insights over processes

Harold Jarche

Process improvement, like Six Sigma, stifles innovation. Process improvement is a tool set, not an overarching or unifying concept for an organization. Process improvement is a means — for certain contexts like manufacturing — and not an end in itself. The fundamental problem with all process improvement methodologies is that you get myopic. “Since Frederick Taylor’s time we’ve considered business – our businesses – vast machines to be improved.

Training Evaluation: a mug’s game

Harold Jarche

Dan Pontefract is quite clear in Dear Kirkpatrick’s: You still don’t get it : Let me be clear – training is not an event; learning is a connected, collaborative and continuous process. It can and does occur in formal, informal and social ways every day in and out of your job. The ‘event’ is not solely how learning occurs. Event-based instructional interventions, or the course as learning vehicle, is an outdated and useless way to look at workplace learning.

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Dear C-Suite: We Don’t Do Training Anymore

Dan Pontefract

It’s time to help the C-Suite – aside from Peter Aceto and other learning savvy and employee engagement focused C-Suite leaders – to appreciate and understand that organizations don’t do training anymore. Sure, for the purists and traditionalists in the learning space who are hell-bent to ensure the ‘sage on the stage’ continues, I’m certain they will scoff at the very mention of trying to erase the term training from Oxford’s illustrious dictionary.

Embedding Learning in Work: The Benefits and Challenges

Charles Jennings

(a version of this article was originally written as background for an #OzLearn chat held on Twitter, 11th November 2014) The Power of Embedded Learning A common finding that has emerged from study after study over the past few years is that learning which is embedded in work seems to be more effective than learning away from work. If people learn as part of the workflow then this learning is more likely to impact performance in a positive way.

It’s Only 65% !

Charles Jennings

The researchers (possibly on work experience) declared that “ 50:26:24 is the average learning mix in most companies right now ”. The report of the 50:26:24 survey went on to say: “It’s widely accepted that the 70:20:10 model is the most effective learning blend for business, but getting to that perfect mix can be a challenge. It also got me thinking about approaches to organisational learning in general. Learning ? Learning is a process not an event.

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Start with the 70. Plan for the 100.

Charles Jennings

702010 towards 100% performance by Jos Arets, Charles Jennings & Vivian Heijnen Copyright: Sutler Media Language: English Pages: 313 Size: 30.5cm x 23.5 Full explanations of how the 70:20:10 approach can be used to help overcome the ‘training bubble’ Descriptions of five new performance-focused roles to support the use of 70:2010 The detailed tasks that need to be executed in each of these roles. They are finding it helps them extend the focus on learning out into the workflow.

Overcoming the Course and Control mindset hurdles

Jane Hart

My two recent Learning in the Workplace surveys showed that ( a ) people consider that informal learning is much more important, if not essential, to them than training, and ( b ) that they learn informally on a much more regular (if not continuous) basis than they learn formally. These findings are of course in line with study after study that shows that most learning in the workplace happens outside of formal training. Social learning

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Supporting the Social Workplace Learning Continuum

Jane Hart

In my previous blog post I explained how I recognized it is difficult for a lot of organisations to support informal and social learning in their organisations, because they are unable to jump the two mindset hurdles of (a) thinking that learning only happens in training courses, and (b) that all organisational learning needs to be controlled by Training/L&D departments. Social learning

Through the Workscape Looking Glass

Jay Cross

Learning Ecosystem, Learning Ecology, and Learnscape mean the same thing as Workscape. I don’t use the word learn with executives, who inevitably think back to the awfulness of school and close their ears. Let’s talk about performance.” . In the same vein, I talk about Working Smarter instead of informal learning, social learning, and so forth. Some people denigrate informal learning but nobody’s against Working Smarter.

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Time for the Training Department to be Taken Seriously

Xyleme

Today, I’m going to talk about learning content management (ECM) and enterprise content management (LCM). But this blog post isn’t about why learning needs to engage with the enterprise. I’ve already written about this extensively in my Plugging Learning into ECM white paper (also available for download at the resource library section of our web site). Well, for the simple reason that this functionality already exists with best-of-breed vendors outside of learning.