Posts Categorized: Complexity

Mastering the Internet of Everything

In a recent interview, John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, stated that the major hurdle for the Internet of Everything is the underlying architecture or it will not happen, as too much effort will have to be spent on systems integration. As with most technical hurdles, this will likely be addressed, sooner or later. Many people… Read more »

Network Era Skills

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 in the network era. The duty of being transparent in our work and sharing our knowledge rests with all workers, including management. Only people can enable knowledge,… Read more »

The rapidly changing workplace

8) So what have I learned that will help us change our own experience of work? That knowledge is becoming more abstract, conceptual, distributed and complex. 9) We know what social and thinking skills are needed for complex contexts – we know how to hone these skills through practice. – Anne Marie McEwan

Reinventing Organizations – Review

What is a “Teal Organization”? Frédéric Laloux, in Reinventing Organizations, uses a colour scheme, based on Integral Theory, to describe the historical development of human organizations: Red > Orange > Green > Teal. Laloux lists three breakthroughs of Teal organizations: Self-management: driven by peer relationships Wholeness: involving the whole person at work Evolutionary purpose: let… Read more »

Learning in a connected enterprise

In 2003 I was suddenly unemployed, jettisoned shortly before the learning technology company where I was CLO went bankrupt. Look where I live, in Sackville. My network in 2003 was quite small and mostly Canadian. So how did I get to Sydney, NSW today? How did I learn to do what I now do? The… Read more »

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Note: The following article appears in Inside Learning Technologies & Skills – May 2014. This is the “No Flash Required” version. Complexity is the new normal We are so interconnected today that many cannot imagine otherwise. Almost every person is connected to worldwide communication networks. News travels at the speed of a Tweet. Meanwhile, inside… Read more »

A world of pervasive networks

According to Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture, the McLuhans’ tetradic Laws of Media state that every medium (or technology in the broader sense of the word) has four major effects: extends a human property (the car extends the foot); obsolesces the previous medium by turning it into a sport or an form of… Read more »

Organize for Complexity

Niels Pflaeging read my ebook Seeking perpetual beta and said that “after reading the book one yearns for more from you about the right learning architecture, about how to develop organizations applying this thinking, about how to build learning programs and infrastructure.” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his… Read more »

Retrieving cooperation

According to Dion Hinchcliffe, we need to rethink work and reinvent collaboration. At a high level, there appear to be three major root causes for why collaboration — the very core of how people come together and function as a business — is in the midst of reinvention: 1. Hierarchical management styles break down in… Read more »

Industrial disease

some blame the management, some the employees; and everybody knows it’s the Industrial Disease – Dire Straits Complexity is the new normal We are so interconnected today that many cannot imagine otherwise. Almost every person is connected to worldwide communication networks. News travels at the speed of a Tweet. Meanwhile, inside the enterprise, reaction times… Read more »