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Using Agility to Create the Learning Organization

“You learn something new every day,” is a saying that applies to many facets of life, but firms can especially learn from this. Fostering continuous learning throughout a firm helps you get more out of employees. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Roopak Jain explains the five characteristics of learning organizations: Systems thinking Personal mastery Mental models Shared vision Team learning Agile Upgrades Organized Learning Systems thinking is essentially thinking of things holistically, instead of …

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Can Reverse Mentoring Work in IT?

Everyone is familiar with the joke where a parent or grandparent is baffled by a new piece of technology, only to have a child solve the problem with the press of a button. It’s a nice reversal of traditional roles when it comes to technological competency, but this extends much further than a few laughs. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kevin Casey explains how “reverse mentoring” may be something IT will implement moving …

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Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

Having a large company with a wide variety of workers used to be the guaranteed path to success in business. But at least since the 60s, there’s been a demonstrable decline on the returns of assets on public companies in the US. Companies now need to reinvent themselves in order to put the best foot forward for the future. In an article for the Harvard Business Review, John Hagel III and John Seely Brown cover …

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5 Tips to Create a Culture of Continuous Learning

Organizations often view continuous learning as something “nice-to-do” but not “must-do.” However, according to Bersin by Deloitte, ‘high-impact learning organizations’ who matched training clearly to business needs saw profit growth three times greater than their competitors over four years. This is to say that there is a close connection between learning and business outcomes. A good learning strategy can support and put a business onto a better direction. Nina Mehta-Vania, in writing for Business Zone …

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Why Lifelong Learning Is No Longer Optional

The price of the fast pace of technological change is often a lack of time for learning all of it. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, establishes personal learning goals each year. The United Technologies’ Employee Scholar Program also helps employees “pursue lifelong learning.” As such, Bart Perkins, in an article for Computerworld, says organizations need to encourage employees to continue acquiring new skills throughout their careers. He offers some guidelines: Recruit individuals who enjoy learning. Identify …

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The Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

A stereotype of older people is that they get set in their ways, and even if something better comes along, they would rather stick with what they know. This attitude can unconsciously work its way into otherwise good employees too. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Mark Bonchek discusses the challenge of “unlearning” for the sake of improvement. The Stubborn Problem He begins by explaining that unlearning is different from forgetting; after all, people …

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It’s the Company’s Job to Help Employees Learn

People are not robotic in nature. Confining workers to a box where they continue with the same repetitive task will only kill their soul and belittle their learning abilities. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Mara Swan explore how the workforce has evolved from the mundane to encouraging workers to maximize their learning. A Concentrated Strategy According to the article, a person’s “employability” actually depends on what the person is likely …

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To Stay Relevant, Your Company and Employees Must Keep Learning

What skills do professors need to teach college students in order to prepare them for the dreaded “real world” of business? As it turns out, no such skills exist. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Pat Wadors explains that candidates need to be continuous learners instead. Lifelong Is Just Long Enough Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO and Chair, believes that employees should never stop learning, and in fact they should be spending five to 10 …

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Rethinking How IT Drives Business Value in a Digital Age

The days of IT holding a monopoly on technology are long gone. Instead, people with technological questions will ask anyone, even their middle-schooler. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Sven Gerjets discusses how this can become a problem for IT departments that refuse to adapt their ways of delivering value. Learn the Difference Take for example the technology that allows a person to take a picture of a business card, and then it creates …

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Getting Beyond the BS of Leadership Literature

Every person who would seek to improve their leadership skills through a good book should be applauded. However, there are some things that a person can simply not learn from reading, and unfortunately, leadership might be one of them. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Jeffrey Pfeffer explores how to move past the simple leadership literature and develop tangible management skills. From Theory to Practice There is a wide array of leadership failures in …

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