May, 2019

Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I attended two back-to-back blockchain events in Toronto, - the Blockchain Research Institute All-Member Summit followed by the inaugural Blockchain Revolution Global conference. Both events included a number of excellent talks and panels. One of the presentations I particularly enjoyed was Scaling Blockchain for the Enterprise: Emerging Business Models, by IBM’s Andrew Martin and Smitha Soman.

The Untapped Potential Of The Middle Manager

Dan Pontefract

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Martin Burns RIP

Dave Snowden

On the 11th of March this year I sat down for a meal at the Bridge Inn in Ratho (top picture) near Edinburgh with Martin and Lucy Burns along with Simon Wardley. It was the end of an enjoyable three days. Wales had beaten Scotland (just) to stay on course for the Grand Slam and I was there. Earlier that day Simon and I, along with others, had spoke at Lean Agile Scotland in the RBS conference centre and Lucy had been doing her usual highly efficient job of making everything work for the event.

What is innovation?

Harold Jarche

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Here goes. Innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people. “An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations.” ” — OECD. The Learning Link.

Three Chaotic podcasts

David Weinberger

My book Everyday Chaos launched last week. As part of the launch, I gave some talks and interviews. Here are three of the conversations, three three great interviewers: Leonard Lopate, WBAI Hidden Forces podcast Berkman Klein book talk, and conversation with Joi Ito

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Facilitate is the new train

Clark Quinn

Ok, so I’m being provocative with the title, since I’m not advocating the overthrow of training. The main idea is that a new area for L&D is facilitation. However, this concept also updates training. It’s part of what I was arguing when I suggested that the new term for L&D should be P&D, Performance & Development. So let’s start with that. We need to facilitate in several directions!

A Novel Method for Measuring the Value of Free Digital Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output, based on the market value of all the goods and services the country produces. Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures. But, concerns have long been raised about the adequacy of GDP-based measurements given the major changes that’ve taken place in economies around the world over the past several decades.

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Many individuals spend time self-learning; but most organisations don’t provide time for it

Jane Hart

Time for self-Learning survey results. Modern Workplace Learning

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status update on society

Harold Jarche

Many of the changes we face today are similar to a time when a new communications technology came along and changed the face of Europe — print. The Protestant Reformation saw the rise of religious wars, which were later followed by the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment. An age of exploration and colonialism followed, which brought not just gold and silver to the coffers of Europe, but new foods such as potatoes, to fuel the Industrial Revolution.

ATD 2019: Oprah, Seth Godin & “Causing a Ruckus” in Training & Development

Xyleme

“Your mission, which you have already accepted, is to make change happen… Go make a ruckus.” – Seth Godin. ATD 2019 is officially in the books, and attendees walked away from this year’s event with a wealth of actionable tips as well as big picture ideas about the future of Training and Development.

Social Silliness

Clark Quinn

It’s that time again. Someone pointed me to a post that touted the benefits of social learning. And I’m a fan ! However, as I perused it, I saw that was a bit of social silliness. So, let me be clear about why. It starts off mostly on the right foot, saying “playing off of the theory that people learn better when they learn collectively” I’m a proponent of that theory.

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AI and the Evolution of History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the event I attended on February 28 to celebrate the launch of MIT’s new Schwarzman College of Computing, - MIT’s strategic response to the rise of artificial intelligence, - a technology that will reshape “geopolitics, our economy, our daily lives and the very definition of work” in the decades to come.

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Dan Pontefract May 2019 Playlist (for the 80’s weirdos)

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I was 8 years old when the 1980s started and I was 18 when they ended. To say I was a child of the 80s. Dan's Related Posts: Dan Pontefract April 2019 Playlist (for the weirdos). Dan Pontefract February 2019 Playlist (for the lovers). Dan Pontefract March 2019 Playlist (for Claire and Cate). Dan Pontefract April 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract January 2019 Playlist (homage to Peaky Blinders). Thanks for reading.

