Reflection on this year’s learning gifts

This time of year always lends itself to reflection for me. We are rapidly approaching the end of the year, this week I had my birthday (that always puts me in a reflective mood), and people are already voicing their New Year’s resolutions. Before I can join in on making resolutions, I have a need to review what I learned this past year.

Doris and I just concluded our online series of 3 ECO Bytes, offered through Encore Tampa Bay. The 3 Bytes highlighted why developing online learning/working skills is necessary for today’s job seeker, what those skills include, and how to be a Do-It-Yourself online knowledge worker to keep up. We concluded the series with an overview of personal knowledge mastery, the seek, sense, and share process refined and defined by Harold Jarche. Read more

How Networking to Find Your Tribe(s) Online Can Help

To get a job in your 50s, maintain friendships in your 40s

This headline from Phyllis Korkki’s article in the NYT in September 2015 grabbed, then annoyed me, for two reasons. One, it assumes that only 50 year olds are looking for work.  What about people in their sixties or seventies? Aren’t some of them seeking encore careers? The second reason the headline bothered me is the non-solution it offered.

Korkki redeemed herself by reviewing research on why it takes older job seekers (50+) longer on average—almost up to 11 weeks longer—than it does for any other age group to find new work.  Although some might legitimately claim age discrimination, more often, it’s that older people do not create and maintain the breadth of relationships that younger people do.  Read more

Disagreeing Out Loud

Doris and I have written a lot about “working out loud” – how learning is morphing in workplaces from individuals hoarding information to everyone sharing resources, processes, ideas, and expertise online and in the open in various blog posts (See this post on the benefits of working this way). One of the early proponents of working this way, that working and learning are one and the same, is Jane Hart. We have mentioned Jane Hart many times before in this blog (see our posts on her top 100 tool list for 2014 and 2015 for example) – she is a major influencer for us.

Jane Hart

Recently, she practiced what she preaches by “working out loud” and publishing her thoughts on the L&D (Learning and Development) field. In her blog, Learning in the Modern Workplace, she often talks about how the most relevant and satisfying learning happens informally and continuously, not in organized training. Her blog is widely regarded and followed, but usually does not create controversy. However, her post of November 12, 2015 entitled “The L&D World is Splitting in Two” created a firestorm of online activity in the L&D world of corporate trainers or purveyors of professional development opportunities, both from those who agreed with her points, and those who did not.

The comments on her blog range from “thank you for saying this” to those who vehemently oppose what she wrote. The beauty of the disagreement is the open, varied, and public discussion about her observations on the L&D field. Her post generated other blogs, twitter posts with hashtags, and even another blog by Jane to clarify the points she was trying to make. Read more