Two More Great Ideas for Employee Learning Week From Acronym

Couldn't resist these after they showed up in my reader, both because they're great ideas and because they support some of what I discussed in Monday's post on becoming a learner. Both are from Acronym (what a great name for this blog that supports associations): First, in this post from Lisa Junker, is the advice to give an award for mistakes. She points to how the Wharton School is handing... Read more →

Employee Learning Week: E-Learning in Small Organizations

This is the last of my posts celebrating Employee Learning Week. Before I dive into it, I want to first thank my three guest bloggers who not only shared some great content, they also saved me from having to write three posts! They were: Brynn Grumstrop Slate Robin Reagler Christine Martell I also want to call your attention to a great resource that I'll be adding to the post I... Read more →

Employee Learning Week: Christine Martell on Informal Learning Through Blogging

Today's post in my week-long series in support of ASTD Employee Learning Week is guest blogged by Christine Martell of VisualsSpeak. Christine is one of the few blog pals who I've also had the pleasure of meeting in the "real world," as she describes in her post. In addition to being a very busy business woman, Christine is also a major driving force behind Blog Cascadia for her local ASTD... Read more →

Employee Learning Week Continues: Robin Reagler on the Art of Learning

Continuing with my series of posts in support of ASTD's Employee Learning Week, here's a guest post from regular reader/commenter Robin Reagler on a different kind of professional development experience she arranged for her last staff retreat. Robin is Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) in Houston, where she and her staff engage children in the power of writing. You can check out the WITs Blog here to... Read more →

Imagining a Path: Employee Learning for Young Professionals

As part of my series supporting ASTD's Employee Learning Week, here's a guest post from Brynn Grumstrup Slate, Manager of Communications and Programs for the National Association of Women Business Owners, who shares some of her favorite learning activities. Brynn tells me that her most valuable professional development experience has been her involvement with the American Society of Association Executives. She says, "Serving on this committee has been especially helpful... Read more →

Welcome to Employee Learning Week: Seeing Yourself as a Learner

All week I'm planning to do a series of posts (including some great guests posts) in support of ASTD's Employee Learning Week. In today's post, I want to take a look at what I consider the backbone of professional development--seeing yourself as a learner. Some Context--School Kills Learning After 15+ years as a training professional, I've come to believe that school was the worst thing to ever happen to learning.... Read more →

Let's Celebrate ASTD Employee Learning Week--Guest Posts and Other Thoughts

Regular readers know that I'm a bit of a fanatic about employee learning and development. I see it as something that individuals need to be doing for themselves. I also see nurturing employee learning as a critical competitive strategy for any organization. That's why I'm excited that next week, December 3-7, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) is sponsoring Employee Learning Week. I plan to recognize and support... Read more →