The mind is a fire to be kindled ** Not a vessel to be filled

Whether it is our educational systems or the presentations we give at conferences, we focus far too much on filling people’s heads with content. It is not an effective way of teaching. We need to inspire people to learn for themselves, not attempt to fill their heads with stuff. Plutarch understood this, almost 2,000 years … Continue reading The mind is a fire to be kindled ** Not a vessel to be filled

What is a Knowledge Worker? ** A knowledge worker is someone whose job entails having really interesting conversations at work

It was Peter Drucker who first introduced the term “Knowledge Worker” in his book Landmarks of Tomorrow in 1959. But what is a Knowledge Worker? Every knowledge worker in modern organization is an “executive” if, by virtue of his position or knowledge, he is responsible for a contribution that materially affects the capacity of the … Continue reading What is a Knowledge Worker? ** A knowledge worker is someone whose job entails having really interesting conversations at work

Punished by Rewards ** Loving what you do is a more powerful motivator than any goody

If I had a penny for every time someone suggested rewarding or incentivizing people to share their knowledge I’d be a rich man. But like Alfie Kohn, I do not believe rewards work! In his book Punished by Rewards, Alfie Kohn shows that while manipulating people with incentives may seem to work in the short … Continue reading Punished by Rewards ** Loving what you do is a more powerful motivator than any goody

We must stop doing things to each other ** And start to work together

People often ask me “How do we make people share?” or “How so we make people adopt social tools?” or more generally “How do we make people more engaged?”. That little word “make” comes up time and time again. It’s so obvious when it does, and I wince every time I hear it. And even when … Continue reading We must stop doing things to each other ** And start to work together