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Tip #806: Fact or Fiction? Generational Differences Should Impact Training

On January 20, 2020, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #806: Fact or Fiction? Generational Differences Should Impact Training

There is almost no relationship between age and preferred modality, and the order in which each generational group ranks delivery methods is nearly identical.” Amy DuVernet and Taryn Oesch

Fiction. The research conducted by Amy DuVernet and Taryn Oesch with Training Industry, Inc. has found that learner preferences do not differ across generations.

Everyone values and benefits from participatory skill-building training programs that respect the learners’ expertise and time, are highly interactive, use a variety of engaging training techniques, provide good practical content they can use immediately, and offer sufficient practice to strengthen their new skills.

May your learning be sweet.

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Tip #805: How to Build Trust at Work

On January 13, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , With Comments Off on Tip #805: How to Build Trust at Work

“In the end, you have to choose whether or not to trust someone.” Sophie Kinsella

There are twelve practical ways to build trust at work, according to Hannah Price. She begins by distinguishing between two basic types of trust: practical (which is earned by being competent and reliable) and emotional (which is when people feel they can be themselves with others).

Price then provides a trust equation: T= (C+R+I)/SO, where:

T= Trust (the willingness or ability to rely on others)

C= Perception of Credibility (trusting what someone says)

R= Perception of Reliability (trusting what someone does)

I=  Intimacy (trusting someone with something)

SO= Perception of Self Orientation (whether the person’s focus is on herself or others)

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Tip #804: Train Your Trainers!

On January 6, 2020, Posted by , In trainers, By , With Comments Off on Tip #804: Train Your Trainers!
“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” John Steinbeck
As the world moves at a faster and faster pace, with continual innovations and changes both presenting opportunities and taxing company’s capabilities, skilling, upskilling and reskilling have become a necessity. The responsibility for providing that training primarily falls on company trainers. And how is that training delivered?
“Slightly more than half (54 percent) of the formal learning hours used in 2018 were delivered using the traditional, live, face-to-face classroom, similar to the previous year.
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Tip #803: The Biology of Learning

On December 16, 2019, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #803: The Biology of Learning

Learning is about biology.” James Zull

I have been reading an intriguing book, The Art of Changing the Brain- Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning, by James E. Zull. Professor Zull is a Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University and the Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education.

Kolb’s Learning Cycle and the Brain

Zull correlates David Kolb’s experiential learning model with how the brain physically functions.

Kolb’s experiential learning model is a cycle of learning that begins with concrete experience. The cycle then moves to reflective observation, abstract hypothesis and active testing, which starts the cycle again.

The passage below is drawn directly from Zull’s … Read the rest

Tip #802:  Decisional Balance

On December 9, 2019, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #802:  Decisional Balance

“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.” Simon Sinek

We are faced with decisions, both large and small, every day. Some decisions are easy to make: “Should I hit the Snooze button?” “Will I have fruit pie or ice cream for dessert? Oh, I can have both! Just heat the pie, please.” Others are more difficult, because there are consequences: “Do I change my lifestyle to improve my health?” “Do I stay in my current job or do I take a different one?”

This is where decisional balance comes in handy. It takes decision making beyond simply weighing the pros and cons of the career move (a change). It … Read the rest

Tip #801: Being an Adult

On December 2, 2019, Posted by , In brain research, With Comments Off on Tip #801: Being an Adult

“Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange.” Robert Kegan

We know that children grow in stages (for example, we’ve heard of, if not experienced, the terrible two’s). Well, according to Dr. Robert Kegan, a former Harvard psychologist, adults also transition through different stages. Becoming an adult isn’t about learning new things, it’s about transitioning into higher stages of development and maturity.

Natali Morad describes these five stages:

  • Stage 1 — The Impulsive Mind (early childhood). Here the
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