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Stephen Gill
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I'm an independent consultant specializing in increasing the impact of learning in organizations.
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I’m afraid some companies are regressing to the workplace Taylorism of the early 1900s, a time when efficiency became more important than humanity. In an attempt to increase productivity and lower costs, companies are installing technology that monitors and controls... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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How do you find agile learners, people who can curate information for themselves, use a wide variety of learning methods, and quickly apply new learning to their work? In our new book, Minds at Work: Managing for Success in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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Modern organizations need agile learners. Given the pace of change due to technology, globalization, workforce diversity, and hyper-competition, people need to continually acquire and apply new knowledge, skills, and values at a rate unheard of in previous eras. As we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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LAD Global, in partnership with the Singapore Training and Development Association, has made my short course on evaluation of training and learning available for free online. I hope people involved in talent development will find this course to be a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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As I usually do at this time of year, I’ve selected five blog posts from the past year that seem to have had the most interest from readers. With the publication of my new book, Minds at Work: Managing for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at The Performance Improvement Blog
Christian, I apologize for not responding sooner. I didn't see your comment until recently (I'll blame it on the technology!). I think you make a very important point about the difficulty of attracting talent when a company doesn't have the learning technology in place to develop people. Workers today, especially young workers, want the opportunity to learn and grow in their jobs. If that opportunity isn't there, they won't be motivated to seek employment or do their very best if they are employed. However, I don't think training, whatever the technology, is the answer. I think we have to develop ways for people to learn in the course of their work, on-the-job, just-in-time, on-demand.
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Every day, it seems, another high profile case of sexual harassment comes to light. And then there are the many workplace complaints of sexual harassment that are no less harmful to women but, perpetrated by mid-level managers, don’t get the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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In the Knowledge Economy, people must take responsibility for their own learning. They need to learn how to learn independently and how to learn what they need to know when they need to know it. The world of work is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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Harness the power of employees’ minds! Although many companies pay lip service to the idea that employees are their most valuable asset, they remain stuck in a 20th century mindset in which employees are a liability. In our new book,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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[This post is by Sally Ann Moore, the Director General iLearning Forum at Closer Still Media. iLearning Forum is the most important learning meeting in Europe. Sally Ann wrote this as part of her preparation for the conference.] While preparing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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The explosion in sexual harassment charges against company executives is a symptom of the dramatic change that is going on in the workplace. This is about much more than a few courageous women standing up to a few misogynist men.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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Given the current economy, the role of L&D departments and learning professionals must change dramatically. Elliott Masie, one of the great thinkers about learning and workplace productivity, writes in a recent issue of Chief Learning Officer: It is time for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
Brian, thanks for the kind words.
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The safest prediction is that reality will outstrip our imaginations. So let us craft our policies not just for what we expect but for what will surely surprise us. –Sendhil Mullainathan, professor of economics, Harvard University Professor Mullainathan argues that,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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We are now in the "Knowledge Economy" which means that we must learn differently than we have in the past. As I wrote in a previous blog post titled, The Manager's Abridged History of Work and Learning: Today, work is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
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In the latest issue of Deloitte Review, authors John Hagel, Jeff Schwartz, and Josh Bersin describe the forces, based on research and their own experience, that are shaping the future of work and the workforce. The forces they identify are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
Bernie, thanks so much for your comment. I always appreciate your perspective from many years as a manager in the auto industry.
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Missing from the conversation about gaps in the labor market is an analysis of how supply, retention, and productivity of workers is affected by their workplace experience. U.S. Politicians and economists talk about jobs, jobs, and jobs. They say they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
Peninnah, thanks for this comment.
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Companies today need learners. In the Agricultural Economy, a strong back was enough. In the Industrial Economy, a set of good hands was enough. But in the Knowledge Economy, companies need people who can develop their minds. The Knowledge Economy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at The Performance Improvement Blog
Catherine, thanks for this comment.
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Catherine, thanks for your comment. Some leaders seem to think that competition within and among units is good for the organization. But in most cases, it causes "hatred" and distrust and ends up wasting time and resources.
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Pauline, thanks for your comment.
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Thanks for your comment. You offer a good explanation why employee engagement is important in companies.
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Catherine, thanks for your comment.
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