Other May News:

Nine Shift

Other May news: * The year 2019 continues to look and feel just like 1919, dull, full of strife, inequality, and just plain awful to experience on a societal level. Brexit hit a new low, and the parallels with the U.S. seem to grow. Neither nation is able to turn the clock back to the last century, try as both nations are doing. Infrastructure postponed. The U.S. continues to slip into decline. Infrastructure going nowhere. No universal Internet; no big funding for trains.

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meetings, bloody meetings

Harold Jarche

My introduction to organizing meetings was in the military, where different types of meetings had standard structures. The Orders Format was something any officer could recite from memory. During officer training we were shown the 1976 John Cleese film, which was updated in 1993 — Meetings, Bloody Meetings. Cleese, a manager, is convicted in a dream of the following: Chairing without due thought & preparation. Failure to signal your intentions for the meeting.

Fake news, harassment, and the robot threat: Some numbers

David Weinberger

Lee Rainie, of Pew Research, is giving a talk at a small pre-conference event I’m at. I’m a Lee Rainie and Pew Lifetime Fan. DISCLAIMERS: These are just some points Lee made. I undoubtedly left out important qualifiers. I’m sure I got things wrong, too. If I were on a connection that got more than […

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Shaming, safety, & misconceptions

Clark Quinn

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Once Lumbering, Now Innovative Incumbents Hit Their Stride

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published Incumbents Strike Back , a global C-suite study based on survey data from over 12,800 executives from 112 countries, including CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, CIOs, and CHROs. Two decades after the Internet became a platform for transformation, we’re still wondering how it all might turn out,” notes the report. “The signals aren’t always clear.

Energy + Utilities Panel: How to Adapt Your Learning Ecosystem for the Future

Xyleme

The post Energy + Utilities Panel: How to Adapt Your Learning Ecosystem for the Future appeared first on Xyleme

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Top Story of May 2019

Nine Shift

#1 EVERYONE'S BEING BITCHY WITH YOU. You are trying to hold your organization together, plus learn the latest new software. People are retiring and leaving you with more to do, not even thanking you for continuing to contribute to their retirement and social security. The national news is bad, no matter what TV channel you try (or what political persuasion you hold). You are exhausted emotionally dealing with all the uncertainty about where your organization and even society is going.

“the strategic and purposeful production of ignorance”

Harold Jarche

“ You will not achieve an informed public simply by making sure that high quality content is publicly available and presuming that credibility is enough while you wait for people to come find it. You have to understand the networked nature of the information war we’re in, actively be there when people are looking, and blanket the information ecosystem with the information people need to make informed decisions. ” — danah boyd.

test. please ignore

David Weinberger

this is a test

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Packaging change

Clark Quinn

I’ve been looking at a couple of things, with a goal is to look for the sweet spot at the intersection. I’m looking at my missions, interests, and what’s resonating. And, I find, that they’re converging into a few things. Which I thought I’d make concrete, because I really want to see if these are things that are tangible and valuable. What is the right packaging? I’m asking for your help: is this the right suite, and if not, what do you want?

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Being brave

Euen Semple

Most of the organisations I work with have clearly defined groups whose needs they are intended to serve. Increasingly these days there is a desire reach out online to foster a real connection with those people, but most staff in most organisations find it ridiculously difficult to do so. As a participant in a workshop once said "How do you find your authentic voice while working in a stifling bureaucratic environment?"

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Let Xyleme Power Your Learning

Xyleme

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#2 Minneapolis First City To Eliminate Single Family Zoning

Nine Shift

Your children may not be able to live in a single family home 20 years from now. That’s because multiple residence zoning lessens inequality, helps renters, creates more dense communities, promotes light rail, is better for the environment, and more. Single family zoning was essential and mandatory for the now-fading suburbs. But now there’s a new movement: YIMBY. You know NIMBY, Not In My BackYard. Now people are saying Yes In My BackYard to the 21 st century.

