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Connecting the dots

Learning through risk, trust, networks and serendipity.

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Bookworm Q&Abrainysmurf1234

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:39:27 +0000

I would like to thank my parents for my very early immersion in the wonder of books, which has helped to shape my interests and skills as an adult.   The following self-interview is adapted from Short Stories and Sustenance, whose work I’d found as the featured blogger on 20sb, which was repeatedly mentioned in early […](image)

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The introvert’s fatigue and the question I despisebrainysmurf1234

Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:06:00 +0000

Ah, the question that tires me most: “what’s new?” ARGH. That question is an immediate red flag, warning me of an extrovert who wants to make small talk and hasn’t remembered enough of my details to ask me a better question.  The person seems to forget how literally I take things.  I panic for a few seconds as my […](image)

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How I workbrainysmurf1234

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:32:09 +0000

Saw this post from Clark Quinn, based on a Lifehacker series, and felt compelled to join in. One word that best describes how you work: focused! What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Electronic calendar reminders Desktop sharing software Google Email SharePoint for work Skype and iPhoto for life Zebra Sarasa gel pens, post-it notes and paper What’s your favourite to-do-list manager? […](image)

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Games worth paying forbrainysmurf1234Blue morpho on green

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:32:50 +0000

I’m an amateur gamer from way back in the days of Atari, pong and Duck Hunter.  I’m not the biggest app fanatic, though.  I think I’ve bought two dozen at most over the past two years?  Among them are a handful of games (some socially connected) that offer a combination of gorgeous, high-def graphics, simple and […](image)

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F3.15 Friday’s Favourite Findsbrainysmurf1234Blue morpho on green

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:40:26 +0000

Investing more time in reviewing the knowledge of my network has paid off this week!  1. Every working day, I am reminded of the exhausting battle to simplify processes rather than give into the habits of complication and non-cooperation.  Even a process that seeks to simplify copyright can get a bit confusing.  Check out this […](image)

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F3.14 Friday’s Favourite Findsbrainysmurf1234Blue morpho on green

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:13:57 +0000

Last week, a colleague and I recorded an informal webconference in which I demonstrated the actions that I take to keep my inbox clean on a daily basis.  It was quite enlightening for me to articulate those practices and to have my colleague point out other aspects of my behaviour that I had taken for granted, such […](image)

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F3.13 Friday’s Favourite Findsbrainysmurf1234Leaping over hurdle

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:34:20 +0000

Better late than never!  My favourite find last week was a documentary called Craigslist Joe, the story of a young man who travelled across the United States for 31 days using only Craigslist to find food, shelter, transportation and companionship.  He did not take any credit cards, cash or known cell phone contacts with him.  His journey portrays the […](image)

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F3.12 Friday’s Favourite Findsbrainysmurf1234Leaping over hurdle

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 19:20:37 +0000

The serendipitous value of networked learning continues to astound me.  The very first link that I found on Working Smarter Daily today led me to a SlideShare by Harold Jarche on tools and competencies for the social enterprise.  His presentation was immediately relevant to a desk aid that I am producing to compare communication tools against business requirements…I’ll share […](image)

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F3.11 Friday’s Favourite Findsbrainysmurf1234Leaping over hurdle

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:32:28 +0000

After a year and a half of dabbling with various platforms for networked knowledge sharing, I have concluded that LinkedIn and Working Smarter Daily are my two favourite sources of social learning and inspiration.  Through these channels, I am linked to a network of intelligent learning professionals, fellow public servants and world-class authors with relevant […](image)

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F3.10 Friday’s Favourite Findsbrainysmurf1234Leaping over hurdle

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:02:03 +0000

I was having a hard time coming up with content and a theme this time , which seems to go hand in hand with not having read much outside my corporate walls this week.  That alone is worth pondering, n’est-ce pas? Here are three goodies: Though infographics are quite popular and eye-catching, motion graphics are even […](image)

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