Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week:
via @HealthCareerPro “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” ~ Winston Churchill.
@EskoKilpi “The everyday live interactions we experience do not exist in a meaningful way in any documents.”
Despite long-term increases in labor productivity, the average return on assets (ROA) of US companies has steadily fallen to almost one quarter of what it was in 1965. We’re running faster, but still losing ground. There is no sign of this long-term erosion flattening out, much less turning around.
The conclusion is inescapable: our management practices and corporate institutions are fundamentally broken. The good news, if you can call it that, is that this isn’t sustainable for much longer: the trend line on ROA approaches zero in 2020.
The Power of Power Laws by @jhagel “We’re shifting from a Gaussian world to a Paretian world, with profound implications for business.” followed by a reply to Power Laws by @downes “The thing with this discussion is, the two types of worlds are being described as if they are natural phenomena, as though they are patterns that we just fall into.”
The research suggests two parallel motivations drive student achievement: “learning orientation,” the drive to improve your knowledge and competency; and “performance orientation,” the drive to prove that competency to others. Watkins found the highest-achieving students had a healthy dose of both types of motivation, but students who focused too heavily on performance ironically performed less well academically, thought less critically, and had a harder time overcoming failure.
Two guesses which orientation develops under a U.S.-style assessment accountability system, and the first doesn’t count.
The book is a synthesis of years of collective experience, know-how, knowledge and deep passion for improving and enabling human performance. As an L&D professional, for me the book is a practical guide to the implementation of a more efficacious “workscape” and even tells me what my elevator pitch should be. However, as I read it, I realized it is also much more. It speaks to me at a personal level showing me how I can push myself to become a more effective professional, find my Element by investing in collaborating, learning, and sharing, by building a network and being part of a network of professionals.