Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Knowing Knowledge Review by Clive Shepherd

I love this post by Clive Shepherd. I've only recently been connected with Clive, but truly enjoy his blog. You should also check out his answers to December's Big question. I love his answers to all 3 questions.

But back to his post that got me here...his review of Gsiemens's book Knowing Knowledge. He states some brilliant points. This is one of those nights with little time to add my own. I just thought it important enough to direct everyone there to check it out.

There is a connection for me between GTD (the Getting Things Done movement), Professionalism (David Maister's outstanding podcast series) and Learning. I hear an overwhelming amount of whining about information overload when discussing RSS as the new learning pipeline. It harkens back to the day when email first landed and "oh my, what are we going to do with all these emails!"

I think if you connect the technology of Web2.0 (especially mobile tech) with the practical approach to work via GTD, and the theoretical value based, Me Inc., Professionalism of David Maister, you start to see the picture of the knowledge worker of the future. I'm working up a graphic for this, but its been coming together for me for a few months now.


Anonymous said...

Hi Brent!
I think we are already seeing much of what you're describing as knowledge workers of the future.

People are increasingly mobile between jobs, teams, external organisations, networks, etc, in addition to physically. I think your references/approaches are spot on for better productivity, success and choice. I especially agree with the supporting roles of RSS (I haven't heard that whine before ;-) and of course, mobile.

I recommend having a look at a recent study by the Career Innovations group in the UK (with lots of graphics). It resulted in publishing "the “Manifesto for the New Agile Workplace” and highlighted these trends of people prefering much more flexibility and mobility (and provides recommendations to for employers and employees to adapt). The summary can be downloaded free at http://www.careerinnovation.com/viewreport.asp?PageID=70&ReportID=6

These underlying trends were discussed earlier this year at the Seriously Mobile summit by several thought leaders with emerging approaches to help address them including mobile and virtual worlds. The video archive is available via my blog.

bschlenker said...

Hi Ron! Thanks for great links. These will come in handy.
I have seen the same movement within the ranks of motivated employees. Maybe its just in the states, but motivated employees seem hard to come by. They fight the change tooth and nail. They don't see RSS readers as being valuable or useful to them. They don't WANT any more information. Its crazy but I hear it ALL the time. The idea that the TRAINING department is MAKING them read more information and create more information throws them into fits.
Which is why I'm thinking about starting another blog that is directed at helping the motivated individuals see practical uses of all the web2.0 stuff flying around. Breaking it down into easy steps and help people EASE into it a little.
Good to hear from you, Ron! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

...motivated workers hard to come by... that's what I thought when I read this article (link below) in the local rag for Canary Wharf - Europe's leading financial centre - about how to plan to call in sick to slack off! Complete with the guy's picture! Have you seen the movie Office Space? It's a classic example of a de-motivating environment. It's a very funny movie that resonates with cubicle and former cubicle jockies (and dilbert fans). The printer destruction scene is classic! http://icthewharf.icnetwork.co.uk/thewharf/columnists/tm_headline=i-feel-a-skive-coming-on%26method=full%26objectid=18181011%26siteid=71670-name_page.html

Training departments here in the UK are becoming interested in RSS but few are actively advocating it or using it themselves. RSS use is being implemented by other departments first so far... and we're helping where we can.
Cheers - both versions (American: clink glasses, British roughly translated: Thanks!)