Are You Multitasking or Are You Juggling? One Can Be Productive, the Other is Not

There is a reason why sometimes I work with my door closed. It is not to be mean, it is not to be anti social. It is because I need to think. While I’m all for spontaneous meetings when needed, people need to be more respectful of people’s work space. About a year ago, I… Continue reading Are You Multitasking or Are You Juggling? One Can Be Productive, the Other is Not

Are We Using the Term Social Learning too Loosely?

I’m glad that the always thought-provoking Janet brought this up. There comes a time when we need to really look at what the activity of learning really is. It is nice to find a new model every day that explains what X might be but unless we are truly analysing these models, implementing them, testing… Continue reading Are We Using the Term Social Learning too Loosely?

McDermott and Archibald Publish a New Study on Health and Impact of Communities of Practice

From 2 of the leading researchers and writers on Communities of Practice comes this new study that studies the health and impact of online communities. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on this research! Until then, here are a few blurbs from their article: Though in-house networks of experts—or “communities of practice”—were once… Continue reading McDermott and Archibald Publish a New Study on Health and Impact of Communities of Practice

The UK Offers a Free Communities of Practice Platform for Local Governement Collaboration and Innovation

Communities of practice for local government is a website that supports collaboration across local government and the public sector in the United Kingdom. From the About section of the site: This is a freely accessible resource that enables like-minded people to form online communities of practice, which are supported by collaboration tools that encourage knowledge… Continue reading The UK Offers a Free Communities of Practice Platform for Local Governement Collaboration and Innovation

Distinguishing a Community of Practice from a Team or a Network

Lilia Efimova’s diagram clearly illustrates how a Community of practice distinguishes itself from a work team in that it goes beyond the structured boundaries of the team to seek out others with a common class of problems. That said, it is still semi-structured in that it is not driven by a common pursuit of solutions.… Continue reading Distinguishing a Community of Practice from a Team or a Network

How Are You Stimulating the Flow of High-Quality Contributions?

Dr. Jacques Bughin of McKinsey & Company throws a question to how are organizations stimulating an influx of content. My own response to this question is the following. One of the keys to pulling content from readers and turning them into participants is by asking relevant questions. For example, this particular blog post ends with… Continue reading How Are You Stimulating the Flow of High-Quality Contributions?

The Importance of Learning in Talent Management Strategy

Cornerstone OnDemand has published a new white paper titled “Failing to Learn: Why Learning is Critical to Strategic Talent Management.” Focussed on best practices, the paper addresses how learning is essential for: Onboarding: Avoid making new hires sink or swim in your organization. Performance: Develop employees in the middle, not just high and low performers.… Continue reading The Importance of Learning in Talent Management Strategy

The Challenge of Keeping Up with Research when Immersed in Practice

Though I haven’t had the opportunity to read the research study, based on these reported findings, I can formulate an argument for research into practice type learning activities and communities of practice. The reality is that practionners in all fields are having a hard time staying abreast of new research developments and professional development and… Continue reading The Challenge of Keeping Up with Research when Immersed in Practice

How Social Media, Organizational Dynamics and Social Change will Shape Communities of Practice over The Next 10 Years

Social Media has changes many things, including the way experts envisage online communities of practice. The following is Cormac Heron’s account of leading author and expert Richard McDermott’s reflections on how Communities of Practice have evolved and where they are headed. Richard McDermott was there to give a bit of his background in personal and… Continue reading How Social Media, Organizational Dynamics and Social Change will Shape Communities of Practice over The Next 10 Years

Luck. Is it Really a Question of Attitude?

Seneca said: Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Richard Wiseman said: Those who think they’re unlucky should change their outlook and discover how to generate good fortune. This article by Richard Wiseman, psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire and author of The Luck Factor (Century) reveals what his research on how outlook changes luck. A… Continue reading Luck. Is it Really a Question of Attitude?