People acquire the skills they use at work informally — talking, observing others, trial-and-error, and simply working with people in the know. Formal training and workshops account for only 5% to 20% of what people learn from experience and interactions.
What is Informal Learning? Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way most people learn to do their jobs. Informal learning is like riding a bicycle: the rider chooses the destination and the route. The cyclist can take a detour at a moment’s notice to admire the scenery or help a fellow rider.
Insight: Most corporations over-invest in formal training while leaving the more natural, simple ways we learn to chance. This is foolish, for there are many ways to encourage informal learning and they boost the bottom line.
Where to start
Need to get your arms around the essence of informal learning in business in a hurry? Start with these:
One year ago, twenty management thinkers and agile software gurus met on a mountain top in Stoos, Switzerland, to assess and find alternatives to obsolete leadership practices. We concluded with this communiqué:
Reflecting on leadership in organizations today, we find ourselves in a bit of a mess. We see reliance on linear, mechanistic thinking, companies focusing more on stock price than delighting Continue reading →
The Key to Engagement, Fulfillment, and Peak Performance
Thursday, November 1, 2012 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Organizations are plagued with low morale, lack of engagement, and unhappiness. Small wonder. People are emotional beings, yet the business world asks that they leave their feelings at home.Companies that treat people like people instead of cogs in the machine are fulfilling, productive places to work. Businesses exist to delight their customers; the way to delight customers is to delight employees. In this session, we’ll explore how to do that.
In this session, you will learn:
The business case for emotional business
How to increase the well-being and productivity of your organization
How to be happier and more satisfied with your life
Executives and managers, although anyone who wants to be happier in life can benefit. No prerequisite knowledge is required.
Rather than my usual approach to a vacation trip — stacks of guidebooks, webclips, and Post-Its — I decided to curate things I might want to see. That way, Uta and I can each contribute ideas. So I set up Trip to Europe Scoop.it.
The unplanned serendipity is that two friends have already added suggestions.
Curation’s a two-way street. I put it out there; you suggest your favorites. Let’s open this up to my “weak ties.”
Got any suggestions for me on must-see/must-do attractions in the UK? Preferably within driving distance of Corsham. Not London — we want the charming village experience, not hustle and bustle.