LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers

Tony Karrer

I do a lot of presentations where one of the topics is how to use LinkedIn more effectively as part of your knowledge work. Using LinkedIn For Travel and Meetings Breaking the Ice at a Meeting with LinkedIn Using LinkedIn to Fill Out Your Business Trip Using LinkedIn for Travel Connecting with People in Your Network When Traveling Groups on LinkedIn 5 ways to get more from your LinkedIn Groups 5 Tips for Creating, Promoting and Managing a LinkedIn Group What are They Talking About?

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Re-imagining Work & Learning in a Networked World

ID Reflections

As Dr. Gratton says in the book: "A crucial question for understanding the future of work is predicting what people will actually do with this unprecedented level of connectivity, content and productive possibilities. Over the next two decades we can expect the knowledge of the world to be digitalised, with an exponential rise in user-generated content, "wise-crowd" application and open innovation applications." "The nature of work is changing.

Organizational Network Analysis: Impact of Proximity on Collaboration

ID Reflections

Today, as I sat reading ( once again ) Informal Learning by Jay Cross in a distant hotel room in Westbrook, Connecticut, the point on Organizational Network Analysis hit me. I have paraphrased a few points from the book (pages 69-71): Rob Cross is the founder and research director of the Network Roundtable, a consortium of 40 learning organizations working with UVA faculty to apply network techniques to critical business issues.

A Network of Experts: From Content Curation to Insight Curation

CLO Magazine

In the past, the notion that knowledge is power meant people were expected to learn and remember what they learned in order to act. In today’s world where knowledge generation is increasing and half-life is shortening at an alarming rate, access to knowledge is where the power truly lies. analysis, at least 80 percent of companies acknowledge a critical need to redesign their traditional structure to create a network of experts for better, faster business decisions.

Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. I firmly believe that all management and workplace learning professionals need to be constantly looking at how we can improve the performance of knowledge workers. However, when we look at concept workers, workplace productivity seems to be a fairly limiting phrase.

Demystifying Working Out Loud


It has helped me to develop my personal learning network (PLN) and enabled my PKM. An approach that implies networking for personal benefits. The 9:00 am to 5:00 pm notion of work is all but vanishing, at least for the knowledge workers. The workforce is ubiquitously connected, networked, and mobile. The baby boomers are retiring taking their tacit knowledge and experience with them. Consistent practice leads to a network that is open, diverse and deep.

Memory, Web 2.0, Reading Level, Case Study, Audio, & Productivity

Big Dog, Little Dog

For example, networking is generally considered to be a good thing. The growing productivity divide - Seth Godin. How can you imagine yourself as a highly-paid knowledge worker and not know how to do these things. Speaking of Memory: Q&A with Neuroscientist Eric Kandel - Scientific American. Human memory reinvents itself all the time. Every time you remember something, you modify it a little bit, in part dependent on the context in which you recall it.

I Believe in the Erosion of Hierarchies

Tom Spiglanin

Still, much of this applies to issues we face today and things we can do to improve our products, designs, and our even approach to workplace learning as an organization. 1 Its purpose is ultimately to help produce viable products, whether they’re tangible or knowledge-based (such as in a consultancy). These workers share organizational accountabilities and should be incentivized to cooperatively solve their most important problems.

From Learning Management to Personal Knowledge Management

Jane Hart

If you want to grow as a person and a worker and if you want to gain skills that will help you take that next step in your career, you’ll probably have to learn those skills on your own. But in fact it has been clear for some time that many individuals are already taking responsibility for not only acquiring new knowledge and skills but for a wide range of activities for their continuous learning and professional development.

In Response to Collaboration Provides Autonomy

ID Reflections

The guys I'm working with are the technical sales folk and as we were working out their strategic story they mentioned that the passion that was once there for their products seemed to be waning among some of their technical specialists. how typical knowledge workers do not appreciate being instructed; involvement is the key to motivation. Last week I started a new Making Strategies Stick project with a large IT company.

5 ways the talent experience is fundamentally changing

CLO Magazine

Besides imparting requisite knowledge, this type of pre-boarding experience is inspiring and instills a culture of curiosity and learning on day one. Single entry door to all knowledge and learning. Expert network.

Demystifying Working Out Loud

ID Reflections

It has helped me to develop my personal learning network (PLN) and enabled my PKM. Thus not only do we lose out on diverse inputs and knowledge, we also proverbially reinvent the wheel many times over and feed into systemic inefficiency. An organization that shares openly –successes and failures, learnings and insights, explicit and tacit knowledge – learns faster, builds an ambient awareness and paves the road for serendipity.

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10 resources that I found valuable in January 2013

Jane Hart

It’s partly a creature of collaborative technologies, such as email, instant messages, Web-based conferencing, internal social networks and so on. ” 4 - Productivity revolutions and the most misunderstood man in history – Esko Kilpi, 13 January 2013. “When Taylor started working, nine out of ten people were manual workers. Today, nine out of ten people are knowledge workers. But the struggles we face with productivity may be the same.

