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Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Jay Cross

Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. An article entitled Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats in the November 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review caught my eye.

Learning Strategy Issues

Clark Quinn

The interesting thing here was the audience picking up on the need to go beyond courses and start looking at resources. The audience was clearly thinking ‘beyond the course’ They were focusing on supporting performers in learning, and resources, and leveraging the community, all activities consonant with the revolution. The strategy depends on where the organization is to begin with, but there are systematic principles to guide progress.

Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions

John Hagel

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.  But adaptation as a strategy is fraught with risk. adaptation in practice leads us to spread our resources way too thinly as we fall into a reactive mode , unable to prioritize or focus as we get bombarded with events occurring at a faster and faster rate.

The Big Shift in Business Strategy

John Hagel

Business strategy has evolved dramatically over the past four decades in response to the Big Shift that is re-shaping our global business landscape. Business strategy emerged in full force in the 1970’s and 1980’s with a strong focus on structural advantage. In response to these developments, we saw a first big shift in strategic thinking, one that could be broadly framed as a transition from strategies of position to strategies of movement. 

Creating More Intelligent Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. These groups worked together on a diverse set of tasks including solving visual puzzles, brainstorming, making collective moral judgements and negotiating over limited resources.

Where Do You Stand? The Shifting Ground of Strategy

John Hagel

The implications for strategy are profound, but few have explored this terrain. Strategies of position are back Strategy was once all about position – all that mattered was where you were located and whether there were barriers to entry. As structural advantages eroded, this view of strategy fell out of vogue. Now, it looks like strategies of position will reassert themselves with a vengeance.

Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. So, what I thought I would do is go back and see what resources I could find some good resources that would help me and could be used by instructors be better prepared to teach online. So together, I’ve collected a bunch of resources pretty quickly. Still here are 60 great resources.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A: we''ve done it for institutions - it''s really a roll-out resource Q: are you using robots with existing science equipment? Karla - OISE student ready to get a job - there wasn''t really any prep - we were lucky to go to the computer lab (we went maybe once a month) - maybe we''d use computers after class - MSN or maybe presentation - it was strongly discouraged in school (went to a rural school) What resources were taught to you to collaborate in your learning?

Resources for Measuring What Matters

Beth Kanter

I’ve been curating resources on nonprofit measurement over on Scoop.It, with eye towards collecting useful material related to social media and social impact measurement. The resource also includes some case studies.

Starting Strategy

Clark Quinn

As things are moving faster, you just can’t keep ahead of the game while creating formal resources, and equipping folks to help each other is probably your best bet. However, it occurred to me that this might change depending on the nature of the organization. social strategy

A Few Really Useful and FREE Social Media Tips Sheets and Resources

Beth Kanter

Most of my work is as a trainer where I’m teaching workshops on leadership skills for emerging leaders, self-care, social media strategy, train the trainers, and networks/data.

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Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . We learned that in many cases, our human organizations are more efficient the larger they are. The larger the city, the fewer physical resources are required to support their populations. Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation.

New ideas: Building the organizations of tomorrow

Ross Dawson

Organisations are built for standardization, founded on physical assets, and driven by strategy formulation. Cellular organizations – as exemplified by the form of many terrorist groups – provide an alternative structure. Hierarchy is dysfunctional, and there are better ways to bring together resources to create value.

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was at Guelph - youth job strategy, a lot went to match students with first job, but there was some money set aside for innovation.

3 reasons to change your learning content management strategy now


When we step outside of our learning silo, we find that virtually every function in today’s organizations is sustained by a content strategy driven by a content management system that enables content developers to create dynamic content and reuse it across multiple formats.

Does Your Nonprofit Have A Wellness Strategy for Staff?

Beth Kanter

The networks, nonprofits organizations, and movements are filled with people who are passionate about social change work, but often work hard and long with few resources and many just keep going without giving a thought to self-care.

Social Media Strategy thoughts

Clark Quinn

What is a social media strategy for outreach? If an organization is on social media, and increasingly they should be, it needs to be interactive. This is accomplished in several ways: point to what the organization is doing. point to interesting things outside of the organization. These require resources, essentially a person or persons who handle these duties. In short, it’s about interaction around the organization and it’s work.

A Few Good Pinterest Tools, Tips, and Resources

Beth Kanter

Back in January, I wrote a post about Pinterest as a curation tool to organize and share visual content I’ve collected in a pleasing visual way. How is your organization using pinterest strategically?

HR Doesn’t Need a Seat at the Table, it is the Table

Dan Pontefract

HR is both table stakes and a stakeholder for an organization. Of course, if HR begins to play offence, takes the bull by the horns, and enacts a human capital strategy that provides a more cohesive way in which employees can more efficiently do their job, then yes … it makes sense.

Flexible Working Works

Dan Pontefract

I am a direct leader of 25 people strong and an indirect leader in an organization of 40,000 across many time-zones and countries. flexible work Human Resources managing mobile organization work from home

Does Your Organization Have Social Media Guidelines for All Staff?

