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Becoming a Learning Culture: Competing in an Age of Disruption

The Performance Improvement Blog

All industries are undergoing enormous change, mostly due to new technologies, globalization, and a very diverse workforce. Any company, faced with these kinds of disruptive forces must keep learning. The only thing holding companies back from learning at the speed of change is their organizational culture which, for many, is a barrier to learning. Most companies have a training culture, not a learning culture.

No Time to Learn

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of the concerns that worry training and learning professionals most about leading culture change in their organizations is that managers will say that they don’t have time to facilitate and support employee development. These managers don’t value learning. Maybe there was a time when you could learn a set of skills in your youth and then build a career around those abilities. The only way to keep pace and maybe even get ahead of the curve is to keep learning.

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This Is What I Believe About Learning in Organizations

The Performance Improvement Blog

As globalization increases and communities become more diverse, the competitive advantage of any organization will be its collective knowledge and its expanded expertise. The Purpose of Business is Learning. Yes, the purpose of business is to make a profit, retain customers, be sustainable, satisfy shareholders, and, for some, make a difference in the community. But none of this is possible without learning. Training Is Not Learning. It’s the Culture.

Cultivate a Culture of Customer Service

CLO Magazine

When FMC Technologies experienced rapid growth in a business sector, its customer service performance suffered. When the leadership team at global energy technology company FMC Technologies’ Subsea Technologies Western Region set a target in the fourth quarter of 2010 to double revenue and increase profitability in five to seven years, they focused on three areas: increasing market share, developing new platforms for growth and improving execution.

Reprise: Learning to Compete

The Performance Improvement Blog

The rate at which an organization learns may be the only sustainable competitive advantage. If you are learning more rapidly than the competition, you can get ahead and stay ahead. Retail businesses compete for space and for customers. This competition can come from global, virtual, and newly formed rivals. And if organizations are to respond intelligently, they must make learning a central part of their strategy for survival and growth.

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Reprise: Learning to Compete

The Performance Improvement Blog

The rate at which an organization learns may be the only sustainable competitive advantage. If you are learning more rapidly than the competition, you can get ahead and stay ahead. Retail businesses compete for space and for customers. This competition can come from global, virtual, and newly formed rivals. And if organizations are to respond intelligently, they must make learning a central part of their strategy for survival and growth.

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Learning to Compete

The Performance Improvement Blog

The rate at which an organization learns may be the only sustainable competitive advantage. If you are learning more rapidly than the competition, you can get ahead and stay ahead. Retail businesses compete for space and for customers. This competition can come from global, virtual, and newly formed rivals. And if organizations are to respond intelligently, they must make learning a central part of their strategy for survival and growth.

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Make Learning Learning Viral-Worthy to Make It Last

CLO Magazine

The cause — Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS — at times got lost in the frenzy, but the ultimate impact was unprecedented, earning more than $220 million in global support for research, according to the ALS Association. Substitute learning for any number of ideas or causes an organization is trying to sell, and it’s easy to chuckle at the thought of something like, say, an operations management course ever breaking the internet.

Lies About Learners and the Internet of Things

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a blog post for ATD provocatively titled “Lies About Learners”, Larry Israelite writes: Our current learning approach is outdated. The global business environment is changing rapidly; access to sophisti­cated, social, digital technologies is increasing; and the digital generation’s expectations of how, when, where, and why work gets done are shifting. The distinction Larry Israelite is making is the difference between “push learning” and “pull learning.”

Beyond the status quo: how enlightened CLOs can enable true employee readiness

CLO Magazine

There’s a massive shift underway in the world of learning and development. Today, the shift is playing out against a backdrop of market volatility, rising unemployment and business closures. It’s a perfect storm of pressure, in which chief learning officers weigh ROI and manage digital disruption across industries as they pivot from the age of the customer to the age of the employee. Embracing Learning in the Flow of Work. Fostering a Culture of Learning.

How to Combat the Leadership Crisis

CLO Magazine

In their book “Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader,” James M. The number of learning activities that involve teamwork and collaboration attest to the fact that learning how to build and manage teams is an important part of leadership. Each level requires a different set of skills than the one before, and development to ensure leaders learn the right skills at each level. No one learning platform or learning style fits all.

Learning During Times of Growth

CLO Magazine

Many CLOs and other learning executives are walking with a bit more spring in their steps these days, and perhaps smiling a bit more often. They are coming out of budget meetings feeling less like “executioners” ready to cut payroll and more like “executors,” ready to execute learning and knowledge management strategies in support of growth. The role of learning in supporting rapid organic growth can be seen in several initiatives being taken by Mike Barger, CLO of JetBlue Airways.

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40+ of the World’s Best Sales Training Programs to Get Your Team Into Shape

Sales Hacker

Only a team of superb talent can move your business ahead of the competition. Action Selling. Wilson Learning. 1) Action Selling. Founded in 1990, Action Selling provides a broad range of training resources to hundreds of thousands of sales professionals. The company was among the first in the industry to incorporate big data into its learning infrastructure, focusing on critical selling skills and the best ways to reinforce these proficiencies.

