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Sharing new and unique ideas about learning and creativity for project managers. The more we learn, the more we share, the more we grow.

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4-Hour Thinking and Innovation

When you read the title, The 4-Hour Work Week, what is your first thought? The same question applies to The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.

Tim Ferriss, the author of all these books, now has a blog and podcast online titled,

The Four Hour Work Week Blog and The Four Hour Work Week Podcast.

I recently discovered Tim's blog and have found all of his posts fascinating. Just check out a few of these titles and try not to click on them, seriously I dare you:

12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time - The Only Post You'll Ever Need

Kevin Kelly on Artificial Intelligence and Designer Babies

The Maverick of Brain Optimization

Sam Harris on Daily Routines, The Trolley Scenario, and 5 Books Everyone Should Read

Jane McGonigal on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming

I wanted to share Tim's blog with you because I think he represents a new way of thinking.

When I earned my PMP, I thought all I had to do was follow the PMBoK word-for-word and everything would take care of itself. Now I realize the PMBoK is simply a tool in my larger toolkit. To grow in my career and succeed as a project management leader, I have to develop other skills that enable me to adapt to whatever situation I may encounter throughout the world.

We keep hearing the conversation about developing more skills and abilities in business and trying to be more innovative but where do we learn those skills? There are of course hundreds if not thousands of resources available on the internet but I find resources like Tim's Ferriss' blog to be some of the best because they quickly take us away from our usual way of thinking and require us to feel a little uncomfortable. At the end of the day though, we realize how much stronger and smarter we have become thanks to folks like Tim.

So if you haven't done so already, click on one of the titles above and let me know what you think.

Thank you again for sharing this moment.



Posted on: August 14, 2015 09:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Learning Communities for Creative Project Managers

So far I have shared the vast worlds of Massive Open Onine Courses (MOOC) and Open Education Consortium, Now I want to share what I consider the third piece to the online open learning worldspace, online learning communities. 

If you are like me, you learned how to become a project manager by trial and error in the working world. Learning communities focus more on providing digital skills that are becoming more desirable by more employers almost daily. With projects becoming more distributed across the globe, understanding how to navigate and exploit digital online tools and resources is even more critical than ever before. 

I briefly want to share with you four of my favorite online learning communities but as always, I am sure there are more waiting to be discovered so if you know of any, please share them in the comments. 

The first is Skillshare. They provide classes in design, photography, business, film, technology, fashion, music, gaming, culinary, DIY, writing, and crafts. Their primary focus is on creativity. Their manifesto is simple; "The future belongs to the curious."  Add that to their mission statement, "...unlock the world's creativity," and you have a gorgeous resource to discover just how curious and creative you really are. 

Next there is Skillcrush. They are a self-described online learning community for creatives, thinkers, and doers. The primary focus is on web development skills. If you check out their website, you will see they offer career "blueprints" focusing on web design, web development, Wordpress development, Ruby on Rails, and responsie web development and design. Their primary goal is to, "...demystify technology and help you completely transform your career," They are one of the best sites I have found for learning skills in this new digital age. The focus is more on web development but if you talk to any millenial project managers, they will agree with you so it is time now for everyone to jump on this new age digital project management train. 

The third site is Udemy. Their mission is to, " anyone learn anything," Udemy offers a vast catalog of classes which include, development (software and web), business, IT & software, office productivity, personal development, design, marketing, lifestyle, photography, health & fitness, teacher training, music, academics, language, and test prep. Their portfolio is much more diversified but at the same time a fantastic example of just how far digital learning resources have come. 

The last resource today is Lynda. They have done a great job of quickly becoming relevant for working professionals, especially project managers. They provide courses on 3D + animation, audio + music, business, CAD, design, software development, education + elearning, IT, marketing, photography, video, and web, Of all the reources I have shared today, they are the only Registered Education Provider (REP) where you can learn the skills you need and earn PDUs and we all know how much we love PDUs. They are also my favorite site because my good friend, Aileen Ellis, teaches a course on Calculating Earned Value. Lynda provides over 50 project management courses so they are a fantastic resource you can use in your professional development and project management career. 

The other cool feature of these communities is you can become a teacher on each site. So if you are interested in becoming a teacher, mentor, or coach for students all over he world, I recommend checking out those resources as well. 

Corners of the internet have quickly turned into beautiful virtual campuses. I hope you find these resources helpful and are able to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea while you snuggle up with your laptop or tablet. Also, if you know of any similar online learning communities, please share them in the comments. 

Posted on: June 01, 2015 03:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world."

- Albert Einstein