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. Other Resources Linked Intelligence The Official LinkedIn Blog The Executive’s Guide to LinkedIn Networlding Alltop LinkedIn eLearning Technology. In most cases, I will ask for a show of hands: How many of you have a LinkedIn Account? Generally 50-70%. How many of you actively use LinkedIn? Generally down to 10%.

Portrait of the modern knowledge worker

Jay Cross

The concept of ‘knowledge worker’ which Peter Drucker coined in 1959, is perhaps not so clear (as shown again in a recent LinkedIn discussion - access potentially limited) and can be understood at … Jay Cross ‘s insight: Brilliant. Desired traits in the modern knowledge worker: Gifts and skills: A synthetic mind that can ingest a lot of information and summarise it in clear and concise ways, perhaps using mnemonics.A


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You nailed me as a knowledge worker

Web Tools for Learners

On the Work Literacy blog Michele Martin posted on a paper written by Allison Kid. Knowledge workers solve problems and generate outputs largely by resort to structures internal to themselves rather than by resort to external rules or procedures. Unfortunately, many corporate software programs aim to level or standardise the differences between individual workers. Knowledge workers also rarely consult their filed information when in their oftlces.

Instructional Design 101: Six Rules for Writing

The E-Learning Curve

Following a series of posts on Knowledge Work and Knowledge Workers, I'm about to embark on a major series of articles on the topic of Instructional Design. Continue Reading → The post Instructional Design 101: Six Rules for Writing appeared first on E-Learning Curve Blog. E-learning Design E-learning Development Instructional Design conditions of learning content development instructional design learning styles Orwell

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. Partisans of blogging argue that there are many potential business applications of the technology (and they discuss these applications in their blogs!). But I believe that blogging falls into the unproven category. I know of no organization in which the benefits of blogging have been measured.

Technology-aided learning: Changing the game in Organizational Learning


The success of an organization has always depended on how skilled and knowledgeable is its workforce. As more workers become knowledge workers, the demand for frequent training is further accelerated with each technological shift. Updating the skills and knowledge of employees critical in today’s economy, and the efficiency with which companies do so can thus be critical in helping them maintain a competitive edge.

In response to: "Motivation is not what you think" by Jay Cross

ID Reflections

People need free reign in making their work what they want to do; that’s what works with intrinsically motivated workers. This is an excerpt from Motivation is not what you think from the Internet Time Blog. In Informal Learning , Jay writes about knowledge workers as: I like to work on things I help create. Such knowledge workers who are intrinsically passionate about their work are notoriously difficult to find and keep, writes Jay.

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.

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?

Corporate Learning Long Tail and Attention Crisis

Tony Karrer

The article is definitely worth a read, and it got me to finally write about what I see as a crisis in corporate learning. This is happening in many situations: major publishers (CNN, Yahoo, Cnet) competing with niches publishers, competing with blogs; TV production facing a widely distributed audience across 500 cable channels and YouTube. Cost is most often not a factor in a knowledge workers decision about the use of information. John Seely Brown and Richard P.

Taking Stock and Making Choices: Working from home and other such stuff

ID Reflections

I have come back to blogging after a hiatus of almost 5 months. To be connected to colleagues and co-workers, be in office as much as possible. Work —complex knowledge work requires solitude as well as collaboration. In the absence of such conversations, I have to consciously make an effort to write about and communicate what I do within the organization. Are you a knowledge worker working from home? Knowledge Management Reflection

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Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. Learning Coach Model Very Powerful In 2010, I had a great experience where Dr. Joel Harband wrote a series of articles for my blog on Text-to-Speech in eLearning. Instead, Joel would write it up. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs

To-Learn Lists

Clark Quinn

For me, I generally put to-learn items in my to-do based on specific projects or preparing presentations, writing, etc. I think this is the case for lots of knowledge workers. Instead I make progress based on allocating time for blog reading, posting, commenting. This month’s Learning Circuit’s Big Question is on: To-Learn Lists. The results this far have been really interesting to me.

Does Your Organization Need a Learning Culture?

The Performance Improvement Blog

The amount and complexity of knowledge and skills that each of your employees needs is increasing dramatically every day due to technology and globalization. Meyer, addressed this issue in his blog for Forbes online: Any corporate learning professional will tell you that sales and leadership training need to be processes, not events. Johnson writes: …advances often mean that people who show up to training events know as much as, if not more than, the facilitators.

The Role of Training in the Wider Productivity Puzzle


Skills have a major bearing on workforce productivity – especially in developed economies where the majority of employees are knowledge workers. Over 2,000 workers contributed to that research. The biggest barrier to skill development is workers not having (or feeling they don’t have) enough time for training. Plenty of studies confirm this view and suggest that the modern worker spends less than half an hour a week on learning and development.

