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Wednesday, November 30, 2005


We are going to need a lot of activity from new bloggers in the next 30 days to reach our original goal of 100 posts by 100 bloggers in 100 days. Currently, there are 50 members on the 100 Bloggers team, but only 26 have posted. Today is Day 70 of the effort. Our deadline is December 30.

Please send recommendations, etc... to!

Monday, November 28, 2005

All You Can Eat Pickles

All you can eat pickles with every meal! Check out this blurb at Seth's Blog.

Friday, November 25, 2005

The death of a genius

Farwell George

Some folks from other parts of the world will not know him well.

George Best - my greatest football hero is dying.

It is Friday 12.40 pm here in England and all soccer fans are awaiting the announcement of George's death.

He is joining God and heaven will be richer for his presence.

God bless you George.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

If you were here in Hawaii with me, here’s a glimpse of what we’d be eating!

...and yes, there's turkey too, but kalua style from the imu (underground oven).

Like Steve, I have much to be thankful for on this day, and I count all of you in the blog Synergy online community among my blessings.

Where ever you are, do as we do in Hawaii: Grab the goodness of this holiday from America to eat, drink, and be merry, and to give thanks.
Mahalo nui, Rosa

More Thanksgiving posts:
From Reap Joy from this thanks-giving holiday.
From Talking Story: It is a day for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


I have so much to be thankful for:

for being able to write
for having such good friends
for being able to run
for having a good family
for having a good job

for just being able

My thanks to you for your contributions to this life!

More blogs about happy thanksgiving

Monday, November 21, 2005

Slacker Manager on Motivation

Researchers say,
"People with low job satisfaction are most likely to encounter emotional burnout, reduced self-esteem, anxiety and depression..."

Visit Slacker Manager for a link to a "nice free e-book (with) good content and pretty pictures."


Bioteaming Manifesto

I just posted on an article I found on Ken Thompson's blog and as I continued to explore, I found this manifesto that I think would be most interesting for us to explore.

If there is a good answer to the question he raises, we might be able to use it.

Cooperative processes are not the automatic results of implementing collaborative, real-time communication technologies, but the result of a carefully designed and systematically maintained virtual team development plan.

For those of you who have already exposed themselves to the positive advantages made available by the use of cutting-edge communication and collaboration technologies, this should sound as a familiar melody. How many times have you been witness to technologically-based collaboration projects that have miserably failed? Why is there so much disjoint between technology potential and the productive use that business team members make of them?

If the solution is not in the technology enabling such networked business teams to easily interoperate, where is it then?

I'll be reading the rest of this shortly.... I am intensely curious now...

Updated: The manifesto was published by ChangeThis in November, 2005.

Credit for trying

I read about a new effort to develop a standard in The Bumble Bee today. I must say that in this case, I'll give them credit for trying but reserve final judgement until I see what the outcome is.

Frank Post, Marketing Director of British Standards said,

"With outsourcing and off-shoring becoming typical operations for business, there is an increased emphasis on managing effective external relationships. In larger organizations there is also often a need to manage internal relations between businesses and departments. The new standard on relationship management will provide a structure for managing these effectively".

“The standard will address the most challenging aspect of relationship management by providing a strategic framework to facilitate cooperation and integration. It will have wide applications for Government, Industry and Societal organizations on how to collaborate and manage valuable business relationships,” said Mr Post.

I can see standards for processes, whether service or manufacturing but for managing relationships? Gee have we come thus far that we need a standard on how to behave when working together?

Let see, we already have policies on diversity, affirmative action, sexual harrassment... the list goes on. I guess I answered my own question.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Synergy and inertia

The fate of a succesful leader is sometimes defined as being able to tak advantage of the big trends of history. I remember a dialogue between Brutus (James Mason) and Cassius, his co-conspirator against Julius Caesar saying something like
To put fate on our side we must identify the human tide and its flows. We must take advantage of these changing flows.
I´d like to connect the idea of flow with the idea of inertia. To what rate do these flows become the effect of pure inertia, of externally influenced forces? And I want to put this question in connection with the current practices of direct marketing. We claim to be respectful with customers, to ask them for permission, not to act without that permission and taking account of their interests and wills.

Recently Tom Asacker wrote an interesting post wondering about the real effectiveness of permission marketing as ideology. Many many marketers keep using the same techniques of aggressive unrespectful actions addressed to massive groups of pople (they are not customers for they have not previous relationship with the brand or the relationship has been very casual).
I get these ads and advertising messages everyday. You just have to go to a Bank and ask for information and you will see they care about everything but about your likes or interests.

Why do marketers keep using these techniques? If it is good for them, if there´s people who answer to these messages, what is the reason to act that way? Is it a matter of inertia?

I've started talking about the human tide and have finnally achieved to the idea of inertia. In the case of leaders guided by an idea of respect and permissive communications, do you think it is possible to achieve synergies when inertial forces play such a definite role?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Some rambling 'Trevor thoughts'

As my guilt trip for not posting anything for a while on Blog Synergy here are a few un-coordinated thoughts on a cool but sunny afternoon in England

I have noticed how some Blogs have more and some Blogs have fewer comments. I have noticed that there seems often to be a sort of pause in Blogging. Is that just my imagination or is there a sort of trend emerging?

