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Right, Valdis. Based on my experience with Ford (needless to say,
perhaps, long before their current crises but well anticipated by the
consultants), chimneys were rampant and the political skills to cross
the barriers that the organization presented were largely absent or not
appreciated. Incidentally, they used an earlier version of Lotus
Connections. Technology as a "fix" for social problems once again. Then
there is the old joke about the "humane" trainer of mules. He claimed
they were not stubborn they simply needed to be communicated with and
understood. So the first thing he does is arrive with a 2 by 4 and whack
the poor animal on the head. "This is humane training?" "Sure, first you
have to get his attention."
Valdis Krebs wrote:
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> Collaboration software called Lotus Connections...
>> IBM has more than 20 corporations testing Lotus Connections, but, in
>> fact, the software is already battle-tested. Most of the applications
>> have been used inside IBM for months or years. For instance, with
>> IBM's internal "blue pages" program, employees can search through the
>> entire staff of more than 340,000 people for those with just the
>> expertise they need to answer a question.
> OK, I found the "right person"... will s/he pay attention to my request?
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