Learning Theory

Mar 17, 2016

Managers Eat Learning for Lunch

Peter Drucker famously said “Culture eats Strategy for breakfast.” Executives can sit in important planning meetings and generate as many documents as they like; if the culture of the organization can’t or won’t support those plans, it’s going to be difficult to move forward. In the olden days, NCR was one of my clients. NCR was gobbled up by AT&T in 1991, and like the Borg, AT&T attempted to assimilate them, dubbing them AT&T Global Information Solutions or AT&T GIS. The interesting thing is, though, nobody within the acquired company called it AT&T GIS. They called it NCR. I remember facilitating courses and going to meetings during this time, where employees...

Peter Drucker famously said “Culture eats Strategy for breakfast.” Executives can sit in important planning meetings and generate as many documents as...

Nov 6, 2013

Global Learning Archetypes in Action

I’ve seen lot of “big ideas” come and go over the years. While “Global Archetypes” may sound like a catchphrase, our experience...

I’ve seen lot of “big ideas” come and go over the years. While “Global Archetypes” may sound like a catchphrase, our experience...

Oct 22, 2013

Global Learning Doesn’t Need to Be So Hard

Think about it: why does designing learning for a global audience need to be any harder than designing for a local audience?...

Think about it: why does designing learning for a global audience need to be any harder than designing for a local audience?...

Dec 6, 2011

ADDIE Living in a Scrum World, Part 1

by Austin Kirkbride, M.A. Austin Kirkbride, M.A., is a Project Manager, certified in Scrum and waterfall project management approaches, and an Organizational...

by Austin Kirkbride, M.A. Austin Kirkbride, M.A., is a Project Manager, certified in Scrum and waterfall project management approaches, and an Organizational...

Aug 22, 2011

Toward a Learning Agile Organization

“At an organizational level, agility is the ability to grow, change, or innovate at or above the speed of one’s own market....

“At an organizational level, agility is the ability to grow, change, or innovate at or above the speed of one’s own market....

Oct 11, 2010

Using Storytelling in Learning, Part 5: The Goal-Based Scenario

So what’s the goal of this story? Okay, so there’s a question you don’t often get when discussing novels or plays. What’s...

So what’s the goal of this story? Okay, so there’s a question you don’t often get when discussing novels or plays. What’s...

Aug 23, 2010

How Games Improve Performance, Part 2: Why Are Games Effective?

Do you want your learners to collaborate? To demonstrate leadership skills? To drive towards a goal? To evaluate and analyze situations before committing...

Do you want your learners to collaborate? To demonstrate leadership skills? To drive towards a goal? To evaluate and analyze situations before committing...

May 27, 2010

How to Train an Executive: Quick, Relevant Content and Meaningful Conversations

55 and Older Execs Don’t Like Training Reni: I read an article on The Economist titled: Executive education and the over-55s: Never...

55 and Older Execs Don’t Like Training Reni: I read an article on The Economist titled: Executive education and the over-55s: Never...

May 24, 2010

Using Storytelling in Learning, Part 4: Keeping it Real

Is there such a thing as too much reality? In my first post on this topic, I said this: “So how do...

Is there such a thing as too much reality? In my first post on this topic, I said this: “So how do...

Apr 29, 2010

Using Storytelling in Learning, Part 3: The Predictable Unexpected

Stories are compelling when you think you know what’s going to happen next, and then the story throws in a twist. You...

Stories are compelling when you think you know what’s going to happen next, and then the story throws in a twist. You...

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