Dating back 25,000 years, Australia’s Aborigines are the world’s longest-lived culture, despite the harsh conditions of the Australian Continent. By dedicating more than half of their resources to intangibles such as learning, relationships, and the technology of eco-farming, the Aborigines created a society without war, crime, poverty, or taxes. You have to learn a lot just to survive.
Karl-Erik Sveiby and Tex Skulthorpe, the inventor of “social capital” and a master Aborigine artist Continue reading
Working Smarter Daily points to ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. These disciplines add up to what I call “working smarter.”
Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many Continue reading
Ten years ago next month, Clifford Nass and Byron Reeves published The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places. The Stanford profs had conducted a series of standard psychology experiments but substituted a computer for one of the participants. From the Amazon review:
“Fresh evidence of human gullibility never fails to entertain. Stanford professors Reeves and Nass provide plenty of cocktail-party ammunition with findings from 35 laboratory Continue reading
Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics
The health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they’re not sitting down
Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors Continue reading
What does the phrase Don’t take this personally bring to mind?
Not being selected for the new project team?
Being assigned a task you don’t want to do?
Who’s kidding whom? These things are very personal.
I’ll never forget the time I had to lay off half my team. The personnel manager and I went through our routine. We put a large size box of Kleenex on the desk. One-by-one we called in half a dozen people, all close friends, and told them they were great, this was not about Continue reading
October 26, 2012, 12:26 p.m. ET
THE JOURNAL REPORT: LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCES
So Much Training, So Little to Show for It
An expert on corporate programs reveals why they often are a waste of time and money
In this lopsided Wall Street Journal article, a professor slams training for all the wrong reasons.
For one thing, he disregards experiential learning on the job and seems to think that training always takes place away from the job.
He touts the need for a thorough needs analysis Continue reading
Fourth post in a series. In case you missed them, here are the first, second, and third posts.
Is your organization ready?
How ready are you to tackle Big L Learning? Where does your organization fit on the progression from Hierarchical Organization to Collaborative Organization?
You can take this survey online. We’ll report the aggregate results in a couple of weeks.
Our employees can access the entire Internet from their desktops. ☐ yes ☐ no
Our people are learning and Continue reading
Jane Hart’s post yesterday on The differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social business got me thinking about the evolution of learning culture in organizations.
It’s all to0 easy to mistakenly think of formal learning as the antiquated, primitive way of doing things, something an organization shucks off as it becomes enlightened and gives its people the autonomy to work on their own. The notion of stages suggests that a corporation hops from one stage to the next, Continue reading
Second post in a series. In case you missed it, here’s the first.
Who’s going to be involved?
Every Kind of Employee – Temps Included
In the Hierarchical organization, employees were the only people who received corporate training. Aside from compliance training and new product introductions, most training focused on novices – either newhires who needed orientation or workers mastering a new skill or subject.
It’s not that seasoned and elder employees weren’t learning; Continue reading