Why Organizations Don’t Learn
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. An article entitled Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats in the November 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review caught my eye. The resemblance of their suggestions and the content of Real Learning is uncanny. Embrace and teach a growth mindset. Avoid attribution bias. Don’t work to exhaustion. India.
New Book: Aha! 75 Ways to Work Smarter
JULY 22, 2015
My new book, Aha!, is for all those people we’ve made responsible for their own learning. This is the missing manual. explains self-assessment, setting goals, dealing with feeds and flows, improving retention, curation, working out loud, social learning, and more. Each technique is backed with a practical exercise. reveals how to: Learn from experience. Remember things faster, better, deeper.
Two types of knowledge
JULY 27, 2015
Explicit Knowledge. #1 is explicit knowledge. By definition, explicit knowledge can be captured in words. It’s the facts. Answers on Jeopardy. Tree/false tests. Retention of explicit knowledge is easily measured and graded and for that reason it’s where tests focus, over-simplified or not. wide variety of jobs rely on the look-up, transfer, and interpretation of explicit knowledge.
New Brandon Hall Group report forecasts major shift in 2016 online learning trends
Companies are increasingly dissatisfied with online learning tools, prompting many to reinvest in technology that supports a modern training approach. Download the report from Brandon Hall Group to see how new investments are bringing real business results.
15 essentials for successful learning
AUGUST 22, 2015
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” ” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance. Most learning is self-directed. Give people the freedom to chart their course. Make sure resources are readily available and easy to find. Set high expectations, and people live up to them. Help people make sense of and prosper in the world and the workplace. People learn by doing.
Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset
APRIL 29, 2015
Curation can boost your profit and help your people grow. It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. It starts in a gallery. You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items. select for the collection. authenticate and preserve items. add interpretation, descriptions, and meaning. articles.
Flip your meetings
MARCH 21, 2015
American business people attend 11,000,000 business meetings every day and half of it’s a waste of time. Knowledge workers spend three hours a day in meetings. Senior executives spend more. Four out of five of us have brought other work to do during a meeting. One in ten of us admits to daydreaming. Four in ten have fallen asleep. What a waste. Collaboration has its intrinsic rewards. Encourage it.
I’ve been depressed. You?
MARCH 3, 2015
I’ve been depressed. Telling you this will blow my chances of running for president, but what the hell: I have been clinically depressed for the last two years. It’s a form of going crazy. lost interest in my work, stopped blogging and taking photos. became a near-hermit. . No one deserves to go through life feeling shitty and that’s precisely what depression can do to you. Everything is gloomy.
Through the Workscape Looking Glass
MAY 26, 2015
Your Workscape is everything in your organization except the training department. It’s where work is done and where people hone the skills they need to add value. It’s the biggest frame of the big picture. It’s relationships and culture and secret sauce. It’s the organization as organism. To prosper, you need to nurture it, plant seeds, pamper the ground. It’s your job to help the system thrive.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ” –George Bernard Shaw. is becoming Real Learning. The old name didn’t fit the book. captures the spirit of “Oh, I see; that’s how you do it.” ” Cool. Unfortunately, the term Aha! only focuses only on the magic moment of enlightenment. Real Learning explains how to do it.
Real Learning explained
SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Excerpt from interview with Learnnovators. Learnnovators: We are excited about having reviewed your new book Real Learning. We couldn’t agree more with Laura Overton (Founder & CEO, Towards Maturity) that this is a manual to empower self-directed learners in really practical ways. Jay: I’d be delighted. Real Learning seeks to empower people to use their wits and increase their mental capacity.
Last days of the world’s fastest ocean liner
OCTOBER 9, 2015
On its inaugural voyage in 1952, the sleek S.S. United States set the record for an Atlantic crossing (3 1/2 days) and more than sixty years later, the record still stands. The United States was the Concorde of its day: high tech, expensive, and luxurious, the fastest way across the ocean. We were to travel on the S.S. United States! Another military brat and I landed our own cabin. United States.
Future of Education 2020 Summit
MAY 31, 2015
At a Stanford education conference this morning, speakers made presentation after presentation without once involving the audience, not even asking for questions. For the first couple of hours there was zero audience participation. Finally, Finally, following a panel session, we were invited to stand at a microphone if we had questions. Naturally, I was first in line. said I don’t get it.
