2020 Insights

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2020 insights I have curated one week at a time

From weekly curated posts, I have reviewed and captured the crème de la crème of insights I spot over 2020.

“blog as a boundary object that can connect different knowledge domains and different social networks just because its author chooses to write on a range of themes from a variety of own roles and identities.” — @mathemagenic


“The four pillars of creativity:

• Inspiration = read books, seek interesting conversations, learn from others and nature
• Ideation = generate and discuss ideas
• Introspection = reflect on your progress, feelings, challenges and opportunities
• Idleness = rest, relax, recharge” — @anthilemoon


“Patience is a silent virtue that seems difficult to practice in a world obsessed with speed, connection and noise. Everything happens in an instant, or so it seems.” — @tnvora

On Communities

“We listened and were listened to. We felt seen and heard, and this sense of connection felt incredibly therapeutic. Being granted permission to verbalise our version of events as they unfolded enabled us to sense-make and feel slightly better about the world. Our relationships strengthened as we shared a common experience, and our resilience grew as a result.

(…) Aside from the restorative nature of human connection at a personal level, relationship and community are undisputed linchpins for business in the future of work.” — @cat_pearce71


“Communities are, at their core, the way people have always come together to learn. They provide the space, relationships, collisions, and trust necessary to create shared meaning, to iterate on emergent ideas, and to norm new patterns and behaviors.” — @rhappe


“Communities come into being when diverse individuals come together in the service of a purpose larger than themselves. A purpose that feels aligned with their own calling and invites all on a co-creative journey that moves them toward the purpose.” — @sahana2802


“Informal communities is where it is at. It is where knowledge is discovered and shared, and where new knowledge is co-created and applied.” — @dr_rattray


“Create more frequent, optional and informal opportunities for people to connect. I’ve been seeing and participating in “coffee chats” that happen weekly, bi-weekly and monthly for those who are interested to drop by (virtually), check-in and share gifts and needs.” @CurtisOgden


“We need dialogue. Not only the interpersonal one but also the one within groups and communities.” — @TeodoraPetkova

On Personal Mastery

“I am questioning many outdated assumptions. I am rethinking my own narratives. I am adapting and practicing my pivots, and I am refocussing on what really matters.” — @gleonhard


“Deliberately making choices that drive us further, professionally, personally, mentally, and emotionally. This is an opportunity to be more conscious about what we do, how we do it, and who we do it with.” @changingview


“So, yes indeed, these are uncertain times. Scary and painful for many. But they’re also rich in learning, in emotions and reconnections. I hope we don’t waste our fresh, new awareness because it is so full of potential. “Leadership as convening”, as Margaret Heffernan alluded to, is one of them.” Céline Schillinger


“When things are turbulent, we either need ‘Probe, Sense, Respond’ or ‘Act, Sense, Respond to create newness / innovation.” via @timkastelle

On New Work

“Now that the offices are closed, the workforce distributed and the work is virtual – companies are finally seeing the strengths and weaknesses of their organizational design. And realizing how it all truly hinges on relationships, trust and communication. #SocialByDesign” — @britz


“Working distributedly means we have new operating models in place where online communities and networks dictate how work gets done. It means we no longer have to exclusively depend on the traditional command and control, top-down hierarchy of (senior) management making decisions for us. Instead, we thrive in informal networks where we have democratised the way information and knowledge are shared across. Where our only means of surviving online is by how much we coordinate, cooperate and collaborate with one another, regardless of the tools we may use in whatever the context we may have been given.

