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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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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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Pauline, I agree that distance learning (elearning) is an outstanding way to learn in many situations, but not in every situation. It all depends on what needs to be learned and circumstances in the organization and for the learner.
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Stella, thanks for your comment. I agree; people need to learn continuously in the modern organization.
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Purity, thanks for this comment. I agree that the two modes can compliment each other and that it depends on the instructional objectives. Some objectives are best achieved in a "blended" learning format that combines classroom with elearning. And some objectives are best achieved in one mode or the other.
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Chrispinus, you make a good point that this argument only applies to institutions that have access to online technology. However, even those institutions should not limit themselves to one method of instruction, such as classroom. Some kinds of learning are best done outside the classroom, in the "real" world environment.
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Mary, thanks for this comment. I would agree that elearning is not the best mode; neither is face-to-face. It all depends on content to be learned, performance goals, organizational circumstances, and preference of learner.
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Stella, thanks for your comment. I don't think "open office" is right for every organization but I think many more could benefit from that kind of work environment.
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Evans, thanks for this comment. I believe that "pull" learning is all the more important in a large workforce. Employees have to take responsibility for their own learning. Organizational needs are changing too quickly; managers can't keep up (but they should try). People have to learn when and where they need to apply new knowledge and skills.
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Thanks for your comment, Evans.
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Eric, thanks for your comment.
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Thanks for this comment, Chrispinus. I agree with you. There is no place for humiliation in the workplace.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2017 on New Math at The Performance Improvement Blog
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