Leave Learning to Employees, sort of
OCTOBER 27, 2015
Leave Learning to Employees. By Kate Everson. CLO magazine November 2015. This article describes the CLO of Kaplan as he adapts to a world where employees can route around learning to find their own content. They don’t need him any more. Learner-created content presents a challenge to CLOs: they want to control it. EasyGenerator CEO Kasper Spiro points out that you can’t. What nonsense.
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
Athens to Istanbul
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
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Be a humanist
FEBRUARY 15, 2015
An intimate group of Fortune 50 CLOs invited me to talk with them about how to make the most of informal learning. Jane, Charles, Clark, Harold and I chatted at length. We came up with twenty-four suggestions which I’ll soon walk the CLOs through. One piece of advice stood out for me as the crux of it all. That’s my personal view. Meta-Learning Psychology
Price of Real Learning going from $2.99 to $6.99
OCTOBER 18, 2015
The price of the pdf version of Real Learning will increase from $2.99 to $6.99 on October 25th, a week from today. Buy enough for your team now. At $2.99 a pop, you could issue a wake-up call to everyone on your floor for a few hundred bucks. Buy Real Learning here. Table of Contents Bibliography. Book Reference Page. Learn from experience without instructors or classrooms. .
Conferences can be better, a whole lot better
JULY 29, 2015
The conference business is booming yet every participant has some major gripe about the way conferences are run. We all think we know better. It goes with the territory. In the beginning of the year, I looked into the future of conferences. Would they go the way of record stores and newspapers? concluded that: Flipping conference presentations can vastly improve learning outcomes. Community First!
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools
AUGUST 27, 2015
It’s time once again to contribute to Jane Hart’s annual survey of tools for learning. I was the first person to take part in this project some nine years ago and now it’s an annual ritual. It’s enlightening to review what’s best in the toolbox. My top tools for learning are: Experience. Extracting the lessons of simply living my life. Friends. Books. WordPress.
MARCH 8, 2015
72% of eighteen Fortune 100 CLOs told me their people are not growing fast enough to keep up with the needs of the business. . Granted, it’s impossible to predict the future needs of the business in this volatile world, it’s still troubling that most big-company CLOs don’t feel what they’re doing is adequate to prepare the workforce for the future.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
I’m writing this from the first class cabin on a United flight from Houston to Munich. We have been plied with champagne, prosciutto, steak, cheese, (had to pass on the salad and ice cream sundae courses), free-flowing wine, and cognac. I’m sitting in a comfortable wide seat that converts into a bed. United is not alone in the airline industry; collusion sees to that. Dumb as dirt. Bait and switch.
Where I’m coming from
APRIL 4, 2015
These are my core beliefs about how to get along in the world. wrote this post fourteen years ago and rediscovered it this morning. I’m amazed at the consistency of what I believe. still hold to these, although now they’d be supplemented with newfound knowledge about complexity, mindfulness, informal learning, community, social media, and other topics. Perception is reality. Be alert.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Think for yourselves, plagiarists
AUGUST 26, 2015
In 2006, Jossey-Bass published a book of mine on Informal Learning. The book describes informal learning as “the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way people learn to do their jobs” It compares formal learning to riding a bus and informal learning to riding a bicycle. The book says that “Work = Learning; Learning = Work.” ” Plagiarists. From her slides: . Thankcom.
Enterprise Learning & Digital Transformation
MARCH 3, 2015
Enterprise Learning takes learning beyond the training department into the overall extended enterprise, the “Workscape.” ” It’s a breakout that’s happening throughout organizations as they embrace digital technology. The digital makeover has yet to reach HR. It’s time for that to change. Adopting a policy of free information access and communication.
MARCH 10, 2015
is a set of practices I’m developing to help pull-workers learn to learn. I’m investigating what it takes for a learner to become self-sufficient, to both learn and design learning experiences. I’d like to make that easier. My bookshelves groan under more than 200 books on learning and development. (I’ve recycled many to get down to this.) None that I know of. That was a 1.0
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10
APRIL 6, 2013
Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler. implementing 70-20-10 is not simple. Sharing 50 suggestions on putting 70-20-10 to work has consumed five posts spread over two months. Today the series is complete. Here’s what you’ll find: Post 1 Post 2 Post 3 Post 4 Post 5. Post 1 People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. Effective managers make stretch.
