Visualizing Your Professional Network to Inform Your Learning


Reposted from Beth’s Blog:

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.   It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective.

It is easy to focus on our area of practice, our comfort zone and continually deepen our expertise.   However, when we map our networks, there may be adjacent practices and professionals who can stimulate our own learning, give us a new view with which to reflect upon our own work.   Nancy White has called this process “triangulating professional development” or learning from adjacent practices. In elementary school, these are called “transdisciplinary” skills that can help us learn in all subjects (Communication, Research, Critical Thinking, Self-Management, and Social Skills).

When we visualize our networks, we can also ask if it is diverse enough?   Diversity correlates with innovation!  Are you getting new ideas from your network?   If you find Twitter or LinkedIn boring, perhaps you are following wrong people.    It is time to tune your network and add new connections by exploring the edges.

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