Friday, 14 November 2008

Bits and pieces 14 November 08

I've recently been reading "Understanding Organisations". I'm not that far in yet, but it seems a pretty accurate and pragmatic guide to human behaviour in organisations and how to deal with it. Not really had much exposure to the theory of this sort of thing, having previously just gone by personal experience and tips from blogs like Rands, so it's good starting to get stuck in to a more conceptual approach. Would appreciate any guidance on further reading material, if anybody would care to suggest anything?

On the subject of insight, I went for my first personal coaching session through my company's scheme yesterday morning. It went really well and was a fascinating example of how changing your environment or actions can help you make progress. My coach didn't offer any amazing advice or wisdom - but by helping me shift out of the worn paths of my thinking, I was able to get a new perspective on things. Very useful, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their performance, whether in the work environment or to improve in a hobby or sport.

I'm curious about the relationship between Twitter and blog posting. The general verdict seems to be to use your blog for lengthier more essay-type pieces, whilst all the one-line links and sarcastic comments get stuck on Twitter. However, most people also seem to tweet a link to their blog postings. This approach works for me, I think, and I'll try to keep going that way. How else do people see Twitter and blogs working together though? Any other thoughts?

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