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Does Size Matter?

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As I return to the grid following a refreshing break, it seems an appropriate time to pose the question “How Do We Measure The Impact of Apprenticeships?”

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Struggling on How to Kick Off a Feedback Session? Try These 3 Tips!

Struggling on How to Kick Off a Feedback Session? Try These 3 Tips! | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

I once conducted interview-based 360-degree assessments with three executives in the automotive industry.

Coming in as a third party consultant, I perceived a cautious skepticism from the leaders under review.

I decided, right at the onset, to create an environment conducive to their learning from the feedback they would be receiving. My goal was to help them be receptive to the comments and to avoid the thought that often comes by default when reading negative feedback: Who could have said that?

My clients and I worked together during the first meeting and agreed to navigate the process while bearing in mind the following three principles:

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Six Thinking Hats: Looking at a Decision From All Points of View

Six Thinking Hats: Looking at a Decision From All Points of View | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

What is your instinctive approach to decision making? If you're naturally optimistic, then chances are you don't always consider potential downsides. Similarly, if you're very cautious or have a risk-averse outlook, you might not focus on opportunities that could open up.

Often, the best decisions come from changing the way that you think about problems, and examining them from different viewpoints.

"Six Thinking Hats" can help you to look at problems from different perspectives, but one at a time, to avoid confusion from too many angles crowding your thinking.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 8:14 AM
Often, the best decisions come from changing the way that you think about problems and examining them from different viewpoints.
 
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3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned

3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Do you remember a time when you left a training session full of valuable knowledge that you were just itching to apply? Unfortunately, when you got back to your workplace, there was a pile of catch-up work that immediately became your top priority. And time out of the office had caused your inbox to explode. And then your boss informed you about a new project you had to tackle.

When this scenario happens, despite your best intentions it’s likely the session materials—along with your new learnings—will end up on a shelf.

Does it have to be this way? No! What if you had returned to your workplace with the same pressing deadlines, and discovered that your company had assigned a coach to support you and help integrate your learnings back on the job. Wouldn’t that be helpful? You bet it would! In fact, people who get coaching to support new learning exhibit up to two-thirds more improved productivity than those who didn’t have coaching following their training.

Wondering how to get started? Here are three of the ways I work with coaching clients to help them apply what they’ve learned in class. Consider how these strategies could help your people.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 22, 8:01 AM
Providing coaching turns a training event into a learning process. It makes the learning stick! Could your people benefit from some coaching to support their learning?
 
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6 Ways To Become A Better Listener 

6 Ways To Become A Better Listener  | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Ever zone out while someone is talking? Of course. We all do. The average human has an eight-second attention span. With electronic distractions competing for your time and an abundance of responsibilities at work, it makes listening attentively to someone else speak pretty difficult.

“We are living in a time when it’s more challenging to be consistently aware and intentional because so many things are demanding our attention. Our brains haven’t caught up to the technology that’s feeding them,” says Scott Eblin, author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. “The impact of this leaves people in a chronic condition of fight or flight.”


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 19, 7:23 PM

Humans have an average eight-second attention span. You’re going to need to do better if you want to get things done.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 9:01 AM
We all require self-focus, but leaders who make a difference are the ones who know the purpose is bigger than themselves, says Gregersen. “When a leader is operating on the edge of what’s possible, they’re in strong listening mode,” he says.
 
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Five tips for being a better mentor  

Five tips for being a better mentor   | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
At some point in your life, there is a pretty good chance that you will be a mentor to someone, even if only in a more informal relationship. It can be exhilarating to think that you are helping shape someone’s development and potentially helping them carve out a career path for themselves.

But that said, it can also feel a bit overwhelming at times to be a mentor and to be looked upon as the guiding light in someone’s life.  

The truth is that mentors don’t always have the answers, nor should they. Mentors aren’t there to just point in a direction and tell the mentees to go. Mentors should act as a sounding board and guide for their mentees, but should also push their mentees to find their own answers. 

It can require a delicate balance of listening, sharing, brainstorming, commiserating, encouraging, and more. To help you find the right balance and be a more effective mentor, Here are five tips to share that you can implement in your relationships.
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Are competing priorities impacting your health?

Are competing priorities impacting your health? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Everyone can recognise that familiar tug of war inside us; go out or stay in and catch up on work, make a fresh dinner for the kids or finish catching up on e-mails; work late or go to the gym? These are common everyday dilemmas we all face but have you ever stopped to consider that this constant tug of war could be impacting your health?
 
