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Chris Browning

Chris Browning

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

5 MENTORING PROGRAM PITFALLS

Why do mentoring programs fail? As with any program, attention needs to be paid to the manner in which mentoring is implemented to ensure success. Here are five common pitfalls we've seen over the years...

I think it’s safe to say that participation in many organizational social learning programs has fallen woefully short of hopes and expectations. Why? Well, one reason is...

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 02:00

THE MISSING PIECE OF MENTORING SUCCESS?

In my recent blog entry, Mentoring Is More than the Match, I described the “Five M’s of Successful Mentoring” model that we advocate here at River (market, match, monitor, motivate, and measure). Is there a sixth M missing from this model?

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00

MENTORING IS MORE THAN THE MATCH

A mentoring program administrator’s job is more or less done once the match is made. This myth has sadly been around for as long as I’ve been involved in helping design mentoring programs, and it continues to be repeated by many organizations even today.

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 00:00

THE CASE FOR DIRECTED SOCIAL LEARNING

While there is no one way to do social learning, I have seen enough over the years to reach the conclusion that in the majority of instances, the pendulum has swung too far in the unstructured direction. The open, organic approach has within it a number of core, faulty assumptions. Here are a few...

Social learning remains a hot topic for organizations, especially as they try to ensure that they are leveraging the latest and greatest methodologies for developing their workforces. To make the most of this trend, your social learning strategy should include collaborative learning as a core element.

Collaborative and social—you might think they are the same thing...

The hype surrounding social learning can sound like an old carnival hawker at times. Social learning: The tonic to ease your troubles! With just a click here and a thumbs up there, everyone can know everything, and your company profits will shoot into the stratosphere!

Unfortunately, we know this is not the case. It takes much more than just a few lazy clicks of the mouse to make learning happen.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

FLIPPED CLASSROOMS PUT LEARNING TO WORK

While the concept of the flipped classroom began to emerge in education circles in the 1990s, it has recently picked up steam as an approach to learning worthy of serious consideration in the corporate world. At its core, the concept of the flipped classroom is that the design of the instruction is reversed (or flipped) so that instructional content is provided outside of the classroom...

I recently had the opportunity to read a LinkedIn post by Ed Franzone, who is an executive coach, organization, and leadership development consultant. I’ve known Ed for several years now. Our paths initially crossed when the company I work for, River, provided services to one of Ed’s former employers; Ed was our internal champion.

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

FIND YOUR MENTORING FIT IN 2015

We all know that mentoring can play a critical role in our careers and development, but sometimes it’s hard to get started or difficult to find the right fit.  Mentoring is special because it focuses on each person’s needs or talents.  It’s about the personalized connections we make with coworkers...

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