Practice Makes Perfect, or at Least Expert

The premise of Tony Schwartz’s article is that any talent, skill or ability can be developed like a muscle, that is by working it out, by pushing past the comfort zone, breaking it and then resting. It reminds me very much like Steven Covey’s 7th habit, Sharpen the Saw. Schwartz refers to Aristotle’s “We are… Continue reading Practice Makes Perfect, or at Least Expert

Social Networks for Lifelong Learners

Jeff Cobb recommends 20 social networks for lifelong learners. He states that: When most people think of social networks, they think of Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or similar sites, but there are many other types of social networks popping up on the web. Some of the fastest growing networks are designed specifically for education. These sites… Continue reading Social Networks for Lifelong Learners

Innovation: The Top 50 Inventions of the Past 50 Years

Absolutely fascinating. Of course the jet airplane and in-vitro fertilization are there. But what surprised me was that GPS technology is around since 1978! And even more surprising, to find high-yield rice. You *do* learn something new every day! To select the 50 most pioneering inventions of the past 50 years, PM consulted 25 authorities… Continue reading Innovation: The Top 50 Inventions of the Past 50 Years

The Nature and Structure of Communities of Practice

The following is the introduction to an article that Keith De La Rue wrote wich was published in the KM Review (KM Review | Volume 11 Issue 5 | November/December 2008). It echoes a lot of sentiments that I have about the nature and needs for sustainability of communities of practice. Very insightful. The theory… Continue reading The Nature and Structure of Communities of Practice

A Practical Guide To Implementing Professional Development

Yesterday I blogged about the rippling impact of professional development. Today, I share with you a resource I found. This Continuing Professional Development (CPD) strategy, framework and employer’s guide is published by Skills for Care and the Children’s Workforce Development Council, and Skills for Care’s 2009 CPD case studies publication. Though it is destined to… Continue reading A Practical Guide To Implementing Professional Development

Learning Management Skills

One of the areas where I’ve often seen people struggle is when they move from being technical experts to managing a project team. The following article which addresses moving from technical expertize to management expertize is one of a series of phenomenal articles which can be found at http://www.mindtools.com/. Any management promotion can be a… Continue reading Learning Management Skills

E-Learning Study Shows Rippling Impact of Professional Development

ScienceDaily reports on Boston College researchers who engaged in large-scale randomized experiments with the purpose of studying the impact of online professional development for teachers who aimed at improving their instructional practices as well as their subject matter knowledge. In the e-Learning for Educators: Effects of Online Professional Development on Teachers and their Students study,… Continue reading E-Learning Study Shows Rippling Impact of Professional Development

How Some HR & Training Professionals are Informing their Practice with Research

Last night I attended a CSTD event focussing on how Research Meets Practice and how some HR & Training Professionals are informing their practice with research. I personally attended 3 of the 5 sessions (which was the formula for the evening). Dali Hammouch, Senior Advisor-Capability Development, Rio Tinto, discussed on the impact of space on… Continue reading How Some HR & Training Professionals are Informing their Practice with Research

Online Gaming and Social Media: Everyone Is Doing It and So Should You

The big news in my RSS reader this morning was the Nielsen Report that Internet users, more specifically American ones, prefer online gaming and socializing to e-mail.   Some of the headlines regarding this news called for a crackdown by American businesses to protect their bottom line from employees abusing the Internet. This has merit… Continue reading Online Gaming and Social Media: Everyone Is Doing It and So Should You