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Let’s Get Real!

“Authentic learning is the essential setting that education requires to move towards sustainable, meaningful, relevant learning in the 21st century.”  Steve Revington Authentic Learning Authentic learning means real world, learner-centered learning. Audrey Rule of the State University of New York at Oswego considers it learning through applying knowledge in real-life contexts and situations. Although applied…
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Peer Learning Groups are Organic, Natural and Sustainable

Learning in organizations should be organic, natural and sustainable. Organizations are living organisms that need to constantly renew and reinvent themselves to be able to survive and grow. They do this by learning new things and acquiring new capabilities. But learning does not have to come from outside trainers, crammed in stuffy training rooms or…
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A Peer Learning Group: A Unique Type of Social Learning

We are social animals and we learn socially. We come together in diverse groups large and small to share what we already know, gain new knowledge, and create something new to resolve an issue.  We learn best with and from other people, despite the era of social media and information at our fingertips. Social learning…
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From Complaints to Actions: The Peer Learning Group Experience

We complain. We all complain. And we complain often and a lot. If you could hear from your associates what sort of things they want to experience less or more in the workplace that would be supportive of their ongoing professional development, you may get an earful of complaints: “We never have a chance to…
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Peer Learning and Managing Complexity

“Wise executives tailor their approach to fit the complexity of the circumstances they face.” -David J. Snowden and Mary E. Boone Workplaces are getting more complex.  We need to make decisions faster, with more data points and more often than ever. This spurs the need to connect employees and provide them with knowledge sharing solutions…
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7 Ways That Peer Learning Groups Develop Managers

“If only HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times more productive.” Lew Platt, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Managers have a great deal of knowledge and experience that for many reasons often goes unshared and unrecognized as an important organizational asset. Managers may be unaware of the value of the tacit knowledge that…
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Just in Time Systems Training- Part Two

In the previous blog, we looked at the problems inherent in teaching a new hire a large number of proprietary  information systems. In this blog, we’ll look at two issues that still need to be addressed. Hopefully, it goes without saying (although I’m going to say it) that ten minutes of practice is definitely not…
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Just in Time Systems Training- Part One

Your organization probably has proprietary information systems that some of your employees need to use to perform their work. So, when new hires enter your organization, they need to learn about those systems. They need to learn first, that they exist. They need to learn what they would use each system to do. Then they…
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If You Want Employees to be Productive, Give Them What They Need

If a business wants to be effective in this (or any other) economy, the key is to make sure employees can be as productive as possible. This can be accomplished by: giving them what they need to be successful, and removing system barriers to employee performance. What do employees need to be productive? The quality…
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How to Monitor Employee Performance

Monitoring involves conducting periodic checks to determine an employee’s level of performance in relation to established performance standards. Monitoring provides the data by which performance is ultimately evaluated. It is important for the supervisor to monitor the employee’s performance, not only to be able to conduct the performance evaluation itself, but also to be able…
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