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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.

Meet the CLO Advisory Board: Sydney Savion

CLO Magazine

In 2020, she was recognized as CLO of the Year. CLO: How did you first become interested in learning and development? CLO: What lessons did you learn back in 2020 that you’ve taken with you into 2021? CLO: How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work?

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Meet the CLO Advisory Board: Judy Whitcomb

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Whitcomb is an award-winning HR, leadership and talent development executive with more than 20 year’s experience across various industries, including transportation, financial services and health care. CLO: How did you become interested in learning and development?

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Meet the CLO Advisory Board: Christyl Murray

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Murray, who has experience in change management and is an expert in diversity and inclusion, talent development, communication, coaching and management consulting, previously served as a senior manager with Accenture and was a former consultant with LRN.

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Creating a Culture of Servant Leadership

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Servant leadership is all about enriching the lives of others, building better organizations and ultimately creating a world that is more caring and equitable. When you describe your corporate culture, is being of service to one another and the community a core value? It is specifically good for business to practice servant leadership within your organization. Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership” by James W. Mentor, coach and develop.

Meet the CLO Board: Kevin Wilde

CLO Magazine

We recently sat down for a conversation with Kevin Wilde, an Executive Leadership Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business. In 2007, he was named CLO of the Year. CLO: How did you first become interested in learning and development?

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Sydney Savion is the 2020 CLO of the year

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Each year, the Chief Learning Officer of the Year Award is presented to an individual learning executive who delivers the most exemplary development and guidance, is a strategic business partner and provides essential leadership to the organizational learning and development function.

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Want a more inclusive culture? Consider the power of peer leadership

CLO Magazine

Recently, I’ve seen firsthand how valuable peer leadership is to underrepresented employee groups, many of whom may feel isolated and uncertain right now. Other peer leaders I’ve met shared their experiences in more difficult work environments, ones in which peer leadership is absent.

Becoming a Learning Culture: Competing in an Age of Disruption

The Performance Improvement Blog

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. Most companies have a training culture, not a learning culture.

The Education of a CLO

CLO Magazine

One of my favorite books is “The Education of a Coach” by the late David Halberstam. The book focused on Bill Belichick’s formative years as an athlete and student, as well as his progression from an assistant football coach to his current role as head coach of the NFL’s New England Patriots. The main points are that Belichick’s love of the game and his unwavering pursuit of excellence drove him to become one of the greatest coaches in the NFL. By Dave Defilippo.

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What a kidney transplant taught me about company culture

CLO Magazine

Where creating a culture of openness, collaboration and high performance is a priority, we cannot turn a blind eye to uncivil behavior. Otherwise, we will find that while we have filled roles in the short term, we have weakened and eroded organizational culture for years to come.

Grow multicultural leaders with coaching, not just business English

CLO Magazine

By strengthening communications skills and building a “same language” framework for the workforce, these initiatives not only foster individual development, they enhance collaboration and productivity and contribute to cultural cohesion. Meeting the Communications Need 2: Leadership Skills.

Practical leadership development principles for a COVID-19 world

CLO Magazine

You may or may not have the ability to invest in leadership development right now, yet your organization needs effective leaders to stay competitive in this season of volatility. Why have traditional leadership development programs failed? Develop leadership by doing leadership.

Is your leadership development breaking or making silos?

CLO Magazine

Well-intentioned leadership development may be reinforcing the very organizational silos it intends to break down. This is also articulated as, “we want to get everyone on the same page,” or “we want to build a common language of leadership.”.

Managers Make or Break Your Culture of Career Mobility

Degreed

And for a career mobility program to really fly high, managers need to play a pivotal role, Degreed CLO Kelly Palmer said. Culture Through Partnership. In that same study, more than 70% of HR executives said that managers should get more involved in coaching employees.

Leadership in the time of Coronavirus

CLO Magazine

In the meantime, those of us involved in organizational and leadership development may find ourselves wondering how to intersect, in a meaningful way, with the emergency preparations going on in the businesses of the clients with whom we work.

When it Comes to Coaching, Messaging Matters

CLO Magazine

Organizations have deepened their commitment to fostering cultures in which their people can develop and thrive. But even with this intense focus on building strong “learning cultures,” many companies have high-potential employees who still lack the requisite skills and tools to develop as leaders. For these high-value employees, specialized coaching could make a huge difference. You can start by assessing the buzz around coaching within your organization.

Investment in leadership development continues to be critically important

CLO Magazine

The truth is that the topic might not be new, but investment in leadership development continues to be critically important — and the need to spread the word persists. And yet, some companies still need to be convinced that leadership development relates directly to organizational success.

2015 - Year of the Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

The theme that cuts across most of my blog posts from last year is creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations. As a way of review, I’ve selected five blog posts about a learning culture from 2015 that have the most interest for readers. Developing a Learning Culture Infographic This infographic explains briefly and concisely the need for a learning culture, barriers to a learning culture, actions of a learning culture, and results from a learning culture.

Mind over matter: leadership mindsets and actions to drive results

CLO Magazine

Leadership happens in the nuanced shifts that occur first in the leader’s mind. A substantial number of respondents to our study — 45 percent — said that providing appropriate coaching to ensure their team members succeed is what the best leaders do to demonstrate a growth mindset.

CLO Competencies: The Path for Future Learning Leaders

CLO Magazine

They agreed that the future CLO should have experience in: strategic management, general management, knowledge management, leadership skills, and learning methods and concepts. For example, it was considered very important for future CLOs to have been involved in enterprise-wide projects such as improving operational performance, changing a culture, managing a high-profile campaign, improving a business process or launching a product — the experience side of the equation.