I visit Tom Peters Blog every day for my 'Tom fix' but even that one has slowed down recently.

I suspect we all have regular visitors to our own Blogs and we all must keep our Blogs 'alive' and 'interesting.'

People are all busy and like everyone else I do not have a chance to visit Blogs as frequently as I could or indeed should - but for me it really is a simple case of balancing precious time.

What do others think?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Lisa Williams - Local Blogging

Via Halley's Comment, I found this good piece on Local Blogging by Lisa Williams.

A fairly long piece compared to most blogging posts but well worth it.

Lisa tells of how she developed H2OTown and began writing her "citizen journal" to capture and report the info that doesn't make it to the papers at all, or makes it to the papers late. Watertown has a weekly paper that doesn't publish much real news and when they do it is well after the news was really new.

The decline of newspapers has been discussed well elsewhere. Lisa provides a nice summary from her perspective on how that is really happening and how the growth of "citizen journalism" will step up to fill that void when the local papers stop the printing presses.

Read it!

Two examples in her posting of blogs that are serving the purpose of providing local news for their community. One is a group effort, multiple authors. One is a solo effort. Both are successful. I would tend toward the group effort. No single point of failure. Others can help cover. And each point of view contributes to the whole. The multiple view point would help address any question of balanced reporting, or would it?

What do you think?

Monday, November 14, 2005

Always carry a pencil

When you see the title as "always carry a pencil" you might think of trial and error, learning from mistakes, starting over... and that is a form of collaboration.

Patti Digh
talks of words, thoughts, even living life in the margins.

Read Patti's posting. I give you permission to follow the link then return to continue here. (Even if you don't return here, you have my recommendation and encouragement to read Patti!)

Marginalia enables the sharing of the topic and more importantly, those thoughts that lie off the topic as well. This is also called co-creation is it not?

There is joy in approaching something with clean margins. Virgin thought comes to mind and where does one take it from here/there? The world is open to all possiblities.

There is also wonder in approaching something with writing in the margins. You do not approach it alone. You are there with more than the author. The path less traveled becomes an option.

The pencil/highlighter is good for hard copy. Commenting (on blogs) is good for soft copy.

Where do we go from here?
You can help to take us there!
This is open for comments, don't be bashful.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Can We Cure Sorry Sensationalism?

One of the many reasons I have become a fan of reading business blogs is that as a whole (there are exceptions to everything, I know) we aspire to a higher standard of truth and transparency in our reporting. To do otherwise is just too costly.

Another reason, connected to this first one, is that the truth, even in its business-suited boringness, is good enough for us. In fact, our truthfulness is newsworthy in itself. Our truth sells us, our business, our products and services without the need to resort to sensationalism. This is not the case in far too many other types of media reporting.

I’ve gone through several changes in the ways I spend my time since being self-employed, one being a purposeful effort to get more involved in community events that I previously did not have time for in corporate life. These include public hearings and townhall meetings where I’ll painfully watch beleaguered community leaders and public officials do their best to truthfully engage with their constituents. I’ve come to know them and their situations well enough to know the difference between when they are open and engaged in the conversations being had, versus being cagey and carefully choosing their words. I’ve seen the same people do both things, and it’s not because of which side of the bed they got up on that morning. It’s because it’s an open meeting as opposed to a closed one, and there’s a reporter in the room.

Sadly, when someone is there from our local newspaper, much communication will simply stop except among the more vocal (and usually more extreme in their thinking) who just do not care anymore, their levels of frustration with something are so high.

I recently had to step into one of these situations as a facilitator, and the outcome, what ended up only partially reported in the local newspaper, truly saddened me. Half-truths and reports of struggles without mention of the victories which need to be celebrated in this case, and should be to help everyone with some much-needed community healing. The result of the session was overwhelmingly positive, but if you only read the newspaper report, you get a completely different view.

Sensationalism sells newspapers, but it is so irresponsible when it proliferates hurt and distrust among people who may rely on it as their primary, or only, source of communication about an issue which concerns them. Information blinders have been erected, and hurtful emotions are so wrongly riled up. Creative synergy, where alternative solutions will happen, has a much longer uphill climb to take.

I don’t know how reporters who knowingly and intentionally engage in this kind of writing can sleep at night.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Mapping the creative soul

I´ve always been very involved with creativity and the creative process. I started painting when I was a teenager and since then, creativity has been one of the most compelling forces in my life.

Some years ago I started to study the main trends in depth psychology.As a result of the combination of creative experience and psychological insights, I have develop a model of understanding the states of the soul in the creative effort.

I have written a manifesto, The life cycle of the creative soul, and ChangeThis has made it available for all of you. You can read about it (and download the manifesto) here.

I hope you like it.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Third Age Blog Carnival

Yes, a new carnival starts this week on the Third Age Blog. It will rotate amongst volunteers each week thereafter.

The current schedule can be found here.

Guess what?

If you look closely, you'll recognize one or more of the bloggers with a posting in the first carnival when it comes out on Tuesday.