May, 2017

An Engaged Culture Improves Performance, Not The Other Way Around

Dan Pontefract

A vice-president approached me one day after I finished delivering a keynote. The talk was focused on organizational culture. He was friendly, but rather cocky. The first.

A Blueprint for Supporting Modern Professional Learning: Part 3 (A 5-Step Plan to Move Forward)

Jane Hart

This new model requires a completely new organisational mindset about what workplace learning is all about and the role of L&D (and others within it).

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The Knowledge and Learning Transfer Problem

Charles Jennings

During a meeting at Cambridge University around 30 years ago I was thoroughly chastised by a Cambridge academic. I’d used the phrase ‘learning delivery’ when describing computer-supported collaborative learning ( CSCL ) approaches.

The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Economist’ s May 6 issue referred to data in its cover as the world’s most valuable resource.

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Pragmatism requires knowledge

Dave Snowden

I’m half thinking of using the daily Gaping Void download to stimulate my posts this month. I may not keep it up, but today’s works well as it also picks up on yesterday’s post.

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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One Year Later Is Purpose Winning?

Dan Pontefract

It was a year ago today that my second book, THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization published. I have.

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Props to Pop on Memorial Day

Doc Searls

Thinking today, with great appreciation, about my father, Allen H. Searls , who served twice in the U.S. Army, first in the Coastal Artillery and again in the Signal Corps , during World War II. As I put it in the caption under that photo , Pop hated not fighting in The War.


Globalization at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year I wrote about the future of global firms , based on two recent articles on the subject, - The retreat of the global company in The Economist , and The Global Enterprise: Where to Now? in Foreign Affairs by IBM’s former CEO Sam Palmisano.

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Boundaries as domain shadows

Dave Snowden

I’ve been teaching a masterclass her in India to a mixed group and took the opportunity to push myself to get the boundaries as domains version of Cynefin to a point where it could be published for comment and start to develop.

the uncertain future of training

Harold Jarche

Training courses are artifacts of a time when resources were scarce and connections were few. That time has passed. The roots of training are to get a lot of people to do the same thing competently. The Roman army trained soldiers for battle and many other duties, like building roads.

Follow the Data to Find the Money

John Hagel

The perennial question here in Silicon Valley is: where’s the money? Given the techie culture here, this question usually gets translated into: what’s the next breakthrough technology? Let me suggest that’s the wrong way to frame the question. If you want to know where’s the money, then follow the data and don’t get distracted by the technology.

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Who’s responsible for Modern Workplace Learning? We all are!

Jane Hart

New article in the MWL Magazine: Workplace Learning has traditionally been seen as the sole responsibility of Training/L&D departments, but in the modern workplace we are all responsible. Here I look at the roles of the individual/employee, the manager and the L&D department … Social learning

An Archimedian Approach to Personal Power in the Land of Giants

Doc Searls

On a mailing list that obsesses about All Things Networking, another member cited what he called “the Doc Searls approach” to something.

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Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every four years since 1997, the US National Intelligence Council has been publishing a Global Trends report on the key trends that will shape the world over the following twenty years.

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Small actions to create meaning

Dave Snowden

The last few days have seen one of the periodic retweeting of a three year old post I wrote with the title SAFe the Infantilisation of Management. This in turn generated a more extensive debate on LinkedIn which saw a few SAFe trainers and coaches defend their position.

Blog Post: Worcestershire Innovation Knowledge Caf?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I facilitated a Knowledge Café a month or so ago in my home town of Worcester for WINN (Worcestershire Innovation) on the topic "What are life's big questions that require innovation as an answer?".

A Happy Ending Car Crash

Nine Shift

Two weeks ago Cheri Brenna on our staff was driving on a two lane road. Coming the other way, a car stopped to turn left and was rear ended by the car in back of it, sending the car into Cheri's lane where it struck her car. .

Building digital confidence at Cancer Research UK

Jane Hart

New article in the MWL Magazine: Building digital confidence at Cancer Research UK ‘When our digital team works with another team at CRUK in a ‘spoke’, we help them deliver a digital outcome. Like increase their digital presence or the performance of their pages.

knowledge-sharing, post-technology

Harold Jarche

Your organization just implemented an enterprise collaboration platform. Now what? Most large organizations today have some kind of knowledge-sharing platform. The recent announcement of Jive’s purchase shows that this field is consolidating with a few large players dominating.

Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

McKinsey recently published an article on the long-term trends that are reshaping the business environment. T he article reminds us that the trend is your friend is an old adage that applies to business strategy as well as to investing.

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The trust word

Dave Snowden

A weapon is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary either as A thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage or as A means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest.

[liveblog] St. Goodall

David Weinberger

I’m in Rome at the National Geographic Science Festival. , co-produced by Codice Edizioni which, not entirely coincidentally published, the Italian version of my book Took Big to Know. Jane Goodall is giving the opening talk to a large audience full of students.

There's No Such Thing as 'Driving Safe'

Nine Shift

"Drive safe!" my father always told me when we parted. A good thing to attempt, as driving unsafe doesn't work. But there's no such thing as driving safe. Cheri Brenna did (see our May 22 post). .

Modernising training – a first step towards Modern Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

My 10-year survey of learning tools shows how many individuals are now using the Web to take charge of their own self-improvement – from addressing their performance problems to organising and managing their own professional development. Whilst many organisations are not yet ready for their L&D teams to move away from … Social learning

the missing half of training

Harold Jarche

The training industry is based on models that were developed for the military. The Systems Approach to Training includes the ADDIE [analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation] model, with variations used throughout industry.

Not Your Grandfather’s Manufacturing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The February 23 issue of the NY Times Magazine was devoted to the future of work, and in particular, to what it called the new working class.

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… and nearer to the Dust

Dave Snowden

One of the deeply negative aspects of the knowledge management period of a decade or more ago was the gross confusion of information with knowledge. One of the drivers was a quote now attributed to Bill Gates “ The inventory, the value of your company, walks out the door every evening. ”

The Internet is an agreement

David Weinberger

Jaap van Till has posted an aggregation of thoughts and links to remind us of what it seems we have so much trouble remembering: The Internet is not a thing but an agreement. An internet, network of networks, is a voluntary agreement among network operators to exchange traffic for their mutual benefit. The Internet is a prototype internet.) That’s all — it’s an agreement. That’s from an earlier post by Jaap.

The End of Overtime?

Nine Shift

There's more and more evidence that working overtime is unproductive. . Here's a story reported by Brian Statema in my time management class last week. "I I work for a company that is all about production. Numbers, numbers, numbers.

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I am Bailey. I am a Modern Professional Learner.

Jane Hart

Meet Bailey, a Modern Professional Learner. This is how she wants to learn at work. How can you support her in the modern workplace? You’ll find some suggestions in this slideset below. Social learning

future hedging

Harold Jarche

“The future of work will be based on hacking uncertainty and hedging risks through post-blockchain smart contracts, learning and social capital.

Blog Post: Zoom virtual Knowledge Caf? update

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I have talked in the past about Zoom and it's potential to host virtual Knowledge Cafés. Having run a few small experiments, I run a fully fledged virtual Café at the end of April with 20 participants from 6 different countries. There is no doubt in my mind now just how effective a platform Zoom is and I'll be running many more virtual Cafés and events in the future.

False dichotomies, reality avoidance

Dave Snowden

In my keynote on Friday at Agile Maine I opened by suggesting that there was a schizophrenic dichotomy in the Agile movement between highly structured, harmful, all encompassing frameworks on the one hand, and mostly harmless, but inconsequential methods based on happiness and the like.

Grappling with Groups

Clark Quinn

I’m a fan of the power of social learning. When people get together (and the process is managed right), the outcomes of a negotiated understanding can be powerful. However, in designing learning, working in groups has some real negative perceptions and realities.

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Thanks to another NineShift Book Reader

Nine Shift

We never know when we will run into another NineShift book reader. . At a passenger train meeting last month, Fritz Plous of Corridor Capital in Chicago spoke. When I met him after his speech, he told me he had the NineShift book on his desk.

L&D Needs to Get In The Time Saving Business

Jane Hart

New article: L&D Needs to Get In The Time Saving Business by Mark Britz Uber and Lyft aren’t popular because they are cheaper than a taxi or cleaner or even that they are better at getting around a city. They are successful because they save you time and make time … Social learning