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Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-To's of Working Out Loud

By  Jane Bozarth

New comfort with social sharing, combined with the proliferation of new social tools, offer easy, useful means of sharing not just what we do but how we get things done. For the organization this supports productivity, improves performance, encourages reflective practice, speeds communication, and helps to surface challenges, bottlenecks, and that elusive tacit knowledge. For the worker it illuminates strengths, talents, struggles, and the reality of how days are spent. For the coworker or colleague it solves a problem, saves time, or builds on existing knowledge. And for management it helps to capture who does what, and how, and otherwise makes visible so much of what is presently opaque.

What does showing work mean? It is an image, video, blog post, or use of another tool, or just talking to describe how you solved a problem, show how you fixed the machine, tell how you achieved the workaround, explain how you overcame objections to close the deal, drew the solution to the workflow problem, or photographed the steps you took as you learned to complete a new task. Some of the most effective examples of showing work offer someone explaining how/why they failed, and how they fixed it. Show Your Work offers dozens of examples of individuals and groups showing their work to the benefit of their organizations, their industries, and themselves.

Show Your Work offers dozens of real examples of showing work, supported with tips for how to help it happen, how leaders can lead by showing their own work, and how L&D can extend its reach by showing its own work and helping others show theirs.


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Jane Bozarth

Jane Bozarth, EdD, holds an M.Ed. in training and development/technology in training and a doctorate in training and development, both from North Carolina State University. Her master’s thesis was revised and published as eLearning Solutions on a Shoestring (Pfeiffer, 2005); her doctorate focused on social learning within a community of practice. Bozarth has published several other books, including From Analysis to Evaluation and Social Media for Trainers, and was the principal writer/designer for the Challenge Continues leadership training workshop package. She is also the author of Learning Solutions magazine’s popular monthly “Nuts & Bolts” column. In addition, Bozarth is a working practitioner and in her 20-year career has evolved from classroom trainer to instructional designer to e-learning coordinator for the North Carolina state government. Her newest book, Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-Tos of Working Out Loud, will be co-published by John Wiley & Sons and ASTD Press in May 2014. There is a Show Your Work Pinterest Board available now.


Knowing what gets done is not the same thing as knowing how things get done. Bozarth has cracked the code on breaking down organizational silos and collaborating effectively across time, space, work groups and business cultures. Show Your Work offers new insights on how to derive personal and enterprise value from the processes of sharing, documenting, narrating, describing, linking, and connecting the dots on how work actually gets done. It is a wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated thought-provoking exploration of strategies for mastering 'barely repeatable process'.

Ellen D. Wagner
partner and senior analyst, Sage Road Solutions, LLC
chief strategist, PAR Framework

Jane Bozarth has given us an extraordinary and inspiring book, filled with lots of practical tips, stories, and beautiful illustrations about how to be successful in your professional work or organization in a connected age.

Beth Kanter
author, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Jane Bozarth's new book is a visual breath of fresh air. Gone are stuffy descriptions; instead Jane takes a refreshingly different approach and includes stunning graphics to show how people are freely and willingly sharing their work.

Jane Hart
founder, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

Book Details

Pub Date: April 2014

Formats: Paperback

Product Code: 131306

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