July, 2019

The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Blockchain matters because no business operates in isolation,” says Blockchain for Business , a recently published book by Jai Arun , Jerry Cuomo , and Nitin Gaur. “Multiple institutions can achieve more together than any single institution can alone. By implementing business processes that leverage the collective knowledge of the group, processes can be orders of magnitude more cost-efficient. New processes that were not possible before blockchain, can be created.

Drink your own champagne?

Clark Quinn

I was talking with a vendor of a robust suite of tools. In the course of it, in my usual teasing way, I asked a question. And, while I wasn’t surprised at the answer, I was ‘concerned’ And so should you be. So I’m going to suggest you start asking of your vendors “Do you drink your own champagne?” ” So, this was a manufacturer of an LMS (and some other, related, platforms). And they market their advanced capabilities.

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Building a culture of continuous learning: what it means

Jane Hart

We hear a lot about continuous learning. But what does it really mean? It doesn’t mean continuously taking courses – although studying can be part of an individual’s personal and professional continuous learning strategy. It doesn’t mean continuously training people – although training may well be part of of an organisation’s continuous L&D strategy. Modern Workplace Learning

confronting the post-truth machine

Harold Jarche

post-truth (adjective) Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Oxford Dictionaries. On Twitter, Tim Dickinson described four different types of distributed ‘fake news’. Fake news’ is lazy language. Be specific. Do you mean: A) Propaganda. B) Disinformation. C) Conspiracy theory. D) Clickbait. Propaganda.

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How Not to Adopt an LCMS

Xyleme

Modern learning organizations understand that, in order to provide learners with the resources they expect (such as content personalization, mobile learning, microlearning, and just-in-time support) new technology tools are no longer a “nice to have” — they’re a necessity. Today’s modern learning ecosystem demands a learning content management system (LCMS) that allows organizations to: Deliver a Better Experience. Build flexible content.

Where journalism fails

Doc Searls

“What’s the story?” ” No question is asked more often by editors in newsrooms than that one. And for good reason: that’s what news is about: stories. I was just 22 when I got my first gig as a journalist, reporting for a daily newspaper in New Jersey. It was there that I learned that all stories are built around just three elements: character , conflict and movement toward resolution. You need all three. So let’s look at them.

Free-Market, Free-Trade Capitalism at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The global economy has undergone considerable change over the past few decades. Results have been mixed. On the positive side, t he digital revolution has significantly improved the quality of life of billions around the world. Technology advances like the smartphone and wireless Internet, and the economic development brought about by globalization have led to the dramatic decline of extreme poverty around the world.

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Stop Hiding Behind Executive Assistants To Lead

Dan Pontefract

First off, let me be clear about something. Executive assistants are superheroes. They just don’t wear a cape. (In In fact, I’ve written about it – over here.) But that sentiment … Continue reading "Stop Hiding Behind Executive Assistants To Lead". The post Stop Hiding Behind Executive Assistants To Lead appeared first on Dan Pontefract. Behaviour bullying Executives trust executive assistants power

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metamodernity

Harold Jarche

To an older culture, a newer one often looks amoral, as morality guides older cultures. To a newer culture, older cultures appear to be primitive, lacking complexity. But each culture has its pros and cons. The challenge in developing what Lene Rachel Andersen calls ‘ metamodernity ‘ is in taking the positive aspects of previous human cultures in order to create a global culture that can deal with the complexity of technology, climate emergency, and evolving political situations.

How to Save 30% or More on Translation

Xyleme

Companies like Dell are saving 30%+ with Xyleme. In her 2017 article, The Holy Trifecta: The Secret to Faster, Better, & Cheaper Global Content , translation expert Val Swisher explains that structured content is one of the three factors driving efficiency into the globalization process. Coupled with optimizing translation memory, a system that stores translated words for reuse, structured content is key to keeping translation costs down. What drives translation costs?

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Giving up on LInkedIn

Euen Semple

I've been in there pretty much from the start (user number 1400 and something) but it always felt like a chore, something I "should" be doing rather than a pleasure. A combination of the design of the site and the people who tend to spend more time there than on the rest of the web. In recent years I have re-posted my blog posts there in an attempt to stimulate conversations and drum up business but to little effect in either regard.

The Business Value of Augmented Reality

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently heard a very interesting presentation at the 2019 MIT CIO Symposium , - Why Companies Need an Augmented Reality Strategy , - by Harvard professor Michael Porter and James Heppelmann , CEO of PTC , an industrial consulting company. The talk was based on their HBR article A Manager’s Guide to Augmented Reality.

