Mastery takes time and effort

“Any man who reads too much and uses his brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” — Albert Einstein Is reflection solely the realm of sitting and thinking on one’s own? Or is it the ebb and flow of conversations and making meaning through discourse? Time for silent reflection is undoubtedly beneficial, but […]

5 Factors driving Modern Workplace Learning

“If you were an employee on Henry Ford’s assembly line in Detroit in the 1920s, you received a high degree of training and preparation before you ever set foot in the factory. You learned what your role was, and were given all the tools you needed to accomplish your job from Day One. From then […]

Experimentation and Reflection

Learning is more than just asking questions and getting answers (whether through social media or a search engine), there’s an active component to learning that is too often forgotten. When I look at the tools in the Top 100 tools for learning, I see some reflective tools, e.g. writing, but I may be one of […]

The Modern Professional’s LearningToolkit

There is a lot of interest in the behaviour of the Modern Learner, but in the context of work it is more appropriate to talk about the Modern Professional Learner. The Modern Professional Learner learns for, at and through work in many different ways – i.e. not just in formal training or e-learning, but through […]

Inspire Learning in the Workplace

I don’t know about you but it’s rare that any mandated traditional training inspires me anymore. Whether it’s completing annual compliance e-learning programs sitting on an LMS or being told by a manager that I have to attend an event to learn about a new service or product that may or may not be relevant […]

Continuous, Curated Learning: The Business Case

Business is changing. The Towards Maturity Benchmark Report notes that 72% of CEOs believe the next three years will be more critical for their industry than the last 50. The challenge to Learning & Development teams is how they’re going to help their CEO and internal customers stay smart in uncertain times. We need to […]

Four myths of Social Learning

In the last couple of years, I have spoken to many corporate Learning and Development practitioners about how they may support and enable opportunities for their workforce to learn collaboratively with each other in and during the flow of their every day work. That is, “social learning’. During these conversations, I noticed that there were […]

An employee’s Personal Learning Space lies at the heart of MWL – not a LMS

Updated: 24 December 2018 There is a lot of talk about how the workplace is changing; it is certainly a very different place from even 10 years ago. We hear about how the emerging Gig Economy means there is no longer a job for life, and how digitization is effecting the workplace in many different […]

Becoming digital masters to beat cancer sooner

First published on Cancer Research UK Digital Team blog on 12 January 2017 At Cancer Research UK our goal is that by 2034, 3 in 4 people diagnosed with cancer will survive. That’s rightly ambitious and we need to keep moving forwards to make sure we get there. We need to become a more digital […]

Why organisations need to empower employee-led learning

Organisations are no longer like they were 50 years ago; people are constantly moving around in their careers, and this is set to continue. So whereas training was originally done to people at a time when it was about training people to do a job for life, it is increasingly clear that conventional training practices […]