Is that a Friday we see on the horizon, Pink Posse? The imminent weekend is no time to stop learning of course. If you’re like us, it’s when you catch up on a lot of reading, and do some of your best reflection. This week we share some posts that may help you do that in a better way:
Of the many problems our little planet faces, a content shortage is not one of them. 98% of the information pushed at us isn’t relevant. How do you sift, surface, and crucially act on the relevant 2%? In CLO Media last week, several experts including our good friend and performance expert Charles Jennings set it out: It take tools to filter and curate content. But then it takes a team to make sense of content and curate actionable insights. The long wolf is no match for a network of experts collaborating and sharing their wisdom. Great piece how to empower teams to curate effectively and take action. Now, what can you do with this article? (you may have seen what we did there).
As the CLO media article points out, content curation only works if you’ve filtered out the noise and focus on the relevant signals. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The good people at Cult of Pedagogy draw attention to the well meaning but unhelpful habit of dumping way more information on people than they really needed right now. Curation that ain’t. Cognitive overload ensues. They include 5 helpful tips for doing it right. Here’s one: Keep the best, dump the rest. You may or may not need the other 4 right now (but they’re short).
If you’re doing curation for learning right, you’re doing more than helping people perform better. You’re building the habits they’ll need to survive in thrive in what (we’re apparently now officially calling) the fourth industrial revolution. We’ve called out PwC before as a firm that takes continuous learning seriously: In this interview with Salesforce, their Global Digital Lead explains how they’re focusing on shortening the half-life of their people’s skills: collaboration, continuous learning, curiosity and “digital fitness” are the new building blocks for staying relevant as everything you know changes. That course you completed was nice. But what are you going to learn tomorrow?
Curation and continuous learning underpin social selling too. If you’re not embracing it, maybe there’s something blocking you. It’s probably not your sales team. It may be because people in your team think selling on social doesn’t work, or your prospects aren’t on social, or it’ll take too long to see results. Let Tim Hughes change your mind as he calls out five attitudes that get in the way of social selling.
We know, we know: Another article about AI. This one’s not about how the machines are coming for your job. Because maybe you’re in a leadership role. You’re safe enough – right? Not really. Your role has to change too. If AI is handling a lot of the data-driven elements of your team or business, then you better focus on some things it can’t (yet) address: Humility, adaptability, building vision and getting engagement. HBR explains how to be a better leader in the age of AI this week.
Stay smarter as a team with our curation tool here. Curate as if your life depended on it. (Ours do, but let’s not drag you into our personal issues on a Friday.)