Trust is a safe to fail exercise

Dave Snowden

The post Trust is a safe to fail exercise appeared first on Cognitive Edge I just came off a conversation with our lawyer about contractual arrangements for the new centre. Last week I had conversations about trust with network members in the context of legal restrictions.

Internet.org is a failed exercise in misdirection

Doc Searls

The Internet is one thing. It is comprised of everything it connects. By nature it is as neutral as gravity. It favors nothing and is not partial to anything. Yes, there are exceptions to that rule, in the way Net access is provisioned, but the basic nature of the Net — as a free, open and neutral shared space in the world — is by now obvious to pretty much everybody who doesn’t have an interest in limiting it in some way.

Daily Exercise (in challenging times)

Euen Semple

Work out what you do, why it matters, and how it helps others. If you fail at any of the above, do something else. Rinse and repeat

Exercising the right to talk rubbish

Euen Semple

Following on from yesterday''s post about standing up to bullies it occurred to me that bullying can be more subtle and widespread than we assume. And we all give in to it. Every time we put someone down for talking rubbish it is a small act of bullying. It makes them feel small and us feel more powerful. This happens all the time at work. That pervasive tone of disapproval so cultivated by managers who see their job as saving their organisations from people who talk rubbish.

Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise

Beth Kanter

This post shares a useful exercise for your digital team to reflect on what not to do for your digital strategy! Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise – guest post by Miriam Brosseau, Director of Engagement, See3 Communications.

New Leadership Model: An Exercise in Bifurcation

Dan Pontefract

My thinking, learning, and writing tends to fall into the theoretical camps that propose how technology, leadership and learning can (or should) converge to improve the health, productivity and culture of an organization. Isolating any of them does none of us any good.

Hyperactivity in ADHD and Exercise are Good For Your Brain

Eide Neurolearning

Tags: aging sensory processing exercise adhd memory add working memory

Cynefin courses in 2015 - new thinking, practical exercises and great company

Dave Snowden

Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015. As 2014 closes with a full-to-capacity series of CSM courses in London, we’re delighted to announce the first Cynefin and Sense-Making courses of 2015. We start the year with courses in Zurich, Auckalnd and London. Later in the year we plan to have more on the East Coast of North America, Asia and South America. Zurich: 27 - 30 January 2015. Auckland: 4 - 7 May 2015. London: 8 - 11 June 2015. Why take these courses?

Workshop Exercise Design - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

I've just posted Identify Knowledge Work Tasks - Workshop Exercise which describes a workshop exercise that I'm considering using in several different workshops. giving me thoughts on the exercise itself. The last time I posted something like this it was a HUGE help and I significantly redesigned the exercise which probably saved me a lot of grief. Please help: Identify Knowledge Work Tasks - Workshop Exercise

Designing Learning is a Probabilistic Exercise

Clark Quinn

At the Guild’s recent mLearnCon, I was having a conversation in which I was reminded that designing performance interventions is a probabilistic exercise, and it occurred to me that we’re often not up front enough about it. And we need to be. When we start our design process with a performance vision , we have an idea of what ideal performance would be.

Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. I found I disagreed with Kate’s view on a number of points, and stand on the other side of the fence from her argument for a number of reasons.

A consciousness raising exercise

Mind Hacks

I’ve just discovered the fantastic Conscious Entities blog that is full of wonderfully insightful discussions about the science and philosophy of consciousness.

Workshop Exercise Design - Help Needed

Clark Quinn

I've just posted Identify Knowledge Work Tasks - Workshop Exercise which describes a workshop exercise that I'm considering using in several different workshops. giving me thoughts on the exercise itself. The last time I posted something like this it was a HUGE help and I significantly redesigned the exercise which probably saved me a lot of grief. Please help: Identify Knowledge Work Tasks - Workshop Exercise

Help! Testing a network mapping exercise | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Testing a network mapping exercise Published by Nancy White at 2:31 pm under knowledge sharing , networks I often use a variety of paper networking mapping exercises in my face to face workshops.

Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? I having a company mission statement and all those sorts of things aren’t crap as long as you really take those exercises seriously and embed that worthwhile cause into your routines. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter.

How I use social media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I figured it would be good to exercise my memory a bit and unearth some of the key stories that led me to to my social media use today, and perhaps surface some of my patterns.

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Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » From the Globe and Mail : A body of research suggests that playing video games provides benefits similar to bilingualism in exercising the mind.

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Steven Berlin Johnson

The exercise revealed numerous errors in both encyclopedias, butamong 42 entries tested, the difference in accuracy was not great.

Harold Jarche » Net Working

Harold Jarche

Blog Post: Got a meeting? Take a walk.

David Gurteen

Research shows that walking improves your creativity – never mind being good exercise, so take a walk and let ideas flow while you walk and talk. By David Gurteen Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a “walking meeting”.

Blog Post: You'll be surprised at the strongest predictor of how long you will live

David Gurteen

I thought that mainly meant some good genes, eating well, exercising and a huge dose of luck. By David Gurteen I will be 70 years old later this year and would love to make it to 100. Yes of course, those things matter. But I was amazed to see the top two predictors of a long life in this TED talk by psychologist Susan Pinker: frequent face-to-face interactions close personal relationships. So I may be in with a chance!

Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Euen Semple

We are seeing this power exercised more and more. Sure there is a risk of vigilantism and mob rule, but if we all exercise our judgement and "volume control" on which stories to amplify and which to turn down, we have at our disposal a powerful tool for good. I have just been listening to a Longform podcast interview with Noreen Malone who wrote the New York Times cover story about women raped by Bill Cosby.

It's always the small things.

Euen Semple

We need to make sure that we exercise that influence. In the current turmoil brought about by Brexit and Trump it is so easy to think that we need to do something, to take action, to do something grand, to join a movement, to wave banners. But if we see the world as dominated by grand things, big things, things that we have no control over, then we either go numb and feel powerless, or we overreact and provoke a counter-reaction.

Pointlessness

Euen Semple

In it she describes an exercise in which she visited the same seat in the same cafe every day and wrote about what she saw. A pointless exercise. I saw reading her pointless writing as an even more pointless exercise. I am currently reading Natalie Goldberg''s The True Secret of Writing. No more meaning or purpose than that. She reproduces each day''s writing in the book. At first I wanted to skip this section - to rush ahead to the next bit of instruction.

The three Cs

Euen Semple

I recently wrote a post about the potential for systems to be self organising and the way that we compromise this ability by attempting to exercise control over the world around us. In order for systems to become self organising the networks that make them up have to be comprised of healthy cells. It occurred to me yesterday that in order to become healthy the cells need to be encouraged to work on the following three characteristics. Curiosity. Wondering why things are the way they are.

The Virtuous Cycle of Existing Theory and Big Data

Andy McAfee

I was expecting to see lots of the words that appear there, but not such large clusters related to sports, exercise, and getting outdoors. In recent decades a ton of research has led to the conclusion that while some aspects of our personalities change over time, others are remarkably stable.

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Creating a consistent online voice and identity

Ross Dawson

The workshop starts with a big picture view and then runs through detailed guidance on establishing a presence, building engagement, and driving success, interspersed with group exercises to set objectives, think through stratgies, and set action plans. One of the exercises I take the participants through in the workshops is thinking through their online voice and identity. This simple exercise can help people and companies to create a consistent online voice and identity.

Workshop Scenario - Help Please

Tony Karrer

I've posted Work Task - Workshop Exercise and would very much appreciate any thoughts, input, help you can give

Book Review: Work That Matters

Beth Kanter

” The steps and exercises in the book help you look inward, reflect, but also seek out help from others. Some of these exercises are intended for you to do alone, but others can be done in groups.

