MWL Newsletter No 68

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 3 – 9 June 2018

From around the Web

Learning and leadership models are evolving in the digital business environment  Deloitte, June 2018

“As top-down, hierarchical organizational structures give way to distributed decision-making environments, new ways of learning and leading, at both the individual and organizational level, may be required.”

With Goals, FAST beats SMART  The Strategic Agility Project, MIT Sloan Management Review, 5 June 2018

“We found that four core principles underpin effective goal systems, and we summarize these elements with the acronym FAST. (See “Make Goals FAST, Not SMART.”) Goals should be embedded in frequent discussions; ambitious in scope; measured by specific metrics and milestones; and transparent for everyone in the organization to see.”

Empower Learners: 10 Lessons On Innovation Leadership  Tom Vander Ark, Forbes, 6 June 2018

“10. Empower learners. The idea of delighting your customers, finding ways to exceed expectations, has been around for a couple decades. At Kettle Moraine, DeKlotz said they want “to empower learners so they want to spend their day here figuring out who they are.”

Evolving learning strategies to keep pace with the modern workforce  Shelley Usborne, Training Journal, 6 June 2018

“It’s time for L&D and HR professionals to promote the value of continuous learning and move their teams away from the static programs that helped to breed the bad reputation of corporate training.”

The best HR people aren’t HR people  Talent Management & HR, 6 June 2018

“the HR leaders of three of the most recognized companies — Facebook, Google and Apple — have degrees in fields other than HR and came from running other departments”

Successful Companies Will Be Those That Embrace the New Employee Economy  Lindsay Witcher, Talent Management & HR, 7 June 2018

“Employees are thinking differently too. They view their jobs as opportunities to pursue their passions, experience professional growth, gain new experiences, and expand their networks. Individuals want to learn and grow and are willing to leave if they think they’ll learn more, or find more opportunities, somewhere else. One survey found 70% of employees say job related training and development opportunities — or lack thereof — impacted their decision to stay at their job.”

The simple method to keep employees happier at their jobs  Gwen Moran, Fast Company, 7 June 2018

“Whether they have a formal development program or not, cross-training can be one solution to improving retention, says Jason O’Neill, head of global training services at Princeton, New Jersey training and consulting firm Kepner-Tregoe. Training employees to take on new roles within the company helps employee career development while delivering important benefits to the employer, including better retention, he says.”

Will AI replace KM?  Nick Milton, 31 May 2018

“So call me an old grouch, but to date none of the new technologies touted as “the killer of KM” have made KM obsolete, and history suggests that neither will AI. And neither will the new technology that comes along in 5 years time.  They will simplify, disrupt, and accelerate KM, but not replace it.”

How Johnson & Johnson and American Express Are Developing Young Leaders  Rebecca L. Ray, Ron Williams and Richard S. Wellins, Harvard Business Review, 8 June 2018

“American Express …. They convened the program’s top 75 performers — many still fresh out of business school — for a three-day stint of idea generation and problem solving. Fall of 2016 marked the first convening of the ALD Revenue Growth Challenge event. On arrival, participants knew only that the CEO had invited them to tackle pressing business challenges. They separated into teams of four to five, received briefings on available data and existing strategy, and engaged with customers, employees, and other stakeholder.  On day three, 13 teams pitched the chairman and those senior leaders whose businesses were affected by the challenges being addressed … Participants learned to think about how their ideas could drive growth and be scaled to the enterprise, as well as how they could be economically sustainable. In Amex’s first revenue challenge, business leaders purchased five ideas on the spot and designated four as pending.”

In the MWL Magazine

Continuous Learning & Development; more than just continuous training  Jane Hart, 4 June 2018

It is clear that companies now need to provide continuous learning opportunities, and ensure that they’re promoting lifelong learning within their organization.  So what does this actually mean? First of all it is important to reiterate that continuous learning in the workplace is, again, more than just delivering continuous training. It is also not just a matter of implementing a course library (like Lynda or Coursera) for employees to make use of – and thinking by doing that, that the “continuous learning” box can be ticked. Rather it means creating a Framework of Continuous Improvement, Learning & Development that embraces both formal and informal environments as well as independent learning in all its forms. What might that look like?

Next MWL Workshop

Continuous Learning & Development in the Workplace

Next public workshop runs 11 June – 8 July 2018

Continuous learning and development in the workplace doesn’t mean continuous training or self-study. Whilst, it is up to everyone to become a lifelong learner and keep up to date with what’s happening in their industry or profession to remain employable, it’s also up to L&D departments to support those activities as well as provide continuous learning and development opportunities for their people.  In this 4-week workshop we will look at how you can help individuals become modern continuous learners as well as how can you provide continuous L&D opportunities.


How to become a Modern Professional Learner

In the modern workplace there is no longer such a thing as a job for a life – only a life of jobs – so it’s up to everyone to continuously update their knowledge, skills and productivity and become an independent modern professional life-long learne

This newly updated resource now contains 60 Tasks to help you get the most out of your work life and take control of your career.

Find out more here

Jane Hart
Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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