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Forget what you learned

That training program you endured was a waste of time. Forget what you learned. Just take a day and you already forgot the majority. Even worse, the training program you deliver is a waste of time. The reason: we have an incredible ability to forget. I want to challenge you to forget what you learned about training and learning. Focus on forgetting, in this case the help I offer is the Forgetting Curve. Not only do we have an incredible ability to forget, within 20 minutes we forget 40% of the subject or skill just reviewed. One day later, within 24 hours, we forget 60%. Imagine those knowledge transfer efforts you are part of. Imagine those train the trainer facades that involve you. Imagine those one-way corporate training lectures you suffer through. Useless. All useless, with 20 minutes 40% useless, within …

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The 2 most important learning metrics

CEOs care about learning programs. To gain more executive-level interest, guess what learning and development folks? CEOs want metrics. Give them learning metrics. The learning metrics you may have collected and reported on might need adjustment to become important to an executive. The organization challenge that leader’s need to recognize is that an organization’s ability to learn and to adapt is the only source of competitive advantage. Development professionals only gain stature in the business environment when they meet and plan business solutions. The ROI Institute and Chief Learning Officer magazine have a study recap that should provide a clearer map of our worth. The targets of this survey were CEOs at Fortune 500 companies and the top 50, privately held firms. From this population 450 firms received a survey and 95 firms, 21%, responded. Quick hits: 4% of CEOs avoid learning and development …

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Get control of your social media self with infographics

How to get control of your social media self is a topic that, for some, seems to mean there is a set of rules, or a prescription to follow, that will make it easy and deliver instant results, fame, and fortune.

Well, like losing weight or learning a skill, there are no social media shortcuts.

Those transparent about their lifelong learning come to manage their social media identity and support others in a virtuous giving, learning, providing, receiving cycle.

Learn to manage your social media identity faster and have more fun with this list of infographics and checklists from other’s shared experiences.

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Get control of your social media self with blogs

In social media you get back what you give out.

Frozen mental models of marketing 1.0, or outbound marketing, continue to present tough nuts to crack for why people do not let go of hang ups.

The technology to hyperlink and to subscribe to content mirrors social interactions, not a new marketing channel to exploit.

Here are blogs to help you get control of social media self.

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Top 10 blog posts for 2014, 10 to 6

Closing out 2014, I look back at the year’s most viewed posts as a chance to reflect on different blog topics, from ice breakers through mergers and acquisitions, here is what people viewed. In descending order: 10. Scope or: how to manage projects for organization success, part 1 — What not to do is sometimes more important than what to do.  Project scope is a shared view of what gets done and a clear view of what not to do. This post reviews the resource opportunity cost when on the wrong work that needs to happen and how to manage only the work required for a project to meet expectation. At it’s best, scope, tells us what not to start, at all. 9. Highlight change management — an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry  — There is change afoot.  A whole industry, profession, practice, and project discipline on change management.  Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is unique in its ability to facilitate positive …

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Top 10 blog posts for 2013, 5 to 1

The top 10 blog views for 2013 continue on with a top 5 countdown to the most requested posts of the year.

Does your organization challenge find a platform within? Or will the might of the project hammer leave all who enter impact stagger out concussed?

Seriously, what were the most viewed posts on: culture, projects, impact assessments, learning? All interests revealed within.

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Fast Start — The Importance of Agility

Fast Start conversation:  People who operate and respond in an ambiguous environment today provide the greatest organization, comparative advantage. The competency to thrive is agility and this agility skill, more than at any other time in organization history, differentiates those getting better from those getting worse. When put in an unfamiliar situation, people with agility are not stumped.  They do not fall apart.  People who are agile are ones willing and eager to learn new things.  This learning agility differentiates the successful and the unsuccessful and within Human Resources Executive’s article, The Importance of Agility, agility as a competence is the in focus. Those committed to life-long learning are no longer leading by example and being an Agile learner usurps that.  We tend to hear of Agile project management, but what of Agile self-development?  Agile learning agility has five key elements: Self-awareness, Mental …

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Top 10 blog posts for 2012, 10 to 6

  Closing out 2012, I look back at the year’s most viewed posts as a chance to reflect on different blogs topics of interest and what people most view.  Here as part one, 2012 top blogs, 10 to 6. Why were some viewed over others: topic, time-of-year, day-of-week? In descending order: 10. The 2 most important learning metrics — Quantify learning? It is a tall task, but one necessary for any professional who deserves a seat at the business table. Of course metrics to measure impact are important: money spent on training is money unavailable for another opportunity. If you had time with your CEO would you know the most important items on their wish list? No worries, the the ROI Institute and Chief Learning Officer magazine have a study recap I’ve referenced. As this post was originally written in 2010, looks like learning …

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Fast Start — Flummoxed by Failure?

