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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING CAN PLUG THE BRAIN DRAIN

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Companies now have more Boomers leaving and taking their knowledge with them, and more Millennials poised to enter the workforce without much practical experience, skills or knowledge. These demographic shifts have many companies concerned with a widening skill gap within their organizations and in the candidate pools available to them.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: TRENDS IN SOCIAL & INFORMAL LEARNING

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Social and informal learning are gaining ground as a top way to support organizational learning. Want to know how you can prepare for the changes ahead?

Look no further than this recorded webinar with our partners at Metrics That Matter™, a CEB company, “Emerging Trends in Social and Informal Learning”.  

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

TRENDS FOR LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN 2015 & BEYOND

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We live in a world where the pace of change is fast—a business climate that moves at the speed of a Google search or a 40-character tweet. Today, companies spring up as quickly as others become obsolete, and the market conditions of today may look much different tomorrow. Until recently, corporate learning and development departments...

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

FIND YOUR MENTORING FIT IN 2015

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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...

As we all prepare for the holiday season and the New Year, I find myself reflecting on the past year as it comes to a close. 2014 kept all of us here at River on our toes and provided some exciting moments. I wanted to share a few highlights from this past year with you, our coveted clients, advocates, and followers...

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

HOW TO TURN SOCIAL LEARNING CONVERSATIONS INTO ACTION

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Why do people participate in social learning relationships like mentoring, coaching, and collaborative learning groups? To become a practitioner in a certain area? To become a better employee in some way? To prepare themselves for a successful career? To gain new skills? The answer to all of these...

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

COMPETENCY-BASED COACHING

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How do your employees go about developing new skills in order to do their jobs better or progress in their careers at your company? This question may seem like an easy one to answer, but I think it’s worth giving some thought. For instance, let’s say one of your employees—let’s call her Emma—just completed her annual performance review...

Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

THE MANY FACES OF MENTORING

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Is there more than one type of mentoring? If you view the modern practice more like collaborative or social learning, the way we do here at River, then the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Modern mentoring is dynamic and comprised of relational connections of all types...

Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

WHY MENTORING WOMEN BENEFITS YOUR BOTTOM LINE

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As a career-minded woman who is lucky enough to have had the opportunity to learn from many successful women, this statement from a recent Fast Company article certainly caught my eye: Having women in leadership positions directly correlates with the success of a company...

I think most people can agree that organizational social learning is a process where people learn from other people in a corporate context. Seems simple enough. We are all on the same page then, right? Yes, until you get to application. Then you have about as many options and opinions as to how to accomplish the process we all call “social learning” as there are types of ice cream...

Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

THE POWER OF PEERS IN MODERN MENTORING

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How many of the following do you wish your employees did automatically or naturally? 1. Engage in self-directed learning 2. Create adaptable and flexible development networks 3. Learn in collaborative ways across functions, levels, and geography 4. Share and generate new ideas with colleagues...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: STRATEGIES FOR MICRO- & SOCIAL LEARNING

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Want to learn more about the growing trends of social and micro-learning, and how they can be leveraged to bring learning closer to your employees’ work? Look no further than this recently recorded webinar with our partners at getAbstract, “Ka-Ching! How Small and Shareable Bits of Knowledge Gold Builds Richer Organizations”...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

SOCIAL LEARNING: IT’S NOT JUST FOR MILLENNIALS

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Is social learning just a practice for my organization’s Millennials? This is a common a question about social learning that I often field. I think that Millennials are (for good reason) associated with online, social networking activities. That said, corporate social learning is not the same thing as checking your Instagram account or sending a Snapchat.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

KEYS TO CREATING A LEARNING CULTURE

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Why are TED Talks only 18 minutes?  The short answer is, "it works!" The longer answer has to do with peoples' average attention spans.  So with that in mind, why do organizations still focus on formal daylong, and sometimes weeklong, classroom training? The typical answer, often unsaid, is because "that's the way we've always done it." Well, outside of compliance areas, I believe this formal training...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

GET THE SKINNY ON SOCIAL LEARNING AT HR TECH

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Will you be in Las Vegas October 7-10 to attend this year’s HR Technology Conference? If so, there will no better time to get the low-down on social learning and how it can benefit your organization than at this year’s event. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about this critical practice...

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

RIVER: A JOURNEY IN LEARNING

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It is with great delight and pride that I would like to announce that our company name, Triple Creek, will now officially be River. You may ask: Why River? Besides wanting to emulate our awesome and award-winning social learning software, we decided to consolidate our creeks into a much more powerful body of water, a River. Rivers are waterways that provide sustenance to communities and are harnessed to produce power...

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

THE NEW WAY TO BLEND LEARNING

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The idea of blended learning is nothing new. Since the advent of eLearning systems, most organizational trainers have expanded their scope and made training more flexible by using a mix of physical classrooms and virtual learning management systems to complete their training agendas. While I think the use of technology in learning is great, I don’t think this process goes far enough to maximize learning...

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

SOCIAL LEARNING 101

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Are you confused about social learning? Not quite sure how to make it work at your organization? Unclear on what the term even means? After spending years helping organizations enable relationship-centered social learning, I’d like to offer a definition up and help clarify how it works. collaborative process where people learn with and through others to fulfill predetermined learning goals. This technology-enabled practice can take many forms, such as modern mentoring...

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

SNEAK PEAK: A BRAND NEW RIVER

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An afternoon shower isn’t the only thing in the summer air here in Denver. We have some exciting changes planned for September. Let’s just say that we are ready to take organizational social learning to the next level. Want to know more? Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come for those of you who are teeming with the same excitement that I am. Next month...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

GETTING SOCIAL WITH SALES ENABLEMENT

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More and more organizations are turning to social learning as a way to help maximize learning in their formal training programs, like sales enablement. That said, in my experience, many organizations struggle with how to facilitate meaningful social interactions in support of formal training. This confusion has led some companies to rely on social technologies...

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