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I have been fortunate in my short "Millennial" life to have encountered some truly great mentors, from teachers and bosses to colleagues and friends.  But one particular mentor stands out: my mom. My mom started an aerospace and defense contracting company (mostly providing engineering and IT services) in her basement a few months before 9/11 happened and sent the economy into a downward spiral. Nevertheless, she kept her company (and her dream) alive through the Great Recession...

When your company tagline is “We bring learning to social,” there’s no equivocation on what we value and work toward every day: learning.  As such, we are excited about the latest enhancements to River, which came out on July 10. Our latest update to River includes new features such as: A robust activity feed—similar to those of Facebook and LinkedIn—that displays the latest updates for an employee’s learning engagements on the individual’s home page...

In a new Brandon Hall Group research paper, The Shifting Workforce: Driving Development with Dynamic Learning Networks, author Stacey Harris details how Humana, URS, Monsanto and UnitedHealth Group are expanding their corporate learning environments to encompass structured knowledge sharing, collaboration, peer coaching, and experience-based connections. While business objectives and goals differ, the featured companies all use River. The paper includes examples of how River’s matching algorithms...

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

INNOVATION STARTS WITH COLLABORATION

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It’s no secret: Business leaders want to be more innovative and they want their employees to be more innovative, too, so that they can reap the benefits that organizational innovation has to offer.  But innovation is difficult to achieve.  It isn’t something that can be learned in a classroom or put in the employee handbook of expected behaviors.  So how do we, as business (and learning) leaders, create a work environment that fosters creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, novel concepts and innovative solutions...

Do you know what the term disintermediation means?  Merriam Dictionary defines it as the elimination of an intermediary in a transaction between parties. In the context of learning and development, disintermediation is the process of changing the role of the “knowledge brokers” that have historically been the facilitators and gatekeepers of the organization’s expertise, and shifting away from “directing” or “brokering” knowledge in an organizational setting to letting it flow unimpeded to relevant people who need it...

Gen Y, that. Millennials, this. Oh, this about Gen Z also. Blah, blah, Boomers retiring, blah. Does this sound familiar? Gen Y, the next mega-generation, Gen Z, the youngest and still mostly unknown generation, and Boomers, the generation that represents today’s leadership and C-Suite occupants, sure are getting a lot of ink these days. But what about Gen X...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 00:00

FORGET GEN Y. GET READY FOR GEN Z.

Written by Randy Emelo

Just when we all finally think we have a handle on how to talk to, interact with, attract and retain Millennials into our workforce, the inevitable happens: A new generation comes of age. Sorry, Millennials, but it looks like you may have some competition for that bright spotlight soon. While Generation Z (loosely defined as people born between 1995 and today) may still have a few years before they begin to trickle into our corporate halls, they will be the next big generation to enter the workforce after the Millennials...

What do your social learning program and Justin Beiber have in common? Probably not a whole lot, but they both stand to benefit from “going viral” to increase their popularity.  It is how Justin got his start as a YouTube star, and it’s how your program can thrive as well. In order for you to have a successful social learning program, you need to increase the organizational awareness and visibility surrounding it...

While doing leadership development in Central and South America in the early ‘90s , I picked up a great Spanish saying, “No le pidas peras al olmo.”  Translated it means don’t ask an elm tree for pears (elm trees don’t produce fruit of any kind) and it embodies the following common sense notion: don’t ask someone for something they can’t possibly provide, either because they don’t have it or are incapable of giving it to you. This saying came to mind when I saw an article about trying to use Twitter to facilitate corporate social learning...

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 00:00

WHY MILLENNIALS GLASS HALF-FULL ATTITUDE IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR WORKFORCE

Written by Kristin Boe

Recently, as I’ve been doing some research for Millennial-related projects and thinking about how my generation is posed to influence organizations in the future, I’ve come to an interesting conclusion.  While the Millennial generation has many important attributes that employers will need to consider as it enters the workforce in droves, one of the biggest strengths this generation possesses is their shared hopeful and optimistic nature.  While these two descriptors could easily be dismissed as naïve or “green” by someone more seasoned; in my humble (Millennial) opinion, I think this positive mindset could have an important impact on the workforce...

