Moving L&D To Strategic Partner Status


Hi LCD Community - Are you stuck on a hamster wheel of L&D requests - running continuously without a moment to stop and work strategically? The answer is to tap into concepts and expertise that already exists within organizational development (OD), without abandoning your learning and development roots. Over the past few months, I have been collaborating on a framework with Jess Almlie to build a figurative bridge between the professions. 1 | The Foundation: When L&D and OD investigate and agree on a common core purpose for an initiative, we can then ground our work in a common anchor and goal. 2 | Bridge Floor: The [...]

Moving L&D To Strategic Partner Status2022-06-16T15:32:50-04:00

Inside The 2-Week Practicum


Hi ​​Learning Cluster Design Community, Happy New Year! There's nothing like starting the new year with new inspiration as you get back into things. This January and February, we have several opportunities for you to learn about modern learning and Learning Cluster Design. Take a look below and feel free to reach out if you have any questions! Monthly Dialogues We kicked off our new year with our first monthly dialogue of the year with Edoardo Gironi. If you missed out, don't worry - the video will be available on our YouTube channel shortly (subscribe for updates) and summary will be shared [...]

Inside The 2-Week Practicum2022-01-23T15:02:59-05:00

Celebrating What’s in Store for 2022!


Hi Learning Cluster Design Community, It seems like just yesterday we were recapping what was an unprecedented year in 2020, and looking towards 2021. While this year also presented it’s challenges, our Learning Cluster Design community remained committed to pushing the boundaries of traditional L&D to create better, more efficient, people-focused learning experiences. This year, we celebrated one full year of delivering the Learning Cluster Design Two Week Practicum in a completely virtual format, and have now had over 600 graduates of the practicum since it launched live in 2015! We’ve had learning professionals (and quite a few non L&D folks) join [...]

Celebrating What’s in Store for 2022!2021-12-29T01:45:43-05:00

Monthly Dialogue Recap: Jen Zach


At this November's modern learning monthly dialogue, we were joined by  Executive Coach Jen Zach where she shared how she is applying learning clusters to the coaching space. Because coaching is often considered a one-and-done area, Jen walked our community through the process of how  learning clusters can be applied and how they benefit the coachee. Jen explained that she had an aha moment about learning clusters when she was asked by a client to come out and provide in-person learning and coaching. In doing the math, Jen realized that with the cost of her coming in plus the cost of [...]

Monthly Dialogue Recap: Jen Zach2021-12-27T10:52:46-05:00

Dec 2nd Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Enid Crystal, Consultant


In December, we are excited to have Enid Crystal, Consultant and ex VP at Black Rock, share a real-life example of how she is working with a client to provide learning resource libraries using Microsoft Teams. Enid has expertise in designing learning experiences that meet the needs of today’s modern learners. She is proficient in designing and developing digital and hybrid solutions that include e-learning, mobile delivery, virtual classroom, micro-learning, and workflow learning. With over 25 years in corporate learning and development for global companies such as Pfizer, BlackRock, and MetLife, Enid is known for creating scalable learning solutions that focus on [...]

Dec 2nd Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Enid Crystal, Consultant2021-12-02T00:29:29-05:00

Getting Stakeholders to Prioritize in Learning Design


In our most recent Learning Cluster Design 2-Week Practicum, one of the participants brought up a challenge around getting stakeholders to prioritize and get clearer on the learning need. When approached by a senior manager to develop management training, this L&D professional asked what specific classes or topics the senior manager was looking to target in this training. Their response? All of them. Sound familiar? What is even more relatable to many L&D professionals that work closely with stakeholders, is that this particular senior manager based their response on their own personal opinion, rather than looking at any data - again, [...]

Getting Stakeholders to Prioritize in Learning Design2021-12-12T15:42:26-05:00

Partnering with the IRC on an Employment Transition Learning Cluster


I’m sure many of you are aware of the situation evolving over the past month regarding the evacuation and resettlement of Afghan people. Personally, it has been uplifting and relieving to see Americans express a relative unity of understanding, empathy, and support for these individuals, who have experienced so much. I’m sure many of you, like myself, have been wondering what you can do to help. I'm excited to share with you all that Danielle Goldsmith (LCD consultant and facilitator) and I have taken on a new project to support the International Rescue Committee through putting together a mini-Learning Cluster focused on [...]

Partnering with the IRC on an Employment Transition Learning Cluster2021-11-04T14:39:45-04:00

Nov 4th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Jen Zach, Executive Coach


It is already November and we are excited to keep exploring topics that are most important to all of you. At this week's dialogue, we will have Jennifer Zach, executive coach, share her experience using the Learning Cluster Design Model and how it has benefited her business. We've got lots of folks already interested in attending and would love to have you join as well! Come with your stories applying LCD, questions, and curiosities! If you're new to the model, you can learn more by watching the video below and exploring our youtube channel + website: Youtube channel: See the Getting Started and Learning Cluster [...]

Nov 4th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Jen Zach, Executive Coach2021-11-04T11:44:26-04:00

Oct 7th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Free Flowing Dialogue


In October, we are going to have our quarterly free-flowing dialogue, so we can explore topics that are most important to all of you. Facilitated by co-creator of the Learning Cluster Design model, Crystal Kadakia, we will explore one or more of the most commonly asked about topics: Learner Personas Social Learning <--- But I also want to touch on this one :) Remote Learning Tech Designing in the Flow of Work <--- The winner from our LinkedIn poll! Come with your stories applying LCD, questions, and curiosities! If you're new to the model, you can learn more by watching the video [...]

Oct 7th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Free Flowing Dialogue2021-11-04T11:37:17-04:00

Crystal Featured: Training Business Podcast


It’s officially Fall and while the days will start to get shorter, we know that many of you are working hard on your 2022 learning strategy. As you gear up for a new year with new learning, have you asked yourself if you are focused on designing content for learning rather than designing content for learners?Earlier in the Summer I was invited on The Training Business Podcast, where I shared how the Learning Cluster Design  model addresses the need to surround employees / learners with learning assets designed to close performance gaps. In the episode we discussed: What Learning Cluster Design is What [...]

Crystal Featured: Training Business Podcast2021-10-01T12:40:27-04:00

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