MWL Newsletter No 26

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 6-12 August 2017

Article of the Week

L&D Tuneup  Clark Quinn, 8 August 2016
“And that’s the thing: L&D is too often still operating in the old, mechanical, model. We have the view of a hierarchical model where a few plan and prepare and train folks to execute. We stick with face-to-face training or maybe elearning, putting everything in the head, when science shows that we often function better from information in the world or even in other people’s heads!  And this old approach no longer works.”

From around the Web

‘Digital transformation’ is a misnomer  MIT Sloan Management Review, 7 August 2017

“It’s not about digital or transformation. It’s about adaptation.”

Feel Like You’ve Stopped Learning at Work? Elon Musk Just Nailed the Reason Why  Inc, 9 August 2017

“How many times has a leader put you into a new situation in which you were forced to learn, but the “why” was either non-existent or uninspiring. Learning how to run that new equipment, how to use that new software, or how to call on a customer for the first time just isn’t as compelling when the why is “so we can hit our numbers”.”

Good Leaders are Good Learrners  HBR, 10 August 2017

“Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership development, many leaders who have attended leadership programs struggle to implement what they’ve learned. It’s not because the programs are bad but because leadership is best learned from experience.”

Why Training Fails: 11 Truths That Most Good Leaders Don’t Even Know  Shawn Doyle, Inc 10 August 2017

“I’ve been involved in training, speaking, and consulting for 28 years–and the issues have been the same since I started. The shocking truth is that a ton of money gets spent–but it’s all wasted because of the unintentional barriers organizations have in place around training. Hopefully, you can learn from my experiences. Here are the 11 main reasons why training fails:”

Changing Work One Human At A Time  Helen Blunden, 11 August 2017

“I love this statement, “changing work one human at a time” because I feel that in some part, over the last few years that’s what I’ve been inspiring to achieve.

From the MWL Magazine

What does the 6th annual Learning in the Workplace Survey say about the state – as well as the future – of L&D?  Jane Hart, 8 August 2017
The most interesting thing to note about these results is that the 4 most valued ways of learning – Daily work experiences, Knowledge sharing with teams, Web search and the use of Web resources are all self-organised and self-managed “non-designed” forms of learning, whilst “designed” and “organised” forms of learning like Classroom training and E-Learning – both of which L&D traditionally has focused on – are the least valued ways of learning in the workplace.

Vote for your Top Tools for Learning 2017

The 11th Annual Learning Tools survey is taking place in 2017, and Jane Hart will once again be compiling an overall Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017 as well as 3 sub-lists:

  • Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2017 – ie. the tools used by individuals for their own self-organised learning and self-improvement – inside and outside the workplace.
  • Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2017 – ie. the tools used to create and/or manage e-learning or for performance support, or tools used by work teams and groups for informal social and collaborative learning.
  • Top 100 Tools for Education  2017– ie. the tools used by educators and academics in schools, colleges, universities, adult education etc.
    Voting closes: mid-day GMT, Friday 22 September 2017  |Results released: 8 am GMT, Monday 2 October 2017


MWL Workshop

Supporting Continuous Independent Learning 

4 September – 6 October 2017

In this 5-week online workshop we look at how to help managers and individuals adopt a modern professional learning mindset as well as empower individuals to take responsibility for their own continuous self-improvement (in their existing job) and self-development (to prepare for the future),

30 Day Learning Challenges

Suitable for you and your people. Available for immediate sign up

Manage your own self-development
This Challenge will help you develop the habit of organising and managing your own self-development. Over the 30 days it will take you through the process of setting your own professional goals, identifying the most appropriate ways to achieve those goals (and not just by taking courses or programs!), recording your own progress and evidencing your achievements.

Get the most out of your daily work

This Challenge will help you get the most out of your day job so that you can benefit from your everyday work activities. Over the 30 days it will consider a number of different aspects of your daily work which includes addressing your own performance problems, as well as working with your manager, your team and other colleagues

Learn something new every day

This Challenge will help you build a habit of learning something new every day. Over the 30 days it will expose you to a variety of free sources and resources where you can learn something new everyday. Your goal in this Challenge is to find a number of useful sources that will inspire you to continue to learn something new after the Challenge ends.

Jane Hart
Director, Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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