Posts By: Harold Jarche

driving blind

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “I do admin exactly like I clean vomit: Hold breath, enter without looking, do something, retreat, retch, wipe eyes, breathe, repeat.” —@ChristoMove “Most doctors are rather good with healthcare of individuals, but not that… Read more »

not remotely working

Watching the return-to-office efforts starting around the world is a fascinating exercise. Not everyone wants a return to the old normal. “But as office returns accelerate, some employees may want different options. A May survey of 1,000 U.S. adults showed that 39% would consider quitting if their employers weren’t flexible about remote work. The generational… Read more »

finds for focusing

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “If you focus on sickness, you’re going to end up with doctors as the key actors. If you focus on well-being, you’re going to end up with communities as key actors.” —@CormacRussell “Collaboration is… Read more »

connections trump expertise

A recent research paper — Orthodoxy, illusio, and playing the scientific game — looks at why it took so long for the mainstream medical community to accept that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is predominantly spread as an aerosol and not through surface transmissions. Three fields—political, state (policy and regulatory), and scientific—were particularly relevant to our analysis…. Read more »

addressing wicked problems

Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, and author of the popular book, Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, has recently published a new book — Noise: A flaw in human judgment. Noise in general is unwanted variability. That is, when there is a judgment or a measurement… Read more »

the worst of both worlds

Some countries are slowly emerging into a post-pandemic mode. The nature of work, or at least where it is done, has changed for many people. Zoom, like Google before, has become a verb. The video conferencing company commissioned a report on the future of video communications. “Most countries heavily favored a hybrid business environment, with… Read more »

surviving the post-modern transition

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @DavidBoxenhorn — “The most important thing is the ability to survive until you get lucky.” @ProfCharlesHaas — “I am glad to be in a field that is enriched by assimilating knowledge from other fields,… Read more »

PKM at seventeen

Seventeen years ago I was introduced to PKM by Lilia Efimova. To a great extent PKM is about shifting responsibility for learning and knowledge sharing from a company to individuals and this is the greatest challenge for both sides. Companies should recognise that their employees are not “human resources”, but investors who bring their expertise… Read more »

What skills shortage?

Has an enormous skills gap developed since 2016? Researchers Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington identified several factors contributing to hiring challenges, but a widespread lack of skilled workers was not one them … The Iowa researchers’ conclusion? “When employers say there’s a skills gap, what they’re often really saying is they can’t find workers willing… Read more »

focus on the system

I recently wrote that with increasing complexity and interconnectedness, we all need to be better detectives in order to make sense and understand our world. The field of human performance improvement is a systemic method of doing detective work to find out how people perform in an organization. W. Edwards Deming stated that, “I should… Read more »