Harold Jarche

What skills shortage?

Harold Jarche

Has an enormous skills gap developed since 2016? Researchers Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington identified several factors contributing to hiring challenges, but a widespread lack of skilled workers was not one them … The Iowa researchers’ conclusion?

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not remotely working

Harold Jarche

Watching the return-to-office efforts starting around the world is a fascinating exercise. Not everyone wants a return to the old normal. “But as office returns accelerate, some employees may want different options. A May survey of 1,000 U.S.

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addressing wicked problems

Harold Jarche

Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, and author of the popular book, Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow , has recently published a new book — Noise: A flaw in human judgment. Noise in general is unwanted variability.

we don’t need no stinking jobs

Harold Jarche

Last month I wrote that if you are wondering why work is not getting done as desired, then focus on the system. As we see people returning to offices and workplaces (hopefully post-pandemic) we should reflect on what this past year of remote working has really accomplished.

yes, all models are wrong

Harold Jarche

“Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.” — George Box. So how do we know when a model — particularly one of our preferred mental models — is wrong?

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four hundred finds

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. This is #400. “We can succeed only by concert. It is not ‘can any of us imagine better?’ ’ but, ‘can we all do better?’

you are a commodity and don’t know it

Harold Jarche

In platforms and the precariat I asked —If you are not one of the recognized best in your field, can you make a living online or are you just part of some platform’s long tail, valuable only to aggregators and their advertising revenues?

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PKM at seventeen

Harold Jarche

Seventeen years ago I was introduced to PKM by Lilia Efimova. To a great extent PKM is about shifting responsibility for learning and knowledge sharing from a company to individuals and this is the greatest challenge for both sides.

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moving beyond training

Harold Jarche

Working smarter means that everyone in an organization learns from experience and shares with their colleagues as part of their work. Training is not enough — see the missing half of training.

driving blind

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “I do admin exactly like I clean vomit: Hold breath, enter without looking, do something, retreat, retch, wipe eyes, breathe, repeat.” ” — @ChristoMove.

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subject matter networks

Harold Jarche

We live in a networked world. Is it even possible for one person to have sufficient expertise to understand a complex situation such as this pandemic? So do we rely on one subject matter expert or rather a subject matter network ?

nature favours large social groups that network their information

Harold Jarche

Knowing how to get the answers you need is more important than storing those answers in your head, especially with the shorter lifespan of knowledge these days. What you find when you look something up is probably current. What you already know is more and more likely to be out of date.

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the worst of both worlds

Harold Jarche

Some countries are slowly emerging into a post-pandemic mode. The nature of work, or at least where it is done, has changed for many people. Zoom, like Google before, has become a verb. The video conferencing company commissioned a report on the future of video communications.

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get out to the edges

Harold Jarche

In March [ making sense of our digital world ] I wrote that my own understanding of the COVID-19 disease started with centres of networked expertise — WHO , CDC , Public Health Agency of Canada.

overcome by events

Harold Jarche

I wrote the following in 2009 —. Workplace learning in 2019. Much of the workforce will be distributed in time & space as well as in engagement (part-time, full-time, contract mix). More learning will be do-it-yourself and gathered from online digital resources available for free and fee.

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let’s stop the war of words

Harold Jarche

A November 2019 article in the British Medical Journal showed how difficult it is to change peoples’ minds, especially with regards to vaccinations. Facts don’t change peoples’ minds. Lesson 2: don’t bring a fact to a narrative fight.

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Working Smarter Field Guide

Harold Jarche

Note: The Working Smarter with PKM Field Guide is available as a PDF. Here it is as a web page. CC-BY-NC-SA. Working Smarter with Personal Knowledge Mastery. The Changing Nature of Human Work. For the past several centuries we have used human labour to do what machines cannot.

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trusted spaces

Harold Jarche

In my PKM workshops we discuss the differences between communities and networks. This includes the dark sides of communities as well as the constant doubt and outrage on social media.

the weights on human resources

Harold Jarche

I will be speaking at the annual conference (online of course) of the CRHA [association of certified human resources professionals of Québec] on Wednesday 4 November this week.

people, not algorithms

Harold Jarche

Can an algorithm defeat an algorithm? One group of European researchers think it can be done. I have my doubts. “The approach involves assigning numerical values to both social media content and users.

a decade of digital transformation

Harold Jarche

With a focus on improving collaboration, sensemaking, and knowledge sharing in teams, communities and networks, I have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients.

