Training Culture vs. Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

What’s the difference between a “training culture” and a “ learning culture ”? As the chart shows, in a training culture, responsibility for employee learning resides with instructors and training managers. In that kind of culture the assumption is that trainers (under the direction of a CLO) drive learning. Whereas in a learning culture, responsibility for learning resides with each employee and each team.

16 Signs of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

How do you know your organization has a learning culture ? How will people be learning? While a learning culture is an environment that’s always being developed, certain signs indicate that you are making progress. In a learning culture…. Leaders are mentoring ; they are using their experience to advise new and less experienced employees on how to fulfill the functions of their jobs. What will you see people doing?

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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.

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.

Guest post: Training Culture vs. Learning Culture

Torrance Learning

This blog originally posted on Learning To Be Great. What’s the difference between a “training culture” and a “ learning culture ”? As the chart shows, in a training culture, responsibility for employee learning resides with instructors and training managers. In that kind of culture the assumption is that trainers (under the direction of a CLO) drive learning. In a training culture, the training and development function is centralized.

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.) The problem is that managers don’t make learning a high priority. This is learning, too, and takes little, if any, extra time.

Aligning Employee Learning with the Organization

The Performance Improvement Blog

Improving employee learning and performance in organizations today means systems change. I wish it were otherwise, but learning is not just a classroom activity anymore, it must be a total system activity that takes into account strategic goals of the organization, the culture of the organization (values, beliefs, artifacts, structure, etc.), and the quality of the learning interventions (formal training, coaching, mentoring, self-directed study, action learning, etc.).

Leaders Learning about Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

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.) to have a positive impact on achieving the organization’s goals, managers had to take an active role in supporting learning. 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.

6 Steps To Creating Learning Ecosystems (And Why You Should Bother)

Learnnovators

70:20:10 has shone a spotlight on the limits of formal learning. In contrast, social and experiential learning continue to be veritable goldmines of productivity, placing learners at the centre of their story and demanding a major shift from Learning & Development professionals. Central to this cultural shift is the understanding that learning happens by learners, not to them. That’s where learning ecosystems come in.

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. 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. A native of New Zealand, Paul Matthews has always applied the practical, no-nonsense approach he learned growing up on a farm to his work in the corporate world. So What is Informal Learning?

Talent Development Strategies and Tips from Leading Organizations

eThink Education

Creating a Culture of Learning. Hill recommends the following tips for company leaders to keep in mind in order to create an effective culture of talent development: Act as a role model for your team by demonstrating transparency as well as vulnerability.

Manager's Role in Learning and Performance Improvement

The Performance Improvement Blog

What should be a manager’s role in employee learning? In answering this question, the first thing managers have to understand is that continuous learning is the modus operandi for all high performance organizations. Individual, team, and enterprise performance can’t improve without learning. Learning isn’t in addition to a manager’s job; it IS a manager’s job. An engineer in a prototype department of a manufacturer learns how to operate a 3D printer.

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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.

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. 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. CLOs face intense pressure to build learning cultures in which geographically dispersed teams can engage with relevant content “on-demand” to reskill. Embracing Learning in the Flow of Work.

Searching for a Higher Purpose

CLO Magazine

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. Almost equally uncommon is millennial satisfaction with learning programs. Millennials aren’t getting what they want out of leadership development programs and learning leaders need to know why. I encourage learning leaders to experiment,” she said. “We’re

7 Ways to Encourage Lifelong Learning in Your Business

eFront

And we agree because a culture of lifelong learning is a powerful force for growth in any business. The benefits of lifelong learning are plentiful. So, how can lifelong learning be encouraged? 7 Ways to Encourage Lifelong Learning for Employees.

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.

Corporate Training Trends 2020

Unboxed

The Future of Corporate Learning. Top 4 Learning and Development Trends in 2020. Now it’s time to talk about what you don’t know (but should) about workplace learning and employee development. Trend #1: Actionable Coaching. Action learning projects.

What is Social Learning (And How to Adopt it)

Docebo

Social learning can help today’s organizations keep up with the pace at which their business moves. More and more, organizations are turning to social learning to deliver exciting e-learning experiences to their employees, customers and partners. Learning is all about the interactions we have across all facets of our lives: we talk to people, we listen to what they’re saying, and then aim to apply or consider the insights that person is bestowing upon us (and vice-versa).

Three Ways to Develop Virtue

CLO Magazine

Many developments in enterprise learning facilitate efforts to develop virtuous leadership. These include: Coaching: Personal mentoring and coaching — performed with an awareness of the coach’s responsibility in shaping an ethical culture — is important to leadership development programs and courses in ethics.

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. Creating a corporate culture that supports authentic leadership development is a transformational process that pays for itself — literally and figuratively. • Assignment of action-oriented developmental activities. • Persuasive mentoring and coaching relationships.

Growing a Model for Leadership

CLO Magazine

From there, the model measures three dimensions: learning agility, leadership competence and self awareness. Learning agility — the ability of a leader to succeed in new situations — is the core of the model and is designed to measure a leader’s adaptability. Santhanam called the process “homing and cultural immersion.”. “We Or they can mentor a start-up. Anecdotal feedback from leaders who completed learning programs tied to the model has been positive as well.

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

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 training firm provides holistic solutions that blend technology and experiential learning.

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. Where to find learning evaluation resources.

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. It ensures capable leaders are ready for critical roles, fosters business continuity, aids talent retention and can strengthen a company culture. Wilde, vice president of organization effectiveness and chief learning officer at General Mills, and author of Dancing With the Talent Stars.

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Increase Employee Retention with Career Pathing

Everwise

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. Rather, career development should focus on employee growth and learning rather than solely your company’s needs.

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Life beyond the course

Clive on Learning

Last month I spoke at a conference called Beyond the Course - Rethinking Corporate Learning , which was organised by BSkyB and e-learning developer Brightwave. In my session, I shared the model that I developed in my book The New Learning Architect , which shows 'the course' as being just one of four important contexts in which learning takes place at work: So yes, there is formal learning, typically packaged up as courses.

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Free L&D webinars for October 2017

Limestone Learning

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. Microlearning has nothing to do with learning.

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. What they learn can be immediately applied to their work.

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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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. An individual’s legacy is his or her ability to build new ways of thinking and learning in others.

Reframing 70:20:10, The Anatomy of Workflow Learning

Design 4 Performance

As a designer of 70:20:10 influenced solutions, I’ve found myself increasingly using the concept of ‘workflow learning’ to inspire, explain, and frame my approach. Workflow learning begins and is framed by the dynamic interplay between behaviour and mindset. That’s worth emphasising because, in my opinion, the relationship between experience and reflection is the key driver of learning and change. SOCIAL LEARNING IN THE WORKFLOW.

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! Unstable skills mean workers need to continuously learn to keep up with changes happening in the world, their industry, and their company. One of the most important ways that L&D practitioners can help with the current and coming job and skill chaos is to help people learn faster, easier, and with less stress.

Year in Review - 2016

The Performance Improvement Blog

The theme of creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations continued to influence most of my blog posts in 2016. David Grebow and I also used our blogs to introduce the concept of “managing minds” (not hands) and how that contributes to learning in organizations. As a way of review, I’ve selected five blog posts about a “learning culture” and “managing minds” from 2016 that had the most interest from readers.