The post-hierarchical organization
OCTOBER 23, 2014
The way we manage our organizations is largely ineffective for the complex challenges we face, whether driven by the environment, demographics, economics, or politics. They work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. Organizations have to become knowledge networks.
Creating the AAA Organization
NOVEMBER 2, 2014
For an organization to be agile and adaptive, the people in it need to be aware of what is happening around them, have alternative pathways to gather information and knowledge, and must be allowed to act to meet/solve both local and global goals/problems.
OCTOBER 4, 2013
Lateral organizations, or more egalitarian structures, have been the exception. In the endless allure of non-hierarchical organizations , David Creelman notes that both forms have their flaws, but says it’s best to thoroughly understand the history of the field.
Why Organizations Don’t Learn
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. An article entitled Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats in the November 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review caught my eye.
self-organization is the future
MAY 4, 2016
If we as a society think it is important that citizens are engaged, people are passionate about their work, and that we all contribute to making a better world, then we need to enable self-organization. Like democracy, self-organized teams are hard work.
The Coherent Organization
NOVEMBER 14, 2012
This post continues an ongoing conversation about The Coherent Organization. The article describes The Coherent Organization , the Internet Time Alliance ‘s shorthand for a company where individuals are aligned with the organizational mission and information flows from outside in and back again in ways that accelerate work. ” Yesterday Clark wrote about detailing the Coherent Organization. Coherent OrganizationCo·her·ent (k -hîr nt, -h r -) means.
the keystone of the intelligent organization
JUNE 8, 2015
The intelligent enterprise has to be founded first and foremost on intelligent communication, which in the network era is much more than just passing information. The intelligent organization is based on a simple structure that has the flexibility to deal with complex situations.
Learn Informal Learning Informally
JUNE 13, 2012
Next month I’ll be offering an experiential workshop on Informal Learning through Jane Hart’s Social Learning Center. Take a look, then tell me how much you think I should charge, whether anyone in your organization might want to sign up, and what else you’d like to see.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
The concept of T-shaped skills was first introduced over 20 years ago, but its importance, - to both individuals and organizations, - has continued to rise. The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the T-shaped organization.
Leadership, Connectivity, Execution, Organization
JULY 21, 2011
Metaphors that provide the common mental frameworks for our organizations are also powerful tools. Today, more people are viewing the organization as a biological system, bringing new metaphors that can change the way we think, and act. We must keep one another informed in real time.
The learning organization: an often-described, but seldom-observed phenomenon
MAY 31, 2012
The real barrier to systemic change, such as becoming a learning organization, is command & control management. This is why the third principle for net work , shared power , is a major stumbling block to becoming a learning organization. Informal Learning Learning NetworkedLearnin
The Organization as a Cycling Peloton
APRIL 23, 2013
This got me thinking about one of my favourite personal passions (cycling) and our corporate organizations. Maybe if we were to act like a peloton in our organizations, we might see higher levels of employee engagement. collaboration engagement leadership organization cycling peloton
From organizing and managing learning to supporting self-organized and self-managed learning
NOVEMBER 10, 2012
For example, training courses are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and connections were few. It is glaringly obvious in this time of ubiquitous connectivity and pervasive proximity that we can get pretty well any information we need whenever we want it.
Informal rule of thumb
JUNE 13, 2012
Studies show that informal learning accounts for between 70 and 95% of workplace learning [USBLS: 70%; Raybould: 95%; EDC: 70%; CapitalWorks: 75%; OISE: 70%; eLG: 70%; Allen Tough: 80%]. According to Gary, as much as 95% of workplace learning is informal. Informal Learning
The Hyper-social Organization – Review
DECEMBER 4, 2011
The main premise of The Hyper-social Organization is that social media, connectivity and always-on technology are enabling what humans do naturally; to be very social. The authors on knowledge management: Of course, one of the big challenges for companies is that, unlike information or data, knowledge does not flow easily, as it relies on long-term trust-based relationships. Tweet.
Informal learning, the 95% solution
JANUARY 4, 2012
Tweet Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. Supporting informal learning at work is not as clear-cut as something like ISD. Today there is no agreed-upon informal learning design methodology. Informal Learning
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Informal learning is effective because it is personal.
Organizations, work, and learning
DECEMBER 23, 2014
They cover the main themes of organizations, work, and learning, that I have been discussing on this blog since 2004. The post-hierarchical organization. This article describes the limitations of hierarchies and asks: What does a post-hierarchical organization look like?
Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil
JUNE 21, 2012
I fear that charlatans and dummies are taking informal learning down the same road. An Informal Learning Sequel? While it took six years to arrive, informal learning has become L&D’s flavor of the day. You nurture informal learning; micro-managing chokes it off.).
The Coherent Organization
JULY 4, 2012
We’re each teasing out the meaning of what we call the Coherent Organization with models. The Coherent Organization. This is an overlay on the model Harold and I have employed when helping organizations work smarter through networks. The firewall itself is becoming porous; customers and partners are increasingly privy to what was previously considered insider-only information. At the Internet Time Alliance, we’re big fans of narrating our work.
