Thinking About Technocracy

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Harold Jarche on the 4 V’s of the social net and implications for technocracy

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I have found Harold Jarche to be generally prescient in matters he writes about.  Today he covers 4 V’s of the grid as a learning environment.   What caught my attention was his point that jobs are becoming more amorphous to the point where job descriptions might go away.  Perhaps.

I think we need job descriptions that specify behavior competencies–e.g. dealing with ambiguity.  The technocratic personnel officer is focused on standards and norms, yes, but ultimately must be also essentially focused on learning.  Jarche drives that point home for me:  Learning is the new work.

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Written by ryanlanham

January 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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  1. Those kinds of “job descriptions” do exist, in some forward-looking or relatively enlightened organisations. I have built some of them in the past, and recommend doing so when I work with clients in that area.

    I call them “role profiles” (inherently more flexible and sustainable than the concept of “jobs”) and they consist of areas of focus and accountability, the competencies that support those areas and the related learning objectives … often laid out horizontally so that the relationships are more easily observed and kept in mind.

    Jon Husband

    January 8, 2009 at 1:56 am


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