Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

What is working smarter?

I’m in the business of helping organizations work smarter. What does that mean? Our industrial and information age is nearing an end as we transition into an era where creativity becomes the most important element in our economy. We are also living in a more complex time as traditional disciplines blur and as information explodes…. Read more »

Corporate Learning’s focus

Inspired by Jay Cross, Amanda Fenton asks how her Corporate Learning department could better meet the needs of employees. I think these are excellent questions and the answers form the basis of addressing how to integrate work and learning in the enterprise. Q1) Close to 80% of learning happens informally and 20% formally, yet we spend… Read more »

Patterns emerge over time

Andrew Cerniglia has an excellent article that weaves complexity, cynefin and the classroom together. It is worth the read for anyone in the teaching profession. I became interested in complexity as I moved outside the institutional/corporate walls and was able to reflect more on how our systems work. The observation that simple work is being… Read more »

A framework for the social enterprise

I have put together two of the major articles on social learning in the enterprise that were posted here this year. A framework for social learning drew on my collaboration with colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance and the evolving social organization was co-authored by Thierry deBaillon. Please feel free to share this 18 page… Read more »

It’s the Network

Over the past decade I’ve come to the conclusion that networks are changing everything in our lives. Dealing with networks is the big challenge for leaders, managers and knowledge workers of all types. Because we are all inter-networked, work is learning and learning is the work. We can no longer separate learning and working, and… Read more »

Networks and complexity

Jane Hart alerted me to this cartoon, which is already being spread throughout the Net. My first thoughts on reading this, after I laughed, are that social media are not about the latest web technologies and that they are of importance to more than just the marketing department. A cultural change is required in the… Read more »

JOB is a four-letter word

A while back I wrote on the age of dissonance and how our way of structuring work, particularly the job, was inadequate for the networked, creative economy: New design principles, from instructional development to job descriptions, are needed for our inter-networked society. I’ve started looking at a new design for the training department but redesign… Read more »

Organizational change, unpacked

In the evolving social organization, I included a table with several descriptive terms, which Amanda Fenton suggested needs to be “unpacked”. Simplicity basic hierarchy Complication bureaucracy Complexity wirearchy Organizational Theory Knowledge-Based View Learning Organization Value Networks Attractors Stakeholders (vision) Shareholders (wealth) Clients (service) Growth Model Internal Mergers & Acquisitions Ecosystem Knowledge Acquisition Formal Training Performance… Read more »