Managers Who Are Gamers Do Well in Business

From a recent Businessweek online edition:

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According to a new study by IBM (IBM ), some multiplayer games teach skills needed to manage a modern multinational.

The computer giant hired software maker Seriosity to watch people play hundreds of hours of games where leadership is required. IBM also surveyed more than 200 players among its own managers. The finding: Those immersed in online worlds linking millions of participants, such as World of Warcraft, get good at gathering information from far-flung sources, assessing risk, and moving quickly to the next challenge. IBM says the study, to be released on June 15, shows such games could be ‘management flight simulators’ for those trying to lead global teams.

More Blog Housekeeping- Added Tag Clouds

Just added some minor updates to the template for this blog, including labels tags for a bunch of older posts, and the sidebar link to the tagged posts.

I’m also in the midst of a 30 day experiment with twitter and added that to the sidebar. So far, my twitter content is mostly an activity journal, posting point for inside jokes and somewhat needy Tamagotchi.

Let me know if the labels or twitter are useful. I like the labels, and I’ve got to believe there is some learning, elearning or social learning use for twitter. Is there?

Changing Address for Elearning Events

I’m changing the address to send invitations or new elearning event information due to a barage of unsolicited commercial messages and scams… even with SpamAssasin and re-routing through Gmail there were about 10-20 junk messages per day.

Effective immediately, please send any invitation or request to post a new elearning event to .

Access to the calendar remains the same, see Google Calendar for Elearning Events for details.

Flex for Learning Integration, Visualization and Actualization

These are exciting times for learning & talent management systems and for Adobe Flex. A few weeks ago at LMS 2007, Elliott Masie addressed what he saw as the powerful potential of Flex for visualization of enterprise learning and human performance information. As a follow-up, the Masie Center is working with Learning Consortium members and vendors to create a powerful proof-of-concept that demonstrate web services integration of enterprise applications. This proof-of-concept project will demonstrate how applications like HR, LMS/LCMS, ERP, CRM can be integrated for a "performance dashboard" to visualize related information from these systems, and even allow for taking action that spans applications.

Now, weeks after kicking-off this project Adobe has announced that Flex will become open source, over the course of 2007, under the Mozilla Public License.

May you live in interesting times.

Blogs, Part 2

I’m working around a Blogger issue, so here is the rest of the entry.

Learning and Elearning

Donald ClarkPlan B
Well thought, well researched information and opinions on learning and education. Here’s a GREAT example that cites John Locke’s thoughts on education and references William James too- Habitual Learning (h-learning). Recently (and informally) dubbed a premiere learning "debunker", he clearly puts thought, time and research into his posts.

Karl KappKapp Notes
I’ve known Karl for almost 10 years through Dr. Tim Phillips and the Bloomsburg University Corporate Advisory Council. Karl and I bonded over our shared background with major consulting firms, and interest in instructional design. He recently published an intriguing book on gaming (Gadgets, Games & Gizmos for Learning) that puts forth the notion of certain generations or epochs of computer/console gamers, as well as ramifications and possibilities for learning and training.

Mark Oehlerte-Clippings (Learning As Art)
Hmm, what can I say except, "Mark is out there. AND he brings it back to share with you." Tons of quick thought, deep thoughts and connections that can be applied to learning, training, development and technology. He is the first one I remember meeting who was genuinely and deeply interested and passionate about using Second Life for learning and training.


John DowdellJD on EP
I read John’s blog daily to keep up on relevant techmemes, trends and key Adobe news. As a community manager and corporate blogger he provides lots of interesting connection and insights on the blogosphere, journalism and techno-social trends come along the way too. Plus you’ve got to love obscure references to Donald Duck artists and terms for non-verbal acknowledgment.

Steve MakofskyThe Furrygoat Experience
I started reading Steve’s blog years ago when I got hooked on an RSS Reader he wrote for PocketPC. He’s since moved into Microsoft and then out of Seattle and into Yahoo. I like the technology themes and random relevant insights of his blog. From him I learned of Kathy Sierra’s blog (and subsequently recommended that VNU get her as a speaker for Training Directors Forum). Steve also reacquainted with Bruce Tognazzini whose book (Tog on Software Design) I had read years earlier.

I’ll collect more and pass them on in a future post.

Interesting Reading – Blogs I Like

UPDATE: Google Blogger is totally crappy about providing any feedback other than failure, so I’m breaking this into 2 posts. Validating the HTML of the posts with the W3C and Dreamweaver validator is useless; Blogger just silently fails with a blank screen.

I perceive much of my own value as being a node in a network. The connections I make and the connections that pass through are valuable. I like to share them. Here are a few of the blogs I’d like to share with you and some of my personal editorial comments that may help you.

Learning and Elearning

Clark AldrichElements of Interactivity
If you want to apply simulation to professional development, then Clark IS the man. Fantastic on-going posts on the ASTD Learning Circuits Blogand his own blog are great reading, thought provoking and encouraging for those who want to use more simulation to increase training effectiveness and performance.

Jay CrossInternet Time Blog
My summary about him? Foresight + Insight + Raconteur + ?? = Jay
Example Entry: Now What
Invited to speak about”Informal Learning Goes Mobile” at the Seriously Mobile Summit, Jay realizes they “get it” already and moves on.

The audience had already drunk the web 2.0 KoolAid. I pushed them to think about the implications several years out. As a starting point, I eliminated talk about devices. The previous week, when talking with a dozen very sophisticated learning technologists about mobile, the conversation rapidly devolved into complaints about unreadable screens and buttons too small for beefy fingers. Moore’s Law will take care of those in short order, so we started as if it already had…

more to come

LMS 2007 / The Fischbowl: Did You Know?

Yesterday at LMS 2007, Elliott showed a bit of the "shift happens" presentation about the changing world for learners and the job market. It’s been posted and talked about all over the web, but I am re-posting/linking here for the benefit of attendees. Here’s a brief summary drawn from the original post and a link to it (PPT available there).

The Fischbowl: Did You Know?:So, instead, I decided to take David Warlick up on his idea of telling the new story. I put together a PowerPoint presentation with some (hopefully) thought-provoking ideas. I was hoping by telling some of these ‘stories’ to our faculty, I could get them thinking about – and discussing with each other – the world our students are entering. To get them to really think about what our students are going to need to be successful in the 21st century, and then how that might impact what they do in their classrooms. It would also help the faculty that are not currently participating in my staff development join the conversation.

There is also a great, tighter 6 minute version posted here: