Machine Learning at Work, Productivity Tips that Work, Curation in Work: Your Friday Briefing

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Bon Friday Pink Posse. Only [live panic countdown numbershopping days to Christmas. But on the bright side, only a few years until a machine does 60% of your job. Time to get more productive and learn how to filter like a boss machine. Let’s get started. And don’t tell the bots we’re trying to catch them…

future-of-data-analyticsLess Work Ahead: Are You Ready For Machine Learning?

The future of work is less work. That’s not necessarily good news, at least for humans. It’s not the first time this week or this century you’ve heard it. Automation has been displacing jobs since before the (first) industrial revolution. But we’re in a new future now with the rate of change accelerating. How we learn is changing, how machines learn is outstripping us. In a great McKinsey podcast on the future of work this week, we hear what CEOs and leaders need prepare for for a workplace where 60% of knowledge worker’s labour can be automated through AI and machine learning. What does it mean for learning professionals? We hope you’re asking that too.


hamsterHow to Actually Be Productive

AI is designed to be relentlessly productive. Humans? Well, less so. It’s hard. You’ve tried Pomodoro. You’ve tried blocking the internet shaped rabbit hole. You’ve made lists, read the books. But none of the productivity tips and tricks are working. Maybe that’s because they weren’t designed for how you think and work. Great article on finding the productivity tips that work just for you in HBR this week. It’s a bit more spiritual than you think: are you motivated by the work? Are you in flow when you’re doing it? Are you setting it up to be easy to release the brakes, rather than waiting for the inspiration engine to kick in? Find your own way to get the things that matter done – this article’s a great reminder of that.


curation3 Ways to Kickstart Curation In the Workplace

Content Curation saves time and helps teams stay productive and filter content so the good stuff rises to the top. It helps us make sense of Netflix, Spotify and Amazon. So why do many organisations struggle to bring it into their workplaces? Learn Geek (aka JD Dillon) shares 3 steps to kick starting curation at work this week: 1. Put someone in charge. 2. Reflect openly on what’s working. 3. Encourage people to share. Couldn’t have said it better. Except to add.. 4: Use tools to make it easier. 5. Put curated content where people can easily find it.


social7 Steps for Social Selling Success in 2018

We’re on the list post express we know, but this one from Digital Marketing Institute dives into plenty of detail. If you want to make social selling happen in your team in 2018, there are 7 clear steps here. We like the focus on content here. If you’re going to build relationships and trust on social networks, you’ve got to share insights and add value for people. That means finding and sharing great content – powered by good curation, of course.


fakeThe Truth About Fake News: It’s Our Fault

Content curation and social selling are all about filtering content so that quality and relevance comes to the top. Filtering out Fake News has been one of the dominant topics post the US election.

Fake news is a big news story. Here’s a graph from BuzzSumo’s new content trends analysis showing the total volume of articles published and social shares on Fake News over the past 2 years. Guess what the spike is… 


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So we’re all talking about it and sharing our angst. And we may want to blame a bogeyman, which usually means social networks for proliferating it. But Danah Boyd in Wired this week says there’s a worse actor in the system: all of us for participating. Here’s why fake news is a cultural problem, not a tech one.

Filter out the fake and surface the good news every day on any topic – try our curation tool for free.