Andrew Barry

After working in corporate training for just over a decade, I started Curious Lion in the belief that we could do a better job creating custom digital training. Too often I had seen online training consist of hastily thrown together eLearning versions of slide decks. I knew there was a better way.

The Death of “Training” and the Rise of Cohort-Based Learning

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I’ve worked with 22 Fortune 500 companies in my career. As partners to these companies, we have one clear goal: to help their people reach their full potential. I’ve seen passionate clients who pour their souls into transforming people. They strategize like CEOs and design learning experiences like the Old Masters. I’ve also seen tired, …

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Learning By Teaching

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.” – Peter Drucker In my late 20’s I was a consultant at KPMG. Early in my career, I focused internally on delivering training to our offices in South Africa. For three weeks every month, I was on the road …

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The Unexpected Power of Why: Curiosity At Work

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“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” – Albert Einstein “I am inspired by curiosity. That is what drives me.” – Elon Musk From the theory of relativity to self-driving cars, most of history’s breakthrough discoveries have something in common: they are the result of curiosity. This impulse …

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Transforming Your Learning Culture (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

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This post builds on my cornerstone piece on How Great Companies Become Ultimate Learning Machines. Go read that first to learn how I discovered our approach for reverse-engineering a healthy learning culture. In this post, we’re going to walk through that approach. If you follow the steps below, you will be able to start the learning …

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The Building Blocks of Sales Enablement (Book Summary)

Building Blocks of Sales Enablement

Mike Kunkle’s new book (his first), The Building Blocks of Sales Enablement, brings a systems-thinking approach to sales enablement. Regular readers will know my love of systems thinking in organizational learning. The work of Peter Senge hugely inspires me (check out my summary of his seminal book, The Fifth Discipline). He calls systems thinking “the …

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The Learning Culture Officer (4 of 4): The Shining Culture On A Hill

Shining learning culture on a hill

This is part 4 in a 4-part series exploring the future of learning and development inside companies. Click here to read part 1, part 2 and part 3.  Your company already has a learning culture whether you’ve thought about it or not. The way forward, therefore, won’t require you to create something out of nothing. …

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The Learning Culture Officer (3 of 4): The Times, They Are ‘A Changing

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This is part 3 in a 4-part series painting a picture of the future of learning and development inside companies. Click here to read part 1 and part 2.  We have established in this series that the expectations of the role of the learning and development professional have exceeded the importance given to it in …

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