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Leadership Traits That Transcend Gender

CLO Magazine

However, research shows that the small number of women who have risen to top positions in business often possess leadership traits quite different from those associated with successful men. Corporations of that era were characterized by top-down, command-and-control organizational cultures, and lines of reporting authority strongly mirrored those of the military. Our language is replete with phrases that reinforce the maleness of power and leadership.

Embracing long-term virtual team and leadership training

CLO Magazine

Recently, I had a conversation with a leadership and development director that went like this: He recalled the days when you could just walk around a training room and engage, face-to-face, with learners. But a DDI study found that leaders rank virtual leadership as their weakest skill.

The Power of Learning-Focused Leadership

CLO Magazine

The nature of change in careers and organizations justifies the need to continually learn, but even without this need the value of learning-focused leadership exists. Recent research published in a Harvard Business Review article, “Good Leaders Are Good Learners,” found that leaders who were in “learning mode” developed better leadership skills than their peers not in learning mode. Learning-focused leadership is not a leadership style.

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.

Accelerate Female Leadership Development

CLO Magazine

Tungli, the founder and managing partner for Developing Global Leaders Asia, and her team recently designed two new leadership programs specifically for women: an advance and thrive course for women in senior management and an acceleration course for women with five years of experience. There have been so many studies that show empowering women and putting more women in leadership positions isn’t just the right or the nice thing to do.

Collaboration, Integration and Leadership at Nationwide

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And I think last, what makes us elite is the level of leadership sponsorship for the work. The NSuite consisted of several modules: Nspire and Nspired Leadership (focused on company culture and values and One Nationwide behaviors), Ncharge (focused on managing change), Nvision (focused on leaning into new opportunities), Nvite (focused on collaborating), and Nclude (focused on conscious inclusion). One of them is talent and culture.

6 Tips to Build a Learning Culture

CLO Magazine

According to Peter Drucker, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Chief learning officers often find themselves in the challenging role of educating other leaders in their organization about the culture of learning. As a CLO, you will need to address the culture of learning in your organization so you can implement a learning strategy to influence organizational change and foster value creation and growth. Practice deliberate role-modeling, coaching and mentoring.

Honest feedback plays a critical role in building cultural D&I

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Competence hierarchies are formed as people rise in leadership ranks within organizations based on their competence to most effectively perform at the next level. Ensure leaders understand the career aspirations of employees so they can effectively coach and develop them toward those roles.

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Take a look at the evolution of the CLO

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It’s been almost a quarter century since the formalization of the position of chief learning officer: In 1994, Jack Welch made Steve Kerr the CLO of General Electric. But what has happened to the CLO during this period? How have the skills required to be an effective CLO changed?

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Becoming a learning enterprise is a culture-change journey

CLO Magazine

Becoming a learning enterprise is a culture-change journey. Every day, people in formal leadership roles and those with special expertise or influence have many opportunities to help others learn. And, of course, they are skilled learners, mentors, sponsors and coaches.

The Evolution of Leadership Skills: Don’t Become Extinct

CLO Magazine

Leadership and management practices are evolving in today’s workplace. Leadership is no longer finding effective results through the command-and-control approach to executing a company’s strategy. Today’s successful organizations are developing and emphasizing the importance of leadership at every level of the organization where highly cross-functional teams effectively collaborate with efficiency and measured results. Upgrade Traditional Leadership Skills.

Leadership Styles: One Size Does Not Fit All

CLO Magazine

When high performers move into leadership roles, one of the first choices they need to make is what kind of leader they want to be — and there are a lot of options to choose from. Others will lean toward transactional leadership, where delivering results is the measure of success. The truth is all leadership styles can be good choices — in the right situation. Leadership is much more complicated than that.”. Situational Leadership.

Coaching vs. Consulting: Find the Perfect Balance to Get Buy-in and Results

CLO Magazine

Chief learning officers should consult as well as coach stakeholders while partnering with business units to develop learning strategies. But to improve their influence and results they’ll need to clarify the difference between coaching and consulting, and find the right balance for each initiative they lead. Both coaching and consulting begin with a well-defined problem, challenge or opportunity that is causing pain for the other party. Coaching is more of a dialogue.

The 7 Trends Reshaping Talent Development

CLO Magazine

To better understand this changing landscape, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) recently surveyed hundreds of learning and development leaders from more than 65 countries. First-timers who fail: All-star contributors who excel in functional roles are often rewarded with promotions into leadership. Many seasoned professionals with valued leadership acumen simply aren’t comfortable with data and tech tools. Root out unconscious bias in your systems and culture.

Arming for the Workplace Cultural Dynamics

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Today’s workplace seems to have become a battleground in the culture wars. Reasonable people can see the benefit of embracing diversity — diversity of thought, culture and experience. The mounting importance of “feelings” in the culture, with a corresponding expectation (albeit unrealistic) that workers should be free of any conduct they find insulting, unaccepting or challenging to their viewpoint. The culture has elevated to idolatrous levels a person’s feelings.

Cleveland Clinic expands its leadership development program thanks to a $23 million gift

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The gift will go toward creating additional space on the clinic’s Health Education Campus specifically dedicated to leadership development. Cleveland Clinic has renamed its leadership development program the Mandel Global Leadership and Learning Institute in honor of the benefactors’ foundation. Leadership development is one of the five pillars the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation seeks to promote through its financial contributions.