What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

He lead us on a series of improvisation exercises designed to teach important skills for networked leaders: empathy, awareness, celebrating failure, being open to change and more. David’s improv exercises were designed to help us stretch this muscle and apply to our social change work.

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The most contagious marketing memes of 2012

Ross Dawson

Contagious Magazine has just launched its annual Most Contagious 2011, “reviewing the most innovative exercises in branding, technology, and popular culture,” taking a marketer’s perspective on what has succeeded this year.

Atheism

Euen Semple

I don''t have to proactively exercise non belief in a god any more than I have to put time and effort into not believing in fairies. Atheism is not "a way of looking at the world". It is not an ideology or philosophy. It is a non-thing. It is a word made up by religious people for those of us who don''t believe in their stories. There is nothing for me to see or experience that I have to resist or deny. To believe in a god would take an act of will on my part. I don''t.

Staying sane. Well, maybe…

Euen Semple

We need to exercise control and impose limits. I have tried to meditate every day and exercise mindfulness since first reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s books more than twenty years ago when facing a particularly challenging time at work. Finding the time and space to meditate, and trying to exercise mindfulness, are both a constant challenge and not getting any easier for any of us.

The #Blimage Challenge

Charles Jennings

The three key messages that this little reflective exercise produced for me were: Context is king in life. For a bit of fun this afternoon my colleague Jane Hart set a few of us a #Blimage challenge.

It's the little things

Euen Semple

We need to exercise constant vigilance to keep it in check: to get as good as we can at designing the form that we expect others to spend time filling in; to constantly ask if we really, really need the form in the first place; to have the courage to say no to processes and practices that we feel add no value. It fascinates me how organisations don't disappear under the weight of their own administravia.

Choosing our words carefully.

Euen Semple

We should exercise the care of poets in choosing those words The words that we choose to describe each other have huge impact. They become a shorthand all to quickly and bake in assumptions, often before we have really considered situations. Whether it is the words the media choose to describe the various examples of human suffering that they invariably focus on, or even the words we use ourselves to describe each other at work or in our families, our words shape our reality.

Labor’s Lost Leverage

Andy McAfee

salaries, exercised stock options, taxable fringe benefits like use of a jet) of CEOs, hedge fund managers, and other extremely highly paid employees, and benefits like health care coverage paid to retirees.

Learning is Behaviour Change: why is it often so hard to help it happen?

Charles Jennings

How many of us have tried regimes of dieting or increased exercise, or even keeping away from some stimulant or another for for a time only to fail to keep to our intentions after an initial few weeks (or even days).

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Don't panic, don't panic (to quote Corporal Jones)

Euen Semple

When we notice this, and try harder to exercise control, we invariably make things worse. In spite of our best efforts we have little control over our lives. It terrifies us to admit it but from natural disasters, to twists of economic or political fate, to our relationships to our loved ones, we have no direct ability to control anything. Let's face it, most of us can't even control the thoughts running through our own heads!

a gold-standard study on brain training

Mind Hacks

A new trial shows the benefits of online ‘brain training’ exercises including improvements in everyday tasks, such as shopping, cooking and managing home finances. A team led by Clive Ballard of King’s College London recruited people to a trial of online “brain training” exercises.

Study 101

Does ‘brain training’ work?

Mind Hacks

You’ve probably heard of “brain training exercises” – puzzles, tasks and drills which claim to keep you mentally agile. A major finding of the review is the poverty of the supporting evidence for these supposedly scientific exercises.

Does ‘brain training’ work?

Mind Hacks

You’ve probably heard of “brain training exercises” – puzzles, tasks and drills which claim to keep you mentally agile. A major finding of the review is the poverty of the supporting evidence for these supposedly scientific exercises.

Wriggle room

Euen Semple

People who are too inflexible and don't exercise judgement can be replaced by robots. When dealing with a call centre we all appreciate it when they are willing to come off script to treat us like a fellow human being and help us. Our problem might not be as neat as they'd prefer and their flexibility says a lot about both the individual and the organisation they work for.