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three pillars of leadership

Harold Jarche

“Hierarchical authority is much more effective at securing compliance than it is in fostering genuine commitment.” ” — Peter Senge. Senge and his team have identified three types of leadership in organizations. Local level — to experiment. Executives — to support local level & model behaviour. Networkers — to make connections between people. Leadership today is all about making the network more resilient. It is helping the network make better decisions.

Here’s how Google can save podcasting from getting silo’d

Doc Searls

Give podcasting full respect by making it a search heading. Bing should do it too. Also DuckDuckGo. In fact all search engines should make podcasts a search heading. Simple as that. If they make podcasts a search heading, they’ll make podcasting too big a category to fracture into a forest of silos. This doesn’t mean Apple, Spotify and others can’t continue to offer subscriptions and other forms of aggregation. Or that ListenNotes will go out of business.

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How (Not) To Write Marketing Posts

Clark Quinn

You’ve seen my takedowns of various posts by now, and the flurry of fluff continues. It seems like there’s some baseline social media marketing course that everyone takes. And the very first thing is a series of steps that yields annoyance and embarrassment (or should). For the sake of all of us who suffer from this, we need to stop! We need better posts for our industry. Even if they’re for promotion (I get it), we need more sensible marketing posts.

Zen and the art of truck driving.

Euen Semple

"I am lost, I am useless, I will never be able to do this." " Sound familiar? This is what goes round and round in my head every time I fail to find a building site that I am meant to be delivering to. The locations are not always obvious, even with a sat nav, and they are often in busy and crowded parts of towns. So the pressure builds, the feeling of incompetence increases, you get tired, you get frightened.

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Why Technology Training is Critical for Financial Services Companies

TOPYX LMS

Tech training is essential to the success of banking and other financial institutions - as much as 70 percent of financial services leaders are concerned about the speed of change in technology.¹ Technology training can help financial services companies keep up with both technology and their competitors by upskilling staff with critical tech skills that promote digital transformation. Financial Services Training Technology Training

May 2019 Top NineShift Stories

Nine Shift

Only 7 more months til our story ends. The transformation of work and society from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Age will be complete by 2020. The NineShift “Grand Finale” will be held Thursday, Nov 21, in San Diego at the big LERN annual conference. Here’s the top 3 stories of the month. #3 3 Light Rail is the People’s Choice. New light rail is popping up all over. People want it.

narcissists at work

Harold Jarche

The following series of tweets by @HoarseWisperer is an incredibly good examination of how people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) control those who work for them. I am sure many of us have witnessed similar behaviours in toxic workplaces. Naming and understanding these behaviours can help us deal with them. I have expanded some abbreviations and highlighted what I think is the key insight. I worked for a severe narcissist for a while.

All hail the Houston Rockets—especially next year

Doc Searls

I thought the Rockets were great in last night’s game—and say that as a Warriors fan. (I I even had season tickets back in the Run TMC era, when tickets were still affordable). The Rockets’ problem was that the Warriors were greater, and it wasn’t just because SuperSteph showed up in the second half. Basketball is a team game, and the difference was the Warriors’ bench. The Warriors have been getting s**t for their bench all season; but the bench played great.

Hub or spoke?

Clark Quinn

How are learning design teams are distributed (or not) in an organization? I’ve seen both totally separate teams in organizations (spoke), and t otally central ones (hub), and of course gradations in between. While size of the organization is one driver, there are tradeoffs in efficiencies and effectiveness. And, I think tech can help. So, to start, this has been an ongoing debate.

Happiness is.

Euen Semple

I know it is not everyone's cup of tea but as I negotiated my fully laden 32 tonne truck along the Chelsea embankment, into the centre of London and south to Elephant and Castle, negotiating tight narrow lanes, cyclists, pedestrians, everything London could throw at me, listening to my particularly good collection of bangin' house music on the truck's half decent speakers, I could not have been happier

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Corporate LMS Systems: When to Replace Outdated Software

TOPYX LMS

Corporate learning management systems provide a number of benefits to an organization: centralizing and standardizing company training, controlling L&D costs, and streamlining and improving the effectiveness of employee learning and development. LMS User Experience LMS Comparison Corporate LMS