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Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career

Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Your next job title probably doesn’t even exist yet. So what’s the only skill that promises to pay dividends in the future? Your ability to expand your mind.

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Business writer Tom Peters once said, “A career is a portfolio of projects that teach you new skills, gain you new expertise, develop new capabilities, grow your colleague set, and constantly reinvent you as a brand.”

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2014 6:54 AM

Life-long learning is an important consideration, but what that means is contentious in a world where we value branding and being on the same page. What impact does a process, a violent one at that, like branding have on the learning of employees? Does it allow innovation to exist? I found this was not the case in School. It was usually about the latest fad a particular School manager saw as important and the learning was externally ordered. With a new manager came new directions i.e. the latest tech fad became 7 Habits.

 

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Stop Saying the Brain Learns By Rewiring Itself

Stop Saying the Brain Learns By Rewiring Itself | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Many neuroscientists characterize learning in the brain as a process of rewiring, with the strength of the synaptic connections between neurons being altered over time. 

 

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Most neuroscientists accept that the brain computes by modifying its synapses, the links between neurons. On this view, the brain learns because experience molds it, rather than because experience implants facts. But experience does implant facts. We all know this, because we retrieve and make use of them throughout the day.

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Seventeen Jobs, Five Careers: Learning in the Age of Automation

Seventeen Jobs, Five Careers: Learning in the Age of Automation | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Online courses will help employees to upskill as redundancies sweep away jobs – but will universities be able to keep up?

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Lifelong learning has never been so important as now, with the projected redundancies from automation in particular requiring a change in focus in what is taught.

 

What we really need to be focusing on is a sense of being creative in our learning, not locking into one job for the rest of your life.

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Our Greatest Peril? Screening Ourselves Off From Reality

Our Greatest Peril? Screening Ourselves Off From Reality | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Immersed in life online like the followers of 4chan or PewDiePie, we start to imagine that nothing matters – even racism, misogyny and resurgent fascism.

 

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Everything is possible. Nothing is possible. Nothing hurts any more, until the consequences crash through the screen. Immersed almost permanently in virtual worlds, we cannot check what we are told against tangible reality. Is it any wonder that we live in a post-truth era, when we are bereft of experience?

 

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Noam Chomsky: The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

For decades, Noam Chomsky has been the agent provocateur when it comes to critiquing the US mainstream media. He co-authored ‘Manufacturing Consent’, a seminal work on mainstream journalism and its role in the mechanics of power.

 

According to Chomsky, media operate through five filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy. 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

This excellent animation is narrated by Amy Goodman the founder Democracy Now!

 

Designed and animated by Pierangelo Pirak. 

 

 

 

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The Key to Adaptable Companies Is Relentlessly Developing People

The Key to Adaptable Companies Is Relentlessly Developing People | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Adaptive challenges require changes not only in skill sets but also in mind-sets: changes at the level of the operating system itself.

 

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This article is adapted from An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey.

 

There are some good observations here, mostly on the importance of context in relation to adaptability. It is a wild stretch, though, to claim that the article provides a key to adaptive, continuous improvement.

 

The article mostly refer to Ronald Heifetz's book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

 

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Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

In every aspect of business, we are operating with mental models that have grown outdated or obsolete, from strategy to marketing to organization to leadership. To embrace the new logic of value creation, we have to unlearn the old one.

 

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Unlearning is not about forgetting. It’s about the ability to choose an alternative mental model or paradigm. When we learn, we add new skills or knowledge to what we already know. When we unlearn, we step outside the mental model in order to choose a different one.

 

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Helle Nielsen's curator insight, November 5, 2016 2:08 PM

Unlearning is not about forgetting. It’s about the ability to choose an alternative mental model or paradigm. When we learn, we add new skills or knowledge to what we already know. When we unlearn, we step outside the mental model in order to choose a different one.

 

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How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth

How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

A wider variety of news sources was supposed to be the bulwark of a rational age. Instead, we are roiled by biases, gorging on what confirms our ideas and shunning what does not.

 

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Our biases distort what we see, select, and understand when we inform ourselves on the internet.

 

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Is the Internet Killing Our Brains?

Is the Internet Killing Our Brains? | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

The internet gives us access to endless information. What impact does this have on our memory and attention spans?

 

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Social network addiction is slowly becoming an issue. By creating a situation where we’re constantly trying to impress and being judged by others, perhaps the internet isn’t doing our brains much good after all.

