Technology’s Real Benefits (Hint: They’re Not Economic)

Andy McAfee

A couple recent articles, one in the WSJ by Dennis Berman and one in the NYT by Eduardo Porter , have raised the question of why all the amazing technologies we have these days aren’t showing up more strongly in the productivity and GDP growth statistics.

Dear C-Suite: We Don’t Do Training Anymore

Dan Pontefract

In 2012, Peter Aceto, the President and CEO of ING DIRECT – a Canadian bank with 1.78 million customers and over $38 billion in assets – delivered a speech where he waxed lyrical about being a social CEO. Two points come to mind from that speech.

Our future depends on the humanization of work

Ross Dawson

One of the reasons that my focus is increasingly shifting to the future of work is that it is in fact a large part of the future of humanity. And if we don’t get this right it might not look pretty.

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Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

Most people get it. Classes, courses and curricula – structured learning events – don’t provide all the tools in the toolkit. They’re bit-players in a much larger world of organisational learning and performance.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month, the McKinsey Global Institute published Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead. As is generally the case with McKinsey, this is a well researched, well written report. There are few surprises.

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Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions

John Hagel

In increasingly turbulent and complex times, we understandably fall prey to a dangerous temptation – both as institutions and individuals. We’re tempted to abandon long-term strategy and fall back on rapid adaptation as the only winning game – sense and respond quickly enough to events as they occur and everything will be OK.    Don’t get me wrong, we all need to find ways to be more adaptable. But adaptation as a strategy is fraught with risk.

TV 3.0

Doc Searls

We’re not watching any less TV. In fact, we’re watching more of it, on more different kinds of screens. Does this mean that TV absorbs the Net, or vice versa? Or neither? That’s what I’m exploring here. TV 1.0: The Antenna Age.

Neoliberalism and MOOCs: Amplifying nonsense

George Siemens

I’ve said this many times over the past six months: If 2012 was the year of the MOOC, 2013 will be the year of the anti-MOOC. Things are unfolding nicely according to plan. Faculty don’t like MOOCs. Critiquing MOOCs is now more fashionable than advocating for them. Numerous quasi-connected fields that thrive on being against things have now coalesced to be against MOOCs. It’s great fun. I am very pleased to see substantial critiques of MOOCs.

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Manufacturing: Where the Jobless Recovery Is Most Evident

Andy McAfee

Over at Slate, Matthew Yglesias has a sharp post about what he calls the ‘Mythical American Manufacturing Renaissance.’ ’ He uses three FRED -generated charts to make his point. The first shows the recent, apparently-substantial rise in US manufacturing employment.

The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences – A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013

Dan Pontefract

Once in a while, you get inspired by events in your life that seem to be a precursor to real societal change. A hopeful change. A needed change. An evolutionary change.

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The immense role of national and ethnic diaspora in driving global innovation

Ross Dawson

For over a decade I have been working with various facets of the idea of Global Innovation Networks: connections around the world that facilitate new endeavors. Innovation always stems from diverse connections between ideas and people.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

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The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

Jay Cross

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10. part 1 of 5. People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. Effective managers make stretch. assignments and coach their team members. Experience is the teacher, and managers shape those experiences.

Life Without eMail – 5th Year Progress Report – The Community, The Movement

Luis Suarez

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Content is King: The Top 5 Killer Reasons You Need to Attend the Bersin - Caterpillar Webinar


Post Type: Blog post. Content strategy. It’s not the buzz phrase du jour in L&D, but it should be! Did you know that according to research by Bersin , High Impact Learning Organizations (HILO) grow their profits 3x faster than other learning organizations?

Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You

John Hagel

Unanticipated events, especially extreme unanticipated events, can harm us or even destroy us. But they can also help us to grow and make us stronger. If they do the former, we tend to fear them and avoid them wherever possible. If they do the latter, our orientation shifts and we tend to welcome them.

