Predictability needs to be cool

I don’t think I have met anyone who wants to be predictable. All of us nurse hopes that we are special, different or, at least, noteworthy. Some of us are convinced that we are unique and our daring originality should be constantly celebrated. None of us, though, want to be ordinary. Neither do we want… Continue reading Predictability needs to be cool

(Relevant) content is king

Many years ago now I joined a conference panel discussing the impact of search on news and publishing businesses. I was representing Ask Jeeves (you may need a certain maturity to recall this). At this time, power of search rankings had many incumbent businesses rattled. Google was really beginning to flex its muscles. There was… Continue reading (Relevant) content is king

LinkedIn, the Economic Graph and Skills

I had a very interesting conversation today. One of an increasingly large number, as I tend to my network more purposefully in preparation for leaving my current employment in the new year. (Incidentally, I highly recommend this, if for nothing more than stimulation and intellectual energy). During this conversation, I was introduced to the concept of… Continue reading LinkedIn, the Economic Graph and Skills

Big data, small question

Big data. We all want it and need it I am told. The real problem with large amounts of data (also with small amounts) is knowing what to do with it.  In my search engine days we used to say that we needed good questions to ask from the data. What do we need to do or decide and… Continue reading Big data, small question

Learning, training, control and choice.

[Warning, this post is something of a stream]. “Control is to training as choice is to learning”. This is a fair summary of how I saw the world of L&D on first entry about five or six years ago. Granted, this is an enormously simplified characterisation and I have variously agreed and disagreed with it over those… Continue reading Learning, training, control and choice.

We are still in Kansas after all

Every L&D conference I have attended focuses on change. Mostly, radical change is prescribed.  New tools. New techniques. New technologies. New methods. All the old certainties are bunkum we are told. Adapt or die. Change is the only constant. Etc. Etc. Very often, we foot soldiers are energised and inspired by these events. New ideas… Continue reading We are still in Kansas after all