Why Employees Don't Take Responsibility For Their Learning & What To Do About It

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Why Employees Don't Take Responsibility For Their Learning & What To Do About It

I would claim that the key ingredient to learning is simply taking ownership of it. If I want to learn something, I will find a way. And while sometimes it's difficult to find the right tools to learn, it's definitely true that motivation is the key when you are provided with free training workshops by your employer. You get free education - what else could get in your way? Let's explore.

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Training is Dead. Long Live… Guess what?

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Training is Dead. Long Live… Guess what?

If you guessed something digital or futuristic - read on, the answer is way more interesting than that! It's also way more simple. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication they say.

Being part of the Learning & Development (L&D), HR Development (HRD), training industries, I can undoubtedly say that there is a general sense of doom lurking around the perception of training as an effective education method. Training is considered almost obsolete, a remnant of the old, inefficient times…

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3 Things We Learned from Analysing Corