How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

Learning Wire

<div class=”page-chapo”>Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise.</div> </div> The theory around communities of practice was developed by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave in the early 1990s. How do communities of practice work?

How to Create a Successful Community of Practice

Learning Wire

Communities of practice have existed within organizations for many years, usually taking the form of a group of people gathering together to share knowledge, to motivate each other, and build their expertise. The theory around communities of practice was developed by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave in the early 1990s. These groupings were observed to support business aims by harnessing knowledge and expertise.

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Six Obstacles to Building Communities in Organizations

ID Reflections

Rachel Happe begins her latest post, 10 Trends for the Future of Communities , with a comprehensive description of the various intersecting and intermingling streams and characteristics that inform communities, and I am quoting her below: Communities sit at the intersection of a number of trends; social media, digital transformation, a generational shift to prioritize purposeful work, the future of work, change management, leadership and social learning.

5 Questions to Ask When Setting up Communities

ID Reflections

While the terms community management and community manager are more popular, I have never found them very comfortable to use. It is perhaps to do with the word management --which reeks of Taylorism, hierarchy, command and control--all the connotations that to me are anathema to creating a sense of belonging, infusing passion, and leading. I am happier with community leadership or community facilitation. Create communities (i.e.,

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS THAT WORK

PDG

Many of us have been in “Leadership Training” since we were very young. We learned leadership informally, through participation in sports teams, youth organizations, or community groups. But one thing that’s probably true of all of it is that we never called it “leadership training.” Leadership is a difficult topic to get your arms around. Part of that is because leadership content is easy to understand, but hard to actually do.

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”?,

Know Thy Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

But not every organization has the kind of culture that will help that organization achieve success. Assessing the culture of an organization by asking tough questions and being willing to hear the answers is the basis for significant organizational improvement. And being able to explain the culture in-use in comparison to the espoused culture is critical to gaining the trust and engagement of employees, recruits, and business partners. .

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

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. We need to be intentional about the kind and frequency of sharing. These are eight leader habits of a learning culture.

Breaking Up with “Yeah, but…”

Learning Rebels

We have become the gate keepers of negativity. Yeah, blended learning is a better way to connect knowledge to people…but… Yeah, the path to connected learning is through mobile…but… Yeah, people should be in charge of their own learning…but… Yeah, learning does happen more outside the classroom…but… The list goes on, and on, and on. . It’s quite easy to think of reasons why a “thing” cannot work.

Creating Tomorrow’s Life Sciences Sales Leaders: 3 Strategies

PDG

I recently had a conversation with a senior sales leader of a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. The leader discussed the highest priorities for the organization: “I’m most concerned about the development of tomorrow’s sales leaders. The Changing Face of Sales Leadership. The profile of tomorrow’s leaders involves something more complex than just the ability to sell. Developing Leaders at the Speed of Business.

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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. This is a list of 50 of those methods. Testing knowledge – using results of knowledge tests to facilitate more learning.

Learning to Play by Ear

CLO Magazine

Citi CLO Cameron Hedrick didn’t always dream of becoming a corporate executive. It was the early 1990s and his combo stayed busy, in large part due to their manager who was a successful municipal bond trader who also happened to be a jazz enthusiast. “He He just loved jazz, and he took care of us,” said Hedrick. I didn’t have the skills for any of the roles in his department, but he connected me with another colleague who took a chance on me.”. The Future of Learning.

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Learning vs Development

E-Learning Provocateur

I ruminated over this question for a number of years as a Learning & Development professional, but without much progress. That was until a colleague of mine recommended I read Making the Case for a Developmental Perspective by Dr Suzanne R Cook-Greuter. Cook-Greuter distinguishes between two directions of human development: horizontal growth and vertical transformation. The sound of a penny dropping. Of course horizontal growth remains important.

Learning About the Future of Learning

Web Courseworks

This conference offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that should foster innovation and inspiration in all who attend as a journey of discovery with new association management techniques begins. As you may or may not already know, I like to refer to associations as our real “communities of practice.” This gathering is for creative thinkers who want to discover and reflect on the next big idea for their community of practice.

Class is over; now what? Informal learning in the workplace

Obsidian Learning

When you’re designing learning, don’t overlook the importance of informal learning. This is learning that takes place outside of the classroom or the eLearning activity. After the delivery of any formal training (whether a problem-based scenario as described above or any type of traditional classroom course), consider using a wiki, blog, or other knowledge management tool to: Provide a space for learners to reflect on what they learned in training.

Allison Anderson Learning Together at Intel at Corporate U Week

Learning Visions

allisonanderson Learning Together: How Intel’s Learning Community of Practice Role Models “New” Learning with Allison Anderson 50+learning orgs at Intel – well over 650 people taking care of learning…Most people don’t have learning or training in their titles…hard to say exactly how many. Highly diverse population – lots of people with lots of different needs. We like having learning orgs distributed close to the business. (do

ASAE TECH Preview- December 15 and 16th

Web Courseworks

The association of association executives, ASAE, (American Society of Association Executives) holds a technology conference each year in December. I have attended about half of the total conferences held and I am excited that this year is its 10th anniversary. Those engaged in applying educational technology for communities of practice are also targeted. Here is a quick preview of what you might miss educationally if you do not attend.

Contest - Win a Free Copy of Digital Habitats via LearnTrends 2009

Tony Karrer

Nancy has been my go to person for all things Communities and Networks and worked with me to create Communities and Networks Connection. So naturally when Nancy and John (with Etienne Wenger) put out the book Digital Habitats; Stewarding Technology for Communities I was very excited. And while I know they all have a deep understanding of CoPs I tend to ask Etienne the theory questions, Nancy the technology questions and John the group dynamics questions.

TCC08: Creating and Teaching a College-Level Undergraduate Course in Social Networking

Experiencing eLearning

This is another liveblogged post from the TCC 2008 conference, presented by Robert Fulkerth, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA. Developed a course on social networking for business. Past predictions about online communities assumed text because that was what was available. Provided a bunch of stats on social networking usage–I’m not taking notes on all that). Ease of entry will allow more personalized websites.

Louder than words

E-Learning Provocateur

My last couple of blog posts have argued in favour of extracting value out of organisational capabilities. Due to the nature of my role I have posited these arguments in terms of employee development. However, I further advocate the use of organisational capabilities across all parts of the employee lifecycle. But there’s a big elephant in the room: the power of recruitment to accelerate cultural change.

Social Learning: An Ongoing Experiment

CLO Magazine

In a famous series of experiments to demonstrate his theory, Bandura studied children’s behavior after they watched a human adult model act aggressively toward a Bobo doll — a toy with a rounded bottom that returns to an upright position after it has been knocked down. It’s a compelling theory, and many organizations incorporate social learning into their learning and development function, especially with the growing array of technologies available today to facilitate such learning.

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

Pract.us

When economic or business circumstances cause companies to tighten their belts, the first item on the chopping block is often training and development. 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. He’s been the director for a major IT company, founder of People Alchemy , and leadership consultant to blue chip clients. Communities of practice.

Informal Learning 2.0

Jay Cross

In the world of business, the era of networks is crowding out the Industrial Age. Network connections are replacing rigidity with flexibility, penetrating internal boundaries and silos and obliterating the walls that have separated businesses from their customers. In sum, networks are ushering in new ways of doing business. Such an approach fails in the face of rampant change. Learnscapes are the factory floor of knowledge organizations.

Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

Connect Thinking

The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Here are seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy that I’ve come across.

Seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy

Connect Thinking

The intention of an e-learning strategy is generally to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational learning. However, there are other less obvious advantages of an e-learning strategy that may not be thought about at first. If you keep these other advantages in mind, you can integrate your strategy more holistically and use them as a measurement of strategy success. Here are seven other advantages of an e-learning strategy that I’ve come across.

