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.


What I Learned

Doris and I both used seek and sense to develop the content for the 3 Bytes, and then shared it with those who came and took a Byte. This blog is another example of howprairie-1025229_640 we use seek, sense, and share. Each week Doris or I researches a topic of interest to us, is in the learning forefront, or is being discussed by those we follow. We then make sense of the resources, opinions, discussions we have curated, and we share our learning with all of you here. I realize that we have indeed internalized the Personal Knowledge Mastery process in most everything we do. Seek, Sense, and Share is not just part of my vocabulary, but part of how I work now. Am I a PKM master? I think not – this year I want to join more relevant groups to share with. Spread my wings and fly with new tribes!

I realize through this blog I have learned a lot of content, theory, practical tips, new tools, and the importance of the mind-body connection. In reviewing our blogs of this year, each one had gems to mine and insights to ponder. For example, in my blog Content Curation: It Takes a Network, the big take-away for me from Beth Kanter‘s blog Content Curation 101 was that content curation is a great professional development activity. I also learned about some content curation tools from Content Marketing Forum.

In February, Doris blogged about her trek in New Zealand – Powering Up Offline in New Zealand – which reminded me that doing something challenging and is not digitally related is good for rejuvenating the creative spirit, enriching the mind, body, and soul, and leads to a renewed sense of accomplishment and energy. We get lost in our digital devices – breaking free to do something else is freeing.

Doris says in the blog: And I am reminded anew that we need time to think, ponder, and just be to savor where we are, what we are doing right now, who we are with…

In the Hollywood Project Model, Doris dives into the growing work pool of contingent workers. On Hollywood sets, workers come together to get the work of filming a movie done. They have not worked together before, might not after the movie is filmed, but perform tasks together to get the work done. I had never heard of this clapper-board-152088_640term, and also had not realized that the fastest growing sector of the economy are these types of workers – those who come together for work projects. New employment agencies for highly skilled, C-suite executives are now pairing projects and highly paid, skilled people.

I learned so much writing my blog, Changing at the Speed of Light – more workplace trends about the new partnership of machines and people. As more and more tasks are automated, people will be working on what they do best – interacting with others, thinking about new solutions, analyzing data for trends and recognizing algorithm errors, and other human-only traits. The machines may free people from boring tasks that do not add to their potential or work value.

Speaking of algorithms, Doris’s blogs on Algorithms and our privacy, Part 1 and Part 2, scared the pants off of me. It seems that everything is now, or will be, run by what algorithms tell us, even though they are often severely flawed.

In reviewing my learning from our blogs, I realize there are learning nuggets in each blog for me. The reason to share!

What’s Next?

I also realize that I, like everyone else, am having a hard time keeping up with changes in technology, how we work, digital trends, and online learning to name a few. Getting lost in all the information out there is easy. Remembering to set a clear goal or problem statement is key to staying on track and I will try and do just that.

I have 3 major learning goals for 2016

  1. Continue to practice PKM, but be realistic about what I can accomplish (hence the 3 goals instead of 10!). Narrow my focus so I can expand my learning networks, tribes, and groups to include new encounters.
  2. Share in new ways, not just this blog. Use twitter and LinkedIn more as PKM tools. I have had this goal for the past 2 years but am motivated to tackle it this year – stay tuned.
  3. Keep blogging as I learn so much from researching, thinking about, and writing them (yes, the seek, sense, and share again!). Expand my range of topics to include new trends in do-it-yourself learning, the workplace, algorithms, and machine learning.

What did you learn this past year? What are your 2016 learning resolutions? Do they include Personal Knowledge Mastery? Why or why not?





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