Better Leaders Ask Better Questions

Nothing gets to the heart of things like discussions and nothing stimulates discussions like a great question!

Leaders who excel at asking good questions have honed an ability to cut to the heart of the manner in a way that disarms the person being interviewed and opens the door for genuine conversation.

  • Be curious.
  • Be open-ended.
  • Be engaged.
  • Dig deeper.

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Personal Knowledge Management: Cognitive Processing of Info for Innovation

While I have focused most of my research on Communities of Practice and Collective Expertise, I see a necessary co-existence of both these principles in order to ensure the most optimal results in advancing knowledge and practice.

We can seek out (aggregate) all the sources of information on any subject and share them with the world, but if we don’t make sense of them, they’re worthless.

PKM isn’t just collecting and filing  bits and pieces of information for later retrieval. There is an ongoing sense-making process that, through practice, develops cognitive skills. It’s knowledge management, not information or document management.

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Moving from Individual Talent to Networks and Social Capital

I couldn’t agree more with this the idea that The War for Talent is Dying. I have been building my network off and online and maintaining it online via LinkedIn.com for years now. It has been key in my success.

The War for Talent is Dying: Re-Thinking Individual Talent from a Network-Aware Perspective

The “War for Talent” is dying. Better put, the unrelenting focus on individual “Human Capital” (i.e. what’s “inside” us, such as talent, experience, etc.) is dying. We’ve awakened to Greenspan’s “worldview flaw” — a new reality of global interconnection and interdependence. And in this new reality, “Social Capital” (i.e. what’s “between” us, such as trust, respect, etc.) reigns supreme.

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Our old reality focused on the individual. Our “New Normal” focuses on the ‘network’, or the collection of individuals, as well as what flows between them. Where the “War for Talent” is dying, “War for the Network” is emerging.

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the time has come for all of us to not just think, but see, beyond the individual

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7 Keys to Reading Faster

This is actually a blog post from last November from thinksimplenow.com. The irony was that I was so overwhelmed with all the reading I had to do for school at that time that I wasn’t reading my regular favourite blogs 😉

I will be trying out this technique!

Want to read faster?

In this article, I’m going to share the lessons I learned that doubled my reading rate, allowed me to consume over 70 books in a year and made me a smarter reader. I’m also going to destroy some speed-reading myths, to show you it isn’t magic but a skill anyone can learn.

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What does it mean to be a blogger in the field of training and development?

My first book entitled Edublogging: A Qualitative Study of Training and Development Bloggers will be available as of March 1, 2010. The official Website is located at edublogging.com.

A book? Really?

Absolutely! This is somewhat of a career dream come true for me. Though the book contains the full list of acknowledgements, two key individuals were key in helping me accomplish this project.

Firstly, I will forever be grateful for having the wonderful Associate Professor Saul Carliner, from the Department of Education at Concordia University as my thesis advisor. He guided me whenever I had a question. He allowed this thesis to be my own work, but steered me in the right the direction whenever he thought I needed it.

Secondly, my deepest gratitude goes out to Ray Taylor who has been there for me as an informal sounding board for my half-formed ideas. He challenged me to interrogate my positions and statements and was there for me until the end, providing much needed edits under tight time constraints. Much gratefulness goes out to him now for being a very patient editor and publisher! I also am very proud to be the author of the first title published by his new venture’s Acorda Press.

What does it mean to be a blogger in the field of training and development?

In this innovative research project, Kristina Schneider takes an in-depth look at five edubloggers from an insideres perspective. Using a qualitative design methodology, Schneider paints a unique portrait, pitting bloggers against their readers, and uncovers the essence of presence, credibility and professional development in the blogosphere.

The result, based on cross-case analysis that took place over a four month period, identifies the key phenomena of motivation, writing style, community building and other general practices that define the professional who also happens to be a blogger. Finally a substantial set of questions emerge about the nature of blog content and readership.

Edublogging: A Qualitative Study of Training and Development Bloggers by Kristina Schneider will be available as of March 1, 2010.

Visit edublogging.com for more information.