Ex-Employees, Social Networks, and the Reverse Flow of Knowledge

Originally posted at Wikinomics.com

In my research on how social networks can be leveraged for talent purposes, one of the core themes that has emerged has been how organizations can evolve relationships with candidates throughout a more complete employment lifecycle. Traditionally, ex-employees have been viewed as unloyal, traitors and not to be trusted. After all, an employee who leaves is likely taking all their knowledge with them to the next company, right?
But in an economy so demanding of maintaining relationships with talented individuals, does it make sense to cut ties with those who walk out the door? And does it necessarily mean that an organization loses that knowledge altogether?

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Construction, Internet, Technology

Wikinomics and the Construction Industry – “We Gotta Get Naked”

Originally posted on Wikinomics.com

Having worked in the construction industry for the past few years, I’ve interfaced with firms involved in the building process at all levels – from general contractors who manage construction on-site, to architects and designers, to small machine and metal fabrication shops. As a Net Gener, I have always found it frustrating to not be able to use the tools and applications that allow me to work as collaboratively as I do with clients or co-workers in other industries.

While there are always exceptions, wikis, blogs, social networks and other collaborative applications are almost non-existent within or between construction firms. This surprises me, especially given that construction appears to be a highly collaborative industry by nature. Just think of the large number of firms involved in any given building project, with constantly changing information that needs to be disseminated quickly and efficiently in order to avoid costly errors related to materials, labour, transport and safety. Judging by this, a construction site should be a breeding ground for collaborative applications and information sharing. Continue reading