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Learning Professionals Leaders

Clark Quinn

world is becoming more about your network than your current knowledge. Gina Minks: Adventures in Corporate Education What Competencies do Knowledge Workers Need? She lists the tools and what you should know as: Wikis : How to edit, how to read, how to link to RSS Feeds : What are they, how do I read one, once I have a reader set up how do I scan info collecetd, how do I share info using one Blogs : How do I write one. Why SHOULD I write one.

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How The Business Goal of A Training Project Affects The Content You Should Include

Bottom-Line Performance

In a comment on Jen’s wonderful blog post last week , Jon Lloyd says “I think the first point ought to be ‘why are you doing this – what is the business reason and expected results for the conversation?” We’ve talked about this question before on this blog , because it’s one of our favorite questions. These knowledge courses are the bulk of the work I’ve done in my career. When I’m working on a knowledge project, I try and shape the content to show the information in action.

eLearning 2.0 - An Immediate, Important Shift

Tony Karrer

I just finished reading a blog post on Read/Write Web - eLearning 2.0 - All You Need to Know. is that it is an immediately applicable and important shift in learning that applies right here and right now for most knowledge workers. Adopting a practice like blogging as a personal learning and networking tool or adopting Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Normally, I find the content on R/WW to be pretty good, but this time, it left me a bit flat.

Learning Professionals Leaders

Tony Karrer

world is becoming more about your network than your current knowledge. Gina Minks: Adventures in Corporate Education What Competencies do Knowledge Workers Need? She lists the tools and what you should know as: Wikis : How to edit, how to read, how to link to RSS Feeds : What are they, how do I read one, once I have a reader set up how do I scan info collecetd, how do I share info using one Blogs : How do I write one. Why SHOULD I write one.

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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. Make it easy for people to publish their knowledge and subscribe to the information they want.

Social media and reflection: marriage or divorce?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

For instance, there are people I get to know better through reading their blogs systematically over time. In the process of reflection we analyse what happened to generate new knowledge and insights (this might be done individually or in group, a method for systematic reflection in group is After Action Review). Blogging is inherently more reflective because it forces you to formulate your ideas. Lilia Efimova wrote her Phd on 'blogging for knowledge workers'.

Interactive Writer for Teen Audience

Tony Karrer

What’s been interesting to me is that it’s been hard to find just the right person to help them with designing interactive exercises and writing content in order to bring this to life online. The second challenge has been that we want to find someone who can write for today’s teen audience. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs Most of my experience has been in adult learning and performance.

Top 100 eLearning Items

Tony Karrer

Introducing The Conversation Prism eLearning Trends 2007 and 2008 TechCrunch White Label Social Networking Platforms Chart How to Insert YouTube Videos in PowerPoint Presentations LinkedIn Tips and Tweaks: Do More with your LinkedIn Account Introduction to Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking and RSS Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 Mathemagenic " PhD conclusions in a thousand words: blogging practices of knowledge workers Web 2.0

The year’s top posts on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

2013 is over for everything but the holidays so I’m posting this list of the top 50 blog posts on Working Smarter this year. The basic unit of social business technology is personal knowledge management, not collaborative workspaces.” ” Knowledge. How writing a blog can make you a better manager. Blogging is just people showing off” EUEN SEMPLE | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013. Blogging Community Complexity Design Just Jay MOOCs Working Smarter

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Develop Work Skills

Tony Karrer

Then others are already tracking and writing about it and you can just talk or write to them. There are also several studies of knowledge worker practices that suggest that a lot of what is effective is quite personal. It's always interesting to hear the perspective of someone with a background in Knowledge Management discussing these things. How can the organization capture the knowledge, learning, etc.?

ASTD Follow-Up

Tony Karrer

For example, we still teach Cursive Writing instead of Touch Typing to kids. Knowledge Work Framework Tilde Effect Concept Worker Knowledge Work Not Separate from Learning Tool Set 2009 Search Better Memory Network Learning Information Radar Remote Collaboration Common eLearning 2.0 Scenarios Preparing Workers for Web 2.0 Review the post - Information Radar - and use the information there to set up your radar and start a new blog.

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How to train productivity at work: Top experts reveal their employee productivity formula


Experiment with classical condition: Listen to the same music playlist, start work with the same beverage, or always write in a particular location. According to a 2008 Stanford study , multitasking doesn’t only make workers less productive; it also damages the human brain.

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Her work with various companies like Tata Interactive Systems, Zensar Technologies, ThoughtWorks and Future Group has given her a width of experience that spans instructional design, workplace learning strategy, knowledge management, social learning and community management, and people development. She blogs at on topics related to the future of work, the shifting digital trends, and their deep impact on how we will work, learn and live in the future.

