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A Productive Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a blog post titled, "Building a Productive Learning Culture", Thomas Handcock and Jean Martin say that businesses, because of need and demand, are increasing employee participation in training but failing to increase productivity. Even with all of these additional opportunities for learning, most workers are not acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. The authors believe that a culture change is required.

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. This message is in the guiding principles of the business. This learning cannot be left to chance.

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Key Elements of 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 asking tough questions about the purpose and quality of what they are doing for customers, themselves, and other stakeholders.

Becoming a Learning Culture: Competing in an Age of Disruption

The Performance Improvement Blog

Any company, faced with these kinds of disruptive forces must keep learning. Employees must learn how to use new computers and new apps, how to operate new, high tech machinery, how to be responsive to customer demands, how to create innovative products and services, how to manage a multi-cultural, multi-generational workforce, how to work effectively in cross-functional teams, and how to plan for a future that is constantly in flux. Learning is just-in-time, on-demand.

Are Managers Too Busy to Learn?

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of the barriers to creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations is the no-time myth. Managers resist attending formal training events and participating in other kinds of learning activities (elearning, mentoring, coaching, action-learning, communities of practice, internal wikis, etc.) using the excuse that they are too busy. In the blog post titled, Are the managers you’re training “too busy”?,

Burnout & Leadership Development

Abilitie

Clearly, it is a business imperative to engage your employees and fight burnout. Burnout is a leadership development opportunity. This is where experiential leadership development comes in. Leverage experiential learning to take development beyond frameworks and best-practices.

Growing a Model for Leadership

CLO Magazine

Building a leadership pipeline is important, and a clear leadership model can link strategic areas of the business. But moving forward, the company chose to invest more heavily into leadership building after studying the state of the industry and talent. One challenge — thriving in an ambiguous environment — stood out in particular and formed the core of Mindtree’s leadership approach. “We Building a Leadership Model .

How to Combat the Leadership Crisis

CLO Magazine

Leadership development is failing. The leadership pipeline is low, and executive search firms are growing thanks to a pronounced need for talented leaders at all levels. Part of the problem is that too often leadership has been a solo sport. In their book “Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader,” James M. Learning leaders need to: Ensure that learning fits the organization’s culture and goals.

This Is What I Believe About Learning in Organizations

The Performance Improvement Blog

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. At its core, any high performing organization is about learning; continually using new information to become smarter, better, and more effective. Companies must learn more deeply about their customers and markets.

Leaders Learning about Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Recently, I conducted a workshop for the leadership team of a company that wants to increase the impact of its training programs. I explained the limitations of formal training and the need for taking an organizational learning perspective. I argued that in order for any kind of learning intervention (training, coaching, mentoring, action learning, etc.) They wanted to know specifically what they could do to facilitate learning.

50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. In a learning culture, we start with the performance goal and then select the mix of methods that will help employees acquire and retain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs they need in order to achieve those goals. Instructor-centered class (fact to face) – traditional classroom in which instructor controls the content and learning process.

How Authentic Is Your Leadership Development?

CLO Magazine

CLOs may already know who they want to pull into leadership development programs, but it pays to include high potentials at lower levels to add cultural and business performance value. For some time, the efficacy and utility of authentic leadership, emotional intelligence and other similar skill sets in the workplace have been considered secondary, soft skill conversations. The days of passively awaiting sequential directives from executive leadership are gone.

Old habits die hard, but good leaders can change

CLO Magazine

This is true for leadership habits, too. To keep up and stay competitive in a rapidly changing, ever-more-complex world, businesses need to change how they operate, and that means leaders must adapt their own behaviors as well. How they make decisions and take action — playing it safe.

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.

A Manager's View of Employee Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

I love the sense of understanding, enthusiasm and acceptance the leadership team conveys here regarding their role in learning. As you might expect, based on my input to a previous blog (3/25, Training Isn’t Learning ), I was delighted to see the emphasis on the necessary role of the manager! For me, ‘accountable’ means managers are as much, and maybe more, responsible as the individual learner for applying learning and delivering results.

