9 ways to improve workplace learning

Training, and education, are often solutions looking for a problem. But good training and education can have a huge impact on behaviour and performance. Remember that great teacher who inspired you? Did you ever have a coach who got you to a higher level of performance? But throwing content at someone and hoping for learning to happen is not a good strategy. This is how far too many courses are designed and delivered.

“As I’ve been working with the Foundation over the past 6 months I’ve had the occasion to review a wide variety of elearning, more specifically in the vocational and education space, but my experience mirrors that from the corporate space: most of it isn’t very good.  I realize that’s a harsh pronouncement, but I fear that it’s all too true; most of the elearning I see will have very little impact.” – Clark Quinn


the exposure economy

I wrote in the post, knowledge is personal, that pretty well everything  I have achieved professionally is a result of my sharing online, especially through this blog. I still learn a lot by sharing ideas and engaging with others who do as well. But I am wondering if there is a law of diminishing returns on sharing. The platform capitalists may be winning.

My posts are shared and copied a lot: 15,905 times in 2013, according to one source. Many of my models and presentations are used inside organizations. Salaried workers and consultants use what I give away in order to earn their livelihood. For the most part, I am fine with this, as it raises my profile and the level of engagement. But it seems we are entering a time when people expect to get whatever information they need for free and feel no obligation to support the people who create it. I am beginning to question my current business model. Last week I was twice asked to work for free. In each case the person asking me to work for ‘exposure’ was a salaried employee. My bank has yet to accept exposure as a form of payment. (more…)

technology changes but people don’t

Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Abundance of books makes men less studious” – Hieronimo Squarciafico c. 1481. [Technology changes but people don’t]

Henry Mintzberg said, “It is the conceit of every generation to believe things are chaos in their world, while the past was linear & calm.@tom_peters

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche via @surreallyno

“Comparisons to the industrial revolution are correct. The problem is when people don’t realise we are the horse this time.@fraserspeirs (more…)

are you prepared?

Major technological advances, like the printing press or the Internet, create economic volatility. This in turn changes the existing social contract. A common assumption for the past century has been that with education and effort, you can get a job and earn a decent wage. This is no longer the norm.

Consider that some or all of your current work will be automated in the next five years, probably to be replaced by software. As with agriculture last century, fewer people are needed to do manufacturing, information, or service work today. We are entering a post-job economy. Our careers will be shorter as our lives get longer. Companies are no longer the stable source of employment they once were.

“Half a century ago, the life expectancy of a firm in the Fortune 500 was around 75 years. Now it’s less than 15 years and declining even further.” – CS Investing

In the next five years, many professionals will have to change not only who they work for, but what they do. Are you prepared? (more…)

leadership in the rear-view mirror

I doubt that students at Stanford thought they would become sadistic prison guards when they entered that university, primed for higher learning.

I doubt that the teacher who gave electric shocks to a “student” had planned that as part of her day.

I doubt that when budding physicians enter medical school, any plan on torturing people through rectal feeding.

Why do good people do bad things? In most cases, it’s the system. (more…)