Posts By: Harold Jarche

prisoners of our own device

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “We simply ask that you be innovative without mistakes while working as a team to achieve individual performance goals.” —@DocOnDev “Here’s a helpful logic tree to decide if work should be paid or unpaid:… Read more »

horses for courses

The phrase comes, of course, from horse racing. Some horses are good at boggy ground, some prefer the going to be firm underfoot. Put the right horse on the right track, and they will prevail. This neat rhyme proved to be so popular around racetracks that it took on a life of its own, with… Read more »

trust emerges over time

Imagine a research-intensive organization where scientists should be sharing what they learn, and the official company policy is to share information and expertise among public and private partners. However, the company is ‘downsizing’ and layoffs are based on performance reviews. If one scientist helps a peer develop a patented product, and as a result the… Read more »

fishing through the noise

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Historical Note: On 19 February 2004, states of emergency were declared in Atlantic Canada after a prolonged blizzard, later named White Juan, dumped as much as 100 centimetres of snow. Many roads were impassable,… Read more »

Working Smarter Field Guide

Note: The Working Smarter with PKM Field Guide is available as a PDF. Here it is as a web page. CC-BY-NC-SA Working Smarter with Personal Knowledge Mastery The Changing Nature of Human Work For the past several centuries we have used human labour to do what machines cannot. First the machines caught up with us… Read more »

subject matter networks

We live in a networked world. Is it even possible for one person to have sufficient expertise to understand a complex situation such as this pandemic? So do we rely on one subject matter expert or rather a subject matter network? I have noted many discrepancies between advice from our Chief Medical Officer of Health… Read more »

a decade of digital transformation

With a focus on improving collaboration, sensemaking, and knowledge sharing in teams, communities and networks, I have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients. Ten years ago I tried to convince senior federal public servants of the importance of social media and how they would have to change their relationship with… Read more »

the moral minority

The elites in charge of organizations and institutions like to think they take into account the opinions of experts, but as this pandemic has shown, that is often not the case. The pandemic response in many countries is political, not guided by the best public health knowledge. “On any particular issue, people at the bottom… Read more »

connect, challenge, create

Education won’t counter populism — changing education might Slovakia’s president, Zuzana Caputova, was elected in March 2019, and surprisingly showed a way out of the populist quagmire that many countries find themselves in. The tribal affiliations retrieved by the previous corrupt government, particularly via social media, were what Caputova had to counter in order to… Read more »