Barriers to Knowledge Work

Harold Jarche

If sense-making is a key part of knowledge work and is also essential for both innovation and creativity, does the average workplace help or hinder sense-making? Sharing is necessary in almost all work contexts today and it is through sharing that we can inspire and be inspired.

What matters in knowledge work

Harold Jarche

This Venn diagram by Oscar Berg says a lot about the nature of work and management today. What I see on the right are all the attributes of being a free agent and working in trusted networks like the Internet Time Alliance or Change Agents Worldwide. ConnectedEnterprise Work

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Angry Birds and productivity at work: why distractions can help

Ross Dawson

billion of worker productivity is lost to playing Angry Birds. today that workers already do a number of things that are not considered productive – like going to the bathroom or talking to colleagues without any actual loss in productivity. The fact someone is spending time playing a game or browsing doesn’t mean a productivity loss,” Mr Dawson said. “It’s The fallacy that humans can be consistently productive at knowledge work for 8 hours is not helpful.

Personal Learning Knowledge Work Environment

Tony Karrer

world that included a post by Bill Ives - Managing Personal Knowledge: Setting a Foundation for Transformation? adoption is getting folks to manage their personal knowledge and adopt practices like blogging for personal knowledge management (PKM) and personal learning. Learning-Knowledge-Work - they really are the same and I need to do them all at once. If you make these independent and distinct, it will be really annoying for us knowledge workers.

Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?

Luis Suarez

decided to kill my own productivity? And I am not just referring to the things we can do ourselves to avoid those productivity killers, since I am sure we all know how we could get rid of each and everyone of those!, That, right there, is already 8 hours of lost productivity!

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Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. This is a big reason that I started Work Literacy. I firmly believe that all management and workplace learning professionals need to be constantly looking at how we can improve the performance of knowledge workers.

State of the Net 2012 – People Tweet Tacit Knowledge – Part Two

Luis Suarez

This time around though by one of my favourite thought leaders and KM / Complexity mentors, the always insightful and incredibly knowledgeable Dave Snowden , whose blog , along with Euan’s , are two of my most essential, critical reads of the day, every day.

Productivity advice from the sage

Jay Cross

Peter Drucker’s six factors for knowledge worker productivity are core principles for designing learnscapes. Knowledge worker productivity demands that we ask the question: “What is the task?&#. It demands that we impose the responsibility for productivity on the individual knowledge workers themselves. Knowledge workers have to manage themselves.

Addressing Social Networking Gripes with Shared Value

Luis Suarez

Here’s the embedded video clip that lasts for a little bit under two minutes and which can surely make up as well for some really good fun to kick-off another week at work! Therefore, we need to work harder, smarter , on it.

Social Business Forum Highlights – Highlights from Breakout Sessions and Final Keynote

Luis Suarez

In fact, he focused on describing, and quite nicely, I must add as well, five different principles for collaborative tools that work in any context, in any environment: Build pointers to people. which are mostly labour based, from the quantum orgs, which are mostly knowledge work based.

the bridge from education to experience

Harold Jarche

Given the dominance of knowledge work in the modern workplace, the cognitive apprenticeship model may provide some insight. While cognitive apprenticeship was originally designed for teachers working with students in a formal setting, it can be used in the workplace as well.

Staying Healthy – 11 Ergonomic Tips for Avoiding RSI

Luis Suarez

I already do this with a couple of tips… First, my all time favourite preferred productivity tool to help me stay away from RSI by giving me plenty of reminders throughout the day to take frequent breaks. They have worked wonders with me so far!

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cooperation makes us human

Harold Jarche

Automation of procedural work is accelerating. What was considered knowledge work yesterday will be routine tomorrow, and workers will be replaced by software and machines. We should not try to work more like machines in order to compete with them.

It’s about value creation

Harold Jarche

” The figures are rather simple – knowledge work stands for about 60% of the world’s value creation while knowledge workers spend on average about 2/3rd of their time on managing the flows. Maybe we need to look at productivity differently.

Will offices still exist in the future?

Ross Dawson

In my keynote I talk about the driving forces of change in work and organizations, the changing nature of the workspace, and the leadership required to create the next phase of work. Until recently there were two major workspaces for knowledge work: offices and field work. When we think about the future of workspace, given the massive shift to distributed work, the question arises of whether centralized office will still have a reason to exist in the future.

Social learning is for human work

Harold Jarche

This past week I came across the theme of the changing nature of work several times. As computers transcend many human capabilities and work is dehumanized , we must focus on the skills and abilities where humans excel beyond any imaginable machine capability. SocialLearning Work

Wirearchies are smarter than the sum of their parts

Harold Jarche

Many parts of knowledge work have been routinized and standardized with the ongoing marriages of business processes and integrated enterprise information systems. Work in the network era needs to be cooperative and collaborative, and organizations have to support both.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And while not as well known and possibly not as impactful, the next four IT trends are likely to also be widely embraced over the next decade: automation of knowledge work, integrated digital/physical experiences, me + free + ease, and the e-volution of commerce. .

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Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The June, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a spotlight on Man and Machine: Knowledge Work in the Age of the Algorithm. Others are dismissive of such dire concerns while agreeing that we must work hard to ensure that our complex AI systems do what we want them to do.