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networks are the new companies

Harold Jarche

Nilofer Merchant wrote in The New How that, “Permission to innovate without asking happens when the strategy is co-owned.” This is a necessity in an economy where the average company lifespan continues to decrease.

5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work

Jane Hart

From the results of the Learning in the Workplace survey and my analysis of how smart workers use social media to work and learn today, 5 key characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work have emerged.â?¦ ¦ [.]. Collaboration Social learning

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To Understand Where We’re Headed, Read This Essay Written 64 Years Ago

Andy McAfee

Norbert Wiener was at MIT legend. He taught at the Institute for a long time (after getting his PhD from Harvard at age 17), where he epitomized the absent-minded professor.

Apparently, Organizational Culture is Crap

Dan Pontefract

The one thing we can be assured of until humans safely land and colonize Mars is “ organizational culture ” will continue to be a topic of conversation.

Parallel entrepreneurship goes mainstream

Ross Dawson

Back in the 1990s I became enamoured of Bill Gross’s IdeaLab , which was spinning off new web companies initially housed in its own support ecosystem. I loved that it generated and developed its own projects rather than looking outside for ideas.

Responding to the fragmentation of higher education

George Siemens

In early February, I had the pleasure of delivering a presentation to University of Victoria on the state of higher education and challenges of fragmentation. Thanks for Valerie Irvine and Jillianne Code from TIE Lab and the Faculty of Education for hosting me. Video and slides are embedded below.

Reflections on Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Storytelling has played a central role in human communications since times immemorial. Storytelling predates writing. Oral narratives were used by many ancient cultures as a way of passing along their traditions, beliefs and learning from generation to generation.

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The principles of learning

Jay Cross

Yesterday I came upon a 13-year old cassette recording of Peter Henschel, executive director of the Institute for Research on Learning , speaking to a breakout session at Elliott Masie’s TechLearn conference. This talk had a profound effect on my thinking. It holds up damn well today.

The Innovation of Loneliness

Luis Suarez

Thoughts on privacy

Doc Searls

In Here Is New York , E.B. White opens with this sentence: “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” ” Sixty-four years have passed since White wrote that, and it still makes perfect sense to me, hunched behind a desk in a back room of a Manhattan apartment. That’s because privacy is mostly a settled issue in the physical world, and a grace of civilized life.

The Untapped Potential of Corporate Narratives

John Hagel

At a time when we’ve all become obsessed with the power of story-telling, I’ve become increasingly focused on the missed opportunity to harness the much greater power of narratives, especially for institutions. In a time of mounting performance pressure and growing uncertainty, narratives will make the difference between institutions that crumble and institutions that grow stronger.

The social imperative

Harold Jarche

Robert Sapolski has been studying baboons for thirty years. It seems that many researchers took for granted the hierarchical nature of baboon life, with dominant males attacking those next down the social ladder and then the process repeating itself down to infants and females.

5 principles for a successful formal online social learning experience – and it’s not about the tools

Jane Hart

There has been a lot of talk about the use of social media tools in formal workplace learning; and I am regularly asked to review initiatives of this kind.

The Myth of the Myth of Technological Unemployment

Andy McAfee

Over at Slate, Matt Yglesias has a post titled ‘ The Myth of Technological Unemployment ‘ accompanied by a graph showing that hours worked in the US have been rising and falling in lockstep with output. He writes.

An Infographic Depicting Learning & Collaboration in Action

Dan Pontefract

Some of you know I actually have a ‘real job’ where each and every day I get to work with great people and turn ideas into action. That role sees me employed by TELUS; an organization that was recently inducted into Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame.

The 7 characteristics of powerful visions for effective leadership

Ross Dawson

‘Visionary leadership’ is one of the phrases most bandied about these days, yet it is almost always an aspiration rather than a description. A vision of what is possible is a prerequisite to visionary leadership.

Workplace Learning: Adding, Embedding & Extracting

Charles Jennings

High performing individuals, teams and organisations focus on exploiting development opportunities in the workplace because that’s where most of the learning happens.