What remote work revealed about the role of onboarding

CLO Magazine

It was a great onboarding experience – a big production. We are all familiar with the concept of time-to-productivity in discussions about onboarding. However, the big picture goal is not time-to-productivity, it is lifetime employee productivity.

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A Brief History of AI


McCulloch and Walter Pitts suggest that building a network of artificial neurons could create a machine that could think, using the neurons’ on-or-off firing system (later binary code). consumer shopping advisors and product recommendations. digital assistants for enterprise knowledge workers. For example, one popular AI model is the neural network, based on the structure of the brain of layers of neurons connected in a nonlinear fashion. A Brief History of AI.

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Quotes and excerpts on the need for Learning 2.0 from the Best of T+D: 2007-2009

ID Reflections

Excerpts from the Best of T+D | 2007 - 2009 Harold Jarche in Skills 2.0 : As knowledge workers, we are like actors--only as good as our last performance. In a knowledge economy, the individual is the knowledge creator, and relationships are the currency. They’re going to become irrelevant because people are going to be able to post and share knowledge with one another without the learning function. Knowledge Delivered in Any Other Form Is.

Learn Trends 2008 - Free

Tony Karrer

Speakers and topics include: Alvaro Fernandez: Brain Fitness for Peak Health and Performance Dave Gray: Visual Literacy, Learning Innovation Kevin Wheeler: The Future of Talent Dave Pollard - Working Smarter: Improving the personal productivity of knowledge workers.

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List to Learn, Learn to List

Kapp Notes

Some items on my current to-learn list includes: More about 3D Worlds (Wandering) Capabilities of Unity 3D (Targeted) Better time management techniques (Wandering) Creating an online store (Wandering, for now) Learning about online publishing (Wandering) Some type of 2D game platform (Targeted) To program in ALICE (Targeted) More about the PA Energy Industry (targeted) As Knowledge Workers, work and learning are the same, so how does a to-learn list really differ from a to-do list?

21st Century Workplace Challenges

ID Reflections

The paragraph below taken from Harold Jarche’s post Success depends on who we work with reminded me of a post I had written some time back, the Molotov cocktail = Weak ties x complicated knowledge. These networks were not well connected and contained mostly weak ties. The networks that best exhibited the small-world property were those that had the greatest success. Weak ties create havoc when people need to transfer tacit knowledge.

Selling Social Media for Learning: ASTD Big Question

Kapp Notes

Address the need to share knowledge over distances or the value of timely information to sales tactics, don't focus on the technology. If you have scientists and engineers working across geographic boundaries in isolation and knowledge of what they are doing within the organization is limited, consider having them establish blogs to share their insights and ideas. If that feeling doesn't exist, social media won't work as a productivity enhancement tool.

I Believe in the Value of Working out Loud

Tom Spiglanin

In many other subjects, term papers were effectively show-your-work products that described a train of thought, taking the reader from preliminary premises to the conclusion. Those who continued onto graduate work had at least one significant show-your-work product: a dissertation or thesis. In early school days, our work was shown fully as we did it; that rough format was often the final submitted product with the answer circled. The Danger of Knowledge Hoarding.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | October 9, 2020

Mike Taylor

Yasmin Fodil (@yasminfodil) talks about the sources of collective knowledge available to knowledge workers, and the ways that they can access that knowledge. Tables | Google’s Area 120 — Tables is Google’s newest productivity tool.

Agile, Lego and Training: The common factors.

ID Reflections

With training being developed in tandem with product development today, scope of work can only be planned for in phases. The scope will change ten times over even as the product development moves from iteration to iteration. Networking = Learning? Social Media for Knowledge Workers: eLearning Technology (Tony Karrer) 10. Harold Jarche’s posts as always hits the nail on the head and this one is no exception.

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mLearning Feature Sets: Possibilities Wide & Deep

mLearning Trends

It has certainly been a "month of Sundays" since I last posted to this blog and I offer apologies for not sharing more throughout what has proved to be a very busy and productive summer and fall season. The Feature Sets - A Range of Possibility The variety of available mobile devices enables a myriad of potential uses for the preparation, delivery and tracking of learning for mobile workers; and the more capable the mobile device, the wider the array of possible content delivery methods.

Thomas Davenport and Blogging - He is Wrong!

Tony Karrer

I've been slowly making my way through Thomas Davenport's book Thinking for a Living - How to Get Better Performance and Results from Knowledge Workers. If anything this tool has detracted from productivity, not increased it. Bill Ives argues that his own blog is really a vehicle for managing his own personal knowledge. If this particular use of blogs caught on broadly, it could represent a new approach to organizational knowledge management.

Online Coaching

Tony Karrer

As I've said many times, for concept workers work and learning are inseparable. For a knowledge worker, generally its something like the start of a new project or a new kind of situation that sparks the need for learning. Role of Learning Organizations The learning organization's role is to provide support to these workers/learners as they hit learning ignition points. Again, you can go back to Networks and Learning Communities to see quite a bit about all of this.

