Why Organizations Don’t Learn
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. An article entitled Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats in the November 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review caught my eye. The resemblance of their suggestions and the content of Real Learning is uncanny.
What is Real Learning?
OCTOBER 24, 2015
How to learn socially, experientially, and informally. Learn how to learn. Real Learning in Pictures (illustrations from the book). Coherent Organization Collaboration Real Learning
New Book: Aha! 75 Ways to Work Smarter
JULY 22, 2015
My new book, Aha!, is for all those people we’ve made responsible for their own learning. This is the missing manual. explains self-assessment, setting goals, dealing with feeds and flows, improving retention, curation, working out loud, social learning, and more.
Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset
APRIL 29, 2015
Curation can boost your profit and help your people grow. It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. It starts in a gallery. You expect the curator of an art gallery to know the collection and to: search out the best items.
Flip your meetings
MARCH 21, 2015
American business people attend 11,000,000 business meetings every day and half of it’s a waste of time. Knowledge workers spend three hours a day in meetings. Senior executives spend more. Four out of five of us have brought other work to do during a meeting. One in ten of us admits to daydreaming.
15 essentials for successful learning
AUGUST 22, 2015
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” ” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance. While cleaning up my office this afternoon, I came up this list of essentials for effective informal learning I wrote a couple of years ago for the ASTD Handbook.
I’ve been depressed. You?
MARCH 3, 2015
I’ve been depressed. Telling you this will blow my chances of running for president, but what the hell: I have been clinically depressed for the last two years. It’s a form of going crazy. I lost interest in my work, stopped blogging and taking photos. I became a near-hermit. .
SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ” –George Bernard Shaw. is becoming Real Learning. The old name didn’t fit the book. captures the spirit of “Oh, I see; that’s how you do it.” ” Cool. Unfortunately, the term Aha!
Be a humanist
FEBRUARY 15, 2015
An intimate group of Fortune 50 CLOs invited me to talk with them about how to make the most of informal learning. Jane, Charles, Clark, Harold and I chatted at length. We came up with twenty-four suggestions which I’ll soon walk the CLOs through.
Real Learning explained
SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Excerpt from interview with Learnnovators. Learnnovators: We are excited about having reviewed your new book Real Learning. We couldn’t agree more with Laura Overton (Founder & CEO, Towards Maturity) that this is a manual to empower self-directed learners in really practical ways.
Future of Education 2020 Summit
MAY 31, 2015
At a Stanford education conference this morning, speakers made presentation after presentation without once involving the audience, not even asking for questions. For the first couple of hours there was zero audience participation.
Last days of the world’s fastest ocean liner
OCTOBER 9, 2015
On its inaugural voyage in 1952, the sleek S.S. United States set the record for an Atlantic crossing (3 1/2 days) and more than sixty years later, the record still stands. The United States was the Concorde of its day: high tech, expensive, and luxurious, the fastest way across the ocean.
Conferences can be better, a whole lot better
JULY 29, 2015
The conference business is booming yet every participant has some major gripe about the way conferences are run. We all think we know better. It goes with the territory. In the beginning of the year, I looked into the future of conferences. Would they go the way of record stores and newspapers?
Leave Learning to Employees, sort of
OCTOBER 27, 2015
Leave Learning to Employees. By Kate Everson. CLO magazine November 2015. This article describes the CLO of Kaplan as he adapts to a world where employees can route around learning to find their own content. They don’t need him any more.
Athens to Istanbul
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Travel athens cruise greece greek islands windstar
Real Learning explained graphically
OCTOBER 19, 2015
These are graphics from the. current edition of Real Learning. The Real Learning Project. The Real Learning Book. Buy Real Learning for $2.99. Real Learning
Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools
AUGUST 27, 2015
It’s time once again to contribute to Jane Hart’s annual survey of tools for learning. I was the first person to take part in this project some nine years ago and now it’s an annual ritual. It’s enlightening to review what’s best in the toolbox.
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10
APRIL 6, 2013
Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler. implementing 70-20-10 is not simple. Sharing 50 suggestions on putting 70-20-10 to work has consumed five posts spread over two months. Today the series is complete.
MARCH 8, 2015
72% of eighteen Fortune 100 CLOs told me their people are not growing fast enough to keep up with the needs of the business. .
Price of Real Learning going from $2.99 to $6.99
OCTOBER 18, 2015
The price of the pdf version of Real Learning will increase from $2.99 to $6.99 on October 25th, a week from today. Buy enough for your team now. At $2.99 a pop, you could issue a wake-up call to everyone on your floor for a few hundred bucks. Buy Real Learning here.
