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Twelve more shopping days until Christmas

There’s still time to buy a copy of Informal Learning before Christmas. I know, I know. My wife and I still chuckle over a Christmas episode of the Bob Newhart show where Bob gives Emily a thoroughly utilitarian gift, a blenderizer. But maybe you’re stuck for ideas about what to give your staff. The above […] Continue reading

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Update from Europe

Foreign environments exhilarate me. I just got back from Online Educa Berlin and a series of private conversations in Europe. Insights are overflowing my ability to record them and I’m having a ball. Online Educa always leaves a special afterglow. Over the course of three days, I conversed with hundreds of colleagues from forty or fifty […] Continue reading

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Internet Time Blog 2012-11-02 00:03:56

October 26, 2012, 12:26 p.m. ET THE JOURNAL REPORT: LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCES So Much Training, So Little to Show for It An expert on corporate programs reveals why they often are a waste of time and money In this lopsided Wall Street Journal article, a professor slams training for all the wrong reasons. For […] Continue reading

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How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (3)

Third post in a series. In case you missed it, here are the first and second. INFRASTRUCTURE Technological infrastructure for social learning Work and learning are converging, and as this change happens, the infrastructure of the old corporate learning must go – things like traditional one-size-fit-all in-person training seminars. In its place enters social and informal learning […] Continue reading

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Isn’t this how organizational learning cultures progress?

Jane Hart’s post yesterday on The differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social business got me thinking about the evolution of learning culture in organizations. It’s all to0 easy to mistakenly think of formal learning as the antiquated, primitive way of doing things, something an organization shucks off as it becomes enlightened […] Continue reading

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Informal Learning for people in a hurry

Need to get your arms around the essence of informal learning in business in a hurry? Try these ten: The Informal Learning Poster. Zoom for detail. What’s informal learning? (in under 3 minutes) Informal learning in a nutshell Bringing Informal Learning Up To Date Realtime learning in realtime business The New Workplace Controversy over Informal Learning Change […] Continue reading

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Courses are dead. Just foolin’

Several people have asked me not to denigrate formal learning in the workplace, the 10 of the 70:20:10 model. Indeed. Formal learning has its place. It’s apt for bringing people up to speed in a new discipline or topic. Formal learning accelerates exposure to the landscape, the rules of thumb, the frameworks and specialized vocabulary, […] Continue reading

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Curious video. I’m a raving fan of conversation. “Conversations are the stem cells of learning.” The video makes conversation very attractive, but it doesn’t tell me how Branch is going to make it better. This reminds me of the Doonesbury cartoon where Mike Doonesbury has created an ad for a new bicycle that shows a […] Continue reading

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The Other 90% of Learning

Serving enterprise customers (This appears in the August 2012 CLO magazine. They changed the title on me.) Knowledge workers learn three to four times as much from experience as from interaction with bosses, coaches, and mentors. They learn about twice as much from those conversations compared to structured courses and programs. The shorthand label for […] Continue reading

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