Do we really need Training & Development?…not in the way we think we do

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Industrial Era / Social Era | Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 - 9:02pm

“Education is a self organizing system where learning is an emergent phenomena.” ~S. Mitra     If you’ve read my introductory posts on this site, you are familiar with the distinction between Training and Education. One of the things Sugata’s work is demonstrating is that Training – and the presence of a Trainer – can […]


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We are NOT Scientists!…at least not exclusively

By: | Posted in: Be Expertise / Be Listening, Industrial Era / Social Era | Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 - 11:12pm

The disciplines of Organizational Practice – Organizational Development, Human Resources and Management Consulting – that grew up during the Industrial Era share a fundamentally engineering-oriented view of their work. Engineers work on machines, and their relationship with the machine they are working on is irrelevant to their ability to control the efficiency of that machine. […]


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We are between two worlds, Part 2

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Monday, Jan 31, 2011 - 10:00pm

In the world that is emerging, preparing against surprise will be a liability; said more directly, being overly Trained will be a liability. The world that’s emerging contains significantly more opportunity for those who are prepared for surprise, for those who are Educated. Education is distinct from Training in that the end point of Training […]


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We are between two worlds, Part 1

By: | Posted in: Industrial Era / Social Era | Monday, Jan 31, 2011 - 9:27pm

We are in a deep experience of liminality, of living between two fundamentally different worlds. The first is the world ushered in by the Gutenberg printing press and later, and more forcefully, by the Industrial Revolutions (yes, plural; there were two of them). It is a world of control and predictability, specialization and expertise, cause and […]


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