Leading Learning and New Skills

Clark Quinn

Kimberly McCollum in The networked nature of information fairly calls me out for asking such leading questions - They are more like a rhetorical rallying cry to the already converted. Enabling learning is about being a learner yourself, sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm and then taking a back seat. As fields of practice and bodies of knowledge expand, a challenge for learning professionals will be to change their tool sets from prescriptive to supportive.

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Conversation on Conversations

Tony Karrer

In Love the Conversation – Ken Allan discusses the complexity of helping concept workers with the skills around this: The question here is where to start. Drafting a program to teach adults to use the right means of knowledge transfer is probably at least as difficult as teaching children to be discerning about information accessible on the Internet. Yet there is no doubt that discernment forms a large part of selecting efficient and effective means for knowledge transfer.

Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It

Jay Cross

Workers are disgruntled 10. Training departments are no more at fault than bankrupt companies like Blockbuster Video, Borders, Silicon Graphics, Nortel Networks, Circuit City, Bethlehem Steel, Smith Corona, Polaroid, Wang Labs, or Underwood Typewriters. They all offered great products. What worked twenty years ago doesn’t work well in the social, always-on, networked world of business we now inhabit. That accounts for a mere 5%-10% of the way workers learn their jobs.

The Advantages of eLearning

eLearning Brothers

The mission of corporate eLearning is to supply the workforce with an up-to-date and cost-effective program that yields motivated, skilled, and loyal knowledge workers. The growth of the World Wide Web, high-capacity corporate networks, and high-speed desktop computers will make learning available to people 24 hours a day, seven days a week around the globe. Web-based products allow instructors to update lessons and materials across the entire network instantly.

Working Smarter in the Enterprise

Jay Cross

On April 27, 2011, Clark Quinn and I kicked off a meeting of the Chief Learning Officer Executive Network at Symantec in Mountain View. The Executive Networks people took notes; here are the main points from my presentation. In 1986, 75% of the knowledge that a worker needed was stored in their heads. The needed information is no longer in the worker’s mind but it is “out there” in the minds of others. Social Networks.

Your First Steps to Adopting ‘Learning in the Flow of Work’


Also, at a time when the average knowledge worker is struggling to set aside time (just five minutes per day) for formal learning, the traditional learning system is quite redundant. . As an L&D pro, the onus ends up falling on you to not just “train” employees but actually create an environment conducive to learning and improved productivity. Ergo, minimum disruption of work and maximum productivity.

Jay Cross – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


The Internet Time Alliance , which he chairs, helps corporations and governments use networks to accelerate performance. A champion of informal learning and systems thinking, Jay’s calling is to create happier, more productive workplaces. He distills lessons from cognitive science, social networking, business strategy, futures research, and psychology to boost sales, improve customer service, and spark innovation. This is a knowledge economy.

Leading Learning and New Skills

Tony Karrer

Kimberly McCollum in The networked nature of information fairly calls me out for asking such leading questions - They are more like a rhetorical rallying cry to the already converted. Enabling learning is about being a learner yourself, sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm and then taking a back seat. As fields of practice and bodies of knowledge expand, a challenge for learning professionals will be to change their tool sets from prescriptive to supportive.

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Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. Learnnovators: In this age where PR has greatly transformed with the power of social media networking, how significant is it still for organizations to rely on external professional PR services such as yours vis-à-vis building in-house PR capability to build brand and customer relationships? ABOUT BOB LITTLE (Senior Partner, Bob Little Press & PR).

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

It puts forward lots of suggestions for how knowledge workers can leverage technology to make themselves more effective. I actually think this is some of the most valuable stuff on my blog, and I believe that most knowledge workers are not really taking advantage of this at the level they should. They say its about: 5 Trends Converging (3G + Social Networking + Video + VoIP + Impressive Mobile Devices) The growth of mobile devices has been amazing.

Knowledge Skills Mentoring Tips - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers - eLearning Technology , July 6, 2009. Rapid E-Learning Production - Supporting Applications - The E-Learning Curve , July 7, 2009. Personal Learning Network - Blender - Training Solutions , July 1, 2009. Social and Networked Learning , July 4, 2009. Knowledge (45). LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers , July 6, 2009. Big Question: What new skills and knowledge are required for learning professionals?

mLearning Tech A’plenty Released at CES 2011

mLearning Trends

It is starting to feel like the smartphone is finally going to start replacing the feature phone inside every knowledge worker’s pocket or purse; I’m not saying my mom is going to replace her Jitterbug anytime soon but she’s a grandmother not an enterprise employee. Way Faster Networks. To me, the more significant advances introduced at CES 2011 were the formal introductions from the leading carriers of their much anticipated “4G”, high-speed networks.

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Get Your Paws Off My Training Budget

Living in Learning

Don’t you wish that justifying your existence did not become a distraction to your departmental mission and divert precious time and resources away from being productive? And not just the learner in an academic-feed-me-knowledge-to-make-me-smarter sense, but the learner who is confronted with moments of learning need in the context of their work. . Don’t you wish you could say that?

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