 

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Ten Steps to Building a Learning Culture

Ten Steps to Building a Learning Culture | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

This piece from Marc Rosenburg describes important considerations for truly building a learning culture inside your organization. According to Rosenburg, "A learning culture is an environment that celebrates and rewards learning, incentivises people to freely share what they know, and helps them to change based on the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. We all like to think we work in a positive learning culture, but that’s not always the case.

 

There’s no question that learning is likely to fail if it’s poorly designed, the content is weak, or the technology doesn’t work. But learning will absolutely fail if the culture doesn’t support it.

 

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 10 key steps to building a positive learning culture in your organization:

  1. Start with leadership. Culture begins at the top. If senior leadership doesn’t support a learning culture, no one else will. 
  2. Expand the mission.You’re going nowhere if you simply equate learning with training. Learning—individual and organizational—is much broader than courses. Don’t make the mistake of talking “learning” but doing only “training.” 
  3. Get buy-in from the front line. If you want employees to learn, make sure their supervisors learn first. You can’t expect them to get behind something they don’t understand themselves. B
  4. Get the content right. 
  5. Get the technology right. It’s not just about making sure the technology works, but making sure it’s the right technology for the right use. Be careful the technology doesn’t get in the way of learning, or that you are not using more tech than you need.
  6. Ensure readiness to learn. One of the biggest factors in fostering a poor learning culture is providing learning programs to people who aren’t ready for them or who don’t need them. This can be terribly demotivating. 
  7. Communicate for the long term. 
  8. Provide for learning transfer.  The connection between job performance and learning is a key to building a sustainable learning culture.
  9. Demonstrate success. Better to have a small success than a big failure. Demonstration projects, pilots, and proof-of-concept work are all essential in building support for learning. 
  10. Measure results and provide feedback. You want to measure how much is learned, but perhaps more important from a culture perspective, you want to measure the value people attach to learning. 

 

Learning fails when nobody cares.


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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, October 5, 2016 2:00 AM

In my continuing search for insights in how to move organisations from a training culture to an organisational culture, I came across this piece.  As with all 'top 10 things to do" lists, the suggestions are a lot easier said that done but its's good to begin to build an understanding of what needs to be considered...

 

Matthew

www.emergingworld.com 

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If You’re Not Helping Employees Learn, You’re Not Doing Your Job

If You’re Not Helping Employees Learn, You’re Not Doing Your Job | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

For all the talk of lifelong learning – as well as billions of dollars spent on training every year – scientific studies suggest that most organizational training programs have no long-term effects on people’s job performance.

 

So how can managers do a better job of fostering learnability in the workplace?

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Executives and senior leaders should be tasked with enhancing employees’ learnability throughout the organization. Since leaders play a major role in shaping the climate of teams and culture of organizations, they will act as either catalysts or blockers of employees’ learnability. 

 

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Working Out Loud: The making of a movement

Do you want to make a difference in your life? In your organization? In the world? Working Out Loud can help you.

Powered by peer support circles spreading the practice across companies and countries, Working Out Loud is now a growing movement. In this talk, John Stepper describes how you can start, so you can unlock a better career and life. 

John helps people access a better career and life – and helps organizations create a more open, connected culture – by spreading the practice of Working Out Loud.

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Working Out Loud is an approach to goals that helps you build relationships and learn, enabling you to better enjoy each day while gaining access to more possibilities.

 

Think “Dale Carnegie meets the Internet.” Instead of playing career roulette, you invest in deepening relationships. Instead of networking to get something, you lead with generosity. You make your work visible and frame it as a contribution. Combined, these elements form a powerful approach to work and life.

 

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Learning at the Speed of Business

Learning at the Speed of Business | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

What digital means for the next generation of corporate academies.

 

A new phase is unfolding where organizations must grapple with tools and platforms that facilitate knowledge sharing and employee interactions on an almost limitless scale, challenging -and sometimes appearing to sweep away - the old brick-and-mortar model.

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Digitization offers a huge opportunity to transform learning and address some of its current deficiencies, though it bears noting that digital learning tools are not new. What is new - and disruptively so - is the fact that the content of learning is moving to the cloud, becoming accessible across multiple devices and teaching environments and often being generated, shared, and continually updated by users themselves.

 

L&D and HR personnel must become less the authors of what gets taught in digital formats and more the facilitators who ensure that employee-generated content can be seamlessly dispersed throughout the company. 

 

 

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Noam Chomsky: The Purpose of Education

Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment.

