Google the term “disruption” and you will find many results. It seems that everyone is trying to attach their product, service or training to this buzz word, often inappropriately. What will be the next truly disruptive innovation for the learning profession? Let’s start with a few definitions so we’re all speaking the same language.
Fear is generally thought of as a negative emotion. Google it and you will find thousands of articles, books and blog posts about how to face your fear and overcome it so you can be more successful, happy or brilliant. Yet fear serves a very useful purpose in our growth as a species.
I am so excited to receive the “100 Most Talented Global Training & Development Leaders” from the World Training & Development Congress. Each year, the selection committee searches the globe for a shortlist of individuals who are doing “extraordinary work with a track the record of solid achievements.” The shortlist is then reviewed by a Jury comprising of senior professionals from across the globe.
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve made a compelling recommendation to your client, only to have her decline to take your advice – even though she is paying you for your suggestions! Neuroscience tells us that any type of change is perceived as a threat by your unconscious “lizard brain,” which can make your job as a learning consultant incredible frustrating.
I’m thrilled to be part of the 7th annual L&D Talks by Stimulearning in Brussels, Belgium. In the morning, I’ll be making my first keynote address in front of an audience of learning professionals from all over the world.
I’ve been privileged to work with the ATD to design and deliver my live virtual workshop series, Essentials of Brain-Based Learning for several years now. ATD is a world-class organization with a wide range of services and resources for learning professionals at every level of experience.
I recently had the chance to talk with Katelijn Nijsmans, co-founder of The Tipping Point, a learning consulting firm based in Belgium. Here is her resulting article, which first appeared on the Stimulearning site.
As we all know, informal learning in a social setting is one of the most powerful ways to change behavior and learn new skills, yet many of us struggle to find those opportunities for our own development. Membership in ATD, at the local and global levels, is one way to plan for your own development as a learning professional.
On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon raced across the U.S. from Salem, Oregon to Charleston South Carolina at an average speed of over 2,000 miles per hour. About twelve million lucky people lived along the path of totality. At least seven million more traveled to get inside the path to see one of the most inspiring natural wonders of a lifetime – and I was one of them.
If you’re thinking that this topic is only for those of us who directly design and deliver sales training, think again! Every learning professional must “sell” content and target behaviors to be effective. My guest in this session is Mike Simmons, co-founder of Catalyst Sale, a full-service Sales Management Consultancy that builds Sales capability and capacity for organizations.
Every weekday, learning professionals from around the world gather for a livestreaming interactive video experience at www.TLDC.us. I was honored to join them as a guest and talk about the future of learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, neuroscience and the scientific method.
I recently heard a term that was new to me, “The Google Effect.” So of course, what did I do? I googled it. It turns out that there’s been quite a lot of research into the effects of online search on our brains and our apparent decline in the ability to remember things.
Perhaps one of the most unique characteristics of our species is our insatiable obsession with ourselves. Going back to the earliest examples of human cave art, we see evidence of our collective narcissism.
In a wonderful mash-up of gamification and crowdsourcing, the Mozak brainbuilder helps scientists at the University of Washington’s Center for Game Science by challenging gamers to connect the dots and identify the many dendrites coming from a single cell body. In the past, hard-working graduate students might toil away on this task, possibly making mistakes with tired eyes and wandering attention, but by pooling the consensus results from many people.
A wonderful accident has placed our moon at just the right distance from the Earth so that when it gets between the Sun and the Earth we perceive the moon as completely blocking out the Sun. Total eclipses have been considered omens of great events since our earliest ancestors.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us and everyone who continues to join me as I interview experts from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education and corporate training to uncover the latest discoveries in how we learn and how our amazing brains work.
In 2016, the World Economic Forum, a think tank about the future, asked talent management officers from a wide range of industries for their take on the Future of Work. In a remarkable demonstration of how the brain can trick us into thinking we’re making purely logical decisions, this group of senior executives identified sweeping disruptions in jobs, technology and work life coming in just the next four years.
In our podcast, speaker, author and learning strategy advisor Dr. Nanette Miner unveils her plan to help employers close the thinking gap.
Last year I was privileged to share Reflection Center duties with meditation and mindfulness expert Jennifer LeBrett at the inaugural TLDC event (The Learning and Development Conference).
Has a teacher ever described you as “creative?” Have you ever been asked to provide examples of your creativity in a job interview? If so, you may have a fixed idea of yourself as more or less creative, based on your own personal experience and the feedback of others. But it turns out that’s probably not the way your brain works.
Sam Rogers, author of Just Do the Thing, is conducting a survey of podcasts for learning professionals and I’m honored to be included on the list. If you’re enjoying our wonderful slate of dreamers, experts and speakers, please hop over to his site and give us your vote. And if you haven’t checked out our podcast yet, please give us a listen and then vote!
The Singularity is a term you’ll find in science and in science fiction. It was coined by mathematician John von Neumann to define a theoretical moment when the artificial intelligence of computers surpasses the capacity of the human brain. The term is borrowed from physics and quantum mechanics, where the term gravitational singularity is used in the study of black holes.
