I just finished reading/skimming Orient Express, the Life and Times of the World’s Most Famous Train, a 1980 hagiography of an amazing train. The whole Orient Express venture grew from the mind of Georges Nagelmackers, a Belgian born in 1845, who was drawn to railroads as the moth to the flame. Continue reading The Orient Express
A strange site bearing my visage and a long paragraph of client names, and erroneous claims about me/Internet Time Group washed up in my nets today. Clearly machine generated, it’s an alternative view of reality. Some things are incorrect, but they were accurate at the time they took place.
A reader asks, “When I look something up on Google, is that learning?”
Some say that if you remember what you Googled, you’ve learned something.
I set it differently.
If looking up whatever it was up the next time takes no more time than recalling it from memory, my answer about whether Continue reading Is Googling learning?
Workplace learning serves one purpose: getting the work done.
Work used to be simple. Tasks were mechanical. Things rarely changed. Initial lessons lasted a lifetime. This kind of work has largely been automated or outsourced to places where workers earn very low wages.
Next came information Continue reading Learning is the new work
Just out in the April electronic edition of Chief Learning Officer magazine:
Unpredictability, volatility, and information glut are the new normal for twenty-first century CLOs. Grappling with blazing-fast change requires a new vocabulary. Here are a few phrases from a CLO survival guide you may Continue reading Working Smarter Glossary
A few quick impressions from my initial skim of Learning while Working, a summary report on eight years of European research grants and studies of informal learning in the workplace:
- This is an amazingly Euro-centric report. It’s written in the Euro-silo, as if other continents have no relevant Continue reading Learning while working
Working Smarter Daily can point to more than today’s hot topics. It will provide pointers to what’s proved important over longer periods of time.
Here are the hot topics on Working Smarter for the past 12 months:
TED’s Chris Anderson talks about How Web Video Powers Global Innovation. This same logic applies to any organization or community. Making it easy to create and share videos multiplies the potential connections between new ideas and a group’s members. It’s another way for an organization to work smarter.
To stay ahead in business, a firm must continually re-invent itself. In the twentieth century, firms could compete on execution. Winners were those who played the game well.
No longer. Today’s standouts are game changers. They continually re-write the rule books. They are edgy. They invent new business Continue reading Where innovation comes from
My colleagues at Internet Time Alliance and I have been discussing new models for learning. Not that I am giving up on this one:
Experience is still a more important teacher in the workplace than classes or workshops. People retain more when they learn informally, in response to need, because Continue reading A model of workplace learning