5 Steps: Tear down those cubicle walls and unleash the genius within!

We all have our rituals. On Sunday, mine is putting laundry in the washer, getting something hot or cold to drink (weather and season dependent), and then reading the New York Times online. I may have moved to Maine almost 30 years ago, but I am still a New York girl at heart!

As I was performing this ritual last week, an article jumped out at me as certainly germane to the Women’s Learning Studio blog posts for the last several weeks on learning with others online.

It caught my attention just because of the title: The End of Genius, an opinion piece by Joshua Wolf Shenk. He begins the piece with: “…the lone genius is a myth that has outlived its usefulness. Fortunately, a more truthful model is emerging: the creative network, as with the crowd-sourced Wikipedia or the writer’s room at “The Daily Show” or — the real heart of creativity — the intimate exchange of the creative pair, such as John Lennon and Paul McCartney and myriad other examples with which we’ve yet to fully reckon.” He gives examples of how genius morphed from everyone having genius within (pre 16th century) to solo creator after the Renaissance. Read more

The Tale of Accidental Techies


Rusty Fence–stevepb at Pixabay

Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.

So said Seth Godin this morning in his blog read by millions of subscribers like me. He recognized that most of us don’t invent anything from scratch (his example: Instagram came many decades after daguerreotypes), “Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better,…”  

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5 Steps: Transform your organization into a learning one

What do member organizations, small business, and large corporations all have in common (no, this is not a joke!)? They are all experiencing the changing world of work, from cloud technology to web meetings to social media campaigns and marketing. They are all also trying to keep up with new tech devices and ways of communicating, which seem to change every day.

In last week’s blog, Doris presented an infographic, based on Jane Hart’s new approach to learning, that outlined some basic needs organizations have in regards to working with and attracting members and competent staff to fulfill the organizational mission and goals. A large part of attracting volunteers and staff is the learning opportunities the organization provides and keeps providing to equip people with the skills they need to work towards and achieve organizational targets. Here is the section of the infographic that shows the learning gamut from structured to unstructured, guided to Do It Yourself (DIY) learning: Read more

People and organizations learn and do … again and again

We are big fans of Harold Jarche and Jane Hart at the Women’s Learning Studio.  At least once a week, Lisa and I talk about ideas in their blogs that we have DIIGO-ed in our Studio  group account.  They regularly expand our perspectives on personal knowledge management and workplace learning processes and technologies, and how we approach working with others to become proficient and efficient online learners.

Jane Hart’s recent writing on a “new approach to learning” available here and her “modern social workplace models” discussed  here sparked us to design the infographic below. Its purpose is to illustrate how adult learning is changing and how women’s membership organizations might choose to respond to their own and members’ needs. Read more

Everybody’s talkin’ bout it– work/life balance

It is finally summer here in Maine. The lupines have bloomed already, and the wild roses and peonies now have center stage. The windows are wide open, and I smell roses in the front, peonies in the back of my house. At night, the lightening bugs light up the sky in synchronous bursts of glow. It is, as our license plate boasts, vacationland.

Our seasons are different than other states: winter (long), mud season (spring?), guest season (summer), leaf peeping season (fall). We are definitely in guest season and are happy to host friends and family from across the country and abroad, too. As we catch up over lobster dinners, the conversation drifts from family, friends, work, and into life balance. We have a wide array of guests including entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, small business owners, professionals, academics, as well as those who work in the not for profit and government agency sectors.

They are all singing the same song: too much work time, not enough down time. Too much work, not enough time to do it, not enough people hired to be able to catch up. Working at their desks through lunch, sometimes dinner. I feel torn, too, just by their being in my house. On the one hand I miss them and want to spend as much time as I can with them while they are here. On the other hand, I am not on vacation and have much work to do. Read more