Category Archives: Challenge

In the Social Age, who structures your career? What should you learn?

Some journeys are easy: you get on one train and sit for hours until you reach the destination. Others, substantially more difficult: multiple changes, some at tiny stations where you’re sat in the rain for half an hour, then a … Continue reading

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Longevity, expertise and position: the subversive power of reputation

Working today on Chapter 2 of the new book, ‘Learning and working in the Social Age‘. Sharing here the start of a section on how reputation, forged in communities, subverts more formal models of power and authority. The links will … Continue reading

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We all make mistakes: it’s what you learn from them that counts

Clearing out the attic this week made me realise the number of things i’ve got wrong over my life: the places and ways in which i’ve failed. School reports chart mediocre performance in chemistry and maths, a lack of engagement … Continue reading

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Creating the space to think

We can’t take the value of our thinking for granted: it doesn’t just happen. It’s like growing tomatoes. You have to plant them in the right compost, you need the right amount of sunshine, you have to water and feed … Continue reading

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The co-ownership of #change

Change is a difficult thing, resisted by both systems and people. We crave stability, the status quo. Within our everyday lives, meaning is created in the moment: founded on knowledge and experience. It’s forged within communities and evidenced through action. … Continue reading

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Uncertainty is the only constant

The Social Age is about constant change: the evolving nature of work, a changed relationship with knowledge, agile technology and the blurring of the space between formal and informal spaces. This is not a period of transition between stable states: … Continue reading

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As worlds collide: formal and informal spaces in the Social Age

To understand the realities of the Social Age, we have to recognise that the boundaries between the formal and informal spaces in our lives have substantially collapsed. We inhabit a grey space where our communities, connections and conversations cross both. … Continue reading

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Busy busy busy… technology and change

When i was at Learning Live the other week, one of the presenters was talking about the technological changes they’ve seen in their lifetime. They were saying that technology has made us busy, that there’s just so much going on … Continue reading

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Balance and trust: working out loud

I was struggling to find a balance last week: trying to finish some writing, attend a number of meetings, the conference i was speaking at, travelling, all against a background of some frustrations i was trying to deal with. In … Continue reading

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Creating the Social Age: organisational and individual responsibility

The Social Age defines the new nature of work: no longer defined by time and place, but instead existing in the grey space between formal and informal, facilitated by networks and technology. The very nature of the relationship between organisations … Continue reading

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