Life in perpetual Beta - the ability to learn is the only lasting competitive advantage
Short Bio: Harold Jarche helps create work environments that foster innovation. He has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. People have connected with Harold over the past decade, through his blog (jarche.com) and professional services, for pragmatic ideas on leadership, social business, and collaboration. He also distills heady topics like complexity theory into practical advice.
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years in the Canadian Forces in leadership and training roles. Harold has held senior positions at the Centre for Learning Technologies and e-Com Inc. He is a co-author of The Working Smarter Fieldbook with his colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance. His preferred workplace is on his bicycle, where he gets his best ideas.
Principles of Connected Management: It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation that more productive work can be assured. The duty of being transparent in our work and sharing our knowledge rests with all workers. - Harold Jarche
RECENT & UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
Keynote - Algonquin College Kaleidoscope Conference; Ottawa, ON
Innovations in e-Learning - George Mason University & Defense Acquisition University; Washington, DC
Keynote – IEEE: International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies; Rome, IT
Keynote & Workshop - European Environment Agency; Copenhagen, DK
Keynote – RÉFAD: Nouveaux horizons en formation à distance; Edmundston, NB
Learning & Skills Group; London, UK
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Extended Bio: Harold Jarche: Harold helps create work environments that foster innovation. He has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. Clients appreciate Harold for his extensive experience and network. His internationally renowned blog is “a beacon of light in the dark landscape of organizational learning”. According to one long-time reader, “Harold is one of the best thinkers out there on things relating to learning and work”. For his clients, Harold helps to identify next practices around collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and innovation, in an increasingly complex networked world.
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years in the Canadian Forces in leadership and training roles. Harold began his career as an officer with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He completed his service as a Training Development Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force where he conducted the analysis and design of training for aircrew and support personnel on the CH146 helicopter.
In 2003 Harold launched his independent consulting practice in Sackville, NB, Canada. Clients have included AstraZeneca, CIGNA, CAE, ING Bank, and the Canadian International Development Agency. Harold has been a speaker at many venues, including the SIBOS-SWIFT International Banking Forum, the Government of Canada Assistant Deputy Ministers Forum, IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, and the Conference Board of Canada.
As work and learning become integrated in a networked society, Harold sees great opportunities to create new employment models. We can do better than cubicle farms, cookie-cutter job descriptions, generic work competencies, and boring, dead-end jobs. We need to make social networks, communities of practice, and narrative part of all of our workplaces. Being able to understand emerging situations, see patterns, and co-solve problems are now essential business skills. As Harold says, work is learning & learning is the work.
Harold’s preferred workplace is on his bicycle, where he gets his best ideas.
2003 – Present: Principal – Jarche Consulting, Sackville, NB
2009 – Present: Chairman - Internet Time Alliance
2003 – Present: Director of Education – Atlantic Wildlife Institute
2008 – Present: Chairman – Renaissance Sackville
- Instructor - University of Toronto Faculty of Information’s iSchool Institute
- Chief Learning Officer – e-Com Inc. (Theorix), Moncton, NB. Managed professional services for a learning technology company.
- Project Manager (Learning & Performance Systems) – Centre for Learning Technologies, Mount Allison University. Project lead on various applied research and consulting projects for external clients.
- Training Development Officer – Royal Canadian Air Force. Conducted the analysis and design of training for aircrew and support personnel on the CH146 helicopter.
- Health Care Administrator – Canadian Forces Medical Services. Managed operations, planning and administration of a field ambulance and field hospitals.
- Infantry Officer – Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Responsible for training and personnel administration functions in several infantry units.