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Peer Learning and the SCARF Model- Part One

“Many great leaders understand intuitively that they need to work hard to create a sense of safety in others. In this way, great leaders are often humble leaders, thereby reducing the status threat. Great leaders provide clear expectations and talk a lot about the future, helping to increase certainty. Great leaders let others take charge…
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Peer Learning Groups and the Adult Learner

Discovering how adults learn is more than just an academic obsession of researchers and university professors. Instead, the study of how adults learn is an important endeavor in today’s environment when learning is essential for organizations to remain competitive and forward-thinking. Four Principles of Adult Learning Sir Malcolm Knowles, the “father” of adult learning, suggested 4 principles…
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Learning from Failure in Peer Learning Groups

“I didn’t fail 10,000 times, I succeeded in finding 10,000 methods that wouldn’t work.” -Thomas Edison Our Failures are Our Closest Guarded Secrets Research shows that talking about failure makes for happier, more productive workers. Yet we naturally shun failure. Our successes are public, and our failures are deeply private. We fear embarrassment and loss…
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Keep It Moving

“A peer learning group is a wonderful testing ground for new behaviors.” Deborah Spring Laurel Civil Discussion  The public library in Waupaca, Wisconsin is going to have a Civil Discussion Series. The purpose is to ‘strengthen community through relationship and understanding.’ It will begin by teaching civil communication techniques. This will prepare the participants to…
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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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