1 - Fire The Head of Social Media And Make These 10 Wishes Come True – TechCrunch, 31 December 2012
Companies with social media directors have a problem. Mostly, they just don’t get it. Or worse, they do get it but to decentralize the corporate, top-down structure would actually disrupt the business and force some change.
2 – 13 resolutions for professional development in 2013 - Catherine Lombardozzi, 1 January 2013
Follow the leaders. In this era of social media, many of the thought leaders in our field blog, tweet, make presentations – and even write books! Identify the people who are leading the way in your area of specialization and follow them. Look for their blogs, tweets, online presentations, journal articles, and conference appearances.
3 - The Future of You - HBR Network, 1 January 2013
Economic and technological changes are reshaping the nature of work. Having a great job does not guarantee your career success; your competence no longer depends on what you know; and being an affluent consumer matters less than becoming a sought-after product. Welcome to a new era of work, where your future depends on being a signal in the noisy universe of human capital. In order to achieve this, you will need to master three things: self-branding, entrepreneurship, and hyperconnectivity.
1 - What you need to know about self-directed learning – Teachthought, 28 December 2012
2 – 10 most popular posts – Jay Cross, 28 December 2012
3 - Why Online Courseware Can’t Replace A 4-Year Degree – Andrew Grauer, Forbes, 28 December 2012
We need to stop thinking about online courseware as a replacement for a college degree. At this point in time, we’re not there and we’re not going to be there until we amend key issues currently plaguing the advancement of online education. This is going to take time.
Exploiting The Link Between Employee Development & Customer Engagement - Charles Jennings, 27 December 2012
“No longer can workers expect their employers’ formal learning and training approaches to meet their needs. The past world where development was ‘delivered’ in a way decided by learning professionals – packaged and inflexible – simply isn’t adequate for today’s fast-moving and always-changing world. The imperative for business agility and increased customer focus demands ‘learning at the speed of business’, and social networks and new communication channels are essential tools and conduits to achieve appropriate levels of responsiveness.”
1 – PKM Workshop 2013 – Harold Jarche, 24 December 2012
A number of people have requested that I run another Personal Knowledge Management workshop, so the next online PKM workshop is now scheduled for 21 Jan – 15 Feb 2013 through the Social Learning Centre. This will be the last workshop in the current format. In the Spring I will look at what has been learned to date and redesign the resources and activities.
2 – Blogging in the classroom – Edudemic, 24 December 2012
3 – A flickr of life – Economist, 21 December 2012
“Flickr’s detachment worked in social media’s earlier, more fragmented days. When it was launched in 2004 it allowed users to post pictures, create photo pools and exchange points of view in ways that its less image-sensitive rivals could not match …Subsequently, however, Flickr fell victim to its own success. By underscoring the importance of photo-sharing it attracted powerful rivals like Facebook. Had it been snapped up by someone other than Yahoo!, a lumbering online giant which paid $35m for it in 2005, Flickr might have thrived. Instead, it began to lose its sparkle …Now that Flickr has at last caught up with rivals in tapping mobile social media and in image manipulation—it offers an array of Instagram-like filters—users once fond of its other nifty features might just flock back.”
1 - Interactive Social Collaboration at Work Infographic – Hootsuite, 20 December 2012
2 - Lets put the social back into social from Rick Mans on Slideshare
“Gifted college professors don’t fear online courses. Talented web designers don’t fear cloud services. Bring them on! When you need something worth paying for, they say, we’ll be here. And what we’ll sell you will be worth more than we charge you.
If you’re upset that the hoi polloi are busy doing what you used to do, get better instead of getting angry.”
1 - Learning new lessons – Economist, 22 December 2012
TOP-QUALITY teaching, stringent admissions criteria and impressive qualifications allow the world’s best universities to charge mega-fees: over $50,000 for a year of undergraduate study at Harvard. Less exalted providers have boomed too, with a similar model that sells seminars, lectures, exams and a “salad days” social life in a single bundle. Now online provision is transforming higher education, giving the best universities a chance to widen their catch, opening new opportunities for the agile, and threatening doom for the laggard and mediocre.
2 - Why do you read 1000 things about change and never change? – Eric Barker
So why is learning about improvement so easy and actually improving so damn hard?
3 – Social tools can improve employee productivity – HBR Network, 21 December 2012
Social media tools, used privately within organizations, can benefit new employees, whose experiences can be vastly enhanced to improve time to productivity. Social media tools can also help the cross-functional team that works together to bring in those new employees.
1 - If You’re Serious About Ideas, Get Serious About Blogging - Dorie Clark, HBR Network, 21 December 2012
These days, Pinterest and Instagram get all the headlines as companies desperately racing to establish a beachhead on what could be the next mega-platform. But that doesn’t mean they’re the most useful social media tools for all companies. … But for organizations and individuals that want to be known for their ideas, the clearest — yet most underrated — path is through blogging. It hasn’t been buzzed about in years, but it’s more essential than ever …
2 - You have to forget the old before you can learn the new - Stowe Boyd, 21 December 2012
In the final analysis, many companies will find their way through the valleys by putting aside old practices and adopting new ones. But it may not be easy, and sometimes — as Ray Lane once said — you have to wait for a generation to die (or retire) before it can happen.
