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Limits and Language
A side effect of the attempt to simplify - in the interests of marketing (that is to communicate ) - an idea, is that we obscure the truth - which is after all obscure at best, and whose plain articulation may seem to verge on the mystical. So perhaps this ...

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Learning & Development: An Organisational Blueprint for What Comes Next
Over the last few months I’ve been looking at some of the challenges ahead for L&D;  new skills that L&D professionals might need , a shift  from courses to resources , and the importance of  design thinking . But this falls short of an organisational bluep...

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The Battle for the Future of Learning
The present is the enemy of the future. Predicting the future is tough - not because it is hard to describe progress, but because convention battles progress and the outcome is rarely certain: it was decades before the Theory of Evolution became widely acce...

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The Great Education Conspiracy
Here’s a funny thing: when you ask people what kind of learning they think is most effective they say ‘classroom training’. Even millennials. They are wrong (at least if we think of learning as knowledge transfer - see  here ) but  why  are they wrong? Prob...

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Is 'Evidence Based' HR Another Fad?
There’s a chance that evidence-based HR could actually be worse for organisations that non-evidence based HR (or just plain ‘HR’). People tend to forget that evidence can support the right theory, the wrong theory, both or neither. There is plenty of eviden...

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How to Design your Learning Organisation around your Learners
When talking to organisations about learning they tend to say things that sound like: ‘We’d like to provide a better learning experience but we implemented [insert LMS here]’ Or ‘We’d like to do something like that, but we’re not very advanced’ It always fe...

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The Banana Talk: Truth, Delusion & the Discovery of Learning
With thanks to Lumesse Learning who hosted the talk, and PA Consulting who I work for. https://vimeo.com/204004552

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Post Learning: What to Do now Learning is Dead
There are two senses in which learning is dead: the more superficial sense - 'education is dead' - in which a bunch of more or less dysfunctional practices are coming to an end, and the second more profound sense in which learning as an activity is draining...

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Think Twice Before Using Repetition
When was the last time you repeated something over and over in order to keep it in your head? I do this a couple of times a week on average - and for a very specific reason: when I dial into a conference I have to hold the pin code in my head while I switch...

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There's No Such Thing as Learning Content*
I walk into work one day and a colleague says ‘ That tie doesn’t go with that shirt. ’ I learn something, and my behaviour changes. Was that comment ‘learning content’? The point, of course, is that there is no such thing as learning content – micro or othe...
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