Leadership Development in the Collaborative Era

CLO Magazine

In sum, we need safe, collaborative environments where everyone can contribute, thereby unleashing the leadership potential that already exists at your doorstep. And it comes with bottom-line benefits — namely, increased quality, innovation, proactivity, resiliency and learning.

There’s an Alternative to Leadership Development

CLO Magazine

Worse, most leadership development programs turn out to be ineffective and expensive. These programs provide little focus on the social, interpersonal and strategic aspects of leadership, and what’s learned is often difficult to apply.

Get Actionable Learning + Performance Data into Managers’ Hands with Axonify Team Metrics + Compare

Axonify

To validate the impact of learning, we must collect and report on data that establishes a clear value chain between the resources we provide and the desired outcomes for the business. Unfortunately, L&D still dedicates most of its measurement efforts to just collecting and organizing data (Bersin – 2015 State of Learning Measurement Report). Considerably less time is spent sharing insights within the organization to improve the impact of learning opportunities.

Get Actionable Learning + Performance Data into Managers’ Hands with Axonify Team Metrics + Compare

Axonify

To validate the impact of learning, we must collect and report on data that establishes a clear value chain between the resources we provide and the desired outcomes for the business. Unfortunately, L&D still dedicates most of its measurement efforts to just collecting and organizing data (Bersin – 2015 State of Learning Measurement Report). Considerably less time is spent sharing insights within the organization to improve the impact of learning opportunities.

There’s an Alternative to Leadership Development

CLO Magazine

Worse, most leadership development programs turn out to be ineffective and expensive. These programs provide little focus on the social, interpersonal and strategic aspects of leadership, and what’s learned is often difficult to apply.

Learning Your Way Out

CLO Magazine

Leadership in the current knowledge era can no longer rely on a single source of expertise; rather, it needs to be a collaborative practice distributed across a range of individuals. They seek out and learn from others’ views. They see value in sharing leadership.

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No Time to Learn

The Peformance Improvement

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. It’s all about learning!

Special Report: Leadership Development 2011

CLO Magazine

As learning professionals know, leadership development is an essential competency for any organization hoping to persevere, both in the short and long term. But as much as leadership development is acknowledged as essential, it’s often neglected. It is with this gap in mind that Chief Learning Officer magazine introduces its special report on leadership development in 2011, seen here. From the Editors leadership development

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.

This Is What I Believe About Learning in Organizations

The Peformance Improvement

The Purpose of Business is Learning. 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. Training Is Not Learning.

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. Or, they may stay but lack the necessary experience and skill to make critical leadership decisions.

Follow the Leader(ship) Spending

CLO Magazine

Learning department spending plans reflect that priority. According to a data from the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board, 94 percent of learning organizations either plan to increase or keep their level of investment the same in leadership development (Figure 1).

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.

Becoming a Learning Culture: Competing in an Age of Disruption

The Peformance Improvement

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. Learning is just-in-time, on-demand.

Training Culture vs. Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

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. The CLO, or HR, or a training department controls the resources for learning.

Leaders Learning about Learning

The Peformance Improvement

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.

A Manager's View of Employee Learning

The Peformance Improvement

I love the sense of understanding, enthusiasm and acceptance the leadership team conveys here regarding their role in learning. For me, ‘accountable’ means managers are as much, and maybe more, responsible as the individual learner for applying learning and delivering results.

Are Managers Too Busy to Learn?

The Peformance Improvement

One of the barriers to creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations is the no-time myth. Kieran Hearty argues that the reason managers don’t show up for training courses and, if they do attend, don’t put the learning into practice is that they perceive themselves to be too busy.

How to Overcome a Learning Disaster

CLO Magazine

Those may be harsh words to dispense, but in business — and especially in learning and development — the menacing word “failure” is part and parcel of innovation. Still, it could benefit learning leaders to embrace the developmental opportunities inherent in failure.

Key Elements of a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

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. Ask them for their thoughts about learning methods.

Shining Light on The Dark Side

CLO Magazine

In this case, if an individual wasn’t highly competent, very decisive, or willing to make bold demands and take bold actions, he or she wasn’t as successful as those who showed more constraint,” he said. Rather, she has always used it specifically for leadership development. “It’s

50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Peformance Improvement

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. Instructor-centered class (fact to face) – traditional classroom in which instructor controls the content and learning process. (My apologies to Paul Simon.).

16 Signs of a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

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 communicating the importance of learning (acquiring new knowledge, skills, and capabilities) and holding managers accountable for learning and applying that learning to making a difference for the organization.

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

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. This learning cannot be left to chance.

A Productive Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

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. Learning capability: make sure employees know how to learn, not just what to learn.

Organizational Learning Tools

The Peformance Improvement

What are the tools of organizational learning? As I’ve stated in a previous blog post , a high performing organization needs a comprehensive approach to learning and a set of tools to facilitate learning. Chart of the learning process in organizations.

Use Simulations to Develop Millennials Leaders

CLO Magazine

Instead, learning leaders should build their knowledge and accelerate their real-world capabilities by putting participants in the executive’s shoes for a given period of time. Getting started using business simulations for leadership development is not hard.

Evidence-Informed Practice

The Peformance Improvement

They are taking adult learning theory and systems thinking, combining that with evidence from program evaluation studies, and using the information to make their own organizations more effective. We identified organizational barriers to learning and how those barriers can be overcome.

More Than Just Fun & Games: How Gamification Works

eLearning Brothers

and Deloitte LLP are using gamification to increase engagement and knowledge among their highest levels of leadership. Gamification has been a buzzword for some time now and it’s not going away anytime soon.

The Week That Was, April 24-28

CLO Magazine

Leadership Development Has Failed. Shared leadership is a situationally-intelligent process where leadership and followership flow from one to the other. But there are steps learning leaders can take to make changes easier to swallow and act on.

Learning All the Time

The Peformance Improvement

Bernie Donkerbrook, EQMentor, wrote this response to my post : “ Learning all the time ” means making learning part of the culture of an organization. That ‘learning all the time’ is one of the underlying assumptions of the organization…and is discussed, expected, and followed up.

Why You Should Encourage Leaders to Play Games

CLO Magazine

All of these games provide bonding as well as learning opportunities, and most adults play those same games today with their kids — in addition to new technology-based games — for the same purpose. We should use them at companies too, including for leadership development.

Invest in Your People Even with a Small Learning Budget

CLO Magazine

Whether it’s a nonprofit, start-up, small business or a large enterprise, no organization can afford to skip on learning and development for its people. In addition to being a performance driver, learning and development is a key employee engagement tool. “In Create learning circles.

ATD 2016: Visit Docebo to see the latest in online training software

Docebo

Our team is going to be interacting with ATD attendees in the expo hall for the next three days, demonstrating and sharing our newest products that address informal and social learning , Docebo Coach and Share. ATD Forum 2 – Learning by Doing: The Value of Experiential Learning.

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