Now, that is how we change the nature of work. That’s how we discover, embrace and adapt to new ways of working by making extensive use of a number of (social) digital tools that allow us to earn the merit of being an integral part of those networks and communities: through building trustworthy personal business relationships while working and learning together. Trying to copycat exactly what happens in an office environment is not how we rethink the role we play when we come to think about work.” — @elsua


“The work left for humans to do is nuanced, creative, and collaborative. It requires each of us to maximize our unique strengths rather than conform to a standardized set of skills.” — @rhappe


Co-creation is a form of collaborative innovation: Ideas are shared and improved together rather than kept to oneself. People are inherently creative and want to shape their own experiences. Throughout time, humanity has used collaboration and cooperation; in times of crisis, co-creation becomes vital.” — @AcornOakTribe


“Working collaboratively plus learning cooperatively are essential for sensemaking at the individual and organizational level. Most organizations could start by reducing and redefining all those bloody meetings — I have never met anyone who says they don’t go to enough meetings.” — @hjarche


“You need to break the temporal chain of synchronicity,” urges Minervini. In other words, an efficient hybrid workplace shouldn’t demand that everyone works the same hours, at the same pace, though occasionally this is necessary. A mix of synchronous and asynchronous communication methods helps geographically-distant teams work best.” — Christine Ro


“Async is the norm, so being in sync mode feels extra constraining and slow. Over time when you are working all-remote, you come to get used to communicating async and get the benefits of being able to manage multiple streams of communication. So being in sync mode can feel slow and cumbersome.

These detractions aside, sync space can be useful for getting on the same page because it’s a significant investment by everyone in being co-present. It’s the closest thing to a handshake in an all-distributed environment to just show up in the same sector of spacetime.” — @johnmaeda

On Learning

“Looking forward: People will need to reset their personal learning strategies. This is still a very volatile time, but everyone needs to think forward. Continuous professional development through both formal, informal & social means is imperative.” — @C4LPT


“Connect people with people, experiences and resources

Facilitate discovery

Energise people, focus them and enable them to succeed” — @PaulJocelyn


“Online learning should be fast, fun, crazy, unplanned, and inspirational. It should be provided by people who are more like DJs than television producers. It should move and swim, be ad hoc and on the fly. I wish educators could get out of their classroom mindsets and actually go out and look at how the rest of the world is doing online learning.” — @oldaily


“Learning is different. Learning is something we get to do, it’s a dance, an embrace, a chance to turn on some lights. You don’t take a workshop. You are part of one.” — Seth Godin


“What we often lack is not the resources to learn, but an intent to learn. The discipline to pursue learning in a structured way. The openness to look “beyond the syllabus” and identify topics that truly resonate with us. The courage to put ourselves out there to learn with others virtually. The motive force of execution in bringing our learning to the service of others.” — @tnvora

On Self-Care

“Self-care begins with you. It comes in many shapes and sizes, but done consciously and consistently, it gives you the tools you need to become a better leader and a happier, healthier person. If you want to become the best version of yourself — and inspire those around you to do the same — investing in your own well-being is worth making time for.” — Palena Neale


“In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.” — @PicoIyer


“Working memory is the part of the short term memory we use to process linguistic and perceptual data. In other words, the processes we use to establish clear communication and a sense of purpose.

If you’re at home and need a break read a book, listen to some music, daydream. Look out the window. take a few deep breaths with your eyes shut. Just don’t play a video game until your working day is over.”  — @DavidAmerland


“I think that the most creative ideas come from a space of stillness. A little bit of time away from the businesses of life lets us facilitate connections and new combinations. I think that’s really that creativity that I would like to explore more.”

(…) “It’s like art because you must imagine a place that doesn’t exist, discovering new & unseen worlds. I would tell myself to make it a daily habit to flex the imagination muscle and to make space and time for creativity, & I need to take time away from devices.”

(…) “after all, stories and experiences are how we make sense of the world. The fundamental concept at the heart of what we do is that tomorrow is not a destination we arrive at — it’s a place that we continuously construct in the present.” — Nicklas Larsen


“So play for a bit and then rest within yourself. Treat yourself as the precious and beautiful thing that you are and be well – you have it in you to get through this and many, many other things besides.

Keep nourished. Endure.” — Julie Drybrough

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