Category Archives: Learning Matters

Learn-gevity: Enhancing Your Ability to Learn, Perform and Succeed Over Time

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“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong learning attempt to acquire it.” ~ Albert Einstein Lifelong learning has long been understood to be a critical success factor. But today, it’s taken on even greater importance. The pace of change continues to accelerate and the level of complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty means that what you knew yesterday may be irrelevant today. The half-life of technical skills continues to shrink. According to Josh Bersin, the half-life of a technical skill is just 2 years. And lifespans continue to grow. In fact, it’s expected that 50% of millennials will live to …

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The Magic of Making an Effort

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Just over a year ago I gave a keynote speech at a conference in Russia. I worked diligently to master a few key phrases. But, between having no natural capacity for foreign languages and not hearing much Russian in my day-to-day life, the result was dreadful. I actually might have insulted their mothers as I greeted the audience; but they smiled and clapped enthusiastically. Throughout the conference, I tried out my slow and very clunky greetings. It was uncomfortable for me and probably sounded like nails on a chalkboard to those with whom I spoke. Yet, even my worst attempts …

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Develop a Growth Mindset Through Design Thinking

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Guest Post by Jeanne M. Liedtka, Randy Salzman, and Daisy Azer I’m delighted to host this guest post featuring lessons from the trenches found in Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector.  This newly released book is a study of design-led innovation projects by Jeanne M. Liedtka, Randy Salzman and Daisy Azer in which the authors demonstrate how design thinking principles reduce risk, manage change, bridge communication gaps and manage competing demands of diverse stakeholders. Design Thinking for the Greater Good is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookstore. Design thinking is a …

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When the Growing Gets Tough

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Think about the learning that contributed most powerfully to your development and who you are today. Consider the experiences that built the expertise you use and value most every day. Reflect on what you’re most proud of mastering during the course of your career or life. This memorable learning that has made a significant difference to you (and to the organizations you’ve served) likely didn’t come easily. The kind of learning that sticks with people, helping them achieve lifelong results, generally: Challenges them to change how they think, act, or perform in new ways. Takes significant energy and attention. Involves …

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Log On to Listen

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The changing nature of communication is a popular topic in professional journals and water-cooler conversations. The use of electronic media — e-mail, texts, instant messaging, discussion boards, social media and more — is applauded or vilified. But everyone agrees on one thing: technology has dramatically changed the business landscape and nature of communication. In this ongoing dialogue, considerable attention is given to how to communicate online and advice abounds: Keep it short and to the point; Make sure your subject line includes the action required; If you wouldn’t say it to the other person, don’t write it; etc. But few …

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“Not My Decision”: Constructive Responses to Workplace Decisions You Wouldn’t Have Made

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Last week, many Americans had a profound experience of what employees encounter routinely on the job: responding to a decision they don’t support but must still live with. In organizations worldwide, strategies are set, markets are selected, tactics are identified…and not everyone agrees with the direction. When confronted with these situations, it’s easy for employees to feel powerless and out of control. Yet no matter the issue or the organizational level (of those deciding or those following in the wake of the decision), what remains well within each individual’s control is how he or she responds. Employees who find the …

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Training: The New School

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Guest Post by Dr. Stacy Feiner I’m delighted to celebrate the launch of Talent Mindset with this guest post by Dr. Stacy Feiner.  In her just-released book, Stacy provides a step-by-step process for acquiring, developing and deploying people within any organization. It’s no-nonsense, in-the-trenches advice that will help any leader make the most of his or her most valuable asset, talent. Here are important questions to ask yourself: How is training being delivered at your organization? How are your people learning? What tools are you providing to facilitate engaged mindshare? I find so often that business owners are locked into …

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Looking for Lasting Commitment… Beyond Engagement

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Leaders are enamored with employee engagement. They repeatedly conduct surveys to assess it and hold meetings to address it. Yet, despite the millions of dollars that are invested annually, engagement continues to be among employees’ biggest disappointments and management’s top challenges. Maybe it’s time to re-think our expectations… to reframe the issue… to take the next logical step. What’s beyond engagement?  Well, in life outside of work, it’s typically marriage. ROMANTIC PARALLELS Couples enter into a romantic engagement as a transition to another, more committed state. In 2010, the average time from proposal to wedding was 15 months. ‘Five years’ …

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Develop or Die

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There seems to be a trend in development today… maybe you’ve noticed it.  Perhaps because they’re woefully overburdened with spans of control that are inhuman and inhumane, or perhaps because training and development budgets have been cut to the bone yet again leaving in their wake a sense of scarcity, or perhaps because the corporate ladder has narrowed dramatically and the rungs that are left look a bit rickety – whatever the reason, managers are willingly accepting their employees’ lack of interest in development. Working with several organizations recently, I’ve experienced many managers who respond with relief when their employees …

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Carnival of HR: The Emerging Trends Edition

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As mid-year approaches, it’s the ideal time to step back and reflect on some of the most profound Human Resources trends, patterns, and challenges… and, more importantly, identify what organizations could/should do to respond to them. Some of the best thinkers in the field share their observations and recommendations that HR – and all leaders in all functions – may want to seriously consider as they build plans to bring home strong results this year and beyond. You’ll be informed by authors, practitioners, and experts who are grappling with these challenges everyday.  And you just might be inspired to respond …

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