Ger’s Learning Notes #10 – Impact

The theme of our annual customer day (check out these photo’s) this year  was ‘Impact’. A great theme for the 10th edition the learning notes. What else is more satisfying than a customer or colleague thanking you for a positive impact you made through your work? These notes will help you get there. Cheers – Ger

Posted on June 16, 2017.

(1) Four ways you can increase learning efficiency today – by Laura Overton

What’s it about?
Key stakeholders want learning to be efficient. As technology has matured so have the expectations of different stakeholders. So, how can we create more impact and efficiency?

Why read it?

  • The findings are based on the infamous The Towards Maturity Benchmark.
  • The learnings are evidence bases (based on results from top performers).
  • The article presents four tips for increasing efficiency.
  • Start with this article and discover the rich ‘bonanza’ that Towards Maturity has to offer

Where to find it?
Four ways you can increase learning efficiency today – by Laura Overton

(2) Five moments of learning Need (video) – by GoodPractice

What’s it about?
Being aware of the ‘five moments of need’ is a fundamental way to understand how to design (blended) learning solutions for maximum impact.

Why read it?

  • It’s an excellent video (of 3.17 minutes) that explains the ‘five moments of need’. It’s simply and easy to digest.
  • It will help you as learning designer to create learning solutions that have a maximum ‘fit for use’.
  • Designing with the five moments of need in mind will save you time (and money) and increase the impact of your work.

Where to find it?
Five moments of learning Need (video) – by GoodPractice

(3) Exploring the cause of poor performance (recorded AITD webinar) – by Ger Driesen

What’s it about?
Impact can only be reached if we focus our efforts and tailor our interventions related to a clear analysis of the problem we face and more important: the causes behind it. This webinar covers a systematic approach (checklist) for finding causes for poor performance.

Why read it?

  • It will teach you a systematic, analytical approach to find causes of poor performance via a step-by-step checklist.
  • Knowing real causes will help you to design effective interventions and avoid pushing learning when it’s not effective.
  • The approach will help you prepare and lead conversations with your stakeholders. 
  • Tip: Main content starts at 3 minutes.   

Where to find it?
Exploring the cause of poor performance (recorded AITD webinar) – by Ger Driesen

(4) How trainers should show up for work (video) – By Jim Smith Jr.

What’s it about?
In this short video mister Jim Smith Jr. – also known as ‘Mr. Jimpact’ or ‘Mr. Energy’ – shares his vision on the role of the modern learning professional. Recorded at the ATD2017 conference.

Why watch it?

  • Have a bad day? Watch this video and you’ll feel better!
  • Jim gives a focussed overview of the world of learning today, 
  • ..and his vision on what this means for learning professionals.
  • You’ve got to bring it, got to bring it, got to bring it!

Where to find it?
Mr. Energy – video

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Ger’s Learning Notes #9 – What happened at ATD 2017

You were looking forward to visiting ATD this year but you couldn’t make it? This edition of my learning notes is created based on sessions at ATD 2017 in Atlanta. – Cheers – Ger

Posted on May 31, 2017.

(1) Micro Learning in micro time: Creating just-in-time learning by Shannon Tipton

What’s it about?
At the start of the conference ATD President and CEO Tony Bingham focussed on the importance of micro learning during his opening speech. Micro learning instantly became the hot topic of the conference. Shannon Tipton gave a very good, well structured and thought through overview of micro learning during her session.

Why read it?

  • Get a clear and clever overview and understanding of what micro learning is and isn’t.
  • Learn that ‘micro’ in fact should be ‘right sized’ depending on the actual situation.
  • Discover the 6 markers and the ‘Discover-Develop-Deliver approach for micro learning.

Where to find it?
Shannon Tipton on micro learning

(2) Activators – How to make learning stick by Sebastian Bailey

What’s it about?
There were many sessions related to brain, brain science and the application of brain science in different areas. Sebastian Bailey holds a PhD in Psychology and Education and introduced ‘the Activator’. The Activator is a person who knows what to do when he knows not what to do. He presented the characteristics of an Activator and how learning works best for them.

Why read it?

  • Learn more about the concept of Activators and their characteristics.
  • He debunks some myths about effective learning by stating that almost everything works.
  • He gives concrete and interesting clues – backed up by science – how to make learning stick.
  • The presentation contains relevant principles that you can apply for effective learning design.