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when training is the wrong solution

Harold Jarche

Training is too often the proverbial hammer in search of nails. It’s an easy check mark to show that action has been taken, assuming that improving individual skills is the core issue that needs to be addressed. But training does not improve diversity.

zoom is not the problem — meetings are

Harold Jarche

When all you have is Zoom, every work-from-home office looks like an endless face-to-face video call. I have been working remotely since 2003. Video calls have been a regular part of my work and I have used pretty well every platform available.

trust emerges over time

Harold Jarche

Imagine a research-intensive organization where scientists should be sharing what they learn, and the official company policy is to share information and expertise among public and private partners. However, the company is ‘downsizing’ and layoffs are based on performance reviews.

working smarter with pkm — transcripts

Harold Jarche

I have a series of three 3-minute videos presenting the personal knowledge mastery framework. They are supported by the Working Smarter with PKM field guide. The videos and the transcripts, for those who prefer to read rather than watch, are here. Working Smarter with PKM (3 minute videos). Part 1.

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our crisis in network leadership

Harold Jarche

This pandemic has become a crisis in network leadership. Last June, I wrote — our wake-up call. On 6 June 1944 the First Canadian Army landed at Normandy. It had never been tested in battle as a formation.

a trusted space for learning

Harold Jarche

In 2006 I proposed that we should develop an educational system of small schools, loosely joined : With access to the Internet a one-room school would have to reach out to the rest of the world and not be wrapped in the confines of the industrial school.

distributed work

Harold Jarche

I have been working remotely and doing distributed work since 2003. It’s remote work because I live ‘far from the madding crowd’, in a town of 5,000 people, with lots of cows within town limits, many pheasants, and a few coyotes.

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cynefin

Harold Jarche

This is a retrospective on how my work has been influenced by the Cynefin framework , which I first came across in late 2007, many years after it had been originally published in 1999 — the same year as The Cluetrain Manifesto.

sense before stories

Harold Jarche

Beware the storytellers and praise the sensemakers. In story skepticism (2016) I suggested that while storytelling skills may be important, a critical network era skill will be the ability to deconstruct stories. When it comes to this pandemic, there is no shortage of stories.

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surviving the post-modern transition

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. DavidBoxenhorn — “The most important thing is the ability to survive until you get lucky.”

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entangled thinking

Harold Jarche

If this pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s that experts disagree, nobody has all the answers, and we are mostly making things up as we go. In a crisis it is important to act but even more importantly to learn as we take action.

innovating with pkm

Harold Jarche

Last month I published the latest e-book in the perpetual beta series (163 pages) which is focused on actionable insights for working and learning in a networked world.

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beyond civil society, governments, and markets

Harold Jarche

Binary thinking is an easy sell. It appeals to our emotions which we developed as children. Binary thinking blinds us. It’s not black and white, or right and wrong, or even Left and Right. Human society is many shades along various spectra.

best finds of 2020

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the best of my fortnightly Friday’s Finds of 2020. Happy New Year 2021! Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” — Maya Angelou. The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” Ernest Hemingway. “To

finds for focusing

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “If you focus on sickness, you’re going to end up with doctors as the key actors. If you focus on well-being, you’re going to end up with communities as key actors.”

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prebunking the conspiracy theorists

Harold Jarche

In confronting the post-truth machines I looked at different types of fake news and what could be done to counter them — Propaganda, Disinformation, Clickbait, and Conspiracy Theories.

What is the Zollman effect?

Harold Jarche

In a series of three posts, Jonathan Weisberg explains the Zollman effect. Here are some highlights. What is the Zollman effect? “More information generally means a better chance at discovering the truth, at least from an individual perspective.

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walking the leadership talk

Harold Jarche

I was a speaker at Amazon’s Global Learning Day in 2016 and one thing that struck me was how often one of the 14 principles of leadership would crop up in regular conversations I had during my three days in Seattle.

our wake-up call

Harold Jarche

On 6 June 1944 the First Canadian Army landed at Normandy. It had never been tested in battle as a formation. The complications of drills in England had been replaced by the complexity of war and the chaos of battle.

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perpetual beta 2020

Harold Jarche

For 16 years my primary sensemaking medium has been this blog. This is where half-baked thoughts get tested, changed, and recombined. They reflect my interactions on social media, experiences through professional engagements, and conversations with colleagues around the world.

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the selfish and the selfless

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.” ” — George Carlin.

platforms and the precariat

Harold Jarche

Is it possible to be a musician today and earn a middle class income? The music industry is fundamentally broken up into three separate arms: recorded music, music licensing and live music.

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