD would they want to share if sharing means idea theft
and potential downsizing?
I had to fight through ALL of these emotions when I started blogging.
- Will I be accepted or rejected?
- How much criticism will I get?
- Will others discover that I am a phony and realize that I have absolutely no clue of what I am talking about?
am sure that I personalize things more than others. Still - if I am
feeling this, certainly others go through the same thoughts when they
put themselves out there for others to view.
And maybe THIS is
one of the key factors that prevents collaborative tools from being
adopted by an organization. How do you get people to work through the