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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

SOCIAL LEARNING: IT’S NOT JUST FOR MILLENNIALS

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Is social learning just a practice for my organization’s Millennials? This is a common a question about social learning that I often field. I think that Millennials are (for good reason) associated with online, social networking activities. That said, corporate social learning is not the same thing as checking your Instagram account or sending a Snapchat.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

KEYS TO CREATING A LEARNING CULTURE

Written by Chris Browning

Why are TED Talks only 18 minutes?  The short answer is, "it works!" The longer answer has to do with peoples' average attention spans.  So with that in mind, why do organizations still focus on formal daylong, and sometimes weeklong, classroom training? The typical answer, often unsaid, is because "that's the way we've always done it." Well, outside of compliance areas, I believe this formal training...

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

GET THE SKINNY ON SOCIAL LEARNING AT HR TECH

Written by Kristin Boe

Will you be in Las Vegas October 7-10 to attend this year’s HR Technology Conference? If so, there will no better time to get the low-down on social learning and how it can benefit your organization than at this year’s event. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about this critical practice...

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

RIVER: A JOURNEY IN LEARNING

Written by Randy Emelo

It is with great delight and pride that I would like to announce that our company name, Triple Creek, will now officially be River. You may ask: Why River? Besides wanting to emulate our awesome and award-winning social learning software, we decided to consolidate our creeks into a much more powerful body of water, a River. Rivers are waterways that provide sustenance to communities and are harnessed to produce power...

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

THE NEW WAY TO BLEND LEARNING

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The idea of blended learning is nothing new. Since the advent of eLearning systems, most organizational trainers have expanded their scope and made training more flexible by using a mix of physical classrooms and virtual learning management systems to complete their training agendas. While I think the use of technology in learning is great, I don’t think this process goes far enough to maximize learning...

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

SOCIAL LEARNING 101

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Are you confused about social learning? Not quite sure how to make it work at your organization? Unclear on what the term even means? After spending years helping organizations enable relationship-centered social learning, I’d like to offer a definition up and help clarify how it works. collaborative process where people learn with and through others to fulfill predetermined learning goals. This technology-enabled practice can take many forms, such as modern mentoring...

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

SNEAK PEAK: A BRAND NEW RIVER

Written by Randy Emelo

An afternoon shower isn’t the only thing in the summer air here in Denver. We have some exciting changes planned for September. Let’s just say that we are ready to take organizational social learning to the next level. Want to know more? Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come for those of you who are teeming with the same excitement that I am. Next month...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

GETTING SOCIAL WITH SALES ENABLEMENT

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More and more organizations are turning to social learning as a way to help maximize learning in their formal training programs, like sales enablement. That said, in my experience, many organizations struggle with how to facilitate meaningful social interactions in support of formal training. This confusion has led some companies to rely on social technologies...

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

WHEN IT COMES TO LEARNING, MANAGERS SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD

Written by Randy Emelo

In my opinion, managers have gotten a bad rap, especially in articles and blogs that compare leaders versus managers; managers take on the role of multitasking villains and leaders become heroic visionaries. In reality, we depend on our managers; they are the people keeping the balls in the air and the organization moving forward.  They help us coordinate people, processes, and projects and take charge of the day-to-day...

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00

DISRUPTION FOR THE SAKE OF IMPROVEMENT

Written by Laura Francis

I’m not someone who typically has liked change.  I’ll deal with it and move on, but I don’t normally seek it out.  I’m certainly not someone who loves chaos. But between managing a marketing team in an emerging and ever-evolving space, and caring for my 4-year-old son with special needs, it seems my world is hellbent on keeping me on my toes.  I guess that’s a good thing, though, since now I know I can deal with change and chaos and still thrive.  It definitely has...

Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

BEING A LEADER MEANS INSPIRING COMMUNITY

Written by Randy Emelo

Have you heard of Airbnb? Bromium? Uber? If you haven’t yet, you can be sure that you will. These are just a few examples of companies that have seemingly sprung up overnight and are poised to totally disrupt the status-quo in their respective industries. I’m not telling you anything new when I say that this type of market reality is the new normal for organizations, and that as a result, companies...