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Talent vs Labour

Harold Jarche

Through the 1970s, owners moved jobs to Sun Belt right-to-work states. They automated, outsourced and worked to diminish the power of unions. We’ve been lulled into the notion that information processing is knowledge work. ITA Work Working Smarter

mastery and models

Harold Jarche

Personal Knowledge Mastery. These disciplines have influenced my professional work which is based on individuals taking control of their learning and professional development and actively engaging in social networks and communities of practice.

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An artistic mindset

Harold Jarche

My colleague Jane Hart writes that, “ supporting social collaboration is underpinned not only by new technologies but by a new mindset “ Perpetual Beta is my attitude toward learning and work – I’ll never get to the final release and my learning will never stabilise.

Connecting Companies and Markets

Harold Jarche

Management in the Network Era: It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured. In such a work environment, trust emerges.

Working Socially

Harold Jarche

With ubiquitous connectivity, more of our work is at a distance, either in space or time. Distributed work is becoming the norm. If we are going to support people doing this kind of work, we need to understand it. Work today has few time or geographical boundaries.

Learning to Work with Our Increasingly Smart Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines of the first automation era “relieved humans of work that was manually exhausting,” making up for our physical limitations , - steam engines and electric motors enhanced our physical power while railroads, cars and airplanes helped us go faster and further.

An Irish Wake for the PC

Andy McAfee

The PC forever changed how knowledge work is carried out; was instrumental in reinvigorating American industrial productivity; generated huge amounts of entrepreneurship, innovation, and wealth; and served as the initial access point to the Internet for most of us.

United by networked and social learning

Harold Jarche

Tweet In technologies for collaboration and cooperation I looked at how the differences between structured/informal and goal/opportunity oriented activities influence the design of the work/learning environment. Work Teams need to get things done. SocialLearning Work

PKM: the basic unit of social business

Harold Jarche

The main benefits for networked organizations do not lie in the outcome from teams, but in individual knowledge acquisition, in the ability to connect with the right people and to access the right information at the right time. Teams are for sports, not knowledge work.

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Virtual Trust

Harold Jarche

Tweet Virtual work can significantly reduce useless meetings, eliminate commuting time and free up time for knowledge workers to focus on what is important: being creative and dealing with complex problems. Virtual work also changes the organizational dynamic.

Knowledge sharing paradox revisited

Harold Jarche

The knowledge sharing paradox is that enterprise social tools can constrain what they are supposed to enhance. People will freely share their knowledge if they remain in control of it because knowledge is a very personal thing. I don’t see the reverse working.

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The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: What's Google's biggest.

Steve Denning

There was a time when three people at Google could build a world-class product and deliver it, and it is gone. That is one reason Google gives everyone time — called 20 percent time at the company — to work on their own projects. In knowledge work, it doesn’t work that way.

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

Jay Cross

Replacing today’s haphazard approaches with systematic, enlightened management accelerates the development of future workers and gets the entire organization working smarter. Convergence of work and learning. Work and learning have merged.

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Knowledge Workers

Andy McAfee

Computers can now do many things (like drive a car ) that we used to need people for; they can also facilitate human knowledge workers, making them much more productive and so requiring fewer of them to accomplish the work of the organization. Being in India this week has made me realize that I forgot to include a third very important factor: moving work overseas. The outsourcing and offshoring of knowledge work depend, of course, on technology.

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

Dan Pontefract

He also made a sharp observation about helicopter parenting suggesting it doesn’t work at home, so don’t expect it to work in the organization. ” It’s this siloed nature of working and operating that is causing the complexity in the first place.

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Work is already a game

Harold Jarche

I have spent a fair bit of time working with flight simulators and can attest to the value of simulation and emulation when it comes to learning how to fly aircraft. However, adding a game layer to our work does nothing more than take us away from our work. Learning Work

Is Social Business Ready to Face Internet Traffic Jams?

Luis Suarez

How does a remote knowledge Web worker keep up then? However, as a remote knowledge Web worker, and I think there are two key important aspects to this, i.e. remoteness at the home office and Web work, it’s proved to be not very convenient, nor helpful.

A litmus test for 21st Century leadership: what am I tracking?

Steve Denning

One view reflects a continuation of 20 th Century management, in which the role of leaders was to see a vision of the future, develop a plan to implement it and then control the progress of work against the plan.

[2b2k][mesh] Setting the record straight: Overall, the networking of knowledge is awesome

David Weinberger

These were great sessions by leaders in their fields, people who are full-time working on keeping the Internet free and open. One of the bad things we get from networked knowledge is it’s easier than ever to be stupid because you can find other people who can reinforce your beliefs,” the U.S. In fact, I spent the first half hour at Mesh being interviewed by the inestimable Mathew Ingram about the rise of networked knowledge , about which I am overall quite enthusiastic.

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

Charles Jennings

Rethink what’s gone before and adapt to change, or keep on doing what’s always been done in the hope beyond hope that it will work. This is all very positive, and an apparent validation of the existing work L&D departments are carrying out.

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Reinventing Management: Part 4: Coordination: From bureaucracy to.

Steve Denning

In this post, I describe the practices involved in the shift in coordinating work: from hierarchical bureaucracy to dynamic linking. Work is presented to the client or customer proxy at the end of the process of iterations, so that the team doing the work can experience the reaction.