Posts Categorized: Work

unified models for work and learning

There are two models that I regularly use when explaining how organizations need to integrate learning and working in the network era. Individuals need to master the ability to negotiate social networks, communities of practice, and teams doing complex or creative work. Personal knowledge mastery is the individual skill, while working out loud helps groups… Read more »

learn like a gamer

Learning is the new literacy. Personal computers are just one example. We buy new ones every few years. Operating systems change. Programs change, get replaced, or become obsolete. But we often continue with the same habits until something goes wrong. Few of us do the equivalent of ‘looking under the hood’. We learn enough to… Read more »

platform capitalism and the post-job economy

This week I am reviewing my posts from 2015 and putting some of the core ideas together. Here are some thoughts on the changing nature of work and shifting wealth creation. Platform capitalism is beginning to define the economy for the second Gilded Age we seem to be entering. It requires 4 contributing factors, which… Read more »

automation is coming to a job near you

Just as farmhands were replaced by machines 100 years ago, so too will knowledge workers be replaced by networked computers in the next few decades. Last century, those farmhands had the option of moving to the city and working in factories, but what are the alternatives for today’s knowledge workers? It is not likely to… Read more »

work, learning & leadership

How we organize and get things done as governments, communities, and companies needs to change. We are shifting to a new economy, with global surveillance, and new ways of work. As we shift from a society focused on institutions and markets and prepare to enter the network area, three areas require greater emphasis. collaborative work… Read more »

the execution of education

“it pisses me off that business schools virtually ignore sales, while fawning over marketing” – Tom Peters Marketing is relatively easy to teach. Doing sales takes time, practice, and feedback. It’s fairly obvious why universities prefer to teach marketing. I don’t know of any programs where students do real sales calls. I guess that’s for… Read more »

co-creation as a service

Give people fish & you feed them for a day Teach people to fish & you feed them for a lifetime Help people learn for themselves how to fish & you prepare them for life in perpetual beta Most best practices are self-evident, whereas the problems that consume our time and efforts are usually complex…. Read more »

you are only as good as your network

I’ve worked as an organizational learning & performance consultant since 1998. Every year I get new challenges but usually I have something in my toolbox that fits the requirement. Then one day in 2012 I was asked to solve a problem for a client that I did not have a clue how to even begin… Read more »

time to start cooperating

In tribal societies, your family is your source of power. In institutions, it is your position in the hierarchy. In markets, dominance is through competition. We are a tri-form society: Tribal + Institution + Markets. The latter currently dominates how we organize as a society. It is competitive. School is competitive, with individual grades. Work… Read more »