Archive for July, 2010

My Learning Journey as manager of the Linked:HR EMEA group on Linkedin

July 6, 2010

These are my first few days as Group Manager of the Linked:HR EMEA group the largest HR group in this region on Linkedin. Linked:HR EMEA is the subgroup of the word largest Linkedin Group Linked:HR.

For quite some time I have to admit I was actually a non believer in social media. It took me some time to understand that this is a game changer in the way we work together in the future. My personal eye opener was in fact the book Wikinomics.

Learning from books and listening to others is not the best way I learn. I come from the school of action learning. Only by doing, trying and failing true learning happens. So what better opportunity could arise when I was asked by Lucy Cripps to take over the manager role in the Linked:HR EMEA group.

I have experimented a bit now with social learning. My best experience so far was with Toastmasters. This has changed my view on learning & development. Learning is social and happens best in a social setting.

While it is a hot humit summer evening I am sitting here and asking myself: What should I start doing, continue doing and stop doing as the new manager of this linkedin group. What would members expect from me, how could I best contribute to their learning and growth ? What is driving new members to join and participate, what will keep members engaged and what will turn them off ?

I am exited to be on this wonderful learning journey and I will be sharing my experience as I go along being the manager of a large international HR Linkedin Group.

What would you do if you were in my shoes ?


Quotes of the day on Talent

July 1, 2010

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910), Mark Twain’s Autobiography

If you have an interesting quote to share please add it in the comment section. Thank you.

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