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My “Go to” Authors for Work and Learning

September 5th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a busy summer. There were trips to the cottage, a few sightseeing excursions out of town, family celebrations and even a bit of work in-between all the socializing.

Throughout the summer, I managed to stay connected to my favourite authors (bloggers) who write so well on subjects I’m deeply interested in and use in my work and professional development.

I’m constantly focused on learning how to help groups and workers be better at what they do and achieve improved results with social technologies. The three bloggers I’m featuring in this post, stimulate my learning and enable me work more effectively with clients.

Here are a few brief descriptions and excerpts from Harold, Jane and Jay’s websites.

Harold Jarche- life in perpetual beta: A key topic in Harold’s extensive list of blog categories is Personal Knowledge Management or PKM. I like the PKM framework because it is so applicable to the needs of knowledge workers. PKM also helps me fine tune my skills as I work with others. You can sign up for online PKM workshops with Harold.

In this post titled “Basic Skills for Net Work” Harold provides a simple and practical list of PKM skills that can help workers and organizations.

Here are some questions that personal knowledge management can address:

How do I keep track of all of this information? >> start small

How do I make sense of changing conditions and new knowledge? >> curation

How can I develop and improve critical thinking skills? >> Observe, Participate, Challenge, Create

How can we cooperate? >> freely share

How can I collaborate better? >> learn out loud

How can I engage in problem-solving activities at the edge of my expertise? >> net work skills

Jane Hart – Learning in the Social Workplace: Jane is world famous for her Top 100 Tools for Learning which she publishes yearly. She is also a team member in the Internet Time Alliance along with Jay Cross, Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings, Clark Quinn and Paul Simbeck-Hampson.

Facilitating Collaborative Learning  - a recipe for success is a recent article she wrote for the e.learning age magazine. In this article she describes her experiences of online workshops she has been offering at the Social Learning Centre , a global online community for learning professionals.

Her recipe (co-developed with Harold Jarche) is a priceless guideline for fostering collaborative learning in the workplace. The post also emphasized the shift from a training mindset to the more informal social learning mindset for performance results.

I’m facilitating informal online learning with several groups so I’m really learning a lot from her recipe.  When you read the full post and you will see why Jane’s perspective is so relevant.

A more effective social approach, however, is where the content is well-integrated within the community, and in fact co-created by the community, and where the emphasis is placed much more on the interactions, knowledge sharing and conversations of the participants – than on the content per se.

Jay Cross – Internet Time Alliance: Jay’s work is so rich in content and innovative ideas, I’m not sure where to start. I especially like how Jay writes about how the business world is evolving and in many cases de-constructing.

In a January 2012 post titled “No More Business as Usual”, Jay succinctly describes the pains experienced by the business sector and points to new trends that offer a way through the maelstrom. Here is how Jay describes the state of business.

“This is business.” — Vito Corleone, The Godfather

Business is changing, and the learning function must change along with it.

Rigid, industrial-age corporations are not keeping up with the pace of change. Customer Spring, Shareholder Spring, and Worker Spring may break out any day. Everyone’s mad as hell. They won’t take it any more.

How bad is it? The lifespan of corporations is at an all-time low. The majority of workers are frustrated, unhappy, and disengaged. Shareholders are receiving a lower return on investment than ever before. Customers are fed up with mediocre service. Return on assets has declined every year for the last forty. The only class of people making money are CEOs, and there’s general agreement that their rewards are obscene and inappropriate. We can’t go on like this.

I have many more people in my “go-to” list of authors however, Harold, Jane and Jay are at the top of my list as they get at the key issues I’m challenged with in my work and learning.

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