Unicorn and Amuzo Ask ‘Learning Games – You Cannot Be Serious!’ at LT15

Unicorn Training

Ever wondered how games could fit into your learning strategy? Unicorn Training are delighted to announce that Mike Hawkyard, MD of Unicorn’s educational games partners, Amuzo, will deliver a seminar on ‘Learning Games - You Cannot Be Serious!’ at Learning Technologies on Wednesday 28 January. Peter Phillips, Unicorn Training CEO, added: “We have always been committed to action learning.

News: Game On As Unicorn And Amuzo Partner To Take Learning To Next Level

Unicorn Training

Unicorn Training and chart topping game studio Amuzo have entered multiplayer mode to unlock the next level in serious games and learning. Games and gamification are the fastest growth areas in learning and development as firms unlock how game qualities such as problem solving, in-play feedback, rewards, leaderboards and, of course, fun, can bring about effective learning and changes in behaviours and culture.

5 Ways to Integrate Social Learning Strategies Into Digital Learning

Leo Learning

Advances in learning technologies have created a natural way to integrate social learning strategies into digital learning programs. We describe social learning—in the context of organizations using digital platforms—as learning that strategically deploys learner-learner relationships to drive effectiveness of learning acquisition, performance shift and application or behavior in practice. Application of Learning. Application of Learning.

Eight Ways Learning Impacts Succession Planning

CLO Magazine

Learning leaders are integral to the succession management process because so much of it depends on developing and preparing high potentials for future responsibilities. Succession management is one of the most important functions in business today. It ensures capable leaders are ready for critical roles, fosters business continuity, aids talent retention and can strengthen a company culture. Link the people strategy to the business strategy.

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Free L&D webinars for October 2017

Limestone Learning

It’s a busy time of year. Join Panopto to learn nine things you may be doing the old way, why they're no longer necessary, and how updating your approach to video learning will enable you to maximize its value. In this webcast, you’ll learn: Three best practices for creating new videos. About the benefits of peer-to-peer video-based learning. And you'll learn how to do it all using nothing but standard PowerPoint and a good story.

Partnering With the C-Suite

CLO Magazine

The CLO is strategically positioned to focus on business objectives, outcomes and costs. Partnering with line of business leaders is a natural next step. Successful chief learning officers understand that business longevity is defined by an ability to innovate and adapt. They know that unless organizations can learn faster than the competition — and faster than the rate of change — they are destined to take a back seat in the marketplace.

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The Value of a Virtual Academy

CLO Magazine

When Microsoft needed a more efficient way to deliver education to its global finance function, it tore down the classroom walls and created a flexible, Web-based learning model. Prior to 2008, when it came to employee development, Microsoft held a subsection of course offerings in person twice a year in a centralized location in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and one in Asia-Pacific called Learning Weeks. Global word-of-mouth has been positive and lasting.

Highlights From Day Two of the Spring 2011 Chief Learning Officer Magazine Symposium

CLO Magazine

Day two of the Spring 2011 Chief Learning Officer magazine Symposium continued with more innovative learning strategies in Amelia Island, Fla. Bill Whitmore, CEO of AlliedBarton Security Services began the morning with a keynote on how to drive business performance through leadership branding. Whitmore asked the audience if their company can distinguish value and explained why a company’s leadership brand matters in the context of creating business results.

Through the Workscape Looking Glass

Jay Cross

It’s relationships and culture and secret sauce. Learning Ecosystem, Learning Ecology, and Learnscape mean the same thing as Workscape. I don’t use the word learn with executives, who inevitably think back to the awfulness of school and close their ears. In the same vein, I talk about Working Smarter instead of informal learning, social learning, and so forth. Some people denigrate informal learning but nobody’s against Working Smarter.

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Free L&D webinars for September 2018

Limestone Learning

New learning helps too, and September is full of free webinars that can add to your knowledge stores! Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 9AM – 10AM PT: Content Authoring Strategies That Save Enterprises Both Time and Money Without the ability for managers to personally check in with every single employee, global enterprises need compelling eLearning so that dispersed workforces can meet their training requirements. Using an MHS Assessments business simulation, Paper Planes Inc.,

Free L&D webinars for November 2017

Limestone Learning

As learning specialists, we’re always thinking about how to make knowledge digestible and palatable—like those chocolate bars you wish you hadn’t eaten, only good for you! Not just because that’s good for business, but also because continuous improvement is the key to keeping today’s employees focused and motivated. Unstable skills mean workers need to continuously learn to keep up with changes happening in the world, their industry, and their company.

The Benefits of Creating a Leadership Legacy

CLO Magazine

Effective leadership occurs when the leader strengthens others’ capacity to learn, to reflect and to extract meaning from their learning. Learning leaders may need to take responsibility to design efforts to reframe the notion of legacy as something that is not only passed on at the end of a career, but that is passed along throughout a career. Tom (name changed to preserve his anonymity) was a senior vice president of HR at Hoechst Celanese, a global chemical company.