Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

The Evolving Social Organization

Co-author: Thierry deBaillon – @tdebaillon Simplicity and the Enterprise Most companies start simple, with a few people gathering together around an idea. For small companies, decision-making, task assignments and direct interaction with clients are rather straightforward.  With growth, the simplicity ends. As every entrepreneur knows, the initial growth of a company is often synonymous with… Read more »

PKM Workshop – Toronto 13 November 2010

Update: This course was cancelled and is re-scheduled for 1 April 2011. If interested, please contact the iSchool and let them know. I am also available for private workshops. I’m offering a one-day course at the iSchool Institute (University of Toronto). “In the period ahead of us, more important than advances in computer design will… Read more »


A while back, Charles Green responded to my post about the knowledge economy being a trust economy: Your title captures an important insight; the knowledge economy allows significant distribution of nodes of knowledge, means of production, etc. To get the value of that, resources have to be distributed. If people can’t figure out how to… Read more »

The Learning Layer – Review

The Learning Layer : Building the next level of intellect in your organization, begins with some solid insights on how learning is the key to performing in the networked workplace. Learning has been the traditional realm of HR while most systems are supported by IT. This means that HR supports the people who produce the… Read more »

Practice to be best

We may think we should adopt best practices, but to be really effective and innovative we need to practice to be best. First, we have to do the hard thinking  about how to do things better. Jay Deragon talks about how important it is to think about what we do and not just emulate others:… Read more »

Knowledge sharing, one at a time

“Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. That is a grand illusion.” David Jonassen While knowledge cannot be managed [at an organizational level*], we can work at managing our own knowledge. That’s what PKM… Read more »

Managing in Complexity

Formal training just won’t cut it any more as the primary means by which we prepare and adapt in order to get work done. Training isn’t dead, it’s just not enough, and cannot be the only tool in the box. — As Jay Cross stated in a recent interview: Formal learning can be somewhat effective… Read more »

Working Smarter 2010

The Working Smarter Fieldbook (June 2010 version) is now out. This is a collaborative effort by all of us at the Internet Time Alliance and was spearheaded by Jay Cross. Our intention is get the conversation focused on what’s important for business, including the training & learning department – working smarter. Learning is just a… Read more »

Role Shift

The last time I looked at roles in education I was inspired by Anil Mammen to create a table based on his definitions. I think some of the descriptions can be used in a prescriptive way of getting out of our industrial, hierarchical mindset and moving to an enterprise 2.0 or wirearchical culture. In networks,… Read more »

Let’s talk about work

Work today (and tomorrow) requires more creativity and less formulaic intelligence and it also requires less of “us”. That’s less of our dedicated, full-time attention, with contract work becoming the new normal: Littler Mendelson, one of the largest employment law firms in the country, predicted in a report last year titled “The Emerging New Workforce”… Read more »