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Interesting LinkedIn questions this week

Maybe I'll start a weekly series of posts that include interesting-to-me questions from LinkedIn Answers.  Let me know if you like this idea, or if it is just too much information.

Do you share what you know with close and distant colleagues at work? Why?  I saw this question after it had only been up and hour, and there were several answers already.  I particularly like the answer that suggested this question exposes a flaw in management thinking.  "Knowledge sharing" shouldn't be something optional or required.  Knowledge should simply flow around the organization.

LinkedIn Social Network Survey.  A survey on the use of social networking applications for business, according to the notes it has received lots of responses already.  It has three questions: which do you use; for what purposes do you use them; and what influences your buying decisions.

How to start an indie record label?  I don't know anything about this directly, other than loving indie music.  Good luck to the questioner.

Challenges of a Change agent.  The question is asking the classic, "what are the biggest challenges in implementing change."  Fortunately, there are a number of useful answers with some experience behind them.

What would you teach kids about goal setting?  Pretty straight-forward question.  And I have two little guys, so this is a worthwhile question for me.

What are the 5 most important metrics [for a] Warehouse operation?  One of my friends, Brian Potter, answered with the Theory of Constraints viewpoint.  The primary TOC metrics are Reliability (how well are you meeting commitments to customers), Effectiveness (how well you are doing it), and Efficiency.  In TOC language these are Throughput-Dollar-Days (TDD) and Inventory-Dollar-Days (IDD).  TDD is the sum over all late orders: Value * Days Late.  And IDD is the sum over all inventory: Cost * Days Held.  Efficiency is measured by the Local Operating Expense, which is things like salary, scrap and the like.  It does not include allocated costs from other parts of the business.  As with IDD, the goal is to have minimal Operating Expense without affecting TDD.

10 tips on KM strategies

Henrik's intro to TOC video