In her role as Deputy Editor of TrainingJournal (TJ) magazine and website, Jo Cook focuses her time on ground-breaking discussion webinars and speaking at events. TJ is the only independent, monthly print magazine in the UK for learning and development professionals and has 50 years’ experience with the best L&D thought leaders.
Have you ever gone to the grocery store when you’re hungry and ended up buying all kinds of things that weren’t on your shopping list? Ever noticed how when you’re on a diet every single ad seems to feature something delicious you’re not supposed to eat?
Podcast guest, Elizabeth Jameson, is an artist specializing in the intersection of art and science. As a person living with Multiple Sclerosis, she uses neuro-technology to transform her brain scans into a vibrant, unique form of portraiture that celebrates the imperfect body and brain.
One day you’re living your life, on your way to work. A freak accident changes everything in a millisecond. When you wake up, the rest of the world is exactly the same, but you are profoundly changed.
Travis Waugh is an Instructional Technologist at Georgia Institute of Technology. In that role, he’s on the leading edge of learning technology, so he was a perfect guest to indulge my interests in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, computer-aided cognition, smart LMS systems and other exciting topics.
I recently had the pleasure to join a panel discussion sponsored by the prestigious global magazine, Training Journal. Our host, Jo Cook, was the consummate emcee and kept things moving along. We had over 100 live participants and three scholar-practitioners to answer their questions in real-time.
Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader in leadership and learning. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, psychology, education and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people, helping organizations rise to their potential.
This month is a great opportunity to remember the teachers in your life and celebrate their passion, their patience and their commitment to your personal journey.
If you were born after 1970, you might not even remember a day in your working life when the Learning Management System (LMS) did not exist. Early iterations of the LMS first started appearing in the 1970s to support a truly disruptive innovation that we now call “eLearning.” Since then, these two learning tools have grown up together, each evolving as the other pushed the envelope a bit further, creating an iterative path to innovation.
According to the Pew Research Group, Millennials are the largest generational cohort in the workforce, but many of us are still trying to understand their needs and expectations. In this post, we look at one of the most significant requirements of this generation: personalization.
It’s been called “America’s number one drug problem” and “a miracle drug for the tired.” Onsite training programs often provide coffee as a refreshment for learners and instructors alike, and its presence in the workplace is so expected that coffee frequently appears on the list of top perks offered in desirable workplaces.
Debbie Wooldridge is a big idea person who founded ttcinnovations to help organizations improve their operations through effective training strategies and programs. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Debbie and her talented team on several major projects so I can attest to her passion and skill for providing engaging learning solutions. Debbie’s company has helped businesses enhance job performance, improve customer satisfaction, deliver business results and achieve their goals.
The Learningtogo Brain and Learning newsletter has been awarded the Constant Contact 2016 All Star designation. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of blogs and newsletters on Constant Contact, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization during the prior year.
I’ve written previously about the influence of other disciplines on the science of learning, such as looking at desire paths, an architectural concept, to help design effective informal learning experiences. Now I’m returning to architecture again, to share how ceiling height can affect the way your brain processes information.
If you’ve ever watched or read science fiction, you probably know about the “butterfly effect.” The idea is that the gentle flapping of a butterfly’s wings can stir up a hurricane on the other side of the world. What you may not know is that the idea comes from actual science, specifically meteorology.
Are you happy? Don’t overthink your answer, don’t parse it into happiness in some parts of your life but not others, happy about certain things and not others. These mental gymnastics are clever ways to avoid the central question – are you happy?
Upcoming Event: Training Magazine 2017 Online Learning Conference (Sept 25-27, New Orleans) – Learning Begins After Class: The Forgetting Curve in Online Learning
In this 60-minute session you will learn how the brain deliberately “forgets” and how you can overcome the forgetting curve through purposeful follow-up and reinforcement after training has taken place. You will walk away with a plan to build value in your learning designs through reinforcement that is grounded in learning science.
Wally was my friend, my playmate, and my favorite dog. While it is typically frowned upon to admit to having a favorite amongst your human children, as a “pet parent,” I hope you will not be offended if I admit that Wally was my favorite.
Is your company trying to reduce healthcare costs by encouraging your employees to adopt healthy habits? It may want to include having an optimistic world view in its wellness program. (Or not.)
As any woman who has worn a mumu can attest, one size fits no one particularly well. So what can we do to avoid the trap of “one size fits all training?” Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can give us some help.
If you could understand what was happening in the brains of your target audience, would you be a more effective trainer, designer, consultant, or leader? Thanks to recent advances in neuroscience, learning and talent development professionals now have an opportunity to alter their approaches to change management, leadership development, training, and instructional design.
You can’t be with your learners 24×7, but a chatbot can! Chances are you’re already interacting with bots to make online purchases and manage your bank account, so maybe it’s time to get serious about using simple AI to enable learning.