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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: LEARNING PREDICITIONS FOR 2014

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The future of learning is bright and exciting, according to Randy Emelo, renowned thought leader and expert on social learning, modern mentoring, and collaboration.  In his recent webinar “Learning Predictions for 2014,” Randy shared the latest trends in learning, as well as what he sees as the next big thing in learning. To paraphrase and summarize Randy’s predictions, ask yourself: What if your learning system could pull in information and resources...

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00

WHAT KIND OF COLLABORATOR ARE YOU?

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Collaboration—such a simple word with such a complex nature.  Collaboration can lead to increased self-discovery, learning, creativity, and innovation. But collaboration isn’t always easy or productive.  We’ve all sat through meetings, participated in learning groups, worked on projects and so on where we know that the resulting collaboration could have been improved, to say the least...

Interested in social learning? So am I. As social media manager here at the River, I spend much time researching, reading, curating, and sharing articles, blogs and other resources authored by prominent thought leaders in the social learning space. I am constantly amazed by the industry experts’ perspectives and insights on learning and work, and am excited about the changes they are bringing out across all industries...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

IS THE TRADITIONAL LMS ON ITS WAY OUT?

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Could the traditional LMS, the primary way most organizations have invested in learning, be on its way out? A number of recent surveys and studies seem to suggest that people are ready for a better way to manage organization learning. For example, a Brandon Hall Group survey presented in their recent webinar, Research Spotlight: LMS Trends, noted that 47.7% of 500 organizational respondents want to replace their LMS. Additionally...

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

MILLENNIALS AND HIGHER EDUCATION: ARE BUSINESSES PICKING UP THE SLACK?

Written by Randy Emelo

How many of you think Millennials have the skills that it takes to be a good manager?  In a 2013 EY survey, only 5% of respondents thought so, while 70% said Gen X is the best equipped to manage a team.  While not surprising, given Gen X has more real-world experience than Millennials, this is a serious issue that we must address as learning and development professionals...

Is figuring out how to better leverage and enable informal and social learning keeping you up at night? If not, it probably should be. In a recent CLO magazine article, well-regarded learning thought-leader Jay Cross explains that companies must begin focusing more on informal learning, where the learner or individual is in control of when and what they learn, and social learning, where people learn from one another. Why? Because this is how nearly 80% of...

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

THINK, SAY, DO: CAREER TIPS FOR MILLENNIALS

Written by Kristin Boe

I am no career expert, nor am I some crazy-successful Millennial CEO or entrepreneur. I am not on the 30 under 30 list, nor is it likely I will be there next year. That said, as a part of my job, I manage our River blog and social media efforts, so I am constantly looking for articles and resources that have to do with Millennials, getting ahead in one’s career, and other HR, learning, talent, and performance related topics to either blog about or to share with our followers...

Learning is at the core of everything we do—not only as a company, but also as human beings. As the creators of River, our goal is to create lasting learning cultures that fully maximize our clients’ learning investments. So we challenged ourselves to answer this question, “How can we help our clients get more out of their organizational learning?” To help answer this question...

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 00:00

SOCIAL LEARNING BEST PRACTICES: GOING GLOBAL

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Would your engineers in Thailand benefit from sharing knowledge and learning from your R&D team in Germany? Does your marketing team in the U.S. possess valuable knowledge and insights that relate to the work that your South American sales team performs? If you can picture the benefits of your international employees collaborating and learning from one another based on work-related topics and issues...

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

2014: A BIG YEAR FOR LEARNING

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Can you feel it? The winds of change are blowing… 2014 will be a big year for learning as we see it continue to move from being administrative and reactionary into a function that can proactively help us build and sustain the workforce of the future. Here are some of my predictions for where I see the direction of corporate learning heading in 2014...

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00

MILLENNIALS AND EMPLOYERS: A GAME OF CHICKEN

Written by Kristin Boe

How would you answer this question: Millennials must adapt to companies or companies must adapt to Millennials Seems that this question has been on the minds of many lately. This topic came up in a recent Fox News Panel that included my former University of Miami classmate, Ben Kosinski, Millennial entrepreneur and founder of the online platform Sumpto. The panel covered issues related to Millennials and the workplace...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:00

GETTING COMMITTED TO SOCIAL LEARNING

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In an October 2013 American Management Association survey on analytical skills in the workplace, Human Resources and Sales were the two functions that lacked these skills the most, according to respondents.  People in Finance were seen as the most highly skilled in analytical ability, with 58% rated as expert or advanced, as compared to just 27% in HR and 34% in Sales. But what if people in HR and Sales could tap into the knowledge of their colleagues in Finance so that they could improve their analytical ability...

It’s no secret that innovation is the key ingredient to driving a company forward.  Want to compete in a future where nothing is guaranteed and markets can change quicker than I can gulp down a cup of coffee on a Monday morning?  Then you need innovation.  Want to be the company that everyone is clamoring to keep up with?  Then you need innovation.  Want to be the company that people really want to work for?  Then you need innovation...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

SKILL GAPS: ARE WE CREATING OUR OWN PROBLEM?

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A November 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that nearly eight in 10 managers are at least somewhat concerned about the skills gap that exists in their company, but only about four in 10 organizations are doing anything about it. I agree that the skills gap is a very real and serious problem, but if companies are not willing to do anything to address the issue, then they need to stop complaining about it...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00

UNLOCK ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS WITH MODERN MENTORING

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Employee loyalty. Workforce productivity. Customer loyalty. High Revenues. What organization doesn’t want these types of coveted results? None that I can think of. But now comes the harder question: How can we achieve these results? According to the 2013 Employee Engagement Trends Report from Quantum Workplace, the answer lies in employee engagement, which they found strongly correlates with each of these keys to organizational...

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 00:00

6 QUESTIONS TO ASK OF INFORMAL LEARNING

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Roughly 80% of learning in the workplace occurs informally.  The remaining 20% occurs formally, such as in a classroom, during a seminar or through an online course.  Yet most learning leaders focus the majority of their attention on the formal processes, leaving 80% of learning opportunities unaccounted for. These informal learning opportunities are “the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way most people learn to do their jobs,” according to Jay Cross, a well-known organizational learning thought leader...

85% of hostile employees don’t receive enough coaching from their boss, according to Quantum Workplace’s latest research study. What’s happening there? Is the manager just ignoring them, or is the manager ineffective at coaching? What do employees want out of coaching? Is it different than the manager’s perception? I sat down to research the topic to see how my advice on effective employee coaching would match up with what others...

My dad has been at the same company for almost thirty years.  The way older generations were raised is you find something and stick with it. With our generation it is about finding your passion. If you aren’t happy, quit, and find something else! We are much more open to switching majors, changing careers and starting fresh.”

- Julie Strand, age 23, sales representative at C.H. Robinson Worldwide...

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 00:00

BEST PRACTICES FOR PURPOSEFUL SOCIAL LEARNING

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Social learning continues to grow as a practice, with U.S. companies spending on average $13,675 on social learning tools and services in 2012, according to Bersin by Deloitte. What is troubling is that people seem to have differing opinions on what social learning is. I’ve found that social learning is often misunderstood or perceived inaccurately as a free-for-all situation that takes place on social media, where a person might post a question and then cross their fingers and hope that someone answers...

We can all relate to the feeling of not having enough hours in the day to do the work we need to get done.  Or those times in our lives when we convince ourselves that we don’t have time to try something new: from a new software at work to yoga on the weekends, because we are too busy and “already don’t have enough time in the day.” But if we knew that trying the new software could help us get ahead at work or that yoga could reinforce a healthy lifestyle that prevents us from getting a disease, we might find a way to make time for these new activities...

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