Posts Categorized: Work

You do not own me

Last year I went through a very long process applying for a job that had the potential to be interesting and challenging. It entailed no move on my part, mostly work from home, some international travel and the opening of new lines of business, both geographically and in terms of industry sectors. The salary was… Read more »

Blogs and social media for beginners

I was asked the other day how an established company could start using blogs, but I soon found out that they meant any social media. As a start, I’m going to tie together a few threads from my Delicious bookmarks. Dave Snowden’s pithy advice is a good place to begin, when considering blogs for sharing… Read more »

A governing principle for work literacy

Work literacy aims to help people develop skills necessary for the knowledge-intensive and interconnected workplace, or as the website says: Work Literacy is a network of individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in learning, defining, mentoring, teaching and consulting on the frameworks, skills, methods and tools of modern knowledge work. I’m all for that… Read more »


Yesterday, I attended Martin Weller’s presentation on SocialLearn, hosted by George Siemens, with the recording now available online. SocialLearn is a project of The Open University and takes Weinberger’s concept of small pieces loosely joined and applies it to higher education. I wrote about Small (learning) pieces loosely joined three ago and have long been… Read more »

New work, new attitude

Nine Shift has a series of posts on the changing nature of work and how the idea of responsibility usurped morals during the industrial age (See Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3). “In the Industrial Age of the 20th century, you didn’t have to be of good moral character to work in the… Read more »

Distributed Work Rules

About ten years ago it was called computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) but today I would just call it getting things done using the Web. Most of my work is at a distance and I’ve been using Web collaboration tools since they became available. The Web has been around for the past 15 years or… Read more »

Collaboration versus Teamwork

In his Valence Theory of Organizations, Mark Federman identified “several specific forms of valence relationships that are enacted by two or more people when they come together to do almost anything; these are economic, social-psychological, identity, knowledge, and ecological.” Recently Mark has posted on why bureaucracy and collaboration are mutually exclusive, showing the limited nature… Read more »

The business of social media

I had the opportunity/chance/pain of being on a social media panel for our Third Tuesday Meetup, so I couldn’t resist a post called Ten Questions Not To Ask A Social Media Panel. It’s a humourous post with much truth between the lines. I’ve found that just about everybody today is a social media consultant and… Read more »


Two meetings in one day. One was traditional. Use the telephone; get everyone on the same page through lengthy discussions; follow up with e-mail; work several iterations; many phone calls and lots more e-mail. No one uses social media in their work flow. Getting paid for this work. Conference call – almost three hours. The… Read more »

Pitching work literacy

Bill Brantley responded to my post on work literacy: In fact, as the rise of social network-based learning has demonstrated, employees no longer need the company to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is the conundrum for those of us who would like to help organisations [and get paid] in enabling their employees to… Read more »