Category: Learning Programs

From E-Learning to We-Learning

From E-Learning to We-Learning

The corporate training industry is undergoing some major changes.  Over last few months we have been involved in many discussions with organizations about the tremendous needs to build, manage, and formalize their social and collaborative learning programs.   This is being driven by many factors:  the slowing economy, the “always-connected” nature of the workforce, and the ... Read more»

Modernize Corporate Training:  The Enterprise Learning Framework

Modernize Corporate Training: The Enterprise Learning Framework

Over the last year or so we have talked with hundreds of companies about their desire to transform their corporate training programs to take advantage of social networking, knowledge management, communities of practice, and better models of blended learning. As we studied dozens of high performing training programs through our Learning Leaders® program, we ... Read more»

People not just Megawatts:  The Vestas Story

People not just Megawatts: The Vestas Story

In today’s new green (and red ink) economy, businesses all over the world are working hard to reduce operational expenses, restructure their workforce, and transform themselves into sustainable business models.  I think one of the most exciting examples of a company going through this transition is Vestas Wind Systems, the global leader in wind ... Read more»

Deep vs. Wide:  The New Career Strategy

Deep vs. Wide: The New Career Strategy

Times are tough.  Today we learned of another 590,000 jobs lost and that US unemployment rose to 7.6%.  We seem to be getting several emails each week from high powered HR or L&D professionals who have lost their positions at their favorite employers.  

I also speak regularly with top HR and L&D managers about their ... Read more»

Talent Management Challenges in the Federal Government

Talent Management Challenges in the Federal Government

We have been doing a lot of research and work with the Federal Government in the area of talent management.  Let me share a few interesting findings.

The United States Federal government has more than 2,7 million employees, ranging in roles from secret service agents to financial analysts to IT specialists to scientists.   These people ... Read more»

Make Learning part of your Business Strategy

Make Learning part of your Business Strategy

One of the important lessons we have learned from our High Impact Learning Organization® research is the simple but profound fact that learning is part of a corporate business strategy.   While many HR and business leaders still believe that “training” is department which improves workforce productivity and should be treated as an expense item, ... Read more»

Social Networking in Talent Management:  Where are we?

Social Networking in Talent Management: Where are we?

Whew.  Earlier this year we embarked on a major research effort to understand the growing role of social networking in enterprise learning and talent management.  The results are amazing.   Let me give you a brief preview of some of our initial findings:

  1. Organizations are working mightily to figure out how to leverage social networking (blogs,
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New Disciplines of the Modern Training Organization

New Disciplines of the Modern Training Organization

This month we are launching The High Impact Learning Organization®, a research study which has been more than three years in development.  During this time we have interviewed hundreds of corporate HR and training leaders and reviewed in-depth trends of more than 780 global organizations. 

Listen Audio Overview of this research:  click here.

As ... Read more»

Are you an Enduring Organization?

Are you an Enduring Organization?

As we continue to study best practices in the implementation of corporate learning and talent management, we find that high performing organizations fall into two categories:  those who endure and prosper over long periods of time (decades), and those who rapidly rise to prominence, then falter during a major business challenge, and often become acquired ... Read more»

Starbucks Nationwide Training Day:  Did it work?

Starbucks Nationwide Training Day: Did it work?

On February 26, 2008 Starbucks embarked on an interesting experiment in enterprise learning:  the company shut down all its US stores for several hours to train 135,000 employees in a single shot.   The goal of this program was to “reenergize our focus on the things that have made us the leading roaster and retailer of ... Read more»

The Role of a Learning Culture in 2008

The Role of a Learning Culture in 2008

We recently completed a major research program which studies the elements of corporate learning which deliver the highest levels of business impact. Our findings were fascinating, providing valuable guidance for anyone in the corporate learning industry.

First, there are two types of solutions provided by corporate learning organizations. The first type, which we call “... Read more»

Story-Telling as Corporate Learning

Story-Telling as Corporate Learning

I recently had a conversation with Tamara Elkeles, the Chief Learning Officer for Qualcomm.  Qualcomm is a highly successful technology company which focuses on many technologies embedded in the cellular telephone industry.  The company is in the Intellectual Property business, primarily licensing technology to cellular providers, telecommunications companies, and manufacturers.

Tamara has a very successful ... Read more»

A New Organizational Learning Model:  Learning On-Demand

A New Organizational Learning Model: Learning On-Demand

Much has been written in the last few years about “informal learning” and the need for a culture of learning in organizations.  We know from our research that today’s tight labor market and the changing demographics of the workforce are creating an even greater and greater need for a new model.  Let me discuss our ... Read more»

Rapid E-Learning… and the Need for a Learning Architecture

Rapid E-Learning… and the Need for a Learning Architecture

The Origins of Rapid E-Learning

Some years ago (2003) we were doing some consulting with a major tools provider and first coined the term “rapid e-learning.”  Yes, it was us.  In fact, I first realized the market for this back in 2000 while I was working at DigitalThink, and we developed a product we called ... Read more»

Learning Outsourcing Marches Ahead:  New Economics

Learning Outsourcing Marches Ahead: New Economics

We have always regarded the term “learning outsourcing” as a misnomer.  The very nature of a training function requires that many of the topics, programs, and solutions are outsourced – after all, training managers are expected to be able to train and support every function in the company.  How can they possibly do this without ... Read more»