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10
FEBRUARY 12, 2013
50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10. part 1 of 5. People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. Effective managers make stretch. assignments and coach their team members. Experience is the teacher, and managers shape those experiences.
Where I’m coming from
APRIL 4, 2015
These are my core beliefs about how to get along in the world. I wrote this post fourteen years ago and rediscovered it this morning. I’m amazed at the consistency of what I believe.
The principles of learning
JULY 7, 2013
Yesterday I came upon a 13-year old cassette recording of Peter Henschel, executive director of the Institute for Research on Learning , speaking to a breakout session at Elliott Masie’s TechLearn conference. This talk had a profound effect on my thinking. It holds up damn well today.
Enterprise Learning & Digital Transformation
MARCH 3, 2015
Enterprise Learning takes learning beyond the training department into the overall extended enterprise, the “Workscape.” ” It’s a breakout that’s happening throughout organizations as they embrace digital technology.
Big Data at Google
JUNE 10, 2014
To see Big Data at work, look to Google, where number-crunching on a massive scale has changed hiring and management practices. Measurements and analytics rule at Google. All people decisions at Google are based on data and analytics,” according to Kathryn Dekas, a manager in Google’s “people analytics” team. Google’s conclusions have a bearing on where CLOs should be focusing their efforts.
MARCH 10, 2015
is a set of practices I’m developing to help pull-workers learn to learn. I’m investigating what it takes for a learner to become self-sufficient, to both learn and design learning experiences. I’d like to make that easier.
Learning Styles, ha, ha, ha, ha
APRIL 11, 2013
I wrote this post in Thursday, December 08, 2005, but I’m reposting it here because some people still have not got the message.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
I’m writing this from the first class cabin on a United flight from Houston to Munich. We have been plied with champagne, prosciutto, steak, cheese, (had to pass on the salad and ice cream sundae courses), free-flowing wine, and cognac. I’m sitting in a comfortable wide seat that converts into a bed.
Think for yourselves, plagiarists
AUGUST 26, 2015
In 2006, Jossey-Bass published a book of mine on Informal Learning. The book describes informal learning as “the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way people learn to do their jobs” It compares formal learning to riding a bus and informal learning to riding a bicycle.
DECEMBER 11, 2014
In his keynote presentation at Online Educa Berlin last week, Howard Rheingold emphasized co-learning. Since the teacher learns more than the student, let’s all be both teachers and students. Esteemed co-learners, your job is to create new co-learning communities.
Flipping Corporate Learning
APRIL 17, 2012
Flipping learning is big in education. It will be big in corporate learning. Let’s not blow it. How do you flip learning? Khan Academy is the poster child for flipped learning. Sal Khan has produced more than 3,000 short videos on a variety of topics.
I wouldn’t call it informal learning
JULY 8, 2013
If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t call it Informal Learning.
Benchmarking Online Learning
AUGUST 25, 2015
Fascinating data. WHAT KEEPS WORKERS FROM LEARNING ONLINE? 63% lack of time for self-study. 40% can’t find what they need. 41% find current online learning not relevant to their need. 28% lack of somewhere appropriate to study. 26% find learning content uninspiring.
Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It
JULY 17, 2012
Why Corporate Training is Broken And How to Fix It. Executive Summary 3. Where Corporate Learning Came From 3. Corporate Learning Today 5. Training is not the same as learning 6. Corporate Training Is Broken 7. Senior managers are dissatisfied 7.
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
Years ago a start-up commissioned me to write a white paper that would help put them on the map. I wrote the paper that follows. It’s probably the most popular thing I’ve ever written. The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book.
MARCH 7, 2015
Help me figure out what’s gone haywire with my Macs. My keyboard has gone wacko. Last night I cleaned the Bluetooth keyboard I use with my iMac. The batteries only had 18% juice left, so I replaced them.
Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil
JUNE 21, 2012
The Tragedy of eLearning. We’ve seen this movie before. The 1999 Online Learning conference in Los Angeles was ground zero for eLearning. CBT Systems told the world it was being reincarnated as SmartForce, the eLearning Company.
A model of workplace learning
MARCH 13, 2011
My colleagues at Internet Time Alliance and I have been discussing new models for learning. Not that I am giving up on this one: Experience is still a more important teacher in the workplace than classes or workshops.
Jay Changes Direction
MAY 2, 2015
My book Aha! Learn for Yourself challenges readers to consider where they’ve been in their careers and where they’re headed. I feel obligated to practice what I preach. My career in the learning business is at a turning point. My history by type of learning is below.
Learning Without Training
MARCH 5, 2012