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Engaging Learning and the Serious eLearning Manifesto

Clark Quinn

Way back in ’05, my book on games for learning was published. At its core was an alignment between what made an effective education practice and what makes engaging experiences. There were nine elements that characterized why learning should be ‘hard fun’ More recently, we released the Serious eLearning Manifesto. Here we had eight values that differentiated between ordinary elearning and serious elearning. So, the open question is how do these two lists match up?

Dan Pontefract July 2019 Music Playlist (for lovers of hip-hop)

Dan Pontefract

It’s July of 2019 and I found myself thinking back to the summer of 1986 when I was 15. It was the year a certain album titled Licensed to Ill … Continue reading "Dan Pontefract July 2019 Music Playlist (for lovers of hip-hop)". The post Dan Pontefract July 2019 Music Playlist (for lovers of hip-hop) appeared first on Dan Pontefract. Music Dan's Music Playlist

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our learning blueprint

Harold Jarche

“Culture is an emergent property of human groups, a new property of the whole not manifested in the parts themselves. And it arises from humans having the brains and social systems that allow for retaining and exchanging ideas. Human culture also accumulates. This means that brains and social systems capable of coping with more and more stuff are increasingly advantaged across time.

Getting past broken cookie notices

Doc Searls

Go to the Alan Turing Institute. If it’s a first time for you, a popover will appear: Among the many important things the Turing Institute is doing for us right now is highlighting with that notice exactly what’s wrong with the cookie system for remembering choices, and lack of them, for each of us using the Web.

Old dogs, new tricks, and competence.

Euen Semple

I don't want to go into too much detail online about my driving jobs but some days are hard. They test my limits both in terms of skill and psychology. I know that I will pass through the feelings of incompetence that something new brings, I almost always do, but the feelings are nonetheless uncomfortable while they are there. It may have been easier when I was younger, when everything was new and you were learning constantly, but I am not sure.

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From “Buy What We Have” to “Connected Customer Strategies”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Adapting to the ongoing digitization of the economy is one of the key challenges faced by just about every company around the world. While there are many ways a company can leverage digital technologies to differentiate itself from competitors, two are particularly prominent: streamline operations to develop higher quality products at competitive prices, and provide a superior, cost-effective customer experience through digital channels.

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Theory or Research?

Clark Quinn

There’s a lot of call for evidence-based methods (as mentioned yesterday ): L&D, learning design, and more. And this is a good thing. But…do you want to be basing your steps on a particular empirical study, or the framework within which that study emerged? Let me make the case for one approach. My answer to theory or research is theory. Here’s why. Most research experiments are done in the context of a theoretical framework.

Narratives to Drive Exponential Learning

Edge Perspectives

In our Big Shift world, the imperative of scalable learning is becoming increasingly urgent. If we’re smart about it, we have the potential to unleash the potential of exponential learning. As many of you know, I have spent over a decade studying the long-term forces that are re-shaping our global economy, something that I call the Big Shift.

the dark side of communities

Harold Jarche

Communities play a significant role in how we relate to others and perceive ourselves. I am a member of several online communities and manage one myself — the perpetual beta coffee club. Communities are more than social networks. Our open social networks may be great places for serendipitous connections but they are not safe places to have deeper conversations or to expose our points of view.

Blog Post: Do you have the capacity to hold a good conversation?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen In preparing for our Conversational Leadership workshop , Nancy Dixon , John Hovell and I keep coming back to the question " What is real conversation? " or "What makes a good conversation?" and the more we converse about it - the richer the picture that emerges.

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Half full

Euen Semple

On a good day I believe that we are seeing a great falling apart of old ways of looking at the world and our place in it. Ideas like "the establishment", isms like Capitalism and Socialism, Nation States, "the media", assumptions about consumerism and even materialism, all past their sell by dates and struggling to maintain relevance. All developed nations will face the challenge of building a new world out of the debri.

Decision Making in Our Increasingly Complex Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of years ago I attend a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb , who along with UoT colleagues has been conducting research on the economic value of AI. Goldfarb explained that the best way to assess the impact of a new radical technology is to look at how the technology reduces the cost of a widely used function.