The Masterclass on Informal Learning
AUGUST 2, 2013
Your organization has decided to tilt in the direction of informal learning. Masterclass for L&D managers, instructional designers, and senior instructors on the concept and implementation of informal learning. What is the organization’s primary goal?
Organizations Don’t Tweet – Review
MARCH 1, 2012
The title, Organizations Don’t tweet, People Do – A manager’s guide to the social web by Euan Semple pretty well describes this book. However, I think this book has great value for anyone dealing with enterprise social media or becoming more collaborative as an organization.
Controversy over Informal Learning
APRIL 28, 2012
When the book on informal learning came out, nay-sayers attacked me as some kind of loony. QUESTION: How do you know that informal learning works? QUESTION: How can we assess the ROI of informal learning? QUESTION: How do you know learning on the job is 80% informal?
Organization Chart Collapses
JUNE 8, 2011
So fun to witness the collapse of the Organizational Chart and dominance of the Network. We were at an organizing meeting for a citizens election organization in the recall election of our Tea Party state senator. The participants were discussing how to structure the informal organization.
How organizations can thrive in the network era
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. The challenge of moving from a hierarchical to a network structure is a complete shift in how we have thought about organizations. A new special edition paper has just been released, Turn Your Company Outside-In.
Informal learning is a business imperative
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
see Mapping informal and formal learning strategies to real work ], so the work of the L&D department will be very different in different organisations, depending on the type of workers and work done. complexity Informal Learning Work
The right information is not enough
NOVEMBER 28, 2012
There is quite a bit of research on the significant value of making the right information available to the right person at the right time – and quite a bit of research shows clearly that Enterprise Search has a direct impact on the success of organizations.
Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design
MARCH 9, 2016
One is that I specialize in helping IT organizations and digital businesses bring together agile, DevOps, and design thinking in order to adopt new methodologies and be able to deliver more continuous value, so I’m really interested in the relationship between design and engineering and design and IT in particular. The other thing is, I think a lot about the relationship between designing and operating systems and designing and operating organizations.
Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations
OCTOBER 31, 2012
For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. All that growth generally leads to ever larger, multi-layered hierarchical organizations.
Reconciling Formal and Informal
MAY 24, 2012
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about informal learning, which ends up sounding like formal learning, and this can be confusing. Now, let’s move on to informal learning, as this is where, to me, we have a conflict.
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
It may be People, Organization, Technology; although we should not be in a rush to replace a failed triplet with another. The right question is: “Why do we work in organizations where natural interactions and instincts are discouraged?” People, Organization, Technology.
The key to informal learning is autonomy
APRIL 27, 2012
He writes: “I thought I had made a sound business case for investing more in informal learning, but few organizations changed their ways. They acted as if the natural way of informal learning didn’t exist.
Building Stronger Organizations
FEBRUARY 17, 2011
A recent Ross Dawson blog post included a mention of building flexibility: “the more flexible the organization, the more able it is to succeed. Along the lines of the biomimicry field, Eileen was inspired by her scientist husband’s work on organisms that live in extreme conditions of heat, salt, cold, and more. develop ‘wise’ information technology: use technology more strategically to complement our capabilities.
Informal Learning in the Workplace Survey
APRIL 9, 2014
I am working with the E-Learning Guild on a research project about the current state of informal learning in the workplace. What types of informal learning are going on inside your organization? Please share your insight by completing the Informal Learning in the Workplace survey. The results of this survey will be analyzed and shared [.]. Social learning
Content Strategy, Creation, Organization, and Measurement
JANUARY 25, 2013
I think that is an important insight for small organizations who don’t have a team of people doing the social media and trying to do it with limited hours in the day. Those decisions are implemented across the organization’s web properties and social channels.
Noticing; the first step to a learning organization
AUGUST 4, 2011
He proposed an alternative model in which teachers were the bridge in students’ journeys from what they know to incorporating information they did not know to develop their knowledge. Shifting from external to internal assessment reinforces what we already know about social learning from Albert Bandura : “Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do.
How Your Organization’s CEO Can Use Social Media for Thought Leadership
JUNE 24, 2014
There are significant benefits to both the organization and the leaders themselves by building a thought leadership profile on social. Your logo alone is not enough to build trust for your organization’s brand, it requires a human face to humanize the brand.
The evolution of the CIO – the transformation of the role of the Chief Information Officer
FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Other CIOs are leading their boards and executive teams in understanding the critical role of technology in their organizations’ future success, and playing a key role in shaping not just their strategies, but also the very nature and shape of the organization in a connected world.
Keynote slides: The Future of Information Infrastructure
AUGUST 1, 2011
This morning I am giving the opening keynote at Implementing Information Infrastructure Symposium , organized by the Storage Network Industry Association and Computerworld. Here are the slides to my keynote on The Future of Information Infrastructure.
The Organization Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions to Survive
MARCH 5, 2011
It’s my personal opinion that the word leader should denote and be applied to everyone in an organization. Every single person must play a leadership role in today’s organization. Or, have they made a mistake in joining the organization?