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Year in Review - 2014

The Performance Improvement Blog

Throughout 2014, I used this blog to illuminate important leadership and management issues. The topics ranged from the problems with performance reviews to managing temporary workers to innovation to developing a learning culture in organizations. Here are the links with a short excerpt from each post: Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture. Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. The World is Fast.And Learning Must Be Faster.

Why Your Organization Needs a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

A learning culture is a community of workers continuously and collectively seeking performance improvement through new knowledge, new skills, and new applications of knowledge and skills to achieve the goals of the organization. A learning culture is a culture of inquiry; an environment in which employees feel safe challenging the status quo and taking risks to enhance the quality of what they do for customers, themselves, and other stakeholders. They want to learn!

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Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. Leaders in these organizations do the following: Send the message - Leaders communicate the importance of learning to the organization. Build trust - Employees will invest time and effort in learning if they trust their managers. This learning cannot be left to chance.

Benefits of Strategic Leadership Tools

The Performance Improvement Blog

Just as a carpenter wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint, saw, hammer, and screwdriver, a leader shouldn’t try to build an organization without the methods and processes that facilitate organizational learning and change. The task is no longer personal; it’s about following the tool’s process to achieve organizational success; it''s not about any one person’s agenda. Employee Engagement Leadership Management Organizational Learning Teamwork

Re-thinking Learning and Performance from a Business Standpoint

ID Reflections

Yesterday, I wrote a post on Learning vs. Performance – the Dichotomy. It was more of a theoretical exposition on why learning doesn’t necessarily translate into performance, and delved into some of the psychological and behavioral aspects of the same. Why is it that learning and training don’t translate into performance? In today’s post, I have tried to analyze the learning – performance dichotomy from a more practical standpoint.

Creating avenues for On-Demand Learning in the Modern Workplace

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Learning at the workplace is a continuous process. While formal training also has a place, more and more organizations are aligning towards informal ways of organizational learning. On-Demand Learning is a type of informal learning that is ‘learner-led’ – where the learner moves along the course material, undirected and self-paced. Also, corporate learners are more aware of what their learning needs are and can evaluate their strengths and weaknesses well.

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CLIVE SHEPHERD – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT CLIVE SHEPHERD (Learning Technologist, Director – Onlignment Ltd. & Clive is a consultant learning technologist. He works with a broad range of public and private sector organisations internationally, helping them to build capability in the application of new media to learning, and to transform workplace learning through the effective integration of formal, informal, on-demand and experiential learning. All on-job learning’ is not enough.

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Megatrends in MOOCs: #1 Adoption at Corporate Universities

Your Training Edge

Pepperdine University professor Mark Allen has defined a corporate university as “an educational entity that is a strategic tool designed to assist its parent organization in achieving its mission by conducting activities that cultivate individual and organizational learning, knowledge, and wisdom.” Through on-demand access to learning resources and personal learning networks, MOOCs integrate learning into the regular course of work.

Working out Loud and Serendipity

ID Reflections

All of this made me think I should write a post on working out loud and its place in workplace learning. As is my wont, I tend to look at everything mostly through my L&D lens, especially when it comes to learning and sharing at the workplace. In my mind, working out loud can be one of the means to strengthen organizational learning. We serendipitously encounter others who are similarly passionate, have overcome similar failures and taken similar learning journeys.

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Connected Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Connected learning, a concept that has come out of research on K-12 education, has application to employee learning. Edudemic has defined "connected learning" in this way: Connected learning brings together all of the various experiences, interests, technology, academics, people and communities that learners are a part of in order to make all of these scenarios and experiences learning opportunities. In “connected learning” you are not confined by the classroom.

The 70:20:10 Model – Today, Tomorrow & Beyond

Learnnovators

ABOUT CHARLES JENNINGS (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates): Charles Jennings is a leading thinker, practitioner and consultant in the areas of performance improvement, change management, and learning. From 2002 until the end of 2008, Charles was the Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters where he had responsibility for developing the global learning and performance strategy and leading the learning organisation for the firm’s 55,000 workforce.

THE 70:20:10 MODEL – TODAY, TOMORROW & BEYOND

Learnnovators

ABOUT CHARLES JENNINGS (Managing Director, Duntroon Associates): Charles Jennings is a leading thinker, practitioner and consultant in the areas of performance improvement, change management, and learning. From 2002 until the end of 2008, Charles was the Chief Learning Officer for Reuters and Thomson Reuters where he had responsibility for developing the global learning and performance strategy and leading the learning organisation for the firm’s 55,000 workforce.

