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The L&D Function

How to really get to know your parents

Have you ever wanted to know who your parents really were growing up? What stories do they have? What experiences did they enjoy? What memories stuck with them?  I set out to do just this.  Earlier this year I saw this tweet from Paul Graham: Something I wish I’d done while my mother was still …

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My top 3 takeaways from Degreed LENS 2019

I was in Austin recently for the Degreed LENS conference. It’s now officially the only learning conference I go to every year, for two reasons: 1)  It’s small (i.e. intimate). 2)  It attracts outstanding learning leaders.  Because of this, the quality of conversation is beyond anything you can find at any of the bigger conferences.  …

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Training is the highest leverage thing you can do

Reading Andy Grove’s book High Output Management (great summary here), I came across some excellent thoughts on training, and especially his point that training is one of the highest leverage activities a manager can perform.  Leverage, of course, is the idea that the value of your actions can be multiplied thousands of times over. For …

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Why embedding corporate culture in training is so important

To win the hearts and minds of your people is to mobilize your greatest asset, which can help you overcome other competitive disadvantages you may have.  In a previous post, I shared a crucial step in the design phase of our learning methodology – our practice of deconstructing everything we’ve learned about a topic in …

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What boats, tanks and bicycles teach you about OODA

I wrote about the OODA Loop and how we can improve L&D by adopting a continuous cycle of Observe, Orient, Decide and Act to extract knowledge that already exists in the organization and make it constantly available to people. This is the opposite of the old way of teaching which required rote memorization of static …

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The OODA Loop: a simple way to improve L&D

Our education system is broken in that we are still teaching for rote memorization. This is crazy in the age of Google and Wikipedia. Today I want to introduce a simple way to start changing this.   Have you ever heard of the OODA loop?  U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd is widely recognized as the …

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3 steps to connect your employees to the knowledge that’s already there

Making knowledge workers productive requires changes in attitude, not only on the part of the individual knowledge worker, but on the part of the whole organization. There are three more guidelines that Peter Drucker shared to broaden the scope of continuous learning beyond the individual to consider the broader organization.  These are: Knowledge workers should …

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What if we don’t train them… and they stay?

In my last blog post, I introduced the ideas of Peter Drucker, that I came across in a compilation of his work. One of the entries addressed his insight into knowledge workers as mobile assets. I share my thoughts in this short video. According to Drucker, increasing the productivity of the knowledge worker requires addressing …

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The most valuable asset of a 21st-century institution

I have this book of excerpts from the renowned management consultant, educator, and author, Peter Drucker, that I picked up from one of those community libraries. I love the serendipity of book swaps. As I was paging through this one, I came across an entry in which he describes his view of knowledge workers as …

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An equal partnership: learning providers and L&D professionals ~ LinkedIn Interview ~

Recently, Andrew was interviewed by Catalyst Media. In part two of the interview he discusses how corporate learning and development is looking for training partners and not training vendors. 

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