Meet the CLO Advisory Board: David Vance

CLO Magazine

Vance is the founding and former president of Caterpillar University and the author of “The Business of Learning.” In 2006, he was awarded CLO of the Year. I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, not far from the campus of Notre Dame.

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9 Strategies to Make Your Peer Learning Program Thrive

CLO Magazine

If you’re sponsoring or developing a peer learning program, you know that professional communities of practice are a cost-effective way to leverage the collective wisdom and experience of a group of leaders with similar roles, challenges or interest areas. However, an intentional design of the structure, facilitation and tools is more likely to yield the results you want. Align around the peer learning community’s purpose.

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning


Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.



Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back–not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

Hybrid learning for hybrid jobs: Reskilling for the digital age

CLO Magazine

It’s a term with which we’ve all become very familiar over the past two years, as remote learning becomes an ever more normal part of the education and training experience. Today, in an increasingly digital world of work, we more often refer to those roles as just “jobs.”

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Beyond Best Practices

CLO Magazine

Pardon my French, but best practices are a bunch of B.S. That probably sounds strange coming from the editor of a magazine dedicated to finding, analyzing and sharing successful examples of corporate learning. Month after month in this magazine and day in, day out on our website we share thought-provoking stories and practices from leading learning executives. Their work exemplifies best practice. There are just practices.

At the edge

Clark Quinn

Each also represents a diversity of settings and needs. These represent some folks working at the edge, away from the ‘event’ Mark Britz , facing more experts than novices, structured his corporate university as a network, not a series of courses. Communities of Practice served as a model for this thinking. Instead of courses, the solution connected those with demonstrable skills to mentor those who could benefit.

The future of learning: Co-creating skills development strategies with employee preferences

CLO Magazine

I believe the future of learning will be a system where employees and learning teams co-create experiences. Gone will be the days of conducting exhaustive needs analysis that can add layers of complexity for program delivery. Taking charge of one’s learning process.

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5 ways the talent experience is fundamentally changing

CLO Magazine

Besides imparting requisite knowledge, this type of pre-boarding experience is inspiring and instills a culture of curiosity and learning on day one. Along the way, the learner has full control of their learning experience. Now, that’s real learning in the flow of work.

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Come for a job, stay for a career

CLO Magazine

ManTech’s experts tackle the biggest technology challenges for some of the nation’s most important clients. To do so, they need their people to have constant access to the latest training on some of the most highly complex IT issues of our time. “In

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Building a culture of DEIB with L&D

CLO Magazine

The role of learning and development has changed substantially, as they now lend themselves to culture, return to work, change management, compliance, learning delivery and operations, and instructional design. Appreciate the importance of DEIB.

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5 long-lasting lessons from 2021 to speed up workforce competitiveness in an accelerated world

CLO Magazine

Businesses have faced many drastic changes during the times of the pandemic. On one hand, it slowed down businesses in certain areas, but on the other, it caused an over-acceleration of the adoption of unimaginable levels of changes and technologies.

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. No CLO – completely decentralized. Do lots of synch and asych dialog.

Do your leaders have the skills needed to successfully manage teams remotely?


It’s always been important for leaders to hone their management skills to keep up with organizational priorities, leadership best practices, and workforce trends. Recently, employers have been eliminating the college degree requirement for many of their jobs. Communities of practice.

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Top of Mind: Experimenting with Social Physics

CLO Magazine

Allison Horn is the managing director of learning and leadership development at Accenture. MIT professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland, often called the father of social physics, defines social physics in his 2015 book, “Social Physics: How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter,” as “a quantitative social science that describes reliable, mathematical connections between information and idea flow on the one hand and people’s behavior on the other.”