The Evolving Role of E-Learning in Corporate Training

Learnnovators

THE QUOTE: “ The future of e-Learning is wide open! Learning doesn’t just happen during business hours in the office or in the classroom. “ When training is done well, doors open, skills develop, and performance excellence yields personal and organizational rewards. How will e-learning evolve in coming years? It helps us understand why e-learning is the most effective method to train employees. What is E-Learning?

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Demystifying Working Out Loud

Learnnovators

In this post, I want to demystify working out loud and highlight the organizational as well as personal growth that accrues from the practice. I am a huge believer of the practice because I have experienced the effect first hand. It has helped me to develop my personal learning network (PLN) and enabled my PKM. It is an excellent method for bridging those very gaps and silos – the white spaces – between the defined boxes of the org chart.

THE EVOLVING ROLE OF E-LEARNING IN CORPORATE TRAINING

Learnnovators

THE QUOTE: “ The future of e-Learning is wide open! Learning doesn’t just happen during business hours in the office or in the classroom. It happens everywhere through a number of different channels.” – Eric Schuermann (From our interview with him) “ When training is done well, doors open, skills develop, and performance excellence yields personal and organizational rewards. How will e-learning evolve in coming years? What is E-Learning?

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Gamification: Separating Fact From Fiction

CLO Magazine

Four myths have developed about gamification as a learning delivery method. Understanding the truth will determine how, or if, companies should integrate gamification into strategic learning plans. The focus for learning leaders is similar in that they too must be able to separate fact from myth to determine which tools are effective and which are just trendy. A learning game is a self-contained unit with a definitive start, game play and ending.

Managing to Learn, Learning to Manage in the Knowledge Economy

The Performance Improvement Blog

Companies whose roots lay in the industrial economy in which we used our hands to make things learned to “manage hands,” where success was often measured by the number of widgets that can be cranked out in a set amount of time. Most current management practices, principles and methods for learning were developed in response to the needs of that previous economy. In 2014, he asked 280,000 employees worldwide to start a retraining program.

The Times They Are A’Changin’. What L&D Leaders Should Focus on in 2021.

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this word even migrated to popular culture in a 2014 episode of the television program, Silicon Valley. Covid has intensified the corporate world’s need to imagine new ways of learning. It has forced companies to determine the best methods to rapidly adapt existing assets. In 2019, 86% of the respondents to 2019’s Global Human Capital Trends survey believed they must “reinvent their ability to learn.” Leverage mechanisms for individualized learning.

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). Sahana Chattopadhyay is a performance consultant and an L&D professional with 15 years of experience in the field of academia and organizational learning. Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning. What is your vision for the learning community?

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Integrating Social Learning In The Workplace

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced. How is this change related to social learning?

The Top Six Things Organizations Must Do to Enable Emergent Learning

Learnnovators

What is common across the learning modes and methods mentioned? Social learning via an enterprise collaboration platform. Mobile enabled learning accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device of the user’s choice. MOOCs which straddle the line between social learning and e-learning with learner communities. These are essentially “pull” and collaborative learning modes and cannot be imposed. But first, WHAT IS EMERGENT LEARNING?

MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 2: Designing a MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Corporate Learning will be transformed and will take on more importance wrote Josh Bersin in his HR predictions for 2015. There is an urgent need to re-imagine workplace learning for the networked world.

“Good Enough” in Learning and Development

Tom Spiglanin

As I read, I thought about many applications of “good enough” in Learning and Development (L&D), particularly concepts such as minimum viable product, which is a, “strategy used for fast and quantitative market testing of a product or product feature,” 1 or, “the product with the highest return on investment versus risk.” 20% should be self-directed, social, and informal, leaving 70% for experiential learning in the workplace.

Gamification: Seperating Fact From Fiction

CLO Magazine

Four myths have developed about gamification as a learning delivery method. Understanding the truth will determine how, or if, companies should integrate gamification into strategic learning plans. The focus for learning leaders is similar in that they too must be able to separate fact from myth to determine which tools are effective and which are just trendy. Game-based learning uses an actual game to teach knowledge and skills.

GETTING STARTED WITH WORKING OUT LOUD

Learnnovators

I am trying to move to a mode where I’ll write shorter posts more regularly on specific topics, questions posed to me, or an aspect of modern workplace learning that interests me. I happened to mention “ working out loud ” as a practice that is fundamental to social and collaborative learning, and drew a completely blank stare. Share a snippet from the day’s work that captures a learning, a mistake made, or insight gleaned. It is a very powerful learning tool.

