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Why should a learning strategy focus on competencies?

Typically learning strategies link learning options ranging from training and professional development to the enterprise-wide business goals and objectives.  A common mistake is to focus these learning options on employees first.  It sounds counter-intuitive but the beginning steps should be on defining the organizational competencies before defining a learning strategy.  A core competency is something … Continue reading

Let’s focus on the WIIFM…

So what comes first, employees go learn or employers invest in learning?  Many organizations offer tuition reimbursement but did you know that recent research found that only an “average 51% of financial benefits offered to employees is utilized annually”?  What struck me was the different perspectives on why current workers are not willing to upskill … Continue reading

Curation is a learning service (we should use!)

Why would learning professionals talk about something that museums do?  Because curation is a process learning & development professionals should be using to support their business partners using a targeted, specific method.  Like instructional design, curation is a systematic process of gathering content that is relevant to a particular topic area or business segment.  More … Continue reading

It takes a team!

Recently I attended an Oireachtas, a very specialized Irish dance competition.  Usually the competitions, a feis, features individuals competing and there were individuals dancing here too however the focus of this event is on teams competing with very detailed and complex dances.  The Oireachtas occurs once a year so the challenge is to bring individuals … Continue reading

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