January, 2012

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Top 20 Tools 2007-2011

Jane Hart

You will also know, Twitter topped the list again for the 3rd year running, although in 2008 it was only ranked 11th and in … Read the rest.

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Serious Service Sag

Adaptive Path

Has a commercial ever brought you to tears? think we've all seen some wet eyes resulting from a well crafted 30-second ad spot. economy. The SAG.

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The evolution of design to amplify flow

John Hagel

If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane is a must-read. It will literally change how you view the world – everything from snowflakes to volcanos. This book illustrates the power of living on the edge. Introducing the constructal law.

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Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary

Luis Suarez

That’s why I’m including this entry as part of the “Reflections from 2011″ series. Are you ready? Let’s go! Wooohooo!

Democratization of the workplace

Harold Jarche

Tweet There was a most interesting thread on Twitter today. Hierarchy kills all learning. Our social systems are not designed to cope with complexity.

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Finite and Infinite Games - Which Game Shall We Play in the New Year?

John Hagel

Are there limits? Limits to potential and possibility? This may be the defining question of this century. Our answer will likely determine our views on a broad range of other issues and our actions. As we head into a New Year, it may a good time to step back and reflect on our answer to that question. book worth reading. Game on

Reflections from 2011 – Is Employee Engagement Still a Myth?

Luis Suarez

Probably, because we are not done with it yet, but, most possibly, because we need to shift gears with it. Quite the opposite. Indeed, that simple!

Informal learning, the 95% solution

Harold Jarche

Tweet Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. The modern workplace is a complex adaptive system.

The Rebound that Stayed Flat

Andy McAfee

The overall impression I get from this graph is one of divergence over time. There’s a steady, slow-growing black line in the middle.

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The decade ahead for media

Ross Dawson

The latest issue of the annual publication Media Trends + Strategy magazine kicks off with a feature article I wrote titled The Decade Ahead for Media.

Learning with people, not technology

Jay Cross

New Seasons exemplifies taking a non-training alternative to workplace learning. Face-to-face methods like mentoring might be best. Not on your life!

PR’s problems, 20 years later

Doc Searls

The magazine Upside has been erased. Some bits of it still persist on the Internet Archive , but nothing before 1996. So I thought it would be fun to surface it now on the blog, on the 20th anniversary of its original publication. Here goes: T HE P ROBLEM W ITH PR. Toward a world beyond press releases and bogus news. By Doc Searls. No Peabody.

Workplace Performance Services: more than just Training

Jane Hart

Since the latter half of the 20th century, we have gone through a period … Read the rest. Social learning

A world without bosses

Harold Jarche

Tweet Can your organization work without bosses? mass society, thousands, then millions strong, confers immense advantages on its members.

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“I can’t teach at Stanford again”

George Siemens

Open online courses really mess things up. The force educators/funders/learners to question the value point of traditional education. There is substance to massive open online courses (MOOCs) that goes well beyond the current buzz and hype. Udacity will build on the open course models of teaching and learning. ”

My Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list

David Weinberger

Here’s my top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists: The Top Ten Top Ten Lists of All Time. TopTenz Miscellaneous. MetaCritic music lists. Smosh’s Top Ten Top Ten Lists of 2011. Top Ten 2011 Top Ten Lists about CleanTech. Top Ten of top ten horror movie lists. NYT Top Ten Top Ten Lists for 2011. Top Ten Top Ten Video Lists of 2011.

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No more business as usual

Jay Cross

“This is business.” — Vito Corleone, The Godfather. Business is changing, and the learning function must change along with it. How bad is it?

No 2 SOPA

Doc Searls

made my case in If you hate big government, fight SOPA. vigorous dialog followed in the comments under that. This is the pro-business case. STOP SOPA!

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The year end issue of The Economist includes a provocative column - Big and clever: Why large firms are often more inventive than small ones.  The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years:  “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” markets.”

Narration of Work

Harold Jarche

Tweet I see three major principles for  working smarter in networked organizations : Transparency. Narration of Work. Distribution of Power.

Why It's Hard to Listen to Two People Talking at One Time

Eide Neurolearning

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon show us why it's hard for us to listen to two people talking at one time. Eide Neurolearning Blog.

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Raider of the Lost Lawsuits

David Weinberger

Yup, that’s how culture works…at least if we let it. via metafilter

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Time is speeding up

Jay Cross

The metronome that measures the pace of human progress ticks ever faster. You can feel it, can’t you? Membership is snowballing. Just Jay

Data Trumps Opinion: 4 Smart Services that Deploy and Learn

Adaptive Path

Tired of going with the design that will survive the organization's political gauntlet? quick story of how I got hooked. No guessing. Turn around.

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Remembering Judith

Doc Searls

I got to know Judith Burton when she was still Judith Clarke and Senior VP Corporate Marketing for Novell, in 1987. And it worked. It was sad to watch.

Confused or Strong Beliefs?

Harold Jarche

Complex, as defined by Cynefyn is a state in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance.

Realizing social business: Enterprise 2.0 success stories

Dion Hinchcliffe

Social business is proving to be a strategic win inside the enterprise firewall. Dion Hinchcliffe highlights some success stories from the trenches

Four messages from the dark

David Weinberger

The black that covered so many sites yesterday spoke well. think there were four messages. First, This is our Internet. We built it. We built it for us, not for you. We get to turn off the lights, not you. Second, we are better custodians of culture than are culture’s merchants because we understand that culture is what we have in common.

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Lots of free learnin’ going on

George Siemens

2012 is shaping up to be a good year for open online learning experiences (Sanford is actively promoting open courses , David Wiley is running an openness in education course , Alec Couros will likely be doing his EC&I831 again, etc.). I’m involved in several open online learning projects this year: 1. Ongoing from 2011: Change MOOC. 2.

Data Trumps Opinion: 4 Smart Services that Deploy and Learn

Adaptive Path

Tired of going with the design that will survive the organization's political gauntlet? quick story of how I got hooked. No guessing. Turn around.

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Steer Clear of Organizational Leadership Turbulence

Dan Pontefract

Originally published to the January, 2012 Edition of T+D Magazine. Reprinted here with permission. by Dan Pontefract. Sound familiar? Fitting in.

Real organizational transformation is structural

Harold Jarche

For example, the authors state that the average modern organization expends about 20% of its energy on value creation, while the best may spend 50%.

Social Learning: Are you starting from the right place?

Jane Hart

When I hear people ask for advice about how to “do” or “implement” social learning it reminds me of this Irish joke.

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Through the years, I have been intrigued by the number of once powerful companies that are no longer around.  Darwinian principles seem to apply in business as much as in biology.  Companies that are unable or unwilling to adapt to the changes in such a Darwinian climate will become marginalized or extinct. Capabilities , not just Strategy.