Books I Read In 2018

David Gurteen

If we generously start 2018 on 12/26/2017, here’s what I’ve read so far in reverse-chron order: 4) Finding Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [non-fiction]. Not gonna lie. All those “Books of 2017” posts made me kinda wishing I kept a list of my own. No way for me to go back and figure out what I read last year (I give away most books once I’ve completed them) so instead will make this a living post, where I add as I finish.

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth Kanter

Let’s see what happens to the platform in 2018. Is your organization making the best of use of Twitter in 2018?

Trending Sources

2018 Trajectories

Clark Quinn

The post 2018 Trajectories appeared first on Learnlets. Given my reflections on the past year, it’s worth thinking about the implications. What trajectories can we expect if the trends are extended? These are not predictions (as has been said, “never predict anything, particularly the future”). Instead, these are musings, and perhaps wishes for what could (even should ) occur. I mentioned an interest in AR and VR. I think these are definitely on the upswing.

A sense of direction (4)

Dave Snowden

Taking the A5 route Anglesea late in the afternoon is normally a delight as the mountains of Snowdon start to emerge on the horizon. But tonight the exposure produced periods of radically reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces.

A sense of direction (1)

Dave Snowden

I had a really interesting exchange on twitter over the last few days. It’s nice when you can have an exchange with people mature enough to both take, and give, an argument rather than defend their various sacred cows.

Nonprofit Book Review: Social Startup Success – A Must Read for 2018

Beth Kanter

One of my favorite activities is to do a networking walk on The Dish trail, a five mile somewhat challenging hike adjacent to the Stanford University campus, a location where Silicon Valley start up entrepreneurs have famously walked and made deals or come up with great ideas.

Making sense of what happened to Montecito

Doc Searls

Note the date on this map : That was more than a month before huge rains revised to red the colors in the mountains above Montecito. The LA Times also ran a story a week before last, warning about debris flows , which are like mud slides, but with lots of rocks.

The quiddity of Cynefin

Dave Snowden

For those not familiar with it, quiddity is not about games played by wizards (although for all I know it may be the origin of Rawlings imagination) but a term from scholastic philosophy meaning ‘what it is’.

Identity

Dave Snowden

One of the more fascinating aspects of human systems, and one of the most significant differences with the wider field of complexity is that of identity. Humans beings rarely have single agency. Not only that our identities can flex and change instantly and in context.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2008 I gave a talk at a conference on The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing.

Conflict

Dave Snowden

You see conflict and care in all systems but humans are pretty unique in allowing both to exist outside kinship growth and for abstract ideas and values. Not only that we create rituals around both, we train people in rhetoric, we see conflict as an essential part of a good story.

collaborating with the enemy

Harold Jarche

Collaborating with the Enemy by Adam Kahane gives a framework of how to work with people you don’t agree with, like, or trust. Kahane developed it through his years of conducting collaboration workshops such as the Mont Fleur sessions to prepare for a post-apartheid South Africa.

Resolve To Do Your New Year's Resolutions Differently

John Hagel

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Be careful. For many, these resolutions are at risk of becoming a sorry joke. The cynics say that these are useless exercises that make us feel good for a few months, but that no one really has the intention or fortitude to follow them beyond that. We've all heard the statistics about how gym memberships spike early in the New Year but that the crowds quickly thin out and the gym is empty again by the end of February. Does it have to be this way?

a vision for learning

Harold Jarche

Harvard Business Review described The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, as one of the seminal management books of the previous 75 years. The five disciplines necessary for a learning organisation are: Personal Mastery. Mental Models. Shared Vision. Team Learning.

Small, But Mighty: A Resource for Small Nonprofit Leaders

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’m honored to be a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community , a group of people in the nonprofit sector who care deeply about high performance.

Listening

Clark Quinn

Listening, as I mentioned, in this case to Guy Wallace. As one of the premier promoters of evidence-based design, he responded to my question about what to post on with: Any “How Tos” using methods, tools and techniques that you’ve found to work in L&D and Performance Improvement. Since I am a fan of Guy’s work, I thought I should answer! Now, obviously I don’t work in a typical L&D environment, so this list is somewhat biased.

Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

John Hagel

This 2018, take some time out to refresh and recharge. The word is that a movie based on “ Ready Player One “ by Ernest Cline is slated to come out in 2018.

Reflections on 2017

Clark Quinn

The end of the calendar year, although arbitrary, becomes a time for reflection. I looked back at my calendar to see what I’d done this past year, and it was an interesting review. Places I’ve been and things I’ve done point to some common themes. Such are the nature of reflections. One of the things I did was speak at a number of events. My messages have been pretty consistent along two core themes: doing learning better, and going beyond the course.

Facebook Announces Overhaul of Newsfeed: What Does It Mean for Nonprofits?

Beth Kanter

Yesterday was my birthday. And the one great thing about social media, particularly Facebook, is that you get to hear from many people wishing you a happy day because the platform alerts them. This year I had a tsunami of birthday wishes.

