Harold Jarche

the new networked norm

Harold Jarche

Our societies have grown from a collection of tribes, added institutions, and later developed markets. These aligned with revolutions in communications: from oral, to written, to print. The network era began with the advent of electric communications, though it is by no means completely established.

no more email subscriptions

Harold Jarche

There are several ways to subscribe to this blog and I have just removed two: Feedburner (Google), and Webfish. This will be the last post you receive via email as I am cancelling subscriptions and deleting all subscribers in the next 24 hours. Why am I doing this?

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what they don’t teach at university, but should

Harold Jarche

Even after four years of study, many students leave their institutions of higher learning only to find themselves inadequately prepared for what is next. University graduates often go on to get a certificate in an applied area in hopes of getting a job.

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making your education

Harold Jarche

When I first encountered the web I was certain it would change the world. Today there is little doubt that networked society is developing into a very different world than the pre-internet days.

GDPR

Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

PKM made simple

Harold Jarche

Here is a simple, but by no means only, method of putting personal knowledge master y into practice. It is based on the seek > sense > share model. Use a feed aggregator to collect all your online news and information resources in one place. I would suggest Feedly or Inoreader.

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learning to create the future of work

Harold Jarche

I recently wrote that when we look at the future of work, the loss of current jobs, and the effects of automation we should use a compass to guide us, not a list of what the jobs of the future may look like. These kinds of maps get dated too quickly.

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change the system, not the leader

Harold Jarche

Plus ça change, plus c’est pareil. It’s interesting to watch the latest shenanigans in Washington DC with Silicon Valley’s latest ‘crisis’ over privacy and the manipulation of the democratic process.

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if you are the smartest person in the room …

Harold Jarche

There is a saying that if you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. But there is likely a smart person who is knowledgeable about something in every room. Should they all leave? Looking for people who are smarter than you is a good way to learn.

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connected coaching

Harold Jarche

“Teaching and coaching are fundamentally about helping making other people better. Learning to do this can’t be done via shortcuts. It requires a willingness to be patient, to take your time and have a deep desire to develop your craft.” — @IamSporticus.

a foundation for the future of work

Harold Jarche

So what is the future of work and how can we best learn how to adapt to a post-industrial, network economy? There is no shortage of future skills prescribed by various think-tanks and organizations. The World Economic Forum (2016) identified 10 work skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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soft skills are human skills

Harold Jarche

Creative people are at all levels of an organization, including the janitor , and are not ‘human resources’ but individuals who have the capability of gaining wisdom. What are often referred to as ‘soft skills’ are becoming more important than traditional hard skills.

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our future is networked and feminine

Harold Jarche

TIMN is an explanatory model of how human societies have organized: first in Tribes, later with Institutions added (T+I), and in our current society where Markets dominate (T+I+M).

we don’t need no stinking hierarchies

Harold Jarche

When we think of management we usually think of control over others. Management decides. Taylor in the early 20th century saw management as the necessary controlling layer in order to systematize work and make it efficient and so developed his Principles of Scientific Management.

agile sensemaking

Harold Jarche

“Complex environments represent a continuous challenge for sensemaking in organizations. Continuous ambiguity exerts continuous pressures on organizations to modify their patterns of interaction, information flow and decision making.

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.

the new luddites

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Rhappe — “So much data. So little insight.”

fifty percent

Harold Jarche

The dominance of men over women in society has been going on for a long time. I have suggested that our primary communications media have influenced this gender-based power shift, proposing that electric communications in networks are redistributing some power back to women.

talent, not labour

Harold Jarche

The latest edition of the European Public Mosaic: Open Journal on Public Service is focused on talent management. My article in the journal is entitled ‘Talent, not Labour, is the Future of Work’ Here is the abstract.

perpetual beta 2017

Harold Jarche

Blogging is one way I make sense of the world. This past year I wrote about 120 posts on various topics. What follows is a summary of some of my thoughts during 2017.

automation + capitalism = a perfect storm

Harold Jarche

I have often discussed the automation of work here and how we need to focus our development and education efforts on developing human competencies that cannot be done by software or machines. But is automation really the major cause of workplace disruption?

