Reading Challenge 2019

My 2019 Reading Challenge

Last year in September, I decided to go back and read more. I have been an avid reader in the past, but in the previous three years, the number of books that I had read decreased consistently. There was always something more appealing, probably a Netflix series to watch. I kept browsing a lot on the web, but it’s not the same. So in September last year, I took the resolution to read more. And have since used Goodreads to track my advancements, using the Reading Challenge feature, which essentially allows you to set a target and keep track of how much you read. I set myself to read at least 50 books. Well, I’m now well over 100 (and the year is not over). The Value of a Reading Challenge But what are the advantages of reading? Easy: it gives a real boost to my Learning Agility, wakes up curiosity. It allows me to discover a lot of new things. On a personal basis, it will enable me to be authentic (by just having a look at my reading list, you can immediately catch my multipotentialite and knowmad side). …

Pivoting on the Career Path

How can you grow your own career, in a world where AI, Machine Learning and automation seem to change the basic rules of the game? The answer is becoming a lifelong learner, pivoting among different possible steps to change the meaning of your new work. One of the most interesting paragraphs of the book “The Technology Fallacy” that I’ve reviewed yesterday, looks at how people can get prepared for Digital Maturity by becoming lifelong learners. Ongoingl learning and a growth mindset will allow individuals to remain flexible enough to develop new skills. The need to pivot will mean that individuals will need to chart their own career path amid these changes in work. Gerald C. Kane et al., The Technology Fallacy The change imposed by technology and the necessity to create more adaptable organizations, will lead an important transformation in the way we all perceive “career”. The days of steady, stable careers are over. As organizations get flatter, some of the principles of Vertical Progression get questioned. AI, Machine Learning, progress as a whole will …

Being a Knowmad

After yet another break into my writing process, I’ve done a bit of refresh of the content on this blog, and have changed its punchline to Digital Knowmad. I’ve been acquainted to this term by collaborating on some projects, with Knowmads Business School of Amsterdam. Out of curiosity I checked where the concept itself comes from, and have since been fascinated. The term was originated by John Moravec, who has written an e-book called Knowmad Society, that you can download for free. I’ll publish a review of the book soon. The basic idea, is that today’s world belongs to people that are invariably defined as nerds, geeks, dreamers… and that he has defined as “Knowmads” by contracting the words “knowledge” and “nomads”. The definition in itself seems simple, but there are many aspects and connotations to be found. A knowmad is what I term a nomadic knowledge worker –that is, a creative, imaginative, and innovative person who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas industrialization …