Harold Jarche knows that the ability to learn is the only lasting competitive advantage in a time of constant change, or perpetual beta. Harold helps people and organizations master the emerging network era with a focus on social learning and connected leadership. He has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”.
Harold provides pragmatic guidance on working in perpetual beta, by leveraging social networks, communities of practice, and personal knowledge mastery (PKM). A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in leadership and training roles.
Harold Jarche is focused on workplace transformation for the network era. He has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. Clients appreciate Harold for his extensive experience and network. His internationally renowned blog is “a beacon of light in the dark landscape of organizational learning”. According to one long-time reader, “Harold is one of the best thinkers out there on things relating to learning and work”. For his clients, Harold helps to identify next practices around collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and innovation, in an increasingly complex networked world.
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in leadership and training roles. Harold began his career as an officer with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He completed his service as a Training Development Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he conducted the analysis and design of training for aircrew and technicians on the newly purchased CH146 helicopter.
In 2003 Harold launched his independent consulting practice in Sackville, NB, Canada. He has served a wide variety of clients and has been a speaker at many venues worldwide. As work and learning become integrated in a networked society, Harold sees great opportunities to create new employment models. We can do better than cubicle farms, cookie-cutter job descriptions, generic work competencies, and boring, dead-end jobs. We need to make social networks and communities of practice essential components of all of our workplaces. Being able to understand emerging situations, see patterns, and co-solve problems are now essential business skills. As Harold says, work is learning & learning is the work.
Harold’s preferred workplace is on his bicycle, where he gets his best ideas.
Link: Video Interview on Social Media (2 minutes)
Link: Video Interview on Social Learning (2 minutes)
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- Principal, Jarche Consulting
- Partner, Internet Time Alliance
- Instructor — University of Toronto Faculty of Information’s iSchool Institute
- Chief Learning Officer — e-Com Inc. (Theorix LMS)
- Project Manager (Learning & Performance Systems)
— Centre for Learning Technologies, Mount Allison University
- Training Development Officer — Royal Canadian Air Force
- Health Care Administrator — Canadian Forces Medical Services
- Infantry Officer — Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
- Chairman — Renaissance Sackville (volunteer)
- Director of Planning — Atlantic Wildlife Institute (volunteer)
- Master of Education (Adult Education) University of New Brunswick
(Thesis: Learning in the New Brunswick Information Technology Workplace)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours History) Royal Military College of Canada