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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Event-Based Training is Dead: Build a Learning Ecosystem Instead

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Businesses must embrace continuous learning to stay competitive. For employees to keep up with the tools, tech, and innovations in their field, training can’t just happen once or twice a year at event-based seminars. This outdated method simply can’t match the pace of the evolving learning demands of the modern workforce. Instead, learning needs to …

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Pixar: Great People > Great Ideas

Which are more valuable: good ideas or good people? I’ll let Ed Catmull, former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, share his own opinion before I dissect his thoughts: “The view that good ideas are rarer and more valuable than good people is rooted in a misconception of creativity.” Developing complex products requires teams …

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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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Everybody Likes Surprises

Do you like surprises? An Amazon package delivered before the expected arrival date, a bunch of flowers from a secret admirer, or seeing that the new season of your favorite series has finally been released on Netflix.  I love surprises, which is why it is no surprise that I decided to write an essay on …

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