Underneath these seemingly tedious choices there are darker forces at play.

Our values - things which are important to us and we are willing to invest time, money and energy to achieve - drive our decision-making behaviour. Good when they help us make clear choices, less helpful when we are choosing between things that are of similar importance.

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Are competing priorities impacting your health?
 
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After Action Review (AAR) Process: Learning from Your Actions Sooner Rather Than Later

After Action Review (AAR) Process: Learning from Your Actions Sooner Rather Than Later | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Monitoring and evaluating are common activities. But your methods and timing can make all the difference. Learn how the AAR process ensures continuous learning and improves organizational performance.
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The 43 best websites for learning something new - Business Insider

The 43 best websites for learning something new - Business Insider | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
With so much learning content available, exploring only the best stuff on the web is crucial for your time and sanity.

We’ve saved you all those hours of painful Google searching with this list of great knowledge sources, inspiring blogs, tools, communities and course platforms that will help you discover fresh ideas or master new skills.

The final list was manually compiled by our expert panel from +250 nominees based on a scoring system analysing learning experience, content quality, and price.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 13, 8:18 AM
This is intriguing, you need to check out the list and couple of the recommended websites.
JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, March 13, 10:03 PM
There are so many avenues to learn.
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What Makes A Great Coach? 3 Key Ingredients

What Makes A Great Coach?  3 Key Ingredients | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Every coaching model and worldwide coaching professional association has its set of required core competencies which must be achieved for one to be considered an effective coach.  But are there any common ingredients across all coaching models and coaching professional associations?  Here’s what I came up with. How do these match with your experience?

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The Science of Learning: 5 Things to Literally Keep in Mind

The Science of Learning: 5 Things to Literally Keep in Mind | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

While our technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly, allowing for the vast amount of existing cognitive-science research on how the brain takes in information. To create powerful learning experiences, it’s helpful to understand how the brain works. Translating research into meaningful, evidence-based practices, programs, and policies is crucial for learning and development professionals seeking to gain the most impact out of their endeavors.

Five methods by which the brain processes information below will put you on track to improve your own learning and development initiatives.

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Communication: What You May Be Doing Wrong Without Even Realizing

Communication: What You May Be Doing Wrong Without Even Realizing | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
As a professional, you certainly know the importance of effective communication. Being an effective communicator is not only about the message, it’s also about the mode of communication and the opportunities you provide for feedback.

Your inability to get the point across thwarts your efforts at effective communication. You can’t just send out a company-wide email and assume everything is copacetic if no one replies. The truth may be that you were ineffective as a communicator, and people didn’t understand—or even pay attention—to your message.

There are some things you might be doing to undermine your effectiveness as a communicator, and you may not even know you’re doing them. Here are some communication pitfalls you should try to avoid:
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Communication: What You May Be Doing Wrong Without Even Realizing
 
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Are apprenticeships the way to create a truly meritocratic education system?

Are apprenticeships the way to create a truly meritocratic education system? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Educational inequality is on the rise in Britain. The Sutton Trust recently found that the achievement gap in the UK is substantially larger today than it was for children born 40-60 years ago, while a report published last year by Unicef ranked the UK 25th out of 37 countries for inequality when it comes to education. The findings of both these reports present worrying revelations for those working within the training and education sphere.

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The Reframing Matrix: Generating Different Perspectives

The Reframing Matrix: Generating Different Perspectives | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

When you're stuck on a problem, it often helps to look at it from another perspective. This can be all that you need to do to come up with a great solution. However, it is sometimes difficult to think about what these perspectives might be.

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Build Your Resilience: 5 Ways To Lean Into Life's Curves

Build Your Resilience: 5 Ways To Lean Into Life's Curves | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Life isn’t linear. No matter how well thought out your plans, they’ll eventually collide with a reality you didn’t plan on. Learning to "lean into the curves" when life doesn’t unfold as you’d hoped will help spare you untold stress, bounce back faster and emerge better off.  Here’s five ways to do just that.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 21, 6:30 PM

Life isn't linear. Sooner or later the best laid plans collide with a reality you didn't plan on. Learning to "lean into the curves" will help you handle them better and emerge better off.

