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How One Simple Sentence Can Transform Your Microlearning Lessons

I’m a sucker for adages. If you tell me a short, pithy, memorable quote, I’ll probably believe it blindly. And I bet I’m not alone. Think about it: how many times a day do you say or hear phrases like, “Better late than never,” “When in Rome, do as the Romans,” “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” or one of my favorites, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”

There’s something comforting about these short, pithy sentences. They’re easy to remember, widely applicable, and somehow they just sound true. Which is why writers are always chasing after them. In his essay, “The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth,” Roy Peter Clark urges writers: “Express your most powerful thought in the shortest sentence.” In other words: Think long, write short.

Why does this matter for Microlearning®?

What does the ability to express a powerful thought in a short sentence have to do with creating effective Microlearning? In a word, everything. (more…)

Development Future of Learning

Why Leadership Isn’t About the Leader

Last week, we launched our new First-Time Manager Microlearning Program. As we worked to develop this curriculum, I wondered: Do I have what it takes to be a great leader? Who does? How do you know?

A quick Google search would tell you that leadership comes down to your personality traits. Top results like the Air Force’s Leadership Traits List list would have you believe that you have to be charismatic, dominant, and assertive to lead successfully.

If that sounds familiar, that’s because these descriptors echo over 100 years of leadership theories. In the mid-1800s, the philosopher Thomas Carlyle popularized the Trait Leadership Theory, arguing that some people have inborn traits that predispose them for leadership. And in 1913, the sociologist Max Weber argued that the best leaders have charisma and unquestionable authority.

But, what if these traits don’t sound like you? Does that mean you’re not destined for greatness? That you’ll never lead or even worse, you’ll never lead effectively? Not necessarily. It turns out, all of these trait-based models are looking at the problem wrong. (more…)

Development Microlearning

Planning Your 2018 Microlearning® Strategy: Workshop Recap

The new year is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start focusing on your 2018 learning strategy. However, as you probably know, coming up with a set of tangible, critical areas of focus can be tough. Not only is it hard to parse what behaviors and pain points to focus on, but it can be even harder to get buy-in from your stakeholders and prevent other priorities from completely diluting your efforts.

To help our customers develop a strong and actionable learning strategy for 2018, we held our first ever strategy workshop in our New York Office last week. It was great to meet such a motivated group of L&D leaders and take the time to assess and respond to the learning and business challenges they’re facing in 2018. And you know what? As we discussed and brainstormed as a group, we found that despite our organizational differences, our learning challenges are often very similar.

In case you couldn’t make it, we wanted to share some tools and tips from the workshop  that you can use to make this coming year your best yet. Here are the  three steps I recommend every L&D practitioner use to create a viable 2018 learning strategy: (more…)