Life in perpetual Beta - where work is learning and learning is the work.
Short Bio: Harold has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. He knows that the ability to learn is the only lasting competitive advantage for any organization. Harold provides pragmatic advice and guidance on connected leadership, social learning, personal knowledge management, and workplace 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 Armed 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.
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Innovation is not so much about having more ideas as it is about making better connections. Harold helps organizations improve knowledge-sharing in order to make better and faster decisions. This is possible by developing individual skills, such as personal knowledge management, as well as creating enterprise support systems, like communities of practice. An effective combination of collaborative work, social learning, and connected leadership enables organizations to adapt to “perpetual Beta”, or a world of constant change.
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Extended Bio for Harold Jarche: Harold 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 Armed 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 newly purchased 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
2009 – Present: Chairman - Internet Time Alliance
2013 – Present: Change Agent – Change Agents Worldwide
2003 – Present: Director of Planning – Atlantic Wildlife Institute
2009 – 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.