Exploring Social Learning and Smarter Working (eLearning Guild Webinar) #inttime

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from today’s eLearning Guild Webinars with members of the Internet Time Alliance (ITA): Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings, Clark Quinn, Jane Hart, Jay Cross Exploring Social Learning and Smarter Working The questions for the session were sourced from the crowd. More of our work is in “exception handling” – not doing stuff we’ve done before. How can we sell the idea of social learning to skeptical managers? Moderate social communities.

Strategies and Tips for CLOs to Measure and Maximize the Impact of Training and Development Programs

EI Design

They are essential in enhancing employee performance and, more significantly, driving business results. Majority of the trainings get delivered as planned, and are normally tracked for registrations, completions, timely completions, and assessment scores. However, not much data is available on the impact of these trainings on business – and if they were able to demonstrate a clear gain that was sought. Provide practice zones to gain further proficiency.

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10 (3)

Jay Cross

Conversations are the stem cells of learning. Companies need to take advantage of the social nature of learning. Retention will skyrocket, and conversation will mitigate the boredom of most eLearning. Communities of practice. A Community of Practice (CoP) is a social network of people who identify with one another professionally (e.g. designers of logic chips) or have mutual interests (e.g.

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Improving Professional Learning: 12 Strategies to Enhance Performance

Web Courseworks

While this was most pronounced in the medical field—where advances were occurring at a dizzying pace—it also occurred within organizations for teachers, lawyers, business professionals, social workers, psychologists, accountants, and even clergy. Thus, we now face the somewhat ironic situation in continuing professional education of a possible disconnect between advances in knowledge and the actual practitioners of the trade. What type of information does Knox have in mind?

The NBA’s New MVP

CLO Magazine

When Mike Kennedy joined the National Basketball Association in 2012 as director of learning and leadership development, the organization was stuck in an old-school learning environment under long-time commissioner David Stern. The curriculum was limited, managers decided whether their people attended courses, and there was no clear vision of what effective leadership looked like. Leadership development was seen as a perk rather than a strategy,” Kennedy said.

Taking Stock and Making Choices: Working from home and other such stuff

ID Reflections

I have come back to blogging after a hiatus of almost 5 months. Mostly, business as usual at work and crisis situations at home took my time and attention. I didn’t realise how deeply this constant tussle and tug of war have been affecting me at a sub-conscious level till I had to sit down and weigh some of the choices. We just need to bring back the human spirit into all of the interactions we keep getting involved with.

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Jay Cross – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. Jay has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix. A champion of informal learning and systems thinking, Jay’s calling is to create happier, more productive workplaces. Jay works from the Internet Time Lab in Berkeley, high in the hills a dozen miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge and a mile and a half from the University.

Measurement & ROI for Social & Network Learning

Experiencing eLearning

This isn’t my usual comprehensive live blogging, just snippets of things that caught my interest. I wanted to actually participate in the chat and watch Twitter too, and I couldn’t juggle all of it at the same time. This is post 2 of 3. In chat, vivien disagreed: “I don’t agree that social learning is always downstream of training intervention&#. But maybe we can’t just shoehorn social learning into one part of the chart.

TOP eLearning and Workplace Learning Blogs

eFront

During the last 5 years I was able to exchange ideas, share thoughts, and learn from an eLearning community of practice that exists in the blogosphere. I did my research and I listed 134 eLearning and workplace Learning Blogs.

Work Out Loud – Don’t Just Share What You Did

Nick Leffler

Today is the final day of my four-day journey to cover my thoughts on this week’s topics for the online cMOOC Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning. I’ve already covered the wonderful topics of crowdsourcing , idea management and design and yesterday’s communities of practice. This is my favorite topic out of the four. Working out loud is opposite of just showing the final work.