Posts Categorized: Work

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 »

The work literacy gap

Yes, there is a work literacy gap. My experience shows that in North America, where I have done most of my work, a significant portion of the workforce has not been able to develop the skills to learn for themselves. This does not mean that they lack basic learning skills. What they lack are tools,… Read more »

A dysfunctional workplace

Jay is presenting findings from his Learning Practices Survey in Australia this week and has made the data available at the Internet Time Community. The survey had 237 respondents from various sized organisations and from several continents. My impressions are that about one-third to one-half of respondents feel that things are not good in today’s… Read more »

Wanted: New organisational models

More of us are working in a networked economy, driven by the enormous, ubiquitous Internet. Working in a network appears to be most effective for chaotic and complex environments, where the Cynefin model prescribes: Complex, in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance, the approach… Read more »

Five Years

I started this venture called Jarche Consulting five years ago today. I still feel the way I did two years ago: Blogging has helped me connect to others who are passionate about learning, technology and new ways of work. I feel like I’m living the life of the knowledge worker that was described several years… Read more »

Who’s your city, Canada?

In Who’s Your City, Richard Florida focused on the US. Now we Canadians have an opportunity to tell our story. From The Creative Class Exchange: Now, I’d like to ask for your stories about Canadian cities Tell me about the place you live. Why did you pick your city or region? How did you go… Read more »

Thanks to my fellow freelancers

Over the past five years I’ve had the opportunity to work with, or at least try to find work, with other independent business people. In most cases we’ve worked without any contract, non-disclosure agreement or other formality. We’ve just trusted each other and it’s worked out. I’d like to thank my fellow free agents for… Read more »