Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about things like informal learning, social learning and curation. If you’re still wondering what in the heck that is all about and why you should care I hope that this program will help you uncover those answers for yourself – but not by yourself. One of the greatest benefits of the tools and technology behind these approaches is the connections you can make with people. Ultimately it is not about technology, but how the technology can help you and your organization learn and do things better.
Before we start digging into specifics, I think we should take a look at how and why this type of approach can benefit both you and your organization. And I don’t know of anyone who can do that any better than Jane Bozarth and John Stepper.
Jane captures the essence of this whole social/informal approach in her article “Narrating Your Work”
“By sharing what we are doing and how we are learning, we distribute the tacit knowledge otherwise so hard to capture; invite feedback and encouragement from others; invite others to learn with us; document our work and learning for future use; and tie our learning to the efforts of others.”
Jane Bozarth : Blog | Twitter | Book: “Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How Tos of Working Out Loud”
John Stepper is on a mission to make work better by changing the “…over-reliance on email, meetings, and managers to find information and coordinate work.” In his post on the “5 Elements of Working Out Loud” he reminds us that our goal is more than just blogging or tweeting and that we should use these tools with the purpose of finding better ways to get things done. In other, words it not about the tools it about what they enable.
Simply using social platforms might be considered working out loud but it could completely miss the point. Working out loud is meant to be purposeful – to help you get things done and make work better. To be effective, you have to do more than just blog or tweet about what you’re working on.
In that same post John goes on to outline these 5 elements of working out loud:
- Making your work visible
- Making work better
- Leading with generosity
- Building a social network
- Making it all purposeful
- Leave a comment on this post and share your reaction to the idea of working out loud. Have you ever heard of this concept? Do you do anything like this already? Is this a good idea or do you have any reservations about working this way?