In compiling my ebook, Seeking perpetual beta: a guidebook for the network era, I tried to cover all the posts that resonated with readers, clients, and colleagues over a decade. Here are some highlights, representing one thought per year.
- Taking control of our learning is a challenge for individuals used to working inside hierarchies that demand conformity and compliance.
- The mainstream application of knowledge management and learning management over the past few decades was mostly wrong; we over-managed information, knowledge, and learning because it was easy to do.
- The basic structure of the job presumes common skills and the mechanistic view that workers can be replaced without disruption.
- Value in the new economy, with mostly intangible goods and services, is created by people with passion and initiative.
- Because it is so difficult to represent our knowledge to others, we have to make every effort to continuously share it.
- Stories are the glue, holding information together in some semblance of order, for our brains to process into knowledge.
- An informal professional learning network, with its redundant connections, repetition of information, and indirect communications, is a much more resilient system than any designed professional development program can be.
- Leadership in networks does not come from above, as there is no top.
- Successful individuals in a network society will see that their connections change over time, and that openly sharing will make them more valued nodes in the long run.
- Whoever creates an organizational structure that bridges the individual-organizational knowledge sharing divide may have significant business advantages.
Working in the network era is a constant dance