In 2009, I did not have to search for food, go to war, or otherwise suffer or sacrifice as so many did. I did not have to look for work and I’m feeling pretty lucky to have a good job right now with great co-workers and thousands of connections with some of the best minds in the business. So, my “problems” are way, way insignificant but, they provide opportunities for making things even better in 2010.
Suffice to say that looking back on 2009, I’m not chomping at the bit to re-live it. It was much too chaotic for me and I’m not really the type that has to have everything in place. So it was big time CHAOTIC for a person OK with moderate chaos. Everything in moderation…chaos included.
The ASTD Big Question this month offers a nice opportunity to reflect, plan and predict.
Responses are to be made around three questions:
- What are your biggest challenges for this upcoming year?
- What are your major plans for the year?
- What predictions do you have for the year?
I’ll get the prediction out of the way first. Here’s the one I wrote for the popular eLearn annual prediction article. I was limited to 100 words. In a word: complexity.
We will see more “platform as a service” (PaaS) solutions with further computing enhancements to support the “micro” movement. Aggregators, mobile support, and real-time collaboration will bring a new level of complexity to the increasingly distributed, knowledge-driven workplace. As we process more fragmented information and sources, content curators will be needed to support transfer of learning. Tight budgets and renewed fear of travel will bring more innovative blended learning solutions that include online presence support, 3-D immersive environments, and gaming solutions. “Rogue” will give way to acceptance as companies reconcile the privacy and productivity concerns associated with social media. As a result, we’ll see the formation of richer online networks and communities. On the horizon…augmented reality.
Now for the other two questions…
Biggest challenges for this upcoming year:
Major plans for the year:
- Speak at some conferences
- Separate social media marketing stuff and the e-learning stuff
- Take two courses
- Take two family vacations
- Get digital assistant
- Embrace chaos, kick CHAOS in the shin
Now I need to put this into action.