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At 11:31 on October 23, 2009, Steve Hearsum said…
Hi David,

Thanks for the welcome.

Re my blog, hope you enjoy reading it if you do dig deeper (comments welcome!). Re you question on how I find the time, the answer is that it is 20% labour of love, 20% marketing, 25% critical reflection, 25 % learning and 10% fun. Ironically, I recently submitted a first draft of an article for the latest edition of O&P Writing Futures (which I think will appear on AMED as well) entitled:

"To blog, or Not to Blog, That is the Question….."
Reflections on the use of blogging for developing professional practice and marketing

Might be of interest, given your question?

Best wishes,

At 8:33 on October 21, 2009, Joanne Milne said…
Hi David, thanks for the welcome to your AMED site. I like it & of course I am always in the NE in spirit if not in body! I hope you're well & pls pass on my best wishes to Gordon too when you see him. Thanks again, Jo
At 2:57 on October 21, 2009, Danielle Tarren said…
Hi David, I am delighted to be a new member of AMED. Many thanks for the tip.

I hope fellow members will find my future blog posts interesting and of use to them..

Kindest Regards
At 17:06 on September 28, 2009, Vic Baxter said…
David - I'm delighted to be a member. Thank you. I have also pinged details to my address book en bloc and recommended AMED to all in it. It'll be interesting to see what happens. V bst rgds. Vic
At 9:42 on September 16, 2009, Linda Atwell said…
Hi David,
Thanks for the good news and thanks for helping me with my patience work.
I worked for an IT company before working for HP, but I was involved in client assurance/satisfaction more than anything else. I have no formal IT experience but was hired because the hiring manager said, "Linda, you have a lot of nous about you"! And thus began my experience working with IT companies. When Compaq bought the company I worked for and then Compaq and HP merged, I was asked to help with the Knowledge Management pilot which started my love affair with KM and people development.
Looking forward to receiving the article as and when! :-)
At 16:08 on September 15, 2009, Linda Atwell said…
You would be a superstar if you could! I would really appreciate your effort to do this.
I'll wait patiently (something I'm practicing)! :-)
At 16:00 on September 15, 2009, Linda Atwell said…
Hi David,
Funny! I like that! No, I moved to St. Petersburg in May of this year so I guess you could call it home for now. I have a job interview on Friday. I wrote an article in a journal a few years ago and I was trying to remember the name of it and by doing a Google search I found this site as the article was listed here. I left my copy of the journal in the UK and was hoping to find the full article but sadly I only found the accreditation. But that will do. So, long story short, I decided to sign up on this site.
At 16:12 on September 10, 2009, Alex Templeton said…
Hi David,

I started on the communications side and drifted to the technical as it seemed easier to make things happen (broadly I work in energy and communities) with both sets of skills. I'll let you know in about 5 years time whether that was worth doing.

I've been aware Penny's AMED network for some time, and Bob McKensie used to look after my mum's cat...




At 7:18 on September 10, 2009, Deborah Ann Booth said…

Thanks for your suggestion of photo for st albans group. It reminded me that although i managed to upload a photo for our first meeting after about 20 mins fight i gave up this time. Your email enabled me to guess my fight might have been to do with the format of the photo, so I looked for a jpeg instead of a pdf and, lo and behold, it worked. Glad you've joined the group. hope you can make it on 21st. (your msge slightly implied we're meeting tomorrow which we're not)

Best wishes , Deb
At 1:41 on August 24, 2009, Jill Pennington said…
Thanks for comment. I was a member a long time ago ....
At 7:49 on August 21, 2009, Desleigh Jones said…
Thanks David.
At 1:49 on August 13, 2009, Jamie Stewart said…
Hi David
Me - I have been a member of AMED many years on and off (the 'off' is when I have forgotten to send my subscriptions in).
Listening is so key to my work - yet I struggle everyday with really understanding what it means - 'dialogue' was my thesis for my MSc and this was a 'quote' that has been kept at the forefront of mind in my consulting practice.
Anyway it is nice to make a connection.
At 8:22 on August 8, 2009, Deborah Ann Booth said…

How are you? I think of you every time I see my photo on the website. You were so kind about taking the time and trouble to put it there. Hope you're having a good Summer. I hope you'll forgive me for sending you the following feedback about the website, as I'm not sure where else to send it.
Unfortunately the website is driving me nuts. Trying to send council members copy of my reply to Belina's email.
1. Can't easily find recipients because list of members not in alphabetical order. This problem is worse every day as there are more eople.
2. Why can't I send a long message if I wish? When i send along text on my phone it splits into 2 or more short ones and sends them sequentially
3. without wanting to start a group or discussion it doesn't seem obvious to a technophobe like myself how to send the same comment or message to several people simultaneously.

