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Integrating learning into the workflow.
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We were busy over the holidays redesigning the Internet Time Alliance website and integrating our best posts and articles over the years, with more to come.

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One major challenge in helping organizations improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing is getting people to see themselves as nodes in various networks, with different types of relationships between them. Network thinking can fundamentally change our view of hierarchical relationships. For example, using value network analysis, I helped a steering group see their community of practice in a new light, mapped as a network. They immediately realized that they were pushing solutions to their community, instead of listening to what was happening. Thinking in terms of networks, networks, networks lets us see with new eyes.

Developing a strategy and then following the plan is just another 20th century “change management” process. It is backward looking, based on a plan that is outdated the moment it is published. In the 21st century, the aim is not to manage change, but understand and embrace change. It’s shifting to an acceptance of life in perpetual Beta.

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Hamming it up with our friends at Xyleme

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Clark Quinn: ‘layered learning’ is where we don’t send you away from your life to go attend a learning event, but instead layer it around the events in your life.

Think about the sort of ideal learning experience you might have. As you traverse the ‘rocky road’ of life, imagine having a personal coach who would observe the situation, understand the context of the task and the desired goal, and could provide some aid (from some sack of resources) that could assist you in immediate performance. Your performance would improve.

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Slide deck from DevLearn11 Management Xchange session, by Charles Jennings

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Jane Hart, Senior Director, Collaboration, gave a short presentation, From Command & Control to Encourage & Engage, A new mindset for learning leaders, in which Jane showed how L&D will need a new approach to respond the needs of smart workers who are already using social tools to by-pass IT and L&D and solve their own learning and performance issues.

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I have met many people in learning professions over the years who have the technological savvy but lack business skills. People with expertise in all three areas are few. The L&D folks often do not get a seat at the table because they don’t have a direct impact on the business. My advice to anyone in a learning-oriented field is to get up to speed on networked technologies but also understand the business you are supporting. There’s no more hiding in the shadows, as the network exposes everything and everyone. Narrating work and being transparent are great opportunities in the networked era, but that means there’s no place to hide. It’s a global village and everyone is interconnected. The opportunities are at the intersection.

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Fantastic talent & learning retreat this weekend
by JAY CROSS on NOVEMBER 7, 2011
When people ask me what I like in a conference, I tell them I enjoy events that are…

small. opportunity to get to know two to three dozen brilliant, fun people
open agenda. lots of room for big thoughts to develop
inspiring location, e.g. Asilomar (Monterey Coast), Santa Cruz Mountains, Marconi Center (Tomales Bay)
participants who are ahead of the crowd and eager to share
lots of time for breaks, walks, reflection, interaction
good food, fine wine, natural wonders
creative problem-solving, design exercises, wall graphics
major takeaways often involve attitude shifts, meta, & lasting friendships
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