Flat Army – Free Book Giveaway

If we truly are going to shift the L&D function from a “packaging” role to one that enables,  supports and “scaffolds” learning in the flow of daily work we are going to have to make some changes in the way we actually operate. We will need to make some operational changes if we are ever to reach the goal of the Connected L&D Department.

Dan Pontefract has recently published a book entitled, “Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization” where he explores the relationship between the principles of collaboration, participation and open leadership with new ways in which to learn and share.

Perhaps Flat Army, in part, can help you achieve the Connected L&D Department quest. And if such is the case, I’m giving away two free copies of the book.

To qualify, simply use the comment box below and tell me what new tool you think might help your own L&D Department become more connected as a team, and why. If you need some help identifying a tool, take a look at the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 List.

This opportunity closes on Friday 26 April and I’ll announce the winners on Friday 3 May.

Good luck

19 comments to Flat Army – Free Book Giveaway

  • Hi Jane,

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

    Whilst not technically a ‘new’ tool, I would suggest that the not-so-humble mobile device is able to bring an incredible amount of opportunities to help my current (or indeed any) team to better connect.

    Most of the tools in your top 100 list are able to be used/accessed via mobile devices so that is why I have chosen a mobile device over any specific tool/platform/site etc.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed….

    Craig

  • Since many of the social tools for organizations come with a hefty price tag (and I suspect that Yammer [now that it has been acquired by Microsoft] will follow in Ning’s footsteps), I’m going to take a closer look at Google + as an organizational social networking tool.

  • Ben Gifford

    We use yammer to communicate across the department boundaries so that we can share knowledge and experiences

  • Hi Jane, thanks for this opportunity. I would suggest that Pearltrees would be a great tool to connect an L&D department, and help them learn and become more efficient in their content curation and sharing. It is desktop and mobile, the Pearler bookmarklet allows for ease of storing useful content, and the team can create pearltrees specific to their department, topics, projects, etc that can be accessed, added to and shared by all. (If privacy is needed, a premium account allows for that.) My favourite feature, that isn’t part of Evernote, is that when you ‘pearl’ -store- items and links, they can automatically be tweeted and posted on FB for you w/out an extra click, and this can be spaced out during the day rather than happening all at once, if you happen, like I do, to search for content in time blocks. I think it’s a wonderful collaboration tool and a place where an L&D team can create a go-to place for staff learning and development along with resources needed to create excellent training. (btw, I don’t work for PT, just a big fan!)

  • Richard Martin

    Evernote – and associated tools such as Skitch, Penultimate, Evernote Hello and Evernote Peek – is an excellent multi-platform tool for content capture, annotation, sharing and collaboration. The facility to create multiple notebooks, collections of notebooks and personal metadata makes this a great tool both for content capture and retrieval.

  • Hi Jane

    Members of our team are located across the state. In the past meeting a few times a year for a two day forum has been an important part of consolidating the team. Budget cuts mean that this is much more difficult now. We have been using Webex and SharePoint regularly. Webex is quite embedded now, and SharePoint is becoming more and more a part of the routine. Discussion forums, however, could be used to a much greater extent, especially as an alternative to emails.

    A new tool that could help us connect as team members might be Twitter. The short messages in Tweets could make it easier for people to send messages as they think of them, rather than facing composition of an email or forum post. Twitter would also provide an easy identification of messages as distinct from other emails, as Twitter is not generally used in my organisation. Unlike other social networking tools such as facebook, Twitter is not blocked in our organisation, making it an easily accessible tool for our team.

    I wonder if other people have used “team tweets” and what their experience might have been?

    Cheers,

    Rae

  • Todd Conaway

    I think Google Hangouts have much to offer in the way we connect with folks outside our organizations. Personally, I have had some very rewarding conversations with folks far away. The college IT and leadership seem to support a tool called MOVI. While very clean and bright, does not connect well with smart folks outside our institution, and like so many college provided tools, it looks more like a box with a lock rather than an opportunity to explore and learn.

  • Daniel

    SharePoint has allowed us to become connected as a team:

    Collaborate on creating learning materials

    Share Best practices

    The use of discussion boards to make decisions

    Use of surveys for needs assessment and evaluation as a team

    Even leverage our use of SharePoint to promote team collaboration as a training support tool for other areas of the business

  • Abobe Connect has been a great benefit to our training program. We use it to unite people around the world into a single learning discussion and to save a recording of the learning.

  • I would like to put forward Blitz “Ideas into Action” which can be found at http://www.letsblitz.com/ This ideation tool embodies everything that is great about social learning and “flat army” ideology. It is a method that you could use nearly as well face to face using sticky notes. But if you are connected, then it has the power to pull together ideas and hone them into actions for a geographically distributed and discipline-disparate team. This is the meeting space of the future. No more sequential plod through a paper agenda just to move half the items to next time. So how is this a tool of the training department? I believe the modern training team should be showing not telling. Let the modern trainer introduce Blitz to any team and stand back and say, “See?”

    Note: Hey! Don’t think you need to train them in it. They’ll figure it out just fine for themselves!

  • We are about to use MS365. It is new and I hope it works!

  • I really like Google hangouts for ease, flexibility, and a reliable tool for collaboration. Recently several faculty in my university graduate department became Google Apps for Education certified and hangouts is becoming a great tool both for faculty-to-faculty interactions, but also for student collaboration.

  • Hi Jane. We’re striving to connect the social dots and align to to real business in seamless ways

  • Marie-Laure Curie

    For my team, it is podio – which helps us manage documents, work, assign tasks and communicate.

  • Basecamp – visibility of who is working on what, discussions and ticking off to-dos when they are done.

  • Ryan Tracey

    I think the mouth will help my own L&D Department become more connected as a team. Conversations are so powerful, yet the office environment conspires against them.

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