3 – The state of social media 2012 - MediaBistro, 21 December 2012
4 - Four Ways That Social HR Will Transform Business in 2013 – TLNT, 17 December 2012
The year 2013 will be the year that social HR shifts from being a buzzword to a business imperative. Social HR is so much more than letting your employees tweet or use Facebook. It’s way more than social recruiting. Social HR, if done right, has the potential to transform your business and your employees into a powerhouse of productivity, motivation and actionable insights. So stop thinking of human resources as a department for hiring and firing and start thinking about these four ways social HR can transform your business in 2013.
5 – The five pitfalls of social collaboration – Michael Britto, Social Business News, 21 December 2012
Unfortunately many organizations get caught up in the hype of what these tools can provide that they neglect to take the time upfront to outline a plan for adaptation. Also, the deployment is usually driven by management or IT in an attempt to unify all of the different sources of information, and overcome limitations of e-mail for communication between groups in the enterprise, without truly considering how factors like company culture will impact the change.
The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails - Forbes, 19 December 2012
Here’s the thing – when it comes to leadership, the training industry has been broken for years. You don’t train leaders you develop them – a subtle yet important distinction lost on many. Leadership training is alive and well, but it should have died long, long ago.
The following 20 items point out some of the main differences between training and development:
- Training blends to a norm – Development occurs beyond the norm.
- Training focuses on technique/content/curriculum – Development focuses on people.
- Training tests patience – Development tests courage.
- Training focuses on the present – Development focuses on the future.
- Training adheres to standards – Development focuses on maximizing potential.
- Training is transactional – Development is transformational.
- Training focuses on maintenance – Development focuses on growth.
- Training focuses on the role – Development focuses on the person.
- Training indoctrinates – Development educates.
- Training maintains status quo – Development catalyzes innovation.
- Training stifles culture – Development enriches culture.
- Training encourages compliance – Development emphasizes performance.
- Training focuses on efficiency – Development focuses on effectiveness.
- Training focuses on problems - Development focuses on solutions.
- Training focuses on reporting lines – Development expands influence.
- Training places people in a box – Development frees them from the box.
- Training is mechanical – Development is intellectual.
- Training focuses on the knowns – Development explores the unknowns.
- Training places people in a comfort zone – Development moves people beyond their comfort zones.
- Training is finite – Development is infinite.
1 - PKM: the basic unit of social business – Harold Jarche
Organizations should support the individual sharing of information and expertise between knowledge workers, on their terms, using PKM methods & tools.
2 – The power of reflection – Charles Jennings
3 – Dan Pink’s new book – Jay Cross
The U.S. Government reports that one worker in eight is a sales person. Dan Pink disagrees. He thinks we’re all sales people, even though a lot of us are engaged in “non-sales selling.” Instructors, lawyers, doctors, bankers, and you and I spend a lot of time persuading, influencing, and convincing others to do something even though it doesn’t ring the cash register.
4 - Nine Challenges for the Learning Department (Based on Masie’s Learning 2012) - Hans de Zwart
Do-It-Yourself or Self-Directed Learning
Marcel de Leeuwe and I hosted a workshop on this topic and created the website doityourselflearning.org. I was pleasantly surprised to see that other were also talking about this shift.
Two trends are pushing this forward:
- Many companies are turning into information companies with knowledge workers doing complex tasks. These knowledge workers are the only people who can understand their job (barely!). This makes programmatic (i.e. curriculum based) learning offerings designed by others largely ineffective.
- The world is incredibly connected and the tools for collaboration can, for all practical purposes, be considered to be free. People can organize their own learning groups.
My challenge to the learning department is the following: Which of the five DIY imperatives (devolve responsibility, be open, create experiences rather than content, provide scaffolding and stimulate reflection) are you practicing?
4 - Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing – Big Think
While he believes that our destiny is to outsource much of what we’ve traditionally called “thinking” to machines, Kurzweil is a strong advocate for education. Not surprisingly, he rejects rote learning (“we have machines for that”) in favor of project-based learning at every level, from Kindergarten through graduate school.
1 – The end of the university as we know it – The American Interest
In fifty years, if not much sooner, half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist. The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it. The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.
2 – This is the new Learnist - Edudemic
As you can see, the new layout is cleaned up and looking less like a Pinterest clone. While Pinterest’s masonry layout may still be all the rage in web design (you can’t go to a new startup site without running into a Pinterest-style layout), it’s nice to see Grockit take a different direction. The new layout … is more organized and less scattershot.
3 – Google Santa Tracker