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no time, no learning

Harold Jarche

I do a fair bit of public speaking. I doubt that much of it has changed anyone’s behaviour. I may have presented some new ideas and sparked some thinking. With a one-hour lecture, you cannot expect more.

soft skills are permanent skills

Harold Jarche

Are soft skills the new hard skills? I asked this question six years ago. I would suggest that hard skills are really temporary skills. They come and go according to the economy and the state of technology. Today, we need very few people who know how to shoe a horse. Soft skills are permanent ones.

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leadership is enabling

Harold Jarche

I have often said that the essence of leadership or management in organizations is helping make your network smarter , more resilient , and able to make better decisions.

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working smarter case study

Harold Jarche

In 2010/2011 Jay Cross and I worked worked with a corporate university of a large US company with the objective to cultivate a fully engaged, high performing workforce through rapid, collaborative, informal, self-directed learning.

out on the edge

Harold Jarche

Last month in Berlin I gave a keynote at the Landing Festival entitled, It’s your Network, Stupid. I explained that to find new ideas and information, loose social networks are best.

the world needs knowledge catalysts

Harold Jarche

“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.” — Carl Sagan. When people are presented with a problem the first urge is to resolve it.

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chaos and order

Harold Jarche

chaordic [kay-ord?-ic], ic], adj., chaos and order. The behavior of any self-organizing, self-governing, organ, organization, or system that harmoniously exhibits characteristics of both order and chaos. Patterned by chaos and order in a way not dominated by either.

cities and the future of work

Harold Jarche

Note: This post is based on several earlier ones.

leadership is helping make the network smarter

Harold Jarche

Organizations face more complexity in the type of work they do, the problems they face, and the markets they interact with. This is due to increasing connections between everyone and everything. To deal with this complexity, organizations should loosen hierarchies and strengthen networks.

continuous learning to hack uncertainty

Harold Jarche

This week I will be speaking at the Landing Festival in Berlin.

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bias thwarts innovation

Harold Jarche

My recent blog post on our future is networked and feminine has had more online attention than any other post I have written in the past two years. I was even asked to change the title, something that has never happened before.

thinking about facebook

Harold Jarche

Facebook dominates online social networking. That one company has such global influence should be of concern to all of us. Our social networks define us, as Christakis & Fowler clearly showed in their 2011 book, Connected.

distributing power for the network era

Harold Jarche

A certain amount of command and control, exercised through a hierarchy is often necessary to get work done. I suggest temporary, negotiated hierarchies so that teams can form and re-form depending on what needs to be done.

metrics, thy name is vanity

Harold Jarche

About a year ago I deleted Google Analytics from this website. I no longer know where visitors come from, what they find interesting, or what they click on. This has liberated my thinking and I believe has made my writing a bit better.

it’s not complicated – review

Harold Jarche

“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” — Eric Hoffer.

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“people are for caring”

Harold Jarche

Christian Madsbjerg concludes in his book, Sensemaking : “What are people for? Algorithms can do many things, but they will never actually give a damn. People are for caring.”.

self-managing for complexity

Harold Jarche

“What processes will be effective in helping people to unlearn the disposition or stance that made them successful in the ordered domains of Cynefin? How can they most effectively learn the skills required in the complex domain?

perspectives on new work – synopsis

Harold Jarche

Perspectives on new work: Exploring emerging conceptualizations , edited by Esko Kilpi , was released by The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra in August 2016. I received a copy last week and found it a comprehensive read on the future of work. The PDF can be downloaded for free at: Sitra.

culture is complex

Harold Jarche

I am in a rural village in France enjoying my last day here before heading home. This week was spent mostly in Paris, running a workshop and meeting with a few people. One of the frequent topics was AI: artificial intelligence, not actionable insights.