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
A better way to develop front-line managers !It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10
FEBRUARY 12, 2013
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10. part 1 of 5. People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. Effective managers make stretch. assignments and coach their team members. Experience is the teacher, and managers shape those experiences. These posts offer guidance to managers who want to make learning from experience and conversation more effective. The potential is great. Quite the contrary.
Benchmarking Online Learning
AUGUST 25, 2015
Fascinating data. WHAT KEEPS WORKERS FROM LEARNING ONLINE? 63% lack of time for self-study. 40% can’t find what they need. 41% find current online learning not relevant to their need. 28% lack of somewhere appropriate to study. 26% find learning content uninspiring. 25% technology issues such as low bandwidth. 22% learning objectives are not clear. WHAT DO LEARNERS VALUE HIGHLY FOR LEARNING?
The principles of learning
JULY 7, 2013
Yesterday I came upon a 13-year old cassette recording of Peter Henschel, executive director of the Institute for Research on Learning , speaking to a breakout session at Elliott Masie’s TechLearn conference. This talk had a profound effect on my thinking. It holds up damn well today. Learning About Learning: Lessons from the Trenches. Session 99TL-503, TechLearn 1999, Orlando. It’s richer.
Learning Styles, ha, ha, ha, ha
APRIL 11, 2013
I wrote this post in Thursday, December 08, 2005, but I’m reposting it here because some people still have not got the message. This is an exception. This marvelously tongue-in-cheek report looks at 800 studies of learning styles and concludes that there are better uses for educational funding. And how about this? verbalisers versus imagers. holists versus serialists. thinking versus feeling.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
DECEMBER 11, 2014
In his keynote presentation at Online Educa Berlin last week, Howard Rheingold emphasized co-learning. Since the teacher learns more than the student, let’s all be both teachers and students. Esteemed co-learners, your job is to create new co-learning communities. If a group doesn’t exist for facilitate your informal learning, make one. It’s a both a discipline and a living book.
Big Data at Google
JUNE 10, 2014
To see Big Data at work, look to Google, where number-crunching on a massive scale has changed hiring and management practices. Measurements and analytics rule at Google. All people decisions at Google are based on data and analytics,” according to Kathryn Dekas, a manager in Google’s “people analytics” team. Google’s conclusions have a bearing on where CLOs should be focusing their efforts. If you interviewed for a job at Google several years ago, you might have been asked to answer questions like these: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. What do you do?
Monterey Car Week
AUGUST 17, 2015
Thursday morning we arrived at Ocean Avenue in Carmel just in time to catch the arrival of the cars in the Tour d’Elegance. These cars, that would participate in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, had driven from Monterey to Big Sur and back through Carmel where they park for a couple of hours to enable people to gawk. . Things have changed. Too many of them. He drives it daily.
Blab with me
SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
Have you tried Blab yet? It’s what Google Hangouts should have been, a free video conferencing tool for up to four speakers and an unlimited audience. Optionally, Blab records and archives conversations. Brent Schlenker turned me on to Blab, and as soon as I saw it, I had to host a session. Click for recording. Blab is tightly integrated with Twitter. You can find the details on Twitter.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
This workbook is a response to your need to understand how to strategically incorporate gamification into your learning strategy, in order to drive real business results. It’s designed to be printed, written in and used as a guide.
Imagining the internet. It’s what futurists do.
AUGUST 7, 2015
The 2014 Survey: Impacts of AI and robotics by 2025. very good read. Opinions from all the hot shots. VInt Cerf, Jerry Michalski, Ben Schneiderman, Hal Varian, Howard Rheingold, Tiffany Shlain, Stowe Boyd, JP Rangaswami, John Markoff, danah boyd, Doc Searles, and more. Heaven only knows what comes after the service economy but it won’t be mass unemployment.
MARCH 7, 2015
Help me figure out what’s gone haywire with my Macs. My keyboard has gone wacko. Last night I cleaned the Bluetooth keyboard I use with my iMac. The batteries only had 18% juice left, so I replaced them. When I rebooted the iMac, I found I was missing the Space Bar, Delete key, and several individual letters. figured I’d shorted something out with the cleaner. No problem. Just Jay