AI and Nonprofits: Will Bots Make Transition from Functional to Friendship?

Beth Kanter

The next disruptive technology phase is already upon here and it includes a technology designed to emulate human conversation – chatbots programmed with artificial intelligence.

Developing Decisions

Clark Quinn

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that one thing I do in getting objectives is focus on decisions. And, simple ones will get automated; we can train AI to handle these. What will make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary organizations is the ability to make decisions in this new VUCA environment (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous). And it made me wonder how you develop the ability to make better choices.

4 Exciting Recruiting Trends In 2018 [Infographic]

Jane Hart

Here are my top 4 recruiting trends for 2018 summarized in an infographic. In 2018, one of the top recruiting trends will be a focus on quality over quantity, which means adopting software tools to improve candidate matching and recruiter efficiency.

2018 Challenge: Become a Modern Professional Learner in 100 days

Jane Hart

The Challenge will start on 1 January and run until 10 April 2018. Social learning

the coffee club

Harold Jarche

To kick off 2018 I have decided to no longer offer beta conversations to the general public and instead make these events for paid subscribers only. Last October I suggested that subscribers to this blog could buy me a monthly cup of coffee to support my writing.

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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018

Jane Hart

Based on the Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2017 list, here is the Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit 2018. Social learning

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And Listen

Clark Quinn

Listening is a vital skill. It’s something that made my mother very popular, because she listened, remembered, and asked about whatever you said the next time you saw her. She cared, and it showed. I wish I was as good a listener! But it’s critical to really listen (or as some have it, not just listen, but hear ). It’s part of a skillset necessary to innovate. Innovation can be about problem-solving, and design thinking has it that it’s really about problem- finding.

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The backfire effect is elusive

Mind Hacks

The backfire effect is when correcting misinformation hardens, rather than corrects, someone’s mistaken belief.

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The role of L&D in 2018

Jane Hart

I am frequently asked for my thoughts on the role of L&D in the future. Here is my take on the important work required for the short-term future. Social learning

coffee, communities, and condescension

Harold Jarche

Last month I started a coffee club so that subscribers to this blog could purchase the equivalent of a cup of coffee for me each month. This week we had our first online video conference with five participants.

Let’s talk

Clark Quinn

“Conversations are the stem cells of learning.” ” – Jay Cross. I recently read something that intrigued me. I couldn’t find it again, so I’ll paraphrase the message. As context, the author was talking about how someone with a different world view was opining about the views of the author. And his simple message was “if you want to know what I, or an X, thinks, ask me or an X. Don’t ask the anti-X.”

MWL Newsletter No 47

Jane Hart

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 7-13 January 2018. Social learning

Choo Choo 2018. First U.S. Private Train Starts This Week!

Nine Shift

Happy 2018. We start out the New Year with big news. Brightline, the first all-private (track and train) passenger train in the U.S. in over fifty years, starts this week. The train will run from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach, Florida. Soon the big Miami train station will open for service. And Brightline has already received federal approval to build the track to Orlando. Orlando to Miami is the goal.

some thoughts on thinking

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ” —Ray Bradbury, via @holdengraber.

Open Science Essentials: Reproducibility

Mind Hacks

Open science essentials in 2 minutes, part 3. Let’s define it this way: reproducibility is when your experiment or data analysis can be reliably repeated. It isn’t replicability , which we can define as reproducing an experiment and subsequent analysis and getting qualitatively similar results with the new data. These aren’t universally accepted definitions, but they are common, and enough to get us started).

Is Influencer Marketing Part of Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Strategy in 2018?

Beth Kanter

It is not too early to start thinking about your nonprofit’s social media strategy for 2018, including how you want to capitalize on social media trends that will have maximum impact in 2018. Rob Cottingham, Social Signal – Cartoon for Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.

Origins & acknowledgements

Dave Snowden

It was satisfying to find my name on Brian Castellani’s updated map of the Complexity Sciences. The map is used a lot, especially in wikipedia and it is an academic acknowledgement of the status of the work overall.

Gender Pay Discrimination: Point B

Nine Shift

There's outright unethical and illegal gender pay discrimination against women that has to be stopped. But then there is Point B: complex, unresolved issues about gender and pay. . Claire Miller and the NYTimes like to scream 'discrimination' wherever they can, or can't, including nursing.

Gender Pay Discrimination: Point A

Nine Shift

There's complex, tough and so-far unresolved issues regarding gender pay. And then there's outright no-good unethical, hopefully illegal, gender pay discrimination against women. . Claire Miller, in a NYTimes article about nursing , screams bloody discrimination about nurses. But is it?

A sense of direction (3)

Dave Snowden

I really should be cutting back on the email and task backlog at the moment but I keep getting distracted by the print of Cynefin on which I have made a growing body of notes so its probably best to get it out of the system.

A sense of direction (2)

Dave Snowden

Having written yesterday’s post I started to play around with mapping various approaches to measurement, goal setting and the like onto Cynefin.