I really wanted to go into the State Department for a period of my life (the travel, adventure and service pulled me in), so when the government career fair came to my college campus senior year, I was thrilled. This was my chance to put those What-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life-in-a-month-when-I-graduate?! nightmares to bed by scoring an “in” at the State Department.  Picture this: I am rushing from class to the fair (I don’t want to be late!) and need to change into my professional outfit...

According to 2008 research presented by CEB, your employees forget close to 70% of what they learn in your formal training classes after less than a week. Within a month, that number jumps to 78%.  Add in ASTD’s estimate of $1,195 spent per employee on learning and development in 2012, and some quick math tells us that most organizations aren’t getting great returns on their formal learning investments. But it doesn’t have to be that way...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

IS L&D STUCK IN A TIME WARP?

Written by Randy Emelo

 While watching CNN’s documentary series, “The Sixties,” recently, I began thinking about how far technology and our concept of work has advanced, yet how organizational learning and development has somehow managed to lag behind. The entire notion of work has gone from a mutual commitment that lasted a lifetime and was celebrated with a gold 25-year anniversary watch to an era of networked freelancers who may not be bound to a physical desk...

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

WHY YOU NEED A DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL LEARNING

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A recent Brandon Hall Group webinar, Research Spotlight: Trends for Mobile and Social Learning Strategies, reported that social learning is of growing importance to organizations, and the model they presented makes it clear that social learning requires a holistic approach. They touched on the fact that social learning is not just exposing the workforce to forums, videos, wikis, and blog capabilities; this captures only the very informal or haphazard side of social learning...

By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be made up of people from my generation, or the Millennial generation. We are headed for the cubicle, desk or office near you. Are you ready for us?  I like to think it is in your organization’s best interest to hire and retain the best people that the Millennial generation has to offer (and really any generation, but I’m a Milennial so it’s all about me, me, me, right? J). Don’t just take my word for it (the hiring bit, not the narcissistic bit); look at industry-leading companies like Apple, Google...

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

CRAPPY ADVISORS STIFLE SOCIAL LEARNING

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Healthy and dynamic social learning groups require one or more people to assume the role of advisor or group learning leader. This advisor should be someone who knows relatively more about a certain skill or has more knowledge and expertise in a certain area than the people who are in the group as learners.  (And it’s worth noting that an advisor’s age and title should have no bearing on whether or not they are advisors.). That said, if you’ve been asked to advise others...

One of the best things about my job is that I get to partner with amazing clients to help them enable and build dynamic learning environments within their organizations.  Not only are my colleagues and I granted the opportunity to play a role in their success, but we are also exposed to leading-edge thinking and incipient industry trends.  And let me tell you, compared to when we first starting discussing concepts related to social learning a few years ago, the tone of our conversations has changed substantially over the last 24 months or so… and it’s getting exciting...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 00:00

WHY MILLENNIALS THINK YOUR ONBOARDING PROCESS SUCKS

Written by Kristin Boe

A 2014 Bentley University study revealed that the majority of recent Millennial graduates gave themselves a C- when it came to their level of preparedness for the workforce. Many people from this huge generation, an estimated 75% of the global workforce by 2025, are arriving to your organization lacking skills, knowledge and cultural awareness they will need to be successful in the short and long term. When they arrive at our corporate doors, we must begin the process of onboarding and getting these new employees indoctrinated into our cultures...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00

3 STEPS TO MAKE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DREAMS A REALITY

Written by Randy Emelo

We all have dreams and aspirations. We all have ideas for our futures. We all have plans for how we want to live our lives. However, not all of us are able to make these dreams a reality. Why are some people able to turn these fantasies into realities while others are not? It could be due to personality differences, commitment to realizing their dreams, a change in priorities, an inability to complete tasks, trying to take on too much too fast, and numerous other reasons...

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