Learning, in spite of ourselves

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week:

We spend a billion dollars globally on training …. and what we get is worth shit.From Training to Learning in the New Economy c.1996

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation – Oscar Wilde; via @JenniferSertl

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect – Mark Twain; via @micahariel

“My mom has zero buzz, but when she says something, I listen” ~ CEO Zappos; via @blindgaenger

The internet forces us to deliver value to our customers before our customers pay for anything. ~Bob Pike; via @splove1

Coevolution of brain and hand in development of higher-level cognition: toolmaking a key; via @hreingold

“Making a hand axe appears to require higher-order cognition in a part of the brain commonly known as Broca’s area,” said Emory anthropologist Dietrich Stout, co-author of the study. It’s an area associated with hierarchical planning and language processing, he noted, further suggesting links between tool-making and language evolution.

Learning, when your organization isn’t into it: Why PKM/PLN/PLE (networked learning) is critical in today’s workplace – You’re on your own, folks! by @michelemmartin

I know from experience that while there are many companies and organzations (usually the larger ones) that take learning pretty seriously, reality is that most workers cannot count on their employer as the primary avenue for improving their skills. They may get some training to learn how to use proprietary systems or processes, but the kinds of skill-building that make people effective and marketable are just not going to happen.

formal, informal & social learning: aiding & abetting organizational evolution; by @dpontefract

When technology companies begin talking collaboration, social ‘whatever’ or Enterprise 2.0 … I can’t help but think they’re missing the chips and malt vinegar of the order. C’mon chefs, organizations are changing from a behavioral perspective (as society evolves too) and thus we need those tools and technologies to help drive the new organizational behaviors right across the org. It cannot be simply the technology; we need the organizational evolution and new behavior model in the mix. (aided and abetted by formal, informal and social learning constructs – malt vinegar)

Richard Branson on what they don’t teach you in business school: shift from quarterly sales targets to longer term goals and focus on “creativity, intuition & empathy”; via @raesma

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