Where to find it?
Sebastian Bailey’s presentation

(3) How it’s made: Create a learning and performance ecosystem by Ger Driesen

What’s it about?
To handle fundamental strategic learning and development needs, quick fixes won’t do the job. A well-designed learning and performance support ecosystem is needed to yield relevant and sustainable results. What exactly is a learning and performance ecosystem and how can you create one?

Why read it?

  • The principles and building blocks of learning and performance ecosystems are explained.
  • Learn about the importance of interconnections of different interventions for additional value and sustainability.
  • Find clues on how to create and successfully implement a learning and performance ecosystem that fits your context.

Where to find it?
Ger Driesen’s presentation on learning ecosystems

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(4) The 2017 ATD ICE Backchannel: Curated resources #ATD2017 by David Kelly

What’s it about?
David Kelly is a master ‘curator’ who creates a great overview of backchannel resources of major conferences. He does so for many years now (great work!). In this overview you’ll find the most relevant resources of the ATD 2017 conference.

Why read it?

  • You’ll find a well structured overview of the most relevant resources related to the conference.
  • Find general info, session specific info and additional resources that relate to the conference themes.
  • Be sure that you know of the good work of David Kelly – explore his website for curated resources of many other events.

Where to find it?
David Kelly’s curated resources for ATD 2017

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Ger’s Learning Notes #8 – Inspiration from Japan

The last few weeks a lot of things related to Japan popped up in different places. What is Ikigai? What does ‘get to your Gemba’ mean. How can you use PechaKucha? And what does it have to do with learning? Find out in this edition of the ‘Japanese’ learning notes. – Ganbatte! Ger-San

Posted on May 5, 2017.

(1) Ikigai: the reason you get up in the morning – by Aly Juma

What’s it about?
Ikigai is the Japanese word for ‘reason for being’ or as mentioned in the title of this blog ‘the reason you get up in the morning’. It’s about finding the best combination of what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs and what you can be paid for.

Why read it?

  • After reviewing many posts and video’s – this one gives a clear and brief explanation of Ikigai, including the Ikigai venn diagram and some beautiful pictures.
  • Ikigai seems to be(come) a popular concept and is very much related to the profession of learning and development – so you should know about it!
  • It’s a very positive concept: it even seems to be the ‘secret sauce’ of the people living in Okinawa who live very long.

Where to find it?
http://alyjuma.com/ikigai/

(2) Go to the Gemba –  by Deborah Adler

What’s it about?
Go to the Gemba means: go to the real place, go to where the work gets done. A good advice for many professionals.

Why watch it?

  • Go to the Gemba is the most important thing that I learned when I worked for a Japanese company. It’s absolutely valuable and important for learning and development professionals to understand the work, work processes and context of the people we want to support with learning.
  • I love the perspective of the designer Deborah Adler: her examples, challenges and solutions are so clear and inspiring to explain the ‘go to the Gemba’ concept.

Where to find it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_DGAGzyPEg

(3) PechaKucha – by PechaKucha.org

What’s it about?
PechaKucha, also known as 20×20, is a modern format and style to deliver a presentation. You have to tell your story via 20 slides, only pictures, no text and each slide will only be up on screen for 20 seconds (autocue).

Why read it?

  • PechaKucha has become quite mainstream today but often the starting points are applied only in a very loose way and that is a pity (or a shame!).
  • Dive into the original source of PechaKucha so you know how it is meant to be applied – don’t forget that the presentations are ‘conversation starters’. So if you organise or deliver a PechaKucha be sure conversation is included.
  • Find your local PechaKucha night and plan your visit – you’ll love it!  And there is even a PechaKucha of the day app available.

Where to find it?
http://www.pechakucha.org/

(4) Nemawashi by The Original Blog of Toyota GB

What’s it about?
Nemawashi refers to creating commitment, bringing together and exploring the points of view of different stakeholders before taking a decision (I had to learn it the hard way).

Why read it?

  • What I love, and what I believe is very valuable, is the wise story behind the Japanese way of working. In any profession, in any culture, the art of creating consensus – not for the sake of consensus but for the sake of effective decision making – seems very valuable to me.
  • Read this and all the other 11 pillars of the Toyota Production System in this fantastic blog – it is a very useful toolset (including mindset!) and try to apply all you can in your work processes.

Where to find it?
http://blog.toyota.co.uk/nemawashi-toyota-production-system

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Ger Driesen

Hooked on learning

I hope my learning notes will inspire you and keep you craving for more. Have questions or comments? Feel free to drop me an email or tweet (@GerDriesen).

Ger

Ger Driesen
Learning Innovation Leader

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