 

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What is the difference between education and indoctrination? This debate rages back hundreds, thousands, of years, and will rage thousands more into the future. Every major philosopher has had one answer or another, from Plato to Locke, Hegel and Rousseau to Dewey. Continuing in that venerable tradition, linguist, political activist, and academic generalist extraordinaire Noam Chomsky, one of our most consistently compelling public intellectuals, has a lot to say in the video about education.

 

Also check out Maria Popova's post on Brain Pickings about Chomsky's thoughts on purposeful education. 

 

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Why Learning Is Central to Sustained Innovation

Why Learning Is Central to Sustained Innovation | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Operational excellence requires cultivating an expectation for continuous improvement in all employees.

 

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Operational excellence requires cultivating an expectation for continuous improvement in all employees.

 

The only things many companies actually do under the heading of people development is to have an annual training-hours target and a travel budget for sending employees to conferences.

 

If managers really thought that people were their greatest asset and that it’s the energy and creativity of employees that drives innovation, why do companies do so little? Why doesn’t growing and developing people excite them just as much as installing new additive manufacturing equipment or the latest cloud-based collaboration tool?

 

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Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Organizations today are in constant flux. Industries are consolidating, new business models are emerging, new technologies are being developed, and consumer behaviors are evolving. For executives, the ever-increasing pace of change can be especially demanding. It forces them to understand and quickly respond to big shifts in the way companies operate and how work must get done. 

In the words of Arie de Geus, a business theorist, “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.

 

 

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 1, 2016 12:42 PM

The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.

 

 

the ladder's curator insight, March 8, 2016 12:21 AM

The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage.

 

 

Mascha van de Weer's curator insight, March 17, 2016 12:04 PM

What an awesome post! It contains some very useful strategies to boost key-attributes for lifelong learning (aspiration, self-awareness, curiosity and vulnerability). 

 

 

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We Learn More When We Learn Together

We Learn More When We Learn Together | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

We rarely grow alone. In fact, some psychologists have made a compelling case that we only grow in connection with others. However, we don’t need to learn with others in formal training or development programs: we can architect our own opportunities to gain insight, knowledge, and skills that move us on an upward trajectory. We can have more control over our learning at work if we make building high-quality connections a priority.

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

As employers’ training and development investments wane, we all have to take charge of our development. You can amplify opportunities for growth and learning by cultivating high-quality connections. Look for them inside and outside your team at work and beyond the boundaries of your organization, or even outside your professional life. The great thing about investing in building and maintaining these connections is that everyone wins.

 

i also encourgae you to watch these two TED Talks with Kare Anderson (@KareAnderson on Twitter):

 

 

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Steve Bax's curator insight, January 14, 2016 10:28 AM

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4 Ways to Become a Better Learner

4 Ways to Become a Better Learner | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Learning agility is the capacity for rapid, continuous learning from experience. Agile learners are good at making connections across experiences, and they’re able to let go of perspectives or approaches that are no longer useful — in other words, they can unlearn things when novel solutions are required. People with this mindset tend to be oriented toward learning goals and open to new experiences. They experiment, seek feedback, and reflect systematically.

 

 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Learning agility is the capacity for rapid, continuous learning from experience. Agile learners are good at making connections across experiences, and they’re able to let go of perspectives or approaches that are no longer useful — in other words, they can unlearn things when novel solutions are required. People with this mindset tend to be oriented toward learning goals and open to new experiences. They experiment, seek feedback, and reflect systematically.

 

Article by Monique Valcour. Follow her on Twitter here: @moniquevalcour.

 

 

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the ladder's curator insight, March 8, 2016 12:22 AM

Learning agility is the capacity for rapid, continuous learning from experience. Agile learners are good at making connections across experiences, and they’re able to let go of perspectives or approaches that are no longer useful — in other words, they can unlearn things when novel solutions are required. People with this mindset tend to be oriented toward learning goals and open to new experiences. They experiment, seek feedback, and reflect systematically.

 

Article by Monique Valcour. Follow her on Twitter here: @moniquevalcour.

 

 

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What Are the Required Skills for Today's Digital Workforce?

What Are the Required Skills for Today's Digital Workforce? | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Are there new ways to think about our digital workplace skills that allows us to take our thinking up to a new plane, the next meta-level of thinking and working where we have much higher leverage, can manage change that is an order of magnitude or greater in volume than today, work in fundamentally better and smarter new ways — and perhaps even work a bit less — yet produce much more value?


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Insightful article by Dion Hinchcliffe. 


It’s become pretty clear that one of two things is going to happen in the future workplace: The world will continue to pull ahead of the average workplace, as our internal rates of change are greatly exceeded by the marketplace. We will steadily become irrelevant and ineffective, eventually replaced by digital startups and better-adjusted competitors. Or we’ll find entirely new ways of improving our capabilities in a way that allows us to maintain some kind of parity with progress in the world.