Pamela Usukumah's curator insight, March 22, 1:19 PM
Nothing ever goes as planned, learning to roll with the punches can help you succeed.
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The neuroscience of asking insightful questions

The neuroscience of asking insightful questions | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
I teach coaching skills to leaders. When I get to the section on how to ask questions (an important part of learning to coach) I might ask a trick question to start off: “How many of you are good at solving problems?”. Without fail, almost all hands shoot enthusiastically into the air. There’s nothing wrong …

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 23, 8:12 PM
We are not guiding if we are solving for the kids. We need to guide kids to their own solutions to the challenges that they face. Asking questions rather than giving answers tests our patience and our desire to "help," but we do not help if we simply give answers. 
Marshall Alston's curator insight, March 27, 1:35 PM
Depending on what you are trying to learn will depend on how you ask a question.
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3 Ways Conflict can Challenge You to Grow  

3 Ways Conflict can Challenge You to Grow   | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Who says conflict is a bad thing?  Here are 3 ways conflict can help you grow personally and professionally:
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Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither is a good leader! 

Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither is a good leader!  | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

A piece of research in the 90s asked successful senior leaders in a range of different organisations where they thought they had got their skills and knowledge from. Their response looked roughly like this:

10% came from training and development programmes and structured courses
20% came from one-to-one conversations, with colleagues and through coaching or mentoring
70% came from just doing the job and learning on the go (best when the assignments are challenging rather than repetitive)
Morgan McCall and his colleagues working at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are usually credited with originating this 70:20:10 ratio – two of his colleagues, Lombardo and Eichinger, referred to McCall’s study in their 1996 book 'The Career Architect Development Planner'.

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Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Four steps to stop it.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 12:14 PM
Pressure is not stress.

"While struggling with cancer, it took me a couple of years to train myself to follow these steps. But ultimately it worked. My stress levels went down, my health improved, and my career took off. More heartening, I discovered that everything Derek had taught me could be taught to others, with similar results."
 
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Your Organization Wastes Time. Here’s How to Fix It.

Your Organization Wastes Time. Here’s How to Fix It. | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Companies wind up in trouble and squander the time, talent, and energy of their workforce when they lose focus, spend money on things that don’t make a difference to employees or the future of the business, and use operating models that are out of whack.

By attacking the root causes of organizational drag, companies can eliminate unnecessary work, reenergize the workforce and, at the same time, put the business on a better course. They can do this by following the three R’s:

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How to lead a brainstorm - TED.Ed

How to lead a brainstorm - TED.Ed | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Brainstorming was invented in the 1930s as a practical idea-generation technique for regular use by “creatives” within the ad agency BBDO. The skill began to gain a wider audience in 1942, when Alex Osborn — the “O” in BBDO — released a book called How to Think Up and sparked the imaginations of his fellow Mad Men.

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How to Recover From Job Loss: Dealing With the Practicalities of Moving On

How to Recover From Job Loss: Dealing With the Practicalities of Moving On | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Whether you've been laid off or fired, a job loss can be devastating. Your career, finances and self-esteem can all be hit hard and, in an instant, doubt and uncertainty wipe out any satisfaction and security.

But, while losing your job may be out of your control, the way that you react to it is not. With the determination to bounce back and a focus on the positive aspects of your situation, you can turn adversity into opportunity. This article will show you how.

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Losing your job can be a crushing experience. However devastated you feel, though, it's essential to react calmly and professionally, and to avoid doing anything that might tarnish your reputation or integrity.
 
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3 Ways Conflict can Challenge You to Grow - People Development Network

3 Ways Conflict can Challenge You to Grow - People Development Network | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Conflict leads to innovation when you embrace it. Embracing conflict isn't easy but it's rewarding. Conflict can lead to stronger teams and better results.

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Five Essential Principles If You’re Going to Make Your Coaching Successful

Five Essential Principles If You’re Going to Make Your Coaching Successful | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

More and more organizations are leveraging coaching internally. Whether it’s a manager coaching for performance, an HR business partner coaching for development, or a designated coach in the organization working with a variety of people, coaching helps people perform at their best.

To be effective, coaches at every level need to follow five principles. Failure in any one of these five areas can quickly take a positive coaching experience and turn it negative.

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Closing The Skills Gap - The Recurring Challenge

Closing The Skills Gap - The Recurring Challenge | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Britain suffers from stubborn skills shortages, which Brexit will only make worse. So how can business, education and government work together to solve things?

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