Triple Creek recently hosted a client-only webinar that featured speakers from three of our clients: Aon, Goodyear, and Sodexo.  All three spoke of the success they’ve had using the facilitate feature in River to “seed” engagements and proactively jumpstart learning in their organizations.  In the spirit of sharing learning and knowledge, I wanted to recap some of the highlights from this event so that anyone, client or not, can build off the wisdom shared by these three companies...

This month, the new 70:20:10 Forum is launching, led by my colleague in the UK, Charles Jennings.  This made me start thinking about what a wonderful model it is for encompassing the full spectrum of how people learn.  It makes the intangible tangible and helps us understand how and where people are learning in our organization, which can then help us set up learning initiatives that can have a bigger impact on our organizations. Here’s a quick refresher for you on the 70:20:10 model...

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:00

SELF-PERCEPTION AND SUCCESS IN THE WORKPLACE: ARE WE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY?

Written by Laura Francis

In a new Dove beauty products ad campaign called Real Beauty Sketches, we see normal women describing themselves to a sketch artist who cannot see them.  We hear them make some rather harsh and unflattering comments about themselves, from having round cheeks and a full face to crow’s feet and thin lips.  In this social experiment, these women then spent 20 minutes with a stranger, and then that stranger described the woman to the sketch artist. The difference between how the women described themselves and how the strangers described them was astounding...

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:00

MAKE HR MORE RELEVANT BY ALIGNING ITS EFFORTS WITH TOP BUSINESS PRIORITIES

Written by Kristin Boe

What departments get the most recognition and attaboys from the C-suite at your organization?  Sales?  Marketing?  R&D?  Customer service?  I’m guessing not HR. Why are HR and learning functions so often overlooked as a key component or source of organizational success?  I’m sorry to say that this may be a product of our own making...

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:00

ENGAGE YOUR PASSIVE LEARNERS

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For anyone who has been in the learning profession for any amount of time, it will come as no shock that only 10% of your organization are active learners—people who learn with the intention of changing and improving their behaviors. The sad truth is that 60% of your organization are passive learners, who will “participate” and say all the right things to make you think they’ve learned what they were supposed to, but actually have no intention of leaving your learning events, activities, etc. and ever changing...

MTV, what many believe to be the hippest TV network ever, is no longer just telling us what is cool to listen to, watch, and wear. They are also helping us take the pulse of the Millennial workforce and suggesting to us how we can expect the workforce to change as its generational makeup evolves. In an insightful study that came out in October 2012, the minds at MTV brought us their “No Collar Workers” survey that took in-depth look at Millennials and their work habits “to better understand the Millennial working experience and to identify ways to leverage the...

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 00:00

ARE YOU FAILING NEW MANAGERS?

Written by Brian LaComb

Produce more results with fewer resources. Can’t we all say that this phrase has been the corporate “mantra” of the recent post-recessionary, pre-full-recovery era? Almost every organization that my team and I work with is currently echoing this same rallying cry and is being asked to do more with less.  More work, more responsibility, more output, more stress…but less hiring and fewer resources.  It’s an unfortunate reality and one everyone can relate to. One area where this has really come into play is with new managers...

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 00:00

DYNAMIC LEARNING NETWORKS IN LIFE

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I have a three-year-old son with special needs. Born two and a half months premature, he has been surrounded by doctors, specialists and therapists since day one. These professionals make up a very important part of his life. What I hadn’t realized until now, though, is that those same people make up a very personal and very important dynamic learning network for me. For some reason, I always think about learning networks as something that form within the confines of work...

An interesting question came across my desk recently.  A prospective client said: “Hey, Triple Creek, you have been pretty progressive in the manner that you have iterated your technology forward over the last several years.  That said, are you finding that your clients are actually using River for larger collaboration needs?  Are they seeing impact that is often promised but frequently not delivered by collaborative technologies?" Fair question, I say, because it is easy to stake a claim in one’s marketing, but proof lies in the actual results...

Did you miss our webinar hosted by HCI in February? Not to worry! We’ve got you covered.  Watch a recorded version of the webinar below, and hear Pam Cradic of Humana and Randy Emelo of Triple Creek discuss, “Dynamic Learning Networks: How Humana is Transforming Learning Through Smart Knowledge Sharing.”  In this webinar, you will learn about...

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