I'm the manager of IT and Distance Education for UNH Cooperative Extension and Chair of the Network Literacy Community of Practice with eXtension. I provide technical support, training, Salesforce administration, and develop web-based applications using Drupal, Coldfusion, HTML, AJAX, and Flex. I'm interested in how the Internet can enable organizations like Extension be more effective, less redundant, and more agile.

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Stephen Judd

Build or Buy?

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When It Comes to Software, Should You Build or Buy?

Ultimately, whether your org should build or buy depends on a constellation of factors: how integral the solution is to your businesses’ core value, how much or little you will need to control and innovate, what your talent picture, timeline, and budget looks like, and what your post-launch maintenance plan is.

Stephen Judd

SNA Questions

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Asking the Right Questions: Collecting Meaningful Data About Your Network

To gather useful information, however, it’s important to ask the right questions. In particular, we work hard at Converge to make sure that our survey questions ask participants about tangible aspects of their relationships with one another and are therefore easy to answer.

Stephen Judd

Everyone is special

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"I would prefer to combat the ‘I’m special’ feeling not by the thought ‘I’m no more special than anyone else’ but by the feeling ‘Everyone is as special as me.’ In one way there is no difference, I grant, for both remove the speciality. But there is a difference in another way. The first might lead you to think, ‘I’m only one of the crowd like anyone else’. But the second leads to the truth that there isn’t any crowd. No one is like anyone else. All are ‘members’ (organs) in the Body of Christ [I Corinthians 12:27]. All different and all necessary to the whole and to one another: each loved by God individually, as if it were the only creature in existence. Otherwise you might get the idea that God is like the government which can only deal with the people as the mass."

C.S. Lewis

Stephen Judd

Othering

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The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging - Othering and Belonging

“Othering” is a term that not only encompasses the many expressions of prejudice on the basis of group identities, but we argue that it provides a clarifying frame that reveals a set of common processes and conditions that propagate group-based inequality and marginality. Although particular expressions of othering, such as racism or ethnocentrism, are often well recognized and richly studied, this broader phenomenon is inadequately recognized as such.

While othering is natural, and likely evolutionary advantageous, it explains much about issues in the world, today and historically. It is always much easier to disrespect, revile, and marginalize those we see as others.

Think about your identity and who you think is "other" - how does that affect your perception and treatment of them?

Stephen Judd

Intent-Based Leadership

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I do whatever I want at work and I haven’t been fired yet

This approach to decision making is well articulated by David Marquet in Turn the Ship Around as “Intent-Based Leadership”. Rather than asking for permission to do something, state your intent to do something and let someone object if they have concerns. Most of the time, no one has concerns, because you’re a smart, capable person who is going to make good decisions.

Stephen Judd

Learn with others

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The Power of Learning From Your Peers

Not surprisingly, the model of “one expert to many students” is outdated in the knowledge economy. There is too much knowledge and information available and too many great ways of sharing that knowledge to limit ourselves. So how do we encourage more peer-to-peer learning at work?

Stephen Judd

Sshh

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The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time

Cultivating silence, as Hal Gregersen writes in a recent HBR article, “increase[s] your chances of encountering novel ideas and information and discerning weak signals.” When we’re constantly fixated on the verbal agenda—what to say next, what to write next, what to tweet next—it’s tough to make room for truly different perspectives or radically new ideas. It’s hard to drop into deeper modes of listening and attention. And it’s in those deeper modes of attention that truly novel ideas are found.

Stephen Judd

Treat em all and let God sort them out

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Selling Adult ADHD: NPR coverage helps advance drug industry marketing campaign - HealthNewsReview.org

The gist of the news was the researchers’ claim that “six simple questions” can reliably diagnose adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. And diagnose it they did: the researchers found that 8.2% of those sampled suffered from ADHD, almost double that found from a comparable study about 10 years ago.

I wish health journalists had asked one simple question in order to give their readers much needed context: Who funded the research? Just follow the money.

Stephen Judd

Adults at work

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We Are All Adults Here – Medium

An employee who sits childlike at the node of a network, waiting to be fed instructions is a blocker and will be routed around by customers, fellow employees and the community. In a network, you are judged by what you contribute, not what you consume.

Stephen Judd

Knowledge workers

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Knoco stories: "Knowledge Worker" - an illustration and definition

The simplest definition of a knowledge worker is “somebody who knows more about their job than their supervisor/client does”. (Or perhaps I should have said "Knows, or can find out,").