Pick of the Month: September 2012

With the release of the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 on 1 October, my Pick of the Month for September is coming a little later than normal. So this time I am simply going to list my 5 favourites articles from last month, once again with some “soundbites”.  If you’d like to see what else I found of interest in September, you can see the articles listed in my 2012 Reading List.

1 – Unlearning – Jane Bozarth, 4 September

“Unlearning (or, if you prefer, overwriting existing knowledge or skill, or just pushing it to the background to accommodate something new, or rewiring pathways) is hard. You know this: remember when you switched from driving a car with a manual shift to an automatic, or moved from academic to workplace or technical writing, or confronted a new software release with a dashboard change? Old habits are hard to break, and revising old thinking patterns, even when one recognizes the need for change, is challenging. And when we’re under pressure the old learning may reemerge, as it has a longer history inside our responses.”

2 – Why do I share my knowledge? – Luis Suarez, 19 September

“I just couldn’t help thinking myself about my very own motivations to share my knowledge across out there, whether internally and externally, more than anything else as a self-reflection exercise trying to answer *why* do I do it and why do I keep doing it, and most, importantly, why can’t I conceive a business world where we couldn’t survive without sharing our knowledge across for others to benefit from it.”

3 – Performance Management As a Part of Daily Life: Work.com Changes the Game – Stacia Garr, Bersin & Assocs, 21 September

“We’ve been thinking for a while that the day could not be far off when social goals, tasks, feedback, social recognition and performance appraisals all came together.  Today was that day.  Salesforce.com took it to the next level by integrating all of these activities into an application where employees already work.  A new gauntlet has been thrown — we can’t wait to see how the market responds.”

4 – Mind the (skills) gap – William D. Eggers, John Hagel and Owen Sanderson, HBR Blog Network, 22 September

“A bachelor’s degree used to provide enough basic training to last a career. Yet today, the skills college graduates acquire during college have an expected shelf life of only five years according to extensive work we’ve done in conjunction with Deloitte’s Shift Index. The key takeaway? The lessons learned in school can become outdated long before student loans are paid off.”

5 – From training to performance to social – Harold Jarche, 29 September