My top 10 favourite resources from February

In February I added links to over 100 resources in my 2012 Reading List, but these are my 10 favourite. I have listed them in chronological order of their publication – together with a quote from each, which will give you an indication of why I found it of interest.

1 - The Wikipedia way of motivating your employees, Forbes, 6 February 2012

“As a business owner, if you can tap into the passion of your workforce the same way that Wikipedia taps into its army of unpaid volunteers, you can accomplish things that no amount of money can buy.”

2 – Future hipsters - this video started off Social Media Week, 7 February 2012

2 - The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg), Oscar Berg, 14 February 2012

“The majority of the value-creation activities in an enterprise are hidden. They happen below the surface. What we see when we think of collaboration in the traditional sense (structured team-based collaboration) is the tip of the iceberg – teams who are coordinating their actions to achieve some goal. We don’t see – and thus don’t recognize – all the activities which have enabled the team to form and which help them throughout their journey.”

(Update: collaboration pyramid now available on Flickr for use under Creative Commons Attribution license)

4 - Relevance trumps ROI, Jay Cross, 15 February 2012

“Some learning leaders — perhaps fearful for their budgets and status as business partners — may be wary of seemingly unquantifiable learning initiatives such as social learning, but hard numbers aren’t always the best indicator of success. A focus on formal school or executive education-type learning involving tests, for example, may not provide valuable metrics anyway, Cross said, because grades or test results in school are unrelated to anything outside of school. They are essentially the wrong measures.”

5 – Workforce collaboration in the network era, Harold Jarche, 23 February 2012

“A workplace that encourages social learning can more easily become a social business. Social business emerges from social learning that itself emerges from collaborative work. All of this happens within networks. Existing departments need to become contributing nodes in their respective networks or face obsolescence. As workers become more collaborative and networked, they will bypass non-contributing nodes. If a department is not part of the networked workflow, or tries to block it, it is part of the problem.”

6 –  Does the online education revolution mean the death of the diploma, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Fast Coexist, February 2012

“Education is changing, and it’s changing fast. Anyone can put together a personalized educational experience via digital textbooks accessible by iPad, video learning from top university faculty, or peer-led discussion. People of all demographics are gathering their own seeds of education and cultivating lush sets of hybrid tools to deal with the rapid knowledge replenishment that’s essential in an economy where massive career specialization and constant innovation reign. What we’re witnessing is a bottom-up revolution in education: Learners, not institutions, are leading innovation. This is an era of plenty. I like to call it the Education Harvest.”

7 - Why we use social media in our personal lives – but not for work, Tammy Erickson, HBR Blog Network, 16 February 2012

“Just gaining widespread adoption — getting people to use the technology — can present a major hurdle. Driving real changes in the way work is done can be even harder. Why is it proving so difficult? And what can you do to speed not only adoption, but the adoption of productive practices in your organization? To understand the challenges of using collaborative or social software inside business organizations, begin by thinking about the use of similar technologies in your personal life.”

8 - The corporate learning shuffle, ZDNet, 20 February 2012

“Collaboration initiatives ultimately have to be budgeted for in order to have a chance of succeeding, and as is the case with so much holistic cross enterprise problem solving there isn’t any cross company budget. This is ironically why the ‘collaboration silo’ problem has arisen – a patchwork quilt of different departmental solutions doesn’t scale or hang together as an efficient way of working at a macro scale. Departmental P&L budget buckets equals parochial thinking around problem solving.”

9 - The 0% solution to learning, The performance improvement blog, 23 February 2012

“Ideally, organizations should be striving for a culture in which every aspect of the workplace supports continuous individual, team, and whole organization learning. It should be a place where Individuals are learning how to help the organization achieve its strategic goals, where teams are learning how to help the organization achieve its strategic goals, and where the organization as a whole is learning how to achieve its strategic goals. In this kind of culture, formal classroom training is superfluous.”

10 –  The Top 10 Ways to Become Truly Social, Dov Seidman, 24 February 2012

“We can’t automatically make employees interact in  deep and sustainable ways simply by hitting the on button, creating a Facebook page, launching internal social communication or real-time performance feedback platforms and replacing e-mail addresses with hash tags any more than we could generate long-term shareholder value by slapping an “e” in front of our business name. We can’t order an employee to have a great idea or mandate rich, creative collaborations any more than we can order a doctor to become more humane or a teacher to be more inspirational in the classroom.”

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