Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

Associations must think laterally

I’ve worked with quite a few non-profit associations and been a member of several non-profit associations. I’ve also let many of my memberships expire without renewal. In many cases I’ve felt that I could have better relationships through my own networks, via my blog, Twitter or a free social network, like LearnTrends. Associations put me… Read more »

Relevance in the Network

In Become a meta L&D Manager (requires free registration), my colleagues Jay Cross & Clark Quinn advise that it’s time to take a broader look at learning in the organization: “Your charter as head of L&D [learning & development] is to optimise learning throughout the organisation, not just in the pockets that once belonged to… Read more »

Being participative

Matthew Hodgson asks at The AppGap what participation and engagement really mean and he refers to the IAP2  core values of public participation. These values, based on “the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process” are important for a participative democracy but I… Read more »

Work 2.0

I have little doubt that industrial management and all that it has created (chain of command, human resources, line & staff, production, etc.) are the wrong models for the emerging, networked workplace. This is a workplace with increasing numbers of free-agents and permanent employees who don’t have a job for life, especially as the average… Read more »

Aware Organizations

Mark Dowds has released a white paper (PDF) on his new software venture, Brainpark, and knowing Mark, I’m sure it will be something completely different from the run of the mill software being sold for organizational productivity: If the twentieth century was shaped by automation and mass production, the twenty-first will be defined by those… Read more »

Defining the Big Shift

John Hagel has developed a number of “from-to” contrasts to illustrate the Big Shift. It’s great to get confirmation from someone like John Hagel that what I’ve been saying here for the past five years appears to be on track. Hagel cites several shifts in his post. Knowledge stocks to flows – my take on… Read more »

Learning to work smarter

Anne Marie McEwan’s Smart Working nicely summarizes the shift that is taking place in how we work. These shifts have happened before – when we developed agriculture, moved into cities, or created powered machines. Now we are becoming networked. The term ‘smart working’ has in recent years been associated with flexible and mobile working, that… Read more »

Management Rewired – Review

Management Rewired: Why feedback doesn’t work and other surprising lessons from the latest brain science by Charles Jacobs covers many of the areas discussed here, such as learning, management models and democracy in the workplace. Jacobs covers a variety of studies in science and management but this book is not a dry academic treatise but… Read more »

Workers, Management and Work Support

Learning professionals are facing similar issues that others (HR, KM, IT & Marketing) do, but in many ways it’s a case of the blind men and the elephant. We are constrained by the blinders of our profession’s models. That’s one reason I like to take my models from a variety of fields, not just training… Read more »