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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...

Published in Mentoring

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...

Published in Social Learning

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.

Published in Social Learning
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:00

THE VALUE OF CONTEXT IN EXPERTISE

Bill Fisher, a professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), penned a thought-provoking blog for Harvard Business Review called "The End of Expertise." Fisher attempts to explain the decline of expertise in a world where anyone can Google a keyword and stumble upon information. He uses an interesting formula from David W. Maister, et.al., focused on a trust equation...

Published in Mentoring
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:00

STOP TRAINING AND START LEARNING

Companies spend billions of dollars on employee training each year, but to what end?

A 2008 Corporate Executive Board study called “Sales Executive Council: Introduction to Talent Development” showed that within a week of a formal training event, people forgot 70 percent of what they learned. A month after the event, people forgot 87 percent of what they learned.

 

Published in Talent Development
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:00

CONTINUOUS LEARNING LEAVES AN IMPACT

Do your learning initiatives offer opportunities for all of your employees to take part? Do you see value in people learning throughout their entire careers? Do you have an inclusive mindset about opening up learning programs so that anyone can participate?

Chances are you likely answered yes to all three of these questions. In theory, yes, we all want learning to be open, inclusive, and ongoing. But in reality, our learning programs do not tend to support and embrace each employee. 

Published in Social Learning

We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting listening to someone speak, when the person asks a question of the group. Cue cricket sounds. No one wants to speak up, and everyone is waiting for someone else to take action.

Now imagine that happening in a social learning environment when people only interact via technology. One colleague refers to this as playing “social chicken.” 

Published in Social Learning

River was thrilled to recently receive three awards for our modern mentoring platform... While I could list many cool features and some awesome functionality that River offers, what I ultimately came down to is this: River helps companies solve real business problems. This is why River is winning awards.

Published in Social Learning
Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:00

THE MANY FACES OF MENTORING

Is there more than one type of mentoring? Yes! Modern mentoring is dynamic and comprised of relational connections of all types...

Published in Mentoring
Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:00

WHY MENTORING WOMEN BENEFITS YOUR BOTTOM LINE

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...

Published in Mentoring
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