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Network Skills

Tony Karrer

So, starting with her post I've spent the past few hours going through a lot of material, processing the information and writing this post. Learn Trends – not quite sure this fits Nancy's definition of a community – it looks like one, but my sense is that it's somewhere in between a community and a network Where I spend most of my time is with the blogging network and various other networks. There's quite a lot of discussion/debate whether blogs act as networks or community.

35 Top eLearning Articles and 6 Hot Topics for March

eLearning Learning Posts

10 Rules For Writing Multiple Choice Questions - The eLearning Coach , March 18, 2010 This is a back-to-basics article about the undervalued and little-discussed multiple choice question. Tools For Mobile Learning Development - Upside Learning Blog , March 21, 2010 Some tools which may assist you in developing mobile learning applications. Instructional Design by Example - Janet Clarey , March 19, 2010 I launched a new blog this week for showcasing e-learning examples.

How to Select Online Manufacturing Training That’s Right for Your Company

Convergence Training

We’re preparing to lead a webinar in February on the topic (more on that below), and so we thought we’d write up the material in this form as well. Makes it easier for worker to “train up” for next job. Read more about using job aids to improve worker performance.

Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009

eLearning Learning Posts

Top 100 Learning Game Resources - Upside Learning Blog , June 24, 2009. 9 Free Tools That Help Me Build Better E-Learning , Rapid eLearning Blog , May 5, 2009. How to Create Screencasts You Can Be Proud Of , Rapid eLearning Blog , October 13, 2009. Captivate 4 tutorials - Adobe Captivate Blog , April 3, 2009. LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers - eLearning Technology , July 6, 2009. The Truth About Twitter - Social Enterprise Blog , May 11, 2009.

Top 74 eLearning Posts from September 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

But how to write one? Four roles for social media in workplace learning - Clive on Learning , September 28, 2010 I write this as I travel to Birmingham to participate in a panel discussion with Nick Shackleton-Jones and Robin Hoyle on the role of social media in learning. Voice-Over in eLearning - The Learning Circuits Blog , September 1, 2010 Over the past couple of months, Dr. Joel Harband has been teaching me all about Using Text-to-Speech in eLearning. N2growth Blog.

2008 2009

Tony Karrer

My blog is really the hub of my thinking and activity, so by going back through posts for the 2008, it gives me a pretty good perspective on what's been happening inside my head during 2008. To do my review, I first looked at what I was writing about and what people were reading on my blog in 2008. It's been good to create a more formal list of what I want to research, blog about, use on projects, etc.

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Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

Years ago a start-up commissioned me to write a white paper that would help put them on the map. Workers who know more get more accomplished. Most of what we learn, we learn from other people — parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, playmates, cousins, Little Leaguers, Scouts, school chums, roommates, teammates, classmates, study groups, coaches, bosses, mentors, colleagues, gossips, co-workers, neighbors, and, eventually, our children. Writing?

Significant Work Needed to Help Instructional Designers

Tony Karrer

I was planning to try to write up a summary at some point (similar to last month's eLearning Technology: Top Ten Reasons To Blog and Top Ten Not to Blog ), but I must say this month it was a lot harder. As the roles of knowledge workers expand and require them to use information that changes quickly it will be more important for the workforce to have easy access to information rather than them be required to retain it as the result of a well-designed course.


Networks and Communities

Tony Karrer

Mercenary Rationale for Network Work & Learning As I discussed in Evaluating Performance of Concept Workers , evaluating the performance of a concept worker is difficult because there's no right answer and most often the evaluator knows less about the subject than the worker. Thus, the bottom line in evaluating a concept workers performance is by looking at: Was a reasonable process used? How would this compare to results from other concept workers?

Best of Working Smarter Daily this year

Jay Cross

Every day, Working Smarter Daily uses social signals to select the top articles from blogs in these fields. The basic unit of social business technology is personal knowledge management, not collaborative workspaces.” ” Knowledge. How writing a blog can make you a better manager. Writing a blog can help in the following ways: You notice more. NO I’m writing this on that netbook.

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Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Instructional Design and E-Learning Blogs - Experiencing eLearning , July 6, 2010 Back when I wrote my instructional design careers series in 2007, I was only aware of a few blogs by instructional designers. Since then, I’ve discovered a wealth of blogs by instructional designers, e-learning developers, and workplace learning specialists. Subscribe to the Best of eLearning Learning for updates from this blog and other eLearning blogs. How do you blog then?

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Personalizing Web Access " WebTools For Learners

Web Tools for Learners

Just as we have idiosyncrasies in the speech, how we do math, writing (think of handwriting), we develop different patterns for tools and how we use them. I think knowing how to set up and manipulate our tools is essential to any skilled artisan, knowledge workers included. My lap top surprisingly looks like yours: down to the Zotero in the bottom right (this is invaluable as I write papers; I’m currently trying to figure out how to use blogs.