Monthly Archives: April 2013

The role of ritual and why to avoid too much structure in learning

It’s a big day here in Amsterdam, Queen Beatrix has abdicated and handed the crown over to her son, the now King Willem-Alexander. The Dutch like to party and today is no exception: as i write this the celebrations are … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Continuity, Difference, Effectiveness, Experience, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Learning, Learning Design, Narrative, Pace, Social Learning, Standardisation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Learn excellence wherever you can

Last week i wrote how i learnt about authenticity from the waiter at a pizza takeaway, today i’m writing about excellence and my experience at a hotel. They’re very pedestrian examples, but have great immediacy and relevance to me, hence … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Community, Culture, Effectiveness, Environment, Leadership, Management, Mediocrity, Motivation, Performance, Pride, Sincerity, Success, Team Coaching, Teams, Tone of Voice, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Social Contract

My friend’s a retail manager. We were chatting about his role when he said “It’s a horrible company to work for: they don’t care if i leave because there are ten other people who will take my place“. I wonder … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Collaboration, Community, Culture, Equality, Inclusivity, Learning Culture, Legacy, Partnership, Relationship, Responsibility, Sincerity, Social Capital, Social Media, Success, Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , | 74 Comments

Co-Creating a live learning narrative

I’m at a conference today where we’re using a live Twitter stream to co-create a shared learning narrative, using a range of media to explore innovation and creativity. There’s poetry, presentations, yoga and films, interviews, a book festival and conversations … Continue reading

Posted in Challenge, Collaboration, Communication, Community, Conversation, Curation, Engagement, Everyday Reality, Experience, Ideas, Interactive, Introspection, Knowledge, Learning, Narrative, Personal Learning Network, Reflection, Social Learning, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Authenticity

It was a long day yesterday: up at five thirty, then after delivering the workshop we went for a drink, and i finally got home from London about nine. I have to say that i was exhausted, which drove my … Continue reading

Posted in Attention to Detail, Blogging, Communication, Craft, Culture, Engagement, Experience, Integrity, Learning, Mediocrity, Narrative, Personal Learning Network, Responsibility, Social Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Collaboration, community and curation

I’m on the train to London for today’s workshop on ‘creating a mobile and social learning culture in your organisation’. It’s early. Earlier than i like, but on the plus side, beautiful views of the sunrise through the trees in … Continue reading

Posted in Challenge, Collaboration, Communication, Community, Conversation, Culture, Curation, Engagement, Experience, Interpretation, Learning, Learning Journey, Narrative, Reflection, Social Learning, Stories, Storytelling | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Command and control, share or narrate? Dilemmas of the Social Age

I’m preparing slides for my workshop tomorrow and settled on this one, encapsulating the dilemmas of the Social Age: do the pressures of command and control trump the need to share and narrate? It’s really about inward and outward pressures … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Authority, Challenge, Change, Community, Control, Creative, Culture, Engagement, Formal Learning Spaces, Informal Learning Spaces, Knowledge, Learning, Narrative, Privacy, Relationship, Sharing, Social Learning, Social Media, Trust | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Communication at times of organisational change: relevance, amplification and community

Change is the normal state for organisations, but one that many are ill equipped to deal with. As it’s friday, i’ve decided to play with some new ideas: in this case a model to explore the role of social communities … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Authority, Change, Communication, Community, Connections, Control, Disturbance, Effectiveness, Engagement, Formal Spaces, Gangs, Group Dynamics, Hierarchy, Informal Spaces, Leadership, Management, Personal Learning Network, Social Capital, Social Learning, Support, Town Hall Meetings | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

The future of books: the evolution of publishing

Books capture knowledge, hold fossilised thoughts, document romantic stories, explore scientific theory, collect together poems and codify philosophy. Books are repositories of wisdom and love. We used to use books to access knowledge, we gathered them together into collections, themed, … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Book, Community, e-Books, Education, Experience, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Information, Knowledge, Narrative, Publishing, Social Learning, Stories, Storytelling, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 30 Comments

Social learning for complex tasks: performance support is simple

I was uploading yesterday’s blog post on the train, when Hans leant over and said “why aren’t you using this function to add the links“, in a way that implied i was missing a trick, that implied that my way … Continue reading

Posted in 'Just in time' learning, Adaptability, Agile, Apps, Change, Collaboration, Communication, Community, Culture, Discovery, Disturbance, Effectiveness, Everyday Reality, Informal Learning Spaces, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Journey, Learning Technology, Meaning, Mobile Learning, Performance, Personal Learning Network, Social Learning, Support | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 26 Comments