Reflection and Journaling: Seek, Sense, Share

Doris and I have blogged a lot about personal knowledge mastery, or PKM. This seek, sense, share process of seeking information, making sense of it, and sharing out what you learn is essential for “working out loud” online with others. Sometimes we get stuck on the seeking information part of the PKM process, and don’t make sense of our resource collection or share out what we learn and the resource gems we find. How do we take the time and create the ritual of reflection, which is key to understanding what we learn as well as what we need to learn?

This is our next blog project: reflection and journaling for work and personal learning. Just as we explored Job Boards in our previous blog project, we will be examining the various aspects of the sense part of the PKM process. Here is how Harold Jarche, the PKM guru, defines sensing:

Sensing is how we personalize information and use it. Sensing includes reflection and putting into practice what we have learned. Often it requires experimentation, as we learn best by doing.

What is reflective learning?

Reflective learning is not new, and most of us are familiar with the learn, do, review cycle often associated with it. Learn something new, put it into practice as Jarche says, and then review what happens to make adjustments for improvement or innovation. This type of cycle is referred to as a single loop learning cycle. For deeper reflection, there is the double loop and triple loop cycles as well. Read more

What We Have Learned About Job Boards: Our Learning Summary to Date

Doris and I wrote this blog post as guest bloggers for Encore Tampa Bay, and decided to post it here as well because it is a good summary of what we have learned about Job Boards so far.

Our alliance with Encore Tampa Bay has made us aware that many baby boomers wish to keep working in a new style of retirement that includes earning income. But many might not have looked for a job in many years.

Finding a job used to be classified, as in classified newspaper advertisements. Help wanted ads also existed on job boards physically located in employment or Human Resources offices. Now job postings, job searches, and job applications are overwhelmingly done online. Because of these changes, we decided to offer perspective on the “new” job boards for boomers, really for all job seekers, to assist their search for work as employees, freelancers, and flexible project specialists.

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Job boards are websites that match employers’ vacant jobs with job seekers. Most job boards use traditional job descriptions to entice prospective workers into fulltime employment opportunities. But we found a few that specialize in “alternate” work arrangements that boomers favor such as part-time, flexible hours, and contract work. The Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement’s research in 2015 documented that many boomers want “more flexible work arrangements and scheduling, and many try new career paths in different industries.” Read more