I briefly mentioned Dave Snowden’s thoughts as part of a very quick DevLearn coredump. In catching up on my blogroll, I see Tony O’Driscoll’s posted an interesting thought piece that starts with what’s wrong with competency models and ends up with recommendations for actions that more clearly resonate with Snowden-style thinking.
The short answer is to start doing things looser and more flexibly, empowering people and getting them to share in understanding the more ‘network’ nature of things versus hierarchies. Or “Tap into that wisdom, aggregate it and use it”, as Tony puts it. This hasn’t quite yet baked into my bones, but in my head and gut it’s quite right.
Can we take the time to try to make knowledge formal, or do we empower people to learn on their own. I think the latter may take some formality, but maybe in an informal, social type way. Facilitation, not indoctrination. Inspiration, not just motivation. Let’s learn together.