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A dozen days from now, Uta and I will pack the dogs into the car and drive the 1800 miles from Berkeley to Kansas City, Missouri. After ten days at our son's new house, we'll drive the long way bac...
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I'm in Denver too Perhaps a stop at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre? It's a good stretch for your legs to climb the stairs...
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Your Workscape is everything in your organization except the training department. It’s where work is done and where people hone the skills they need to add value. It’s the biggest frame of the big ...
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Apprentices at the Sorel Steel plant (1940). Source: National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque. Library and Archives Canada Apprenticeship is a time-honored method of learning by ...
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The book is coming together.
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Aha! What do workers need in order to learn independently?

I'd like to eliminate that L-word. "Learning" has too much baggage. It's part of Working Smarter. Working Smarter includes action merged with learning. Performance improvement, accelerated results, and increased capability are the targets. Today I managed to write an entire page without once saying Learning. That's not easy, but being able to use Working Smarter as shorthand for a boatload of things is a time saver. 

Here's my Glossary, Working Smarter and all. 
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Aha! is a set of practices I'm developing to help pull-workers learn to learn. I'm investigating what it takes for a learner to become self-sufficient, to both learn and design learning experiences...
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"It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.” ~ William Carlos Williams
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Sahana, this is great. I plan to steal your ideas for my book. (Just working out loud there rather than work under cover.)
I spent the greater part of the weekend mulling over the practice of working out loud, what makes some folks adopt the habit with ease while others struggle, and what could be some of the possible enabling factors that suppor...
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Thank you, Jay! :) You've just made my day. I will be super happy to see my ideas in your book. 
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To adopt a holistic approach to learning, you need to know who you are. In the spirit of working out loud, here's an important piece of who I am. Have you developed anything similar for yourself?
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Thanks, John. Peeragogy is an interesting premise. 

I"m a co-author. http://peeragogy.org/informal-learning-in-the-workplace/
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I've renamed my book Learn for Yourself. I like titles that don't need much explaining. 

Here's the current table of contents.

Knowledge 9
Write your obituary 11
Talk and listen 12
Unlearn schooling 13
What it means to learn 14
Explicit and Tacit Knowledge 15
Plan your learning journey 16
Keep a journal 17
Work outside your comfort zone 18
Cut on your crap detectors 19
Avoid closure 20
Perpetual beta 21
Sleep on it 22
Curate 23
Meta-learn 24
Rely on your outboard brain 25
Know thyself 27
Rely on your intuition 28
Don’t overdose 29
Don’t be certain 30
Learn for Yourself BETA (Perpetual) 4
Get feedback 31
Work out loud 32
Tune your radar 33
Speak up 34
Get the net 35
Participate in your community of practice 36
Hire a coach 37
Rely on your strengths 38
Action Learning 39
Talk business 40
Develop your meta skills 41
Recruit a mentor 42
Become a mentor 43
Pair up 44
Optimize your networks 45
Is your learning process ideal? 46
Create new knowledge 46
Meta-learn 47
Note to bosses and managers 48
In process and new ideas 50
Learn for Yourself BETA (Perpetual) 5
Choose the right spot 50
Pay attention! 50
Hang out in the coffee room 50
Go with the flow 50
Practice, practice, practice. 51
Exercise your neurons 51
Probe the unpredictable 51
Become a search ninja 51
Reflect and connect 51
Share and publish 51
Bookmark 51
Blog and comment 51
Learn with the team 52
Social learning — blow this topic out 52
Visualize, picture, and map 52
Learn out loud 52
Follow a daily routine 52
Learn from experience, tacit 52
Learn the facts, explicit 52
Join the right groups 52
Learn for Yourself BETA (Perpetual) 6
Cultivate relationships, build your karma account 53
Attend conferences, live blogging, backchannel 53
Build your profl reputation 53
Speak at events 53
Take good notes 53
Review and reflect 53
Be digitally literate 53
Innovate 53
Be mindful 53
Take the trade-off 53
Escape your comfort zone 53
Micro-learn 53
Gut books 53
Imitate 53
Exercise 54
Shut down toxic connections 54
Avoid trivia 54
Design your processes 54
Gamestorming 54
eLearning 54
Learn for Yourself BETA (Perpetual) 7
MOOCs 54
College for free 54
Coursera and Udacity 54
Flips 54
Kahn Academy 54
A Pattern Language 54
How to form a habit 54 

What have I overlooked? 

If you'd like to be involved in this project, drop me a line. 
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Mark Britz turned me on to this book. I'm looking forward to reading it. 

"Don’t Go Back to School tells you how to learn what you need to learn in order to do what you need to do, without having to bend your life or your finances to fit into traditional schooling. This inspiring and practical guide provides concrete strategies and resources for getting started as an independent learner. Don’t Go Back to School is essential reading if you’re considering traditional higher education—and if you’re ready to become an independent learner."

This sounds like a strategic approach, the big picture.

By contrast, I envision Aha! more as tips and tricks to learn your way to where you want be. Sixty one-pagers with facing graphics. This assumes I can boil the advice down to pure essence and still keep it exciting for the audience.
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You're one of 1,797 members of the Learning in Organizations Community on Google Plus. 

Since its founding two years ago, our community has morphed into a place to post wisdom, schlock, and self-boosterism. Some days you get lucky and discover a gem in the flow; other days you don't find anything worth your time.

We can make a lot more out of what we've started here if we like. (We've been around longer than most Silicon start-ups.)

For example, this is a spot where you can ask questions and seek advice. Why not? Our group's intimate. We'll always be a safe place, out of the limelight, to float new trial balloons.

We can help one another find things. You might get the real skinny on a vendor, an event, or a service by talking with someone who knows them from experience. As we grow to trust one another, we will form deep relationships. Maybe. At least it wouldn't hurt to post a few questions and see what happens. 

We need not continue to be just a place to read funky articles. The network will come to life when some of us use it as a springboard and become connected by phone and skype to start changing the world together. 

We would benefit from a larger, more diverse membership. Free thinkers. People on the thin end of the Long Tail. Please promote us on your streams. 

Finally, please contribute to the community if you're good at that type of thing. You got great ideas and stories? Post them. Please share your most exciting, zany projects. You show me yours; I'll show you mine. 

By the way, I'm getting very interested in Curation. It's another way to weave information flow and discussion. I'll post a link to my curation or inquiries about informal and experiential learning.  If you're aggregating or curating L&D content, too, please share what you're finding.

If you have suggestions, post them right here. We are an open community. I'm cutting the balloons loose. 


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72% of eighteen Fortune 100 CLOs told me their people are not growing fast enough to keep up with the needs of the business.  Granted, it's impossible to predict the future needs of the business in...
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Born during World War II but still here creating paragraphs and glyphs in tune with reality. Handmaiden of eLearning, champion of informal learning.
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