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The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

ID Reflections

Now that my disclaimers are in place, let me explain the premise of the post title and what I intend to discuss in this post. I am not doing (at least trying not to) today what I did five years back--not only in terms of professional and personal growth but with respect to the demands of the time. Technology has brought about unprecedented changes at a pace that is challenging all notions of flexibility and adaptability. I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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A Vital View on Learning

CLO Magazine

She was the chief learning officer for Signature Healthcare, a provider of long-term care, rehabilitation and health care services with 148 facilities in 11 states and more than 22,000 employees. A majority of the company’s staff are certified nursing assistants who spend their days fulfilling basic quality of life needs for patients, including bathing, dressing and feeding them. The two of them immediately bonded. It was the worst educational experience of my life.”.

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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.

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How to Build a Learning and Innovation Performance Lab

CLO Magazine

Few industries can keep theory and practice as proximate and immediate as learning, and treating everyday needs as an opportunity to experiment can lead to better results and innovation. Instead, use a systematic approach with a combination of push-and-pull resources, some that come automatically, as well as a select few requiring initiative. Keep a running list of ideas to try out. These are the bigger ideas, and usually only one or two of these is feasible each year.

May 2011 Review

Jane Hart

But first a review of May 2011. First of all, although I had been a regular, if not a daily blogger, I found that I was spending more and more time sharing resources and links in Twitter that I didn’t have time to do my daily posts. So I decided to try an experiment and that was to use the Twitter Tools plugin in WordPress to create a daily digest of my tweets. Roles in communities of practice , Joitske Hulsebosc, Lasagna and chips, 9 May 2011.

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Learning to Play by Ear

CLO Magazine

Citi CLO Cameron Hedrick didn’t always dream of becoming a corporate executive. 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.”. At the time, turnover in that department was about 70 percent because most of the reps failed their exams. He spent a total of seven years at Fidelity in various leadership roles.

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What’s in Your Toolbox?

CLO Magazine

Content, audience, environment and available technology each play a role in how learning is delivered, and all of those continue to evolve. Asynchronous e-learning is increasingly seen as the preferred delivery method to train a group with varied skill levels, and classroom remains the most significant form of training, in spite of alternatives. Economy Driving Small Shifts CLOs are using the full range of options for learning delivery.

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What Do You Mean By Social Learning?

CLO Magazine

What types of images does the phrase “social learning&# conjure up for you? Is it an ideal picture of a cross-collaborative office environment? Or is it an online community of practice where everyone is free to ask any question? Reed and ten co-authors concluded that there is little consensus over the meaning of the term social learning. Show that the change goes beyond the individual and becomes part of a community of practice.

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Learning Decathlons, Circles and Other Conversations at Accenture

CLO Magazine

We want participants in our learning courses to help drive collaboration themselves, and to do this, we spend time defining the theme and basic flow of a conversation and have seed questions to drive our learning courses in a particular direction. Q: How does Accenture implement this type of design? Varma: We have what we like to call our ‘Learning Decathlon’ to which we invite all of our learning practice professionals.

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Learning Tools: Change Is Coming

CLO Magazine

The most significant of these tools are semantic systems, analytics and richer tracking mechanisms. Semantics offer an extra layer of detail for content being developed and accessed, adding machine-readable descriptions and more focus in the level of granularity in the content. Tighter definitions of the components and rich descriptions produce higher-quality elements and the ability to start delivering different combinations to meet different needs.

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Key social learning resources: Part 4

Jane Hart

This is the fourth and final instalment of my weekly articles curating key social learning resources for TrainingZone’s social learning month. Clark Quinn in his latest blog post talks about the importance of Reflecting socially. Creating a representation of your understanding is valuable in and of itself, to make your thinking concrete, but sharing and getting feedback is even more powerful.” Jay points out the importance of this for organisations too.

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. Kennedy himself had begun to wonder if he could build a long-term career in that kind of environment.

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Troubling Trends in Organizational Networks

Jay Cross

Business Intelligence, CLO magazine, December 2008. For all the talk about networks and knowledge sharing, it appears many organizations aren’t practicing it. In the middle of 2008, a notice appeared on the Informal Learning blog ( requesting participation in a survey of informal and Web 2.0 learning practices. A total of 235 responded. The results of the survey served as a catalyst for asking questions rather than proof of what’s going on.

John Seeley Brown Keynote at #ASTD2013

Learning Visions

10,000 or so training and development people here to extend their practice. We have been in a period of instability and it won’t be stable for a long, long time…. Corporations have yet to organize in high-end guilds like world of warcraft. The half life of any skills is shrinking to less than five years. Stocks = assets that we packaged (the old order of corporate training). A lot of it is still tacit. Our ways of working need to be reframed.

Building a Performance Ecosystem

CLO Magazine

By combining the power of the human brain with technology in a way that facilitates work, collaboration and communication, leaders can turn learning into multifaceted performance support. Things are moving faster, and organizations have to be more nimble, responding to changes in their audiences, competitors and the context of work. Lots of the opportunities to improve come through the network, through the people we learn with and from.

Study: L&D Spending on the Rise

CLO Magazine

Money spent on training rose 12 percent on average in 2012, according to a new study, a sign that, amid greater financial stability, firms are focused on the development of their workforces. 22 Money spent on training rose 12 percent on average in 2012, according to a study by human resources research firm Bersin by Deloitte, a sign that, amid greater financial stability, firms are focused on the development of their workforces. companies spent an average of $706 per learner.

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This Learning ‘Project’ Is Not that Serious

CLO Magazine

The Project Management Institute defines a project as temporary, having a beginning and an end, as unique, in terms of its objective, and as having a defined scope and resource requirements. Most of us have argued against one-and-done learning events with little or no follow-up, reinforcement or long-term ROI. To change best practices, redefine roles or create a sustainable solution requires a sustained effort that goes beyond the limited parameters of a project.

Learning You Can Take to the Bank

CLO Magazine

More than two-thirds of those surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers in its third global study on project management stated that project management training contributed to business performance. Despite these statistics, up to 21 percent fewer project managers are receiving the training they need from their project management offices in 2013 as compared to 2012, according to ESI International’s May 2013 study, “The Global State of the PMO: An Analysis for 2013.”

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The Need for Learning Agility

CLO Magazine

Not only is there the backdrop of a tough economy, but there is pressure to deliver development more rapidly, more often and with much greater impact. A recent survey of HR and learning professionals by Lumesse revealed the full scale of the challenge. However, only 53 percent of large enterprises — those with 10,000 employees or more — are able to provide the training and skills quickly enough to keep pace.

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Here Come the MOOCs

CLO Magazine

Since bursting onto the scene a few years ago, the medium allowing anyone to take high-quality online courses for free has called into question the viability of traditional higher education. MOOCs also have a potential role in corporate learning and development — an industry reliant on technology and always in search of greater quality and efficiencies. It could mean open in the sense that everything is free; there is no monetization of the learning transaction.

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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.

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The Importance of Learning Technologies

CLO Magazine

I am still surprised by the number of organizations without one or with systems that fall far short of meeting their needs. The portal may be part of an organization-wide effort to provide access to all HR services and company information through one home page. Used in this way, portal technology increases the efficiency of the LMS. Another technology that dramatically increases efficiency of the learning function is automated survey and data gathering.

Learning & Development Conferences for 2020

Limestone Learning

For many L&D/T&D professionals, a conference is an opportunity to delve into a community of practice where you can see how other professionals are incorporating new innovations and tools into their work.

Power to the People: Deloitte’s Nick van Dam

CLO Magazine

By providing a career map and a variety of learning opportunities, Deloitte encourages employees to be proactive about their own development. “I’ve been teaching since I came out of university in the evening in addition to my full-time job and then that turned into full-time learning and development.” The bulk of his responsibility is as global chief learning officer for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.,

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Social, Informal Learning Can Be ?Measured

CLO Magazine

“Data such as participation rates for discussions, questions asked and answered, and ratings of submitted content become important with social and informal learning,” he said. Wentworth said these pieces of information allow organizations to identify people who are hubs of informal knowledge, along with those who are simply listening or not participating at all. Are outcomes improving because of these learning methods?

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