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Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 22, 2015 5:51 AM

Key points: "Collaboration is becoming the most important strategic activity in organizations, even becoming a vital top-level corporate strategy and major fast-growth new business model as well. Workers today must be experts in digital collaboration techniques, know all the relevant platforms, and maintain an understanding of the current collaborative “channel catalog” at all strategic levels."

David Hain's curator insight, December 2, 2015 6:34 AM

The digital world is here, and advancing rapidly.  How are you keeping up? What messages are your people getting?

Daniel Tremblay's curator insight, December 2, 2015 1:30 PM

J'aime bien la colonne de droite du dessin "Improved Business Outcomes"...

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Five Personal Development Myths

Five Personal Development Myths | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

Self-help and personal development are big business, but lasting change doesn't come as quickly and easily as we've been led to believe.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

We need to be aware of the myths and misconceptions about personal development if we want to make real change in our lives.


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the ladder's curator insight, March 8, 2016 12:23 AM

We need to be aware of the myths and misconceptions about personal development if we want to make real change in our lives.

 

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Developing Mastery in a Digital Age

Developing Mastery in a Digital Age | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” Peter Drucker advised. 


But how can business leaders make meaning of a playing field that is constantly changing shape? Is it possible to create the future without having an updated navigation system to live, learn and lead in a digital age?



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Leaders that stay on top of society’s changes do so by being receptive and able to learn. In a time where the half-life of any skill is about five years leaders bear a responsibility to renew their perspective in order to secure the relevance of their organizations. It is rarely recognized, but the core activity in any change or transformation process, personal or organizational, is learning.


This article was first published on Drucker Society Europe’s blog as part of a series leading up to the Global Drucker Forum 2015.


The article was also published on Harvard Business Review in an edited version here: The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners


The illustration is Tanmay Vora's (@tnvora) synthesis of the HBR article.


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Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

It's no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

It's time to power down your Kindle.


A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback. Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University concluded that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does."


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The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.


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Over the past century, self-help and therapy culture have emphasised constantly looking inward as a means of self-discovery and self-improvement. But are we really any better off for it, or is it possible that all of this focus on introspection has cut short our full potential?


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RebeccaMoore's curator insight, November 8, 2015 5:40 PM

Debates on the "problem with education" so often consume conversations among parents, administrators, political leaders, and educators. This video reminds us that although the systems in which we live and function every day may be flawed, we can make even larger gains by remembering to consider the other people with whom we have relations. Empathy can be very powerful and in working with our students, coworkers, and within ourselves, we can grow to be more empathetic which will make for better educators and more thoughtful, socially aware children to lead us into the future.

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Developing Mastery in a Digital Age

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Leaders must have their eyes on the future and scan the world for signals of change. Intelligence about the future is a key resource for building robust strategic trajectories for companies.


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“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” Peter Drucker advised.But how can business leaders make meaning of a playing field that is constantly changing shape?Is it possible to create the future without having an updated navigation system to live, learn and lead in a digital age?Harold Jarche and I wrote a blog post for Drucker Society Europe about the importance of learning in times of change.
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 12, 2015 4:56 AM

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” Peter Drucker advised.


But how can business leaders make meaning of a playing field that is constantly changing shape?


Is it possible to create the future without having an updated navigation system to live, learn and lead in a digital age?


Harold Jarche and I wrote a blog post for Drucker Society Europe about the importance of learning in times of change.

 

Ilana Bern's curator insight, October 13, 2015 8:33 PM

Interesting insight on Personal Knowledge Mastery - Seek , Sense and  Share.

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Why build a Personal Learning Network?

Why build a Personal Learning Network? | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

How ever you approach your Personal Learning Network (PLN) you must keep the key principle in mind; it needs to be Personal.


The way you choose to build your PLN, the connections you make, the ideas you explore, the resources you share need to be relevant to you and should connect with your interests, expertise, passion and learning goals. If you are not finding value in your PLN, change it.  




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Nigel Coutts writes about the value of a personal learning network as a teacher. I in particular like his thinking about Twitter as a fast moving stream. Valuable lessons for anyone even if you're not a teacher.



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A Visual History of Human Knowledge

A Visual History of Human Knowledge | Personal Knowledge Mastery | Scoop.it

How does knowledge grow?


Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches; other times it grows as a complex and interconnected network. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data -- from languages to dynasties -- using trees and networks of information.


It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know.

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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.