Hyperspecialize!

Word on the street (or on our readings at least) that there is a new, revolutionary way of doing work. It’s called hyperspecialization—and while the term might sound a wee bit fancy, the idea is actually very simple. Nowadays, companies, groups, or even individuals can post job requests on third party sites, such as TopCoder and InnoCentive, and any individual may register on these sites and compete for the project. This allows the work to be completed in cost-effiecient way, and with the help of individuals who are specialists on the task. The pros and cons of hyperspecialization have been discussed in the article. Below is a summary. Read more of this post

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Online Around the Archipelago: On the Philippine Blog Awards

“Blogger” is one of those cool titles you can attach to yourself without being as arrogant as, say, calling yourself a writer. It definitely takes less work than traditional writing—in blogging, getting published is just a button click away. But being an award-winning blogger sure is something else. And if you think you’re up for it, don’t settle for just any award. National level is the way to go.

Since 2007, the Philippine Blog Awards (PBA) has been giving recognition to bloggers all over the country—with separate awards for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Bloggers are awarded in different categories such as personal, technology, fashion, and others. Special awards for individual posts, podcasts, and blog designs are awarded as well.

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Mythbusted: 5 Things You Thought You Knew About UP Manila OrCom

We all know how it is. There’s a party / dinner / reunion of some sort and some family friend / relative you don’t even know ends up in the same table / spot / boring predicament as you and decides to strike up a conversation.

RP: So are you working?

Me: No, I’m still in college. One more year to go.

RP: Oh, great. What school?

Me: UP Manila.

[RP either knows about UPM and is impressed, or doesn’t know and we start a conversation about how UP Manila is not the newest “branch” of UP Diliman.]

RP: What are you taking up?

Me: Organizational Communication.

RP: What’s that?

There goes the million dollar question. I’ve had these conversations not just with family friends and relatives, but also with course-hunting high school students, HR personnel, my neighbors, my hair cutter, and one or two jeepney drivers–who, for some reason, feel the right be involved in the personal decisions I make.

Usually I size the person up (I’m judgmental like that) and adjust my definition based on how I think of them. It’s not that I look down on certain people–it’s just that I want to inform them based on what they’re interested in.

What I often do is to cater to the FAQs of my degree program. After more or less 2 years of these interviews, here are some myths–and the corresponding shocking facts–about OrCom:

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First Stop

This blog  promises to talk about organizational communication and social media. Such big words. So where do I begin?

Organizational communication, which happens to be my major, is quite hard to explain. Simply put, it deals with the processes of communication in all kinds of organizations–corporations, NGOs, non-profit organizations, etc. In reality though, it’s not simple at all.

Communication goes beyond public speaking, presentations, and group discussions. I particularly prefer viewing organizational communication (from now on referred to as OrCom) as a field in the social sciences. To understand how an organization communicates, we need to understand how the people in it think, act, and interact with each other.

Social media isn’t as hard to explain. Anyone who’s reading this is probably aware of–if not ever so slightly addicted to–social media. But this blog aims to explore what lies beyond the usual, all-too-personal realm of blogs and social networks. For the next five months (and a lifetime, perhaps) I will be sharing what I’ll learn about how organizations are adapting to one of the most revolutionary communication trends we’ve come across.

The Social Media Landscape

I won’t claim to be an expert. As my professor says, no one–not even digital marketing/PR companies–can claim to be an expert in something that has only been around for so many years.

The way I see it, social media is this unmapped metropolis which we’re all just learning to navigate. Organizations, just like individuals, are just learning where the right stops are; when to cross and when to stay put–and often they come by these lessons the hard way.

Personally, that’s how I learn best too. So join me in my commute, as I jaywalk from one story/insight/lesson to the next.