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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:00

MENTORING FOR PRODUCTIVITY

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In Josh Bersin’s “Predictions for 2015” research report, he states that “Skills are now currency” and that “professionals at all levels have to continuously reskill themselves to stay current and relevant” (p.25, Bersin by Deloitte, January 2015).

This should not come as a surprise to anyone in L&D; we know that skills must be honed, refined, and kept current, which means constantly working on them in some way. Unfortunately, the way most L&D professionals address this need is to provide broad-based training or e-learning.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

WHO IS THE BEST MENTOR/ADVISOR FOR YOU?

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When I took over as President and CEO of my company more than a decade ago, I did not know very much about running a business. My background up to that point was in organizational design and development, leadership development, and training. I did not know much about the day-in and day-out tasks of managing a business, but I was about to learn very quickly.

 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

ATD 2015

Written by Laura Francis

This year’s ATD International Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida promises to be a jam-packed and exciting event. Will you be part of this massive event for the training and development industry?

Not only will River have a booth at the event, Randy Emelo will be speaking at two sessions at the conference, and Randy will also have his new book, Modern Mentoring, available for purchase and for personalized signings!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

4 COLLABORATION STYLES IN SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Randy Emelo

We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting listening to someone speak, when the person asks a question of the group. Cue cricket sounds. No one wants to speak up, and everyone is waiting for someone else to take action.

Now imagine that happening in a social learning environment when people only interact via technology. One colleague refers to this as playing “social chicken.” 

I’ve seen several articles recently that tout the supposedly “new” phenomenon of reverse mentoring, like this one from The Sydney Morning Herald, or even this one that appeared on the AARP website. What I find mildly disturbing about these articles is... 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

REWARDING GOOD BEHAVIOR: WHY SOCIAL LEARNING SUCCEEDS

Written by Laura Francis

River was thrilled to recently receive three awards for our modern mentoring and social learning platform... While I could list many cool features and some awesome functionality that River offers, what I ultimately came down to is this: River helps companies solve real business problems. This is why River is winning awards.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:00

4 PHRASES YOU SHOULD USE IN MENTORING

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Most people would agree that we need to treat our mentees, mentors, learners, advisors, collaborators, and learning networks with dignity and respect, just as we would any other interpersonal relationship. During the daily grind, however, this can sometimes take a backseat...

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

IT'S TIME FOR A MENTORING REVOLUTION!

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Most organizations are typically only able to provide mentoring opportunities for 1- 10% of their employee base because they look at mentoring as only a highly structured formal process that requires hand-matching and intense administrative work. This means most of your workforce is missing out...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING CAN PLUG THE BRAIN DRAIN

Written by Randy Emelo

Companies now have more Boomers leaving and taking their knowledge with them, and more Millennials poised to enter the workforce without much practical experience, skills or knowledge. These demographic shifts have many companies concerned with a widening skill gap within their organizations and in the candidate pools available to them.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: TRENDS IN SOCIAL & INFORMAL LEARNING

Written by Laura Francis

Social and informal learning are gaining ground as a top way to support organizational learning. Want to know how you can prepare for the changes ahead?

Look no further than this recorded webinar with our partners at Metrics That Matter™, a CEB company, “Emerging Trends in Social and Informal Learning”.  

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

TRENDS FOR LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN 2015 & BEYOND

Written by Randy Emelo

We live in a world where the pace of change is fast—a business climate that moves at the speed of a Google search or a 40-character tweet. Today, companies spring up as quickly as others become obsolete, and the market conditions of today may look much different tomorrow. Until recently, corporate learning and development departments...

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

FIND YOUR MENTORING FIT IN 2015

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We all know that mentoring can play a critical role in our careers and development, but sometimes it’s hard to get started or difficult to find the right fit.  Mentoring is special because it focuses on each person’s needs or talents.  It’s about the personalized connections we make with coworkers...

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

2014 AT RIVER: A YEAR OF REBRANDING, RECOGNITION & REALLY GREAT ARTICLES

Written by Randy Emelo

As we all prepare for the holiday season and the New Year, I find myself reflecting on the past year as it comes to a close. 2014 kept all of us here at River on our toes and provided some exciting moments. I wanted to share a few highlights from this past year with you, our coveted clients, advocates, and followers...

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

HOW TO TURN SOCIAL LEARNING CONVERSATIONS INTO ACTION

Written by Randy Emelo

Why do people participate in social learning relationships like mentoring, coaching, and collaborative learning groups? To become a practitioner in a certain area? To become a better employee in some way? To prepare themselves for a successful career? To gain new skills? The answer to all of these...

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

COMPETENCY-BASED COACHING

Written by Randy Emelo

How do your employees go about developing new skills in order to do their jobs better or progress in their careers at your company? This question may seem like an easy one to answer, but I think it’s worth giving some thought. For instance, let’s say one of your employees—let’s call her Emma—just completed her annual performance review...

Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

THE MANY FACES OF MENTORING

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Is there more than one type of mentoring? If you view the modern practice more like collaborative or social learning, the way we do here at River, then the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Modern mentoring is dynamic and comprised of relational connections of all types...

Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

WHY MENTORING WOMEN BENEFITS YOUR BOTTOM LINE

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As a career-minded woman who is lucky enough to have had the opportunity to learn from many successful women, this statement from a recent Fast Company article certainly caught my eye: Having women in leadership positions directly correlates with the success of a company...

Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

MENTORING, COACHING, & PEER LEARNING: OUR FLAVOR OF SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Randy Emelo

I think most people can agree that organizational social learning is a process where people learn from other people in a corporate context. Seems simple enough. We are all on the same page then, right? Yes, until you get to application. Then you have about as many options and opinions as to how to accomplish the process we all call “social learning” as there are types of ice cream...

Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

THE POWER OF PEERS IN MODERN MENTORING

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How many of the following do you wish your employees did automatically or naturally? 1. Engage in self-directed learning 2. Create adaptable and flexible development networks 3. Learn in collaborative ways across functions, levels, and geography 4. Share and generate new ideas with colleagues...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: STRATEGIES FOR MICRO- & SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Kristin Boe

Want to learn more about the growing trends of social and micro-learning, and how they can be leveraged to bring learning closer to your employees’ work? Look no further than this recently recorded webinar with our partners at getAbstract, “Ka-Ching! How Small and Shareable Bits of Knowledge Gold Builds Richer Organizations”...

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