Fast Start conversation:  Ah, failure.  Happens to all of us; the reason pencils come with erasures. Intelligent people fail. Though there remains belief intelligence is static, what you are born with, you have. Successful people fail. Though an even more ill-informed belief is that intelligence determines success. However, what intelligent people have studied is how successful people overcome unsuccessful moments.  In success, it is not how you fail, but how you successfully recover, that matters. The key is your reaction to failure stems from your attitude to learning, not your intelligence.  In Flummoxed by Failure  — or Focused?, posted in the Wall Street Journal, Ken Bain highlights how people’s attitudes help them recover from failure.  Psychologists found people have two alternatives: Helpless mindset Mastery or growth mindset Anyone can change their theory about intelligence, because as failures accumulate, changing your theory on how you recover provides a …

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Confidence to learn and competence to contribute

Some people dedicate themselves to life-long learning.  Some people revel in positioning themselves as no longer able, willing, or interested to learn any more. Learn confidence when you allow learning as an on-going. competence. The reality is we continue to learn and process experiences until we draw our last breath. Today, those who resist, say learning new technology, are often called Luddites – artisans who resisted the industrial revolution. Those with confidence to learn build competence to contribute. People who do not have competence do not feel very confident. Their behavior may mask a lack of confidence with bravado, hostility, or self-deprecating humor. You might see this in a refusal to learn or resistance admitting they do not know – both equally frustrating. Those who lack competence rarely embrace learning because they may feel learning reveals a lack of knowledge others judge …

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Why 70 is a key metric for learning and development

The 70:20:10 framework helps to plan learning and development. 70:20:10 represents a good model, percentage, or ratio to frame how people across your organization learn. With these percentages in mind strive to fit learning opportunity that: 70% of learning happens through job experiences, 20% through feedback and collaboration, and only 10% through formal training courses and reading The lowest return on training investment is the 10% learning from the course itself and represents actual diminished return on application. If 20% of learning happens through interaction and feedback then a healthy work environment need to practice as well as formal and informal feedback.  The space for people to practice within their work demand is critical. You only know what you know when you socialize what you think you know, so an employee will find this out only through feedback. If 70% of learning happens on-the-job, what the employee …

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5 things I’ve seen, read, or thought might seed results: 1. Scrap Learning and Manager Engagement — CLO Magazine Most organizations overlook an important aspect of development that often makes it many times more effective — manager engagement. Training tends to lose its power with time.  Employees forget what they’ve learned or let their newly acquired skills go unused. Robert O. Brinkerhoff, Ed.D., professor emeritus at Western Michigan University, said that after training, learners typically fall into one of 3 categories: They do not try to apply training. They attempt to apply it but realize no worthwhile results. They apply training and get some positive results. Managers have many of the same behavior-shaping tools to support and reinforce learning as parents and teachers do coaching and developing children. 2 actions are critical to develop an application-feedback learning loop, at best only a …

Fistful of beans 04/06/2011

3 things I’ve seen, read, or thought might seed results: 1. Learning Fosters Psychologically Healthy Workplaces — CLO Magazine The American Psychological Association (APA) recently awarded 8 companies with their Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA). The companies were rated on five different criteria: employee involvement, health and safety, work-life balance, employee recognition, and employee growth and development. 74% of working PHWA Americans reported they have participated in workplace training. 74% of PHWA respondents said they were satisfied with their employer’s training and development opportunities, while just 44% of overall survey respondents were satisfied 32% of overall respondents said they were seeking employment elsewhere, compared to only 6% of employees at PHWA recipients. Organizations that offer multiple training opportunities help to keep people engaged in their jobs by giving them chances to learn new skills, new information, and new ways to do things.  This both …