Best Wishes , Deb
At 8:10 on August 8, 2009, Deborah Ann Booth said…
PPS Further thoughts about AMED

This morning I heard a radio discussion about the dire future of newspapers. It was suggested that they had to build up a paying audience for a website by offering value-added that you can’t get elsewhere. They said the FT had an advantage here because the info provided was used by readers to do their jobs and they would thus be more prepared to pay for it. If AMED’s website enables subscribers to access face-to-face support (in relation to doing OD/Development work) it might be a very competetitive cyber-network (ie. meeting needs not yet noticed or met by our competitors) If so, it will lead to more people joining provided they hear about it (how do we advertise/ promote what we offer?).

John Gapper (Financial Times magazine a couple of weeks ago) describes a successful business model for internet businesses as ‘freemium’ where low costs of maintaining a free offering gets you to a place where you can ask to get paid. An established business with high fixed costs cannot afford to start giving away content at below marginal cost (without growing enough to make money from advertising or premium services) because it will go bankrupt. Implication – it must grow and take advertising and/or offer premium services which pay for free content. Is Amed growing its website through offering face-to-face support for developers (events and local groups) who will then wish to pay for O & P(by becoming full AMED members)?
What do you think?
At 8:09 on August 8, 2009, Deborah Ann Booth said…
Copy of reply to AMED Council Email
Dear Belina and John,

Thank you for your warmth, I adored being addressed as a member of the ‘lovely’ AMED council. It felt warm and personal. I confirm I can attend Council Meeting 2 Oct (if you let me know venue).

I wholeheartedly support your vision of AMED as a COMMUNITY and the Objectives which you have set out for the next year.

Am horrified by financial situation which I didn’t realise was quite so knife-edge. How can I help?

Best Wishes


ps. AMED Local Group went v. well. Members seem very keen to meet. Especially impressed by members being prepared to travel quite far for a 2 hour lunch. What I think I heard people say they would like from the Local Group included:

• Sharing stories
• Articulate thinking by verbalising it
• Network
• Talk about issues
• Have fun
• Be friendly
• Experience here and now stuff
• Learn language of OD
• Peer ‘supervision’ PPS Further thoughts about AMED

Interestingly it was decided to restrict access to the group’s AMED subsite to St Albans group members only . Are we (Amed members and potential members) feeling a need for face-to-face support right now. Is this a reaction to cyber-only networking? Is this relevant to David Shepherd’s question about virtual-only groups – do they leave people longing for real human contact, including all the non-verbals that cannot be conveyed by email etc. Maybe cyber-groups can be more sustainable if they can better emulate face to face communication, eg with webcam use?
At 10:46 on August 5, 2009, Rob Brown said…
You mean you can't get on the main page of my site? That's not good!

Give me a call sometime and we can chat through the integrity vs management debate when it comes to reputation! You could also give me some insight on the AMED site.

Rob. 07855 710 201
At 9:41 on August 5, 2009, Rob Brown said…
Hey David. Complete newbie, although recommended by a friend to get involved. You an AMED veteran?
At 8:06 on July 29, 2009, Mark Lowther said…
I was on the AMED Council a couple of years ago.
At 12:03 on July 24, 2009, Lisa Sansom said…
Thanks so much. The conflict I'm finding is that the one logo that really calls to me isn't the one that most people seem to like... I'm a bit torn that way! Ah well - I still have another 11 days to make a decision!!!
Thanks again,
At 2:18 on July 20, 2009, Dan Dickinson said…
Hi David,

I'm an MBA student with the OU Business School and was following links to David Sheppard's blog, who is a lecturer at the school. Thought i would join and see what i could learn and share.
Thanks for the welcome.


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