May, 2017

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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 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.

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.

When it’s just so obvious no training is needed, it hurts to watch.

Jane Hart

New article in the MWL Magazine by Charles Jennings … Training is a certain and unquestioned component of every business strategy and plan, particularly when faced with the rollout of new systems and processes. Rolling out a new Finance or Business Suite, or a new CRM system?

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.

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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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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).

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.

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice.

To LMS or not to LMS

Clark Quinn

A colleague recently asked (in general, not me specifically) whether there’s a role for LMS functions. Her query was about the value of having a place to see (recommended) courses, to track your development, etc. And that led me to ponder, and here’s my thinking: My question is where to draw the line. Should you do social learning in the LMS version of that, or have a separate system?

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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MWL Newsletter No 14

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 14-20 May 2017. Social learning

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.

This map shows what white Europeans associate with race – and it makes for uncomfortable reading

Mind Hacks

This new map shows how easily white Europeans associate black faces with negative ideas.

Clarifying Microlearning

Clark Quinn

I was honored to learn that a respected professor of educational technology liked my definition of micro-learning, such that he presented it as a recent conference. He asked if I still agreed with it, and I looked back at what I’d written more recently. What I found was that I’d suggested some alternate interpretations, so I thought it worthwhile to be absolutely clear about it.

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.

Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Beth Kanter

Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness. Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.

MWL Newsletter No 13

Jane Hart

This week’s newsletter is packed with great articles from the week 7-13 May. Social learning

… 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 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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Disruptive Innovation

Clark Quinn

I recently came across a document (PDF) about disruptive innovation based upon Clayton Christensen’s models, which I’d heard about but hadn’t really penetrated. This one was presented around higher education innovation (a topic I’ve some familiarity with ;), so it provided a good basis for me to explore the story. It had some interesting features that are worth portraying, and then some implications for my thoughts on innovation, so I thought I’d share.

beta conversation 2017-05-18

Harold Jarche

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Thursday, May 18th at 15:00 UTC [08:00 Pacific, 11:00 Eastern, 16:00 BST, 17:00 CET]. The subject will be understanding the effects of technology.

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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.

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


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.

Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

Beth Kanter

A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause. They could be a group of people who support a particular nonprofit’s social change agenda or a group of people from different organizations united around a common challenge, idea, or cause.

To show or not to show (and when)

Clark Quinn

At an event the other evening, showing various career technology tools, someone said something that I thought was just wrong. I asked afterwards, and then explained why I thought it was wrong. The response was “well, there can be different ways to go about it” And frankly, there really can’t. Think for yourself about why I might say so, and then let me show you why. The trigger was a design program talking about their design courses.

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.

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. .

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

When to stick?

Dave Snowden

I should probably have watched out for today’s Gaping Void cartoon before mentioning humility in yesterday’s post! In the text that accompanied this cartoon we get: Thought leadership should be about giving. It’s about taking what you know and using it to help people around you. To innovate.

Listen Up: A New, National RFP Offers Nonprofits and Funders Tools to Survey Clients

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Melinda T. Tuan, Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight shares details about an incredible funding opportunity for nonprofits. Does your organization want to make meeting the needs of the people its serves a top priority?

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A ‘Critical Friend’?

Clark Quinn

I’m participating in an engagement, and they were struggling to define my role. Someone mentioned that I’m serving as a ‘critical friend’, and the others cottoned on to it. I hadn’t heard that term so I explored, and liked what I found. Thought I’d share it. So, ‘ critical friend ‘ is a term that originated in the education sector.