The Benefits of Creating a Leadership Legacy

CLO Magazine

” Now, consider this question in an organizational context: If a leader walks out of the office each night, each year, and at the end of a brilliant career has compiled a record of heroic successes, yet leaves no long-term impact on others, did leadership occur? As the question implies, legacy is a crucial component of leadership. Effective leadership occurs when the leader strengthens others’ capacity to learn, to reflect and to extract meaning from their 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. Embracing Learning in the Flow of Work. Fostering a Culture of Learning.

Make Learning Learning Viral-Worthy to Make It Last

CLO Magazine

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. But the premium on making an impact through learning is high. It gives companies a competitive advantage, improves employee retention and drives business performance. The dimensions are based on 40 years of research in motivation and adult learning. “We

Searching for a Higher Purpose

CLO Magazine

In 2009, she joined Fierce Conversations as an account executive/marketing lead, and as of November 2018, she was running the leadership development and training company that focuses on helping clients have effective conversations. While Fierce, a small, growing company, doesn’t have a formal leadership development program, Engle said company leaders and mentors taught her how the business works and gave her a sense of connection to the company.

Talent Development Strategies and Tips from Leading Organizations

eThink Education

According to the Harvard Business Review successful companies such as BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, have several commonalities in that they are, “purpose-driven, performance-oriented, and principles-led.” Creating a Culture of Learning.

Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”

Pract.us

Your team learns informally all the time. You can support those efforts for more learning bang for your buck. When economic or business circumstances cause companies to tighten their belts, the first item on the chopping block is often training and development. With a shift in your views about what learning is, you can still build a powerful learning organization and demonstrate the value to executives at the same time. So What is Informal Learning?

Why Training has a Bad Name (and how we can change it)

Learning Rebels

Maybe this time I’ll learn something. We shine it up and call ourselves “Learning Professionals” or “Talent Development” or “Performance Catalysts” – but despite any fancy name, people still think of us as “training” Not the good type of training either, but the “sit, stay, good boy” type of bad training experience. Action learning sets. This means there is a negative result for not “learning”.

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Corporate Training Trends 2020

Unboxed

The Future of Corporate Learning. Top 4 Learning and Development Trends in 2020. Whether you invest $7,000 or $700 million, effective training is always advantageous to the business. Trend #1: Actionable Coaching. Action learning projects.

Increase Employee Retention with Career Pathing

Everwise

As businesses compete to attract top-notch talent, the need to retain and engage existing employees becomes increasingly important. Even when employees have access to such programs, actionable learnings from the curriculum can be few and far between. Offer scalable, personalized learnings that help employees find a career path tailored to them. Read on to learn what effective career pathing for Millennials looks like and how, exactly, it will help your company.

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A Quest for Success

CLO Magazine

Rusckowski, who joined the company in 2012, said he noticed Quest was not growing and “didn’t have the structure and culture to be successful.” He determined there was a need to provide enterprisewide leadership development to Quest’s 400-plus senior executive leaders that aligned with the company’s vision, goals and strategy. which designs and delivers business simulations and executive development programs. Enhancing a company’s growth begins with its leaders.

Managers are the key to learning and development

Litmos

For as much time as we spend talking about learning management, companies do not seem to spend a lot of time thinking about learning and managers. This creates huge blind spots within organizations because managers play critical roles in every aspect of learning and development — from strategy to design to delivery to measurement. Context : Managers know how learning relates to the job at hand. Modern learning is all about personalization and contextualization.

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.

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.

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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Creating learning experiences that don’t suck

CLO Magazine

says the executive vigorously shaking my hand at the end of a learning engagement. Reflecting on this reaction made me want to share what I have learned about creating powerful learning engagements. After more than 25 years in the learning profession, from new-hire orientation programs to senior team development at Fortune 100 companies, I have captured a lot from observing so many learning programs and initiatives. Commit to the ‘True Few’ Learning Objectives.

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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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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.

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! The key to learning success in these instances, though, is getting this high-quality material to trainees as quickly as possible. Businesses should always look for an easy-to-use toolkit that facilitates rapid creation and distribution of eLearning at scale. Evaluating their next learning platform and/or interested in the latest eLearning trends and strategies.

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.

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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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 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.