Getting Started With Working Out Loud

Learnnovators

I am trying to move to a mode where I’ll write shorter posts more regularly on specific topics, questions posed to me, or an aspect of modern workplace learning that interests me. I happened to mention “ working out loud ” as a practice that is fundamental to social and collaborative learning, and drew a completely blank stare. Share a snippet from the day’s work that captures a learning, a mistake made, or insight gleaned.

MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 2: DESIGNING A MOOC

Learnnovators

@ ignatia (Inge de Waard) describes MOOCs thus in her Master’s Thesis: “MOOC is above all referring to a pedagogical model with independent learners, access to information, opportunity to create emerging, spontaneous, yet not directed learning communities, etcetera. Corporate Learning will be transformed and will take on more importance wrote Josh Bersin in his HR predictions for 2015. There is an urgent need to re-imagine workplace learning for the networked world.

INTEGRATING SOCIAL LEARNING IN THE WORKPLACE

Learnnovators

I have been writing about social learning and its related concepts – communities of practices , working out loud and skills for the networked world for quite some time now. Social learning has become a buzzword in the workplace learning space, and every other organization is claiming to have “social learning” as a part of the mix. The catch is that “social learning” cannot just be implemented or enforced. How is this change related to social learning?

MOOCs in Workplace Learning – Part 4: Role in Corporate Universities

Learnnovators

This infographic of a Deloitte Survey spanning 90 countries look at the talent issues that can threaten organizational effectiveness. Leadership , Retention , HR Skills , and Talent Acquisition occupy the #1 slot as per the Top Ten Findings of the Global Human Capital Trends 2014 Survey. is an incisive article by @Josh_Bersin on the way Gen Y views the world of work, leadership, career progression and learning. Enable peer-to-peer collaboration and learning.

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MOOCS IN WORKPLACE LEARNING – PART 4: ROLE IN CORPORATE UNIVERSITIES

Learnnovators

It’s roughly estimated that only ” 20% of the workers will have the skills needed for 60% of the jobs (mostly because the job haven’t been invented yet) by the end of the decade. “ (Ref: [link] ) This infographic of a Deloitte Survey spanning 90 countries look at the talent issues that can threaten organizational effectiveness. Leadership , Retention , HR Skills , and Talent Acquisition occupy the #1 slot as per the Top Ten Findings of the Global Human Capital Trends 2014 Survey.

How Technologies Will Change the Learning Function’s Role

ATD Learning Technologies

Envisioning the future of talent development, and the workers who will need training in 2020 and beyond, calls on talent development leaders to artfully apply business savvy, learning know-how, and sheer imagination. A backward glance at the extensive changes seen during the past decade alone in world markets, organizational operations, and learning design and delivery methods portends a rapidly approaching future that is both exciting and daunting to anticipate.

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How Technologies Will Change the Learning Function’s Role

ATD Learning Technologies

Envisioning the future of talent development, and the workers who will need training in 2020 and beyond, calls on talent development leaders to artfully apply business savvy, learning know-how, and sheer imagination. A backward glance at the extensive changes seen during the past decade alone in world markets, organizational operations, and learning design and delivery methods portends a rapidly approaching future that is both exciting and daunting to anticipate.

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Talented Learning’s Greatest Hits – 2019 Edition

Talented Learning

So before we move on, I invite you to join me in revisiting this year’s most popular topics in extended enterprise learning. What Topics Were Most Popular in Extended Enterprise Learning? But I’m more interested in top takeaways from business-minded learning professionals. If you follow Talented Learning , you know we share information and advice through multiple channels. 2 Why Corporations Choose Open Source Learning Systems – with Brian Carlson.

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MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 4: Their Role in Corporate Universities

ID Reflections

link] This infographic of a Deloitte Survey spanning 90 countries look at the talent issues that can threaten organizational effectiveness. Leadership, retention, HR skills, and talent acquisition occupy the #1 slot as per the Top Ten Findings of the Global Human Capital Trends 2014 Survey. Millennials will soon rule the world: But how will they lead is an incisive article by @Josh_Bersin on the way Gen Y views the world of work, leadership, career progression and learning.

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Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, is known for pioneering multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes—bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. How has been your journey (to save the world from boring e-learning) so far?

MICHAEL ALLEN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, is known for pioneering multimedia learning technologies, interactive instructional paradigms, and rapid-prototyping processes—bringing each forward into leading corporate enterprises. ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW SERIES: ‘ Crystal Balling with Learnnovators ’ is a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of e-learning. How has been your journey (to save the world from boring e-learning) so far?