Is there a difference between Formal vs. Informal Learning?

There’s  a lot of talk these days about “formal” vs. “informal learning”.   Time and again, managers in every industry are asking, “How can I leverage this whole ‘social media’ thing?  That’s informal learning, right?” Not exactly, according to Lance Dublin of Dublin Consulting, who spoke last night in San Francisco…

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Watch Out For Employee Stagnation

Some years back, I was working part time at an insurance brokerage — as a “word processor”.  No, I wasn’t a computer myself (although it seemed like it sometimes).  But back in the day, people were so unfamiliar with MS Word and other word processing programs that they hired people…

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Is it possible to be “authentic” at work? (part 2)

Is authenticity at work even possible?  I think it is–but I’m not talking about “blasting” people, cussing them out, calling them names and then saying, “Oh, I’m just speaking my truth…take it or leave it.” Here’s one model for how to be “respectfully authentic at work”: 1)      Check in with…

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Competitive Motivation: Against Benchmarks or Against Others

Thursday, September 10, 2009 by Dave Blum There’s an interesting article in a recent Sports Illustrated about Dick Fosbury, the gawky teenager who pretty much invented the modern style of high jumping.   Before Fosbury, people essentially jumped forward and straddled the high-jump bar as they went over.  Fosbury did it…

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Twelve Tips to Create a Happier (and More Productive) Workplace.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 by Dave Blum This url was “tweeted” to me today and I thought it was worth sharing.  It’s from a great blogger: Gretchen Rubin. She’s written a list of questions employees should ask themselves when considering their own job satisfaction.  If you’re a manager who wants…

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