Beth Kanter

One of the basic tenets of my first book with Alison Fine, “ The Networked Nonprofit ,” was that everyone in the organization participates in social media from the executive director on down – not just the “social media person.”

The top 10 reasons your mobile learning strategy will fail | Dawn.


I love this description because it encapsulates what should be the crux of any mobile learning strategy. We all know that old habits die hard, so here are 10 repeat offenders that could deliver a devastating blow to your mLearning strategy: 1. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy

Beth Kanter

Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy – Guest Post by Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3. In fact, 80% of respondents said video is important to their organization today, 91% believe video will become more important in the next 3 years, and.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

What if a funder got real-time input from its grantees and other partners to develop its investment strategy? Over the past twenty years, the Brainerd Foundation has invested nearly $50 million in organizations working to protect the environment in the Northwest.

Are You Content Creation Impaired? Here’s Some Tips and Resources

Beth Kanter

The post includes links to studies and other material that make the case for why content marketing is the heart and soul of your digital strategy. An executive sponsor is necessary to lead the program and communicate its value and reach to the organization. Source: Copyblogger.

Wikis and Learning – 60 Resources

Tony Karrer

I wanted to collect a few resources around this topic for use in these discussions. trainingwreck , January 23, 2010 Social Learning Strategies Checklist - Social Enterprise Blog , January 11, 2010 Extending elearning? I’m involved in several discussions around how to use Wikis as part of learning solutions.

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Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic. Ed Mitchell: What are facilitation and moderation , February 17, 2008 What are facilitation and moderation February 15, 2008 – 1:55 pm A quick addendum about facilitation and moderation on online spaces before a longer post about strategy. The conference organizer has put signs in the middle of each table with a topic.

The Great Transformation of the Organization Still Needs the How

Dan Pontefract

” The ‘we’ he referred to might have been leaders in today’s organizations. It helps an organization’s margins improve because they make markets vibrant. Efficiency innovations – helps an organization get lean.

7 Fantastic Free or Low Cost Sources To Get Images for Your Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Images, visuals, videos, and infographics are being staples of nonprofit’s content strategy, especially for social channels. Here’s a round up of resources and advice. Flickr Image by Sam Howzit.

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New Playbook Resource: How To Engage Alumni

Beth Kanter

A playbook is an online resource that is basically knowledge capture around a specific practice or type of program. Using the Playbook, participants were able to get up to speed quickly and not waste time or resources.

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Announcing ImpactRising.Org: Organizational Capacity Building Resource for Nonprofits and Consultants

Beth Kanter helps to make standards of practice explicit, so that social sector organizations like nonprofits, NGOs and foundations don’t have to reinvent the wheel. In that spirit, I’m excited to introduce as a resource to nonprofits and the consultants they work with.

How and When Should Your Nonprofit Organization Invest in Mobile

Beth Kanter

Recently, I got into a discussion with several other nonprofit tech consultants about guidelines for nonprofits to embrace a mobile strategy and specifically what to recommend. Nonprofit organizations are under the gun to keep up with current technology.

Good News for Giving 2.0: Your Organization’s Champions Are Your Most Valuable Resource

Beth Kanter

What does all this mean for your organization’s end of the year fundraising strategy? Is your organization encouraging your supporters to be philanthropists for your organization? Last week, I attended Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen ‘s Giving 2.0

Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: Many of us don’t value taking the time for intentional learning within our organizations. Being intentional about learning can also help an organization scale effectively. Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes – Guest Post by Kelcie Tacchi.

Nonprofits and Content Strategy: The Wisdom of the Network

Beth Kanter

Colleague Miriam Brousseau tagged me and several other “close professional ties” asking us for resources on nonprofits and content strategy. I asked Miriam if she would summarize what she learned about nonprofits and content strategy in a guest post and here it is.

How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer

Beth Kanter

And, you need to think about the cover image design in the context of your overall content strategy. But what if you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer and need to do it in-house?

You need the right lever to move an organization

Harold Jarche

Human performance is an emergent property of an organization, and is affected by multiple variables. Once the steering elements have been addressed, then look at the “Enabling Elements&# – Management (again), Design, Resources and Support. As Wittkuhn states: It is not an intelligent strategy to train people to overcome system deficiencies. Perhaps this is why the training department is usually not part of the C level (executive) conversations in most organizations.

Organizing Big Data Initiatives: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With few exceptions, all companies expected that these initiative will become more important to their organizations over the next three years. About 20 percent of organizations could not identify any executive with overall responsibility for the function.

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If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Participants at FFL Training Doing Content Strategy Brainstorm. Holly published the 2013 version back in December, but you can never have too much of a good and incredibly useful resource!!!

Strategy & Business Lists Hard Facts Among Decade's 10 Most.

Bob Sutton

interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. Why Managing by Facts Works: Strategy+Business. The Problem With With Women Bosses -- Human Resource Executive. Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Converting Strategy Into Action. Pankaj Ghemawat: Redefining Global Strategy: Crossing Borders in a World Where Differences Still Matter. Bob Sutton.

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