Today is a special day - I've written a new book and it's available now! Though not a 'train-the-trainer' book like Designing for Modern Learning, I thought you might be interested as someone who influences capability building for STEM professionals. Are you working in or with an organization that has STEM professionals? STEM professionals make up a high percentage of our organizations - whether they are scientists, statisticians, data analysts, researchers, programmers, doctors, finance, or many, many other roles. These professionals influence change through designing, developing, and launching innovations and engaging in the frontline every day. They support our systems and value creation [...]
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Have you ever wondered how L&D and Organization Development can work together effectively? Jess Almlie and I have been discussing that question for almost a year and presented an emerging framework "The L&OD Bridge" at ATD this year. We've now written a four-part blog series sharing the framework. We hope this work inspires more conversation and practice in bridging the two fields, capabilities, roles, and projects so we can collectively start making bigger business impact. In our second blog, we talk about steps 1 and 2 of the framework which explicitly names the importance of finding and using models that bridge both L&D [...]
Do you often wonder how L&D can have a seat at the table? Do you wonder how to create different expectations for your stakeholders as you evolve from one and done to modern learning clusters? During our October Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue, we heard from Dave Sayers, L&D leader at Cortland and LCD Practicum alumni. Dave leads a ~10 member L&D team at a fast growing, values-driven organization. He begins by sharing about going from drive by requests to being invited to design a strategy upfront, well before a change hits. What's a drive by request? It's when a department drops by on a Friday and asks [...]
Wouldn’t it be nice if every training program you worked on was starting from a clean slate, with no history, no background? You could do all of the cool things you hear about and not worry about learner and stakeholder expectations. We often focus on the new, but yet, our work is most often on the transition. A transition implies that letting go of something you were doing to move on or include something new. In my work, what I encounter is most people have been designing training to accomplish learning and now, they want to design learning clusters instead. Reminder: A [...]
A few weeks ago, we had a great Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue where we talked about how to break through a very particular resistance to change: being “too successful”. Many times, our stakeholders can hold the mentality that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and that gets in the way of evolutions we want to make to learning. Especially when trying to introduce modern learning approaches, we can get stuck by the expectation that all learning is training. People know us for what we’ve always done and might not see a reason for us to do something new, especially if [...]
David Sayers, like many of you, works in a rapidly growing business. Cortland is a property management company that has grown from 20,000 to 78,000 units in the last few years! What does that mean as the L&D leader? Dave and his team needed to keep up with building capability for all the new teams that run the properties. Dave takes on the challenge through modern learning approaches and in the past year has discovered the LCD model. He is turning to the model as his core approach to manage change. And oh by the way, Dave and his team won [...]
This month, we had the pleasure of not just one, but three leaders from the Association of International Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) share their incredible work on the LCD model. Michael Grant, Director of Learning Innovation, Jennier Hackim, Director of Learning Design, and Lizza Igoe, Senior Manager of Learning Design, discussed the journey since investing in the LCD practicum and the new possibilities for the organization. The AICPA is a global professional association for accounting professionals with 700,000 members. Over the past two years, this organization has undergone tremendous change. And, as truly successful organizations do, rather than just make one change, they’ve [...]
One of the first times I remember designing learning was in high school. I had dry erase walls for my closet doors and every couple of days, I taught myself and three other friends physics. After reading the textbook and hearing the teacher, I would take a go at the homework. And then, I would share where I’m at with my friends and we’d work through it together. I was learning by not only doing but teaching my thought process at the same time. Even before digital technology, people have been learning in a variety of ways. Digital technology has just [...]
Recently, I’ve been talking with people about their Learning & Development measurement strategy. Two things regularly come up that reduce the motivation to do measurement well: The reliance on a strong relationship with the C-Suite An environment with too many numbers. A Strong C-Suite Relationship The first demotivator starts with this belief: “I don’t need to prove efficiency, effectiveness or outcomes, because I have a close relationship with the C-Suite and they trust me.” That works -- until it doesn’t. What happens when a new leader emerges, or a financial crisis occurs? Then, when asked for numbers, it typically takes 2 [...]
As we say often, the Learning Cluster Design model is “built on the shoulders of giants.” Our goal in creating the LCD model was not to replace existing L&D models and philosophies, but rather elevate them in a more modern context. Where learning practitioners were once beholden to one way of designing learning, the LCD model offers an integrative framework that capitalizes on the strengths of existing L&D models towards a new goal, unique to LCD - building learning clusters made up of learning assets. Agile is one philosophy that LCD model works with well and can even make more powerful. [...]