Meaningful work for you and the world

It has been an awe-inspiring week. The Pope visited the US and spread a message of humility, service, and human connectedness to each lunar-eclipse-767808_640other and the planet. The total eclipse of the moon was spectacular here in Maine, with a clear sky full of stars and the moon turing red as the eclipse progressed. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Fair celebrated rural, organic farming practices and food over its 3 day celebration of healthy living. I felt privileged to participate in these  events – they seemed to change the fabric of our lives for the better, at least for a few days.

What struck me about this past week was that the events, activities, and messages were not only inspirational but delivered by people who were passionate about what they were doing. The Pope demonstrated his passion for people, especially marginalized people, by visiting a soup kitchen instead of schmoozing with politicians. Friends were abuzz for days about the eclipse, posting factoids and other details on social media. The farmers and gardeners at the Common Ground Fair gave lectures, demonstrations, and advice freely (and free) to attendees and peers. Read more

The New Making It with the Bicycle for Our Minds

It’s that time of year again. It is officially Fall for us in North America. But it’s still 90 degrees and green in Florida where I live. No trees cloaked in flamboyant colors or cooler temperatures for us but college football schedules guide the behaviors of many among us once again.

My lead-in refers to another annual ritual though.  Lisa blogged about it last week when she submitted her top ten learning tools in Jane Hart’s annual survey to identify the top 100 learning tools list for 2015.  More than 2,000 learning and development professionals around the world participated this year in the 9th iteration of the survey. Participants included educators, training specialists, instructional designers, learning consultants, and DIY Professional Development/online learning enthusiasts like Lisa and me.

Before you assume that the list of learning tools has nothing for you, please read and think about this Steve Jobs’ quote from the blog Treehugger Sustainability with Sass.

“I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list….That didn’t look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away. That’s what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

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Jane Hart’s Top 100 Tool List

For the last 8 years, Jane Hart has conducted a poll to determine the top 100 tools e-learning professionals deem as most useful for them. We reported on the list last year, with both Doris and I generating our lists of tools we use to seek information, make sense of it, and share it out with others like you!

The poll closes on September 18, so you can still contribute. Hart will be announcing the 2015 list on September 22. The results from the 2014 list was a compilation of 1038 people from 61 countries. It will be interesting to see what the make-up is for this year.

I took the poll, and then compared what I chose this year and last year as my top 10 tools. I found that this comparison allowed me to reflect on my learning, see if I had expanded my personal learning network (PLP) and who I now include in my “tribe”, and identify any changes Doris and I have made in working together or in helping others learn, collaborate, cooperate, and work online. Read more

ECO 2.0–Online Learning Opp from Encore Tampa Bay & WLS

…it is vitally important that we are constantly sharpening our skill set in order to stay competitive and relevant in a volatile jobs market and rapidly changing world. Skills that were cutting edge five years ago are likely out of date now, and the jobs that we will perform in the next decade or two may not even exist yet. What are some of the ways to develop new skills?  –Ann Mehl, Executive and Business Coaching, September 1, 2015

ECO 2.0 is one VERY GOOD way to develop new toolsets, skillsets, and mindsets.

Lisa Levinson and I are proud partners with Bevan Rogel and her talented crew at Encore Tampa Bay to bring encore seekers together in Encore Connect Online 2.0.  ECO 2.0 supports encore seekers with:

  • 21st century digital skills that help you compete in today’s job market or land exciting community service opportunities
  • an online network to clarify personal direction and make new friends
  • freedom to explore key encore issues with peers
  • personal & group coaching from us WLS learning concierges–Lisa and Doris–to overcome barriers to using new technologies and online routines

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Book Review: The Future of Work by Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan

Learning leads to more learning. Networking leads to more learning. It just can’t be helped! I am a case in point – you might remember that I blogged about taking Jane Hart’s course, Modernising Training Content (she is British hence the spelling of Modernising), in April. She is one of our major influencers. In the course resources posted, Jane Hart referred to a Forbes article by Jacob Morgan that had a great diagram of the 7 principles of the future worker. I then followed links to his other Forbes article, The Evolution of the Employee. I began following his blog and viewed the podcasts he had on his web site with interesting business leaders, all talking about the future of work. 

Morgan is of the millenial generation, but has a global perspective on the future of work. I enjoy reading his blogs, articles in established publications such as Forbes, and visiting his site. When an email arrived in my inbox asking me if I would review his book on Amazon and offered a free eBook copy of The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization to do so, I immediately said yes! I am glad I did, and decided to not only review it on Amazon but to highlight the book here in our blog as it is very congruent with what we have been blogging about. Read more