Five ideas worth sharing – March 10, 2015

Thanks to Maureen Crawford for sharing her first post on 10 things worth sharing with me last week. Her format using the simple idea of ‘things worth sharing’ seemed like something I could do on a regular basis. To date, this was the easiest (or least time consuming) blog post for me to put together.

Some of this week’s ideas led to this insight of being able to share information more quickly or more simply. Other ideas are focused around digital workplace and leadership skills.

1) How do we explain the learning that goes on by sharing micro-content?  In Kate Pinner’s Sunday Summary, she shared this link on micro-learning. I liked the term micro-learning because it places the emphasis on what people will takeaway or learn from your micro-content.

2) Is blogging blurting? One of the most difficult barriers for me to overcome in my blogging venture is to increase the frequency of my blogging. I feel like I need to complete a thought like I would to publish a research paper or a lab report. I know I need to get past this. In fact, I do believe blogging is for sharing half-baked ideas, but I’ve struggled to find the ‘art’ or my personal recipe for creating and sharing half-baked ideas.  Nigel Young’s blurting blog posts and this discussion that Bruno Wick and I had (first here, and then here)  about working and learning out loud are helping see the nuances of how to blurt to get blogging. (It’s likely I’ll be including more sketch blurts in the future)

3) I could do this! A 30 second lifelong habit. Through Maureen Crawford’s 10 things worth sharing post, I found this idea could build off the idea of blurting for blogging. Taking 30 seconds to jot down a note after a meeting or experience is a great way to keep track of what I’m learning. I can just grab these 30 second insights from my daily Evernote entries or from a sketch note I’ve created, then place them in a weekly blog post summary (like I have here today).

4) Transactional, Transformational, or T-shaped leadership?  My colleague Anne Adrian summarized a professional development activity on Full Range Leadership during a recent meeting. It was about balancing transactional leadership with transformational leadership. In an effort to capture this discussion, I sketched it. This reminded me of when I first read about T-shaped leadership in Morten Hansen’s book Collaboration. It’s been a few years since I read Collaboration, but I realized it might be good to think about it again. Planning a T-shaped workweek (as described in this HBR article) could be thought of a daily activity as part of one’s PKM (personal knowledge management) routine, and as a way to shape and grow one’s personal learning network.

Sketch notes

Thoughts sketched about transactional, transformations, and t-shaped leadership

5) What are the Required Skills for Today’s Digital Workforce? Dion Hinchcliffe’s insightful post includes two graphics: one on internal and external digital factors that affect change, and another defining seven skills for the digital workforce. I thought both of these graphics could be helpful for finding a starting point to direct change initiatives within organizations (or personally). This post created a flurry of other insights, blog posts, and conversations about which digital work force skills and mindsets are required in today’s digital and networked world. I plan to expand more on this in an upcoming post.

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Reflection Point – April 29, 2014

This is my first reflection point blog post, a collection of conversations and resources I’ve liked, shared, or added as favorites from across the web in the past few weeks.  I’ve been sitting on this idea for quite sometime, but I have finally put it into action as a result of my current enrollment in Harold Jarche’s PKM workshop.  I hope I keep this up, because I was pleasantly surprised to see three patterns emerge around my current areas of work or interest: community and social engagement, communicating and relating, and natural sciences.

Community and Social Engagement

Since jumping into the content development role in 2007 (and later community management roles), conversations have surely changed from a) how to use social media tools to engage people to b) actually changing our social approaches.  Here are some quotes and resources I kept coming back to the past few weeks:

@JackRicchiuto  “It is incredibly naïve to expect that anyone would support something they did not help create.” #engagement

Quitting the social business (blog posts about making the case for helping people shift from pitching social platforms and software to working socially and collaboratively).

State of Community Management 2014 Report (this report in Slideshare deserves it’s own write up about how communities (internal and external to the organization) and community management can help improve organizational performance. In several regards, it also reinforces work we’ve done in eXtension and my own experiences in a community management role)

@AlexnetlitDialogue, the engine that drives Knowledge Sharing> uncovering the “unknown knowns” #netlit”

@DaveGrayYouTube Interview with Mitchell Sipus. (This was an 88 minute interview that ended too soon. Through many fascinating stories of Sipus’s international work, great insights emerged about how to embrace messiness in complex situations and how to find intersections to solve problems.)

Communicating and Relating

Communicating and relating, especially through visual means, is on the top of my 2014 skills to improve. I especially appreciate learning through others learning and working to communicating science.

@treubold “81,561 people agree – It’s time to ditch the boring slides and design kick-ass presentations! http://www.slideshare.net/treubold/fight-the-powerpoint”

@FromtheLabBench “Totally just finished a 40-page paper in 3 days: Best Communication practices from Environmental Psychologists! pic.twitter.com/n29fvovu0d”

@DeniseRuttan Helpful share MT @copykatrecipes How to Find Your Social Media Marketing Voice and Tone: http://buff.ly/1m9zfG9 pic.twitter.com/KphqABNzlq

I picked up the book Sketchnotes by @rodesign – hoping to use this as a tool to help me improve my notetaking and drawing abilities.

Things I learn from the natural world science

Besides having pure awe and wonder at the natural world, or the desire to keep my formal education in natural sciences alive, I find helpful hints about relationships, connectedness, human wellness, and the value of diversity in networks through science and nature conversations. These hints are often helpful in me understanding or communicating social flows, ways to organize in networks,  or feeding my curiosities in other ways I have yet to understand.

@kdewey1unl One of my favorite sensations is the smell when it starts to rain on a hot summer day. Here is the science behind it.

@NatureSacred: Can Growing Cities Have Both Dense Urban Development & Green Space? http://bit.ly/1mIsICS

@AmericanForests: A Call For Backyard Biodiversity – http://www.americanforests.org/magazine/article/backyard-biodiversity/#.U1sbsYren50.twitter