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Business networking not only brings new business and new talent, but it supports collaboration – whether it’s collaborating with internal team members or making connections outside of the organization. Outside of work I enjoy several hobbies including camping, travel and photography. Networking comes naturally for some people, but not-so-much for others. So big deal, you say.

The Next Generation of Workplace Learning Practices in the Age of Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration

Jane Hart

Last week I wrote a post about Connected Learning and how it offers a semi-directed, semi-structured approach to workplace learning that fits between the directed, structured knowledge sharing (aka training or e-learning) that has been the way that L&D has traditionally operated, and the unstructured, self-directed knowledge sharing that happens in work teams and groups [.].

How to become a Collaboration Consultant

Jane Hart

Next public online workshop: 9 November – 4 December 2015 In the workplace, people learn continuously as a result of working in their teams. The advent of social technologies brings huge benefits to a work team, including the facility to improve communication, enhance continuous learning and performance improvement and capture organisational knowledge.

3 – L&D roles to support learning at work

Jane Hart

In the first post in this series I showed the many different ways that people learn at work , and in the second I talked about the activities involved in supporting all the ways people learn at work. Coordinating content and campaigns, but also small events for team discussion and innovation as well as large-scale cross-organisational learning and networking events.

Agile: An incredibly freeing way to work

Torrance Learning

Doesn’t the project team think this is just incredibly controlling?”. The project team makes the plan. The project team includes the client, subject matter expert, team members and the project lead. The beautiful thing about this is that the entire process sets up what I like to call a “work-directed work team.”. In the 90s, I spent a lot of time studying self-directed work teams. These teams were often high-performing, very collaborative, leader-less teams performing well-defined business operations. I’ll paraphrase.

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Coherent Implications

Clark Quinn

And right now I’m working with the Coherent Organization model and looking at the implications for decisions. There are three layers: work teams composed of members from different communities of practice, that are connected outward to broader social networks. You might also want ways for the team members to find out more about each other, via profiles.

Party Every Day: A Learning Solutions 2016 Recap

eLearning Brothers

We entered three different courses into DemoFest that our custom development team created for Adobe, Amway, and PayPal. We are really proud of the work that our custom development team has done and look forward to seeing the fantastic courses they will continue to create! Great work, team! Everybody’s Gonna Move Their Feet. eLearning Rock Star Giveaway.

Curated Insights: The Continued Evolution of Social Learning


As Jane points out, people will always find a way to share and collaborate (and complain) with regards to work. To Work Out Loud from Julian Stodd. In this brief reflection post, Julian shares a simple but excellent example of what it means to work out loud. Knowledge sharing among work teams just isn’t sufficient if one hopes to keep up with the pace of innovation.

Adding Social Learning to Your Existing Training Strategy


Working with other learners adds another layer of learning, practice, and retention. Collaboration has been a cornerstone of formal education – the traditional classroom setting involves group work, team projects, and pairing up. While live social interactivity is ideal, it may not work for all learners, especially if their time zones are different.

Clear out the tumbleweed

Jane Hart

During my recent presentation at WOLCE on embedding learning in the flow of work, I talked about how leading L&D departments are making use of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) to support workplace learning in all its forms – both formal learning activities as well as helping work teams share their knowledge and experiences with one [.]. Social learning

Learning Activities that Matter

Learning Rebels

When we think about the psychological learning process, it is critical we promote knowledge rehearsal and encoding, past the working memory into the long-term memory. It is this type of scaffolding where facilitators need to do extra work , and create environments for collaborative learning and peer feedback loops. One team at time presents their question to one other random team.


