MWL Newsletter No 29

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 27 August – 2 September 2017

Article of the Week

A $5M Bet That You Don’t Need More Training  Noah Fleming, 23 August 2017

“Whenever somebody asks me about sales training (or any training for that matter), I always challenge them with the “$5M Cash Test, first. 95 times out of 100, it becomes apparent that they don’t need training, and they recognize exactly the areas that they need to work on.”

From around the Web

Radically open: Tom Friedman on jobs, learning, and the future of work  Deloitte Review, 31 July 2017

“If you, as a company, are not providing both the resources and the opportunity for lifelong learning, [you’re sunk], because you simply cannot be a lifelong employee anymore unless you are a lifelong learner. If you’re training people for a job that’s already been invented, or if you’re going to school in preparation for a job that’s already been invented, I would suggest that you’re going to have problems somewhere down the road.”

Why we need a new social contract now  MIT Management Sloan School, 22 August 2017

“Second, we have to have a workforce that is better educated, better trained, and engaged in a lifelong learning process, things we fundamentally aren’t investing in. We need more incentives for industry to invest in training and to work with community colleges, technical schools, and universities to foster lifelong learning, and then to hold the workforce accountable for taking those opportunities.”

My 2017 Top Tools for Learning  Mike Taylor, 30 August 2017

“It’s my favorite time of year again. School is back in session, the summer heat is giving way to comfortably cool evenings and it’s time to make my annual contribution to Jane Hart’s Annual Learning Tools survey.”

From the MWL Magazine

A comparison of organised and self-organised learning in the workplace

What is the difference between L&D organised and managed learning AND self-organised and self-managed learning? In the graphic  I have plotted some of the activities of both approaches to 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 the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017. Voting closes 22 September 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

5 Learning Challenge now open – suitable for anyone.

  1. Learn something new every day
    This Challenge will help you build a habit of learning something new every day.
  2. 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.
  3. Keep up to date with your industry or profession
    This Challenge will focus on a variety of digital ways to help you keep up to date in your industry or profession.
  4. Manage your own self-development
    This Challenge will help you develop the habit of organising and managing your own self-development.
  5. Grow your professional network This Challenge will help you build from scratch and/or enhance your existing professional network.

Jane Hart
Director, Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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