Posts Categorized: Working Smarter

Shifting work

The death of middle class jobs (Associated Press): As software becomes even more sophisticated, victims are expected to include those who juggle tasks, such as supervisors and managers — workers who thought they were protected by a college degree. At the beginning of the 20th century, about 50% of of the American workforce was employed in… Read more »

The connected leader

HBR: How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders They improved their communication effectiveness. They made an effort to share their knowledge and expertise more widely.  They developed a broader perspective. They began to encourage cooperation rather than competition. These four skills, of the nine identified by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, are some of the core skills for… Read more »

Prepare for the future of work

Ross Dawson says that people who have “learnt how to learn” will be better prepared for jobs of the future. “We’re finding people who have learnt how to learn know how to engage with a community and tap into others for support.” This is what personal knowledge management is all about. It starts by seeking… Read more »

What is learning’s role?

My colleague, Clark Quinn, in Building a Performance Ecosystem states that the benefits of maximum information for people to get work done, combined with minium barriers to achieve their work goals, are good for the entire organization. “When they [workers] can get the resources they need and the right people to assist when necessary, the performance… Read more »

Talent vs Labour

Are you talent or labour? The difference may be very important. According to a recent article in the New York Times, talent is getting into a position to be able to push capitalism around, but not labour. Talent is extracting more of the pie and getting richer. The gulf grows between talent — the high-earning, differentiated… Read more »

PKM and innovation

In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit: Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Example: What if we were legally prohibited from selling to our current customer? Networking: Interacting with people from different backgrounds who provide access to… Read more »