Learning in the flow of work? Don’t worry about the cat photos

A few recent conversations with clients have circled the theme of valuable activity in corporate social networks. At the heart of this is a concern that these tools are used for ‘proper work’ rather than ‘non-work’ (however defined) or frivolity. The presence of pictures of pets and disucssions about what to have for lunch can … Continue reading Learning in the flow of work? Don’t worry about the cat photos

The number 1 capability: comfort with ambiguity

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to find myself in a social media golden moment. (Plenty of social media moments are a whiffy, mustard brown these days, so I count my blessing there). I posted an open question on Linked In asking for thoughts on which capabilities should be within a ‘modern learning’ … Continue reading The number 1 capability: comfort with ambiguity

Innovation isn’t just for fun

I have reached a point where I do most of my learning about ideas in the form of podcast listening. The HBR Ideacast is a good source of ideas. It can also be a great source of self-satisfied acadmeic rambling, so handle with care but do give it a try. The episode on innovation culture, … Continue reading Innovation isn’t just for fun

Small beginnings (and quickly) – overcoming digital anxiety

The notion that ‘digital is about people not technology’ is a theme that has echoed around the debates of 2018. This is to be applauded – purveyors of snake oil and other miracle cures tend to miss this item so it is gratifying to hear it so consistently. (As one client said yesterday, “the large … Continue reading Small beginnings (and quickly) – overcoming digital anxiety

Things I should have done better in leading digital learning efforts

This is, in no particular order, a list of things I wish I had done differently in leadership roles. It it is largely filtered through the experience of some years of consulting and talking to leadership teams in the world of digital learning. (I will not offer a definition of that term because it is … Continue reading Things I should have done better in leading digital learning efforts

Systems, ecosystems and control (anything but the one stop shop)

The ecosystem theme seems to be echoing around me at the moment. I realise that this is not a new theme but it has given me pause to think as it orbits. Some interesting remarks from contacts on LinkedIn in a recent discussion further added to the musings. What follows are some top of mind … Continue reading Systems, ecosystems and control (anything but the one stop shop)

Is the quest for engagement a red herring?

With due apologies for a possible click bait title, I worry that the quest for engaging content is becoming a problem. It may have been a problem for some time and I am slow on the uptake. That has happened before. There is a risk here that opposing the creation of engaging experiences is, inevitably, … Continue reading Is the quest for engagement a red herring?