Direct Instruction or Guided Discovery

Clark Quinn

Recently, colleague Jos Arets of the 70:20:10 institute wrote a post promoting evidence-based work. And I’m a big fan, both of his work and the post. In the post, however, he wrote one thing that bugs me. And I realize I’m flying in the face of many august folks on whether to promote direct instruction or guided discovery. So let me explain myself ;). It starts with a famous article by noted educational researchers Paul Kirschner, John Sweller, and Richard Clark.

Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award 2019

Charles Jennings

This post first appeared in Internet Time Alliance News on July 5, 2019 The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross, is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Informal Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work. Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organization and/or on the wider stage. They share their work in public and often challenge conventional wisdom.

relatedness for knowledge sharing

Harold Jarche

In the HBR article Why Employees Don’t Share Knowledge with Each Other the authors find three main reasons [ research paper behind a paywall ]. First, people share knowledge when they are autonomously motivated, and not directed to do so, or pressured by peers. Second, cognitively demanding work is shared more frequently. Third, knowledge is shared best between equal peers and not with those who are dependent on the sharer.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: July 2019

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Without conversation, work stops [link] #KM #KMers #KnowledgeManagement #ConversationalLeadership #KnowledgeCafe #ConversationalWisdom. Adaptive Leadership, What Is It Really? The adaptive leader is one who faces complex challenges for which there are no easy answers.

Being heard

Euen Semple

I try very hard when I write my blog posts to be as accurate as I can; to express the ideas that I hope to get across as simply and clearly as I know how. Over the years I have had a lot of practice at this, and have often been commended for my ability to get complex topics across simply. And yet sometimes when I read the comments on my posts I wonder why I bother.

Manufacturing Training: How to Set Up a Successful Onboarding Training Program

TOPYX LMS

The primary reason most manufacturers invest in onboarding is to reduce time to productivity for new hires. However, the benefits of an onboarding program for manufacturing employees go beyond promoting productivity. Not only does an onboarding training program help new hires contribute to a company more quickly, it also reduces future turnover and optimizes engagement.¹

Contexts By Cognitions

Clark Quinn

So, in my last post , I talked about exploring the links between cognitions on the one hand (situated, distributed, social), and contexts (aligning with how we think, work, & learn). I did it one way, but then I thought to do it another, to instead consider Contexts by Cognitions, to see if I came to the same elements. And they weren’t quite identical! So I thought I should share that thinking, and then come to a reconciliation. Thinking out loud, as it were.

Creating Happiness

KCC Business Psychology

Creativity or Problem-solving. One of the amazing things about humans is our constant endeavor to create or improve things. When we are inspired to create something, we demonstrate our passions or talents. When we run into a problem, we want to fix it and come up with a solution. These days it’s not unusual to complain about something and hear someone say in response, “There’s an app for that!”.

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making space

Harold Jarche

Sometimes, perhaps too often, we are asking the wrong questions about workplace learning. For instance, we should not be asking how people can work more efficiently. We should be asking what are the best conditions for people to do their work. A friend who works in retail banking told me recently how they loved their work but there was never enough time in the day to get everything done and they always left work feeling exhausted.

Blog Post: Thaler Pekar interviews me on Conversational Leadership

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Thaler Pekar recently interviewed me about my work on Conversational Leadership. She summed it up like this: "What do good leaders do in terms of influencing the world or people around them? They do it fundamentally through conversation. Hence this term Conversational Leadership.". You will find the interview here

Body Politic

Euen Semple

Each day we get the bus along the packed beach here in Poetto. People board that bus in all sorts of beach wear. Never having had a problem with her attire before Hannah got on the bus in shorts and her bikini top. In front of the whole bus the driver decided to berate her and insist that she cover up. Seeking a riposte which would express my irritation the first word that came out of my mouth was fascist. Sign of the times I guess

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How LMS Training Increases Volunteer Productivity for Associations

TOPYX LMS

Volunteers are critical to the success of an association. Associations that fully utilize volunteers can operate at nearly half the average budget of those that don’t.¹ To make better use of your own volunteers, use an association LMS to deliver online volunteer training, that increases productivity. LMS for Associations Association Training

Direct Instruction and Learning Experience Design

Clark Quinn

After my previous article on direct instruction versus guided discovery, some discussion mentioned Engelmann’s Direct Instruction (DI). And, something again pointed me to the most comprehensive survey of educational effects. So, I tracked both of these down, and found some interesting results that both supported, and confounded, my learning. Ultimately, of course, it expanded my understanding, which is always my desire.

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