Clark Quinn

The best competitors aren’t the best chess players or the best programs, but the best pairs , that is the player and computer that best know how to work together. Working backwards [], we should decide what portion should be handled by the computer, and what by the person (or team), and then design the resources and then training the humans to use the resources in context to achieve the goals. We need to support ways for people to draw upon and contribute to their communities of practice from their work teams. We’re already seeing this. strategy technology

Learning in the Collaboration Age

Performance Learning Productivity

In the Collaboration Age it is those who share and work together who are the winners. The rather ungainly term co-opetition is being increasingly used to define co-operative competition, where competitors work together to achieve increased value at the same time as they are competing with each other. the rest is history. And for Organisational Learning? We called it MindFind.

Role of L&D in the 21C Workplace

ID Reflections

The impact of technology, globalization, ubiquitous connectivity, remote work and distributed work teams, and economy of individuals to name a few drivers have changed the face of workplace learning and performance dramatically. Refer to Ross Dawson’s The Future of Work for a detailed overview. This is the world of work that L&D must support today.

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How regularly are you “learning” in the workplace?

Jane Hart

keeping up to date with what is happening inside the organisation – in your work team or organisation, as well as. Learning in the workplace is not just about taking courses or other training workshops to acquire new skills and knowledge, but is also about. keeping up to date with what is happening outside the organisation – in your industry or profession. Social learnin

20 ways to prepare yourself for modern workplace learning

Jane Hart

You realise that learning in the workplace is more than being trained or taking e-learning courses; ie that it happens in many different ways as people do their jobs at work, from interactions with people as well as from personal learning activities. L&D can help the organisation value the learning that happens through a multitude of experiences in and out of work, by encouraging and supporting it in new ways, and enabling the the sharing of relevant experiences. LEARN FROM YOUR DAILY WORK. ARE PART OF A SOCIAL WORK TEAM. How many can you check off?

Steps to Developing a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

I’m reluctant to make specific suggestions at the risk of over-simplifying the work that needs to be done. Help work teams, groups and communities share their knowledge and experiences to learn from one another. Changing an organization’s culture is not easy. Culture is much too complex; it’s the how and why of what an organization does internally and externally.

A bit more detail

Clark Quinn

In the Coherent Organization model that we (the ITA ) came up with, it talks about how work teams are fed by and feed up to communities as they too feed up to and are fed from social networks. They are the ones who form teams. And they’ll work together in those teams, for short term needs or on an ongoing basis. Does this help? social strategy

What Does the Training Department Do When Training Doesn’t Work?

Performance Learning Productivity

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The training department response In other words, what does the training department do when training doesn''t work? When other changes are implemented a change in name for the training department and in titles for the team is probably essential. That’s what the training department needs to do when training doesn’t work. n(d)-?set

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Article Review: Overcoming the Fear of Feedback

Matias Rodsevich, writing for Talent Culture , reviews some of the reasons we find feedback so unpalatable and suggest some ways to get better at “eating our vegetables” at work. Our response to criticism is natural and likely evolved as a survival mechanism when the work day included more hunting, gathering and avoiding tigers. Does constructive criticism make you want to hide?

Does Your Organization Need a Learning Culture?

The Peformance Improvement

If sales managers want their inside sales team to conduct powerful discovery, they’ve got to teach an approach, listen to tapes, let reps self-evaluate, give feedback, listen to more tapes, give more feedback, and so on. You need a work environment that is supporting learning all the time so that you can respond quickly to trends and disruptions in your industry and your customers.

Aligning coherency

Clark Quinn

For one, those work teams can be at any level. There will be work teams at the level that the work gets done, but there’ll also be work teams at the management and even executive levels. Those groups, at every level, need to be working in alignment with the broader organization’s goals, and vision. That’s how it seems to me.

Why your Enterprise Social Network is your most valuable social learning platform

Jane Hart

Social learning is a natural everyday phenomenon; simply put, we learn from our colleagues as we work with them. But an ESN also provides an ideal technological environment to host more formal social learning activities – in this way individuals can learn with and from one another in the very same way (and platform) that they do for working. Social learning

Supporting workplace learning in the network era is more than delivering courses through a LMS

Jane Hart

People who can seek new information, make sense of it, and share it with their colleagues, will be an asset to any work team. However, they need access to their learning networks while at work, and this is often a challenge. Harold Jarche, in his recent post, Supporting workplace learning , uses a great little diagram to show that -. Social learning

Starting a revolution?

Clark Quinn

In thinking a bit about the Future of Work, one of the issues is where to start. If we take the implications of the Coherent Organization to heart, we realize that the components include the work teams, the communities of practice (increasingly I think of it as a community of improvement ), and the broader network. So, a natural place to start small is the team itself. The goal would be to draw upon a diverse team meeting a real need, but facilitating their tool use. The goal was to skill up teams and have the team members become viral influences.

Learning How to Learn at Honda Motor

The Peformance Improvement

This is a strikingly different kind of experience, with different rules and norms, from the typical work team. In essence, Honda has learned how to learn from its teams. Participants violate the rules from time to time (Rothfeder gives some examples) which means that team members have to continually re-learn how to learn. Rothfeder offers this explanation: .

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Detailing the Coherent Organization

Clark Quinn

I had, as Harold’s original model provided the basis for, separate groups for Work Teams, Communities of Practice, and Social Networks. In Work Teams, I had included: share problems, co-coach, assist, brainstorm effectively, continuous feedback, welcome contributions, learn from mistakes, align with mission, narrate work, champion diversity, and measure improvement.

The Magnificent Seven: The importance of specialisation within teamwork


While growing up in the ’90s, I was always a sucker for stories that involved the hero stating that they’re “putting together a team”. Sure – working together with a group of colleagues on a project may not be as glamorous or glorious as helping to defend a helpless, penniless village from a band of murderous, marauding thieves. Teamwork vs. Group work.

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Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset

Jay Cross

Instead of satisfying art lovers, corporate curation saves enormous amounts of time, keeps teams on the same page, and equips everyone with the latest insights. Curation helps individuals keep professional skills sharp, improve critical thinking, earn professional recognition, build reputation, grow personal networks, and “work out loud.” IDEA: Entire team researching a subject?

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Organizational Learning Tools

The Peformance Improvement

Learners are: 1) individual employees/members/volunteers; 2) work teams; 3) the enterprise as a whole (company, nonprofit, government agency); and 4) the communities in which the organization lives and interacts. Teams. Survey of team readiness for high-performance. Table of characteristics of high-performing teams. How to apply action-learning to teams.

The Role of the "New" Training Professional


We also encounter employees who readily and actively participate in learning as part of collaborative efforts with team members. People in all workplaces must work with others, collaborate effectively, and share knowledge and information. While people may come together formally, such as in a work team formed by function or proximity, there are other ways that groups gather including communities where there is a shared area of interest or in wider networks that focus more on information capture. and/or perform better. So what does that entail? Information Manager.

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Must-Haves in Your eLearning Project Management Toolbox

eLearning Brothers

About five years ago I was part of a project team responsible for an enterprise-wide implementation of a learning management system (LMS). She was responsible for leading a core working team of about 12 people and consulted regularly with the ever-increasing group of stakeholders. Guest blog post by Liz Sheffield. She led several meetings each week. An ability to laugh.

Most Working Adults Find Team-Based Work Difficult

CLO Magazine

Lack of teamwork training and workload inequality are driving the majority of working adults to find team-based work difficult, a new survey shows. 15 A recent University of Phoenix survey found that 84 percent of working adults think that working on teams in the workplace is difficult. Of working adults who think teams often fail in the workplace, 61 percent say there is not enough training. When asked specifically about why team efforts in the workplace fail, the focus on the individual versus the team was even stronger.

?ot just cat videos: 5 Social Learning Myths


But even before a formal study of social learning was put forward, people have been learning from others outside of a strict teacher-learner relationship for millennia , both in and out of school setting (at work, at play, at home, etc.). Because they solve the very real problems of communication, collaboration and knowledge exchange within today’s dynamic work teams.