Tip #738: Keep It Moving

On September 10, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By , , With No Comments

“A peer learning group is a wonderful testing ground for new behaviors.” Deborah Spring Laurel

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 use civil discourse as they discuss the “Hard Topics” that have polarized our country, such as immigration.

This program got me thinking about all of the different types of personality profiles that help people learn how to better communicate with others and to value their differences. DiSC, Meyers-Briggs, Kiersey Temperament Sorter, INSIGHT inventory, Neuro-linguistic Programming, True Colors, The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, and The Big Five … Read the rest

Tip #737: Let’s Get Real!

On September 4, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #737: 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 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 to children in the educational system, as described by F. Newmann, H. Marks and A. Gamoran, I think its precepts are applicable to adults: authentic learning

“Teachers provide opportunities for students to construct their own knowledge through engaging in self-directed inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking, and reflections in real-world contexts. This knowledge construction is heavily influenced by the student’s prior knowledge and experiences, as well as Read the rest

Tip # 713: Why Psychological Safety is Important

On March 19, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip # 713: Why Psychological Safety is Important

“Psychological safety is really important to the learning process.” Sharon Bowman

We have included a trust-building module in The Peer Learning Group Program.  We feel that it is advisable for any group to participate in this module prior to starting on a topical module.

The effectiveness of a Peer Learning Group depends upon the willingness of its members to be open and honest with each other. The only environment in which people feel comfortable to be so open and honest is one where they trust each other and feel safe. This is called “psychological safety.”

Amy Edmondson, who coined the term, defines psychological safety as “a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.”

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Tip #711:   Introducing The Peer Learning Group

On March 5, 2018, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #711:   Introducing The Peer Learning Group

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” Brian Herbert

In past Tips, I have mentioned that I was starting a new business (an offshoot of Laurel and Associates, Ltd.)    It is called the Peer Learning Group and I would like to tell you more about it.

You may have heard of peer learning groups. In our model, a peer learning group provides an opportunity for managers to learn from each other and validate their experience as they build more expertise. It has a skill-building results-oriented goal.

Six managers at the same level, but from different departments in the organization, meet onsite in two 90-minute sessions … Read the rest