Emergent learnings

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week.

@JamieNotter – “Key lesson: for people to give energy to these new things, they need to stop doing other things.”

@AnnaFMackenzie – “I agree. Writing is writing – it takes practice and discipline to write well. I find blogging helps thesis writing.

@dominicad – “A richer organization has more options for slack time.

«Il n’y a pas d’éducateurs, «mais seulement des gens qui montrent aux autres comment ils s’y prennent pour s’éduquer eux-même. ~ J. Guitton »  – via @PascalVenier

Team Wikispeed, where learning really is the work – via @jhagel

You can certainly gain knowledge by reading a textbook, but acquiring “tacit knowledge,” education that comes from first-hand experience, is a much more powerful and effective way to learn. Talent development in firms today typically comes in the form of stale training courses and presentations rather than a focus on tacit knowledge development. At WIKISPEED, however, the team learns almost entirely through hands-on experience. Volunteers work in pairings of inexperienced and experienced individuals who take on small projects. Not only does this help novice volunteers learn faster, it also reduces the time and cost of documenting every process because knowledge is exchanged between peers rather than consolidated in formal training programs.

90% of companies with >1,000 employees recently changed their organization structure. <50% were successful! – via @JostleMe

“an alarming statistic, and one with perilous implications. Apart from the high costs and squandered opportunity, a failed reorganization can leave an enterprise even worse off than it was before, with lost productivity, a weakened market position, and a disengaged workforce, among other impacts.”

 culture is an emergent property of all the little things you do – via @JDeragon

We are accustomed to thinking that the intangibles of life exist separately from tangible things; material things separated from spiritual, personal things distinct from commercial. This is not so. The knowledge economy has taught us how intangibles like intellectual property and design can be converted into money. Consider how much of the cost of a computer covers its tangible components versus how much you are paying for its technology and software. Tangibles and intangibles are often interchangeable. Material wealth can buy intangibles like lifestyle, time, rich human experiences, and education. In the same way, intangibles like knowledge, wisdom, culture, and caring can generate tangible wealth, too.

@TomSpiglanin – Why would I need to manage my own knowledge in the first place? 

At the end of the day, we are individually responsible for our own professional development, not our employer. After all, the only knowledge we can truly manage is our own.

When cooperating, people perform together (co-operate) while working on selfish yet not-conflicting goals. by @StoweBoyd

As swift trust and ad hoc project teams become the dominant form factor for working over the next few years, we will see the transformation of large businesses away from monolithic power and belief systems, to something much more of a mosiac. In  this not-too-distant future businesses may principally be organized around helping every employee find and achieve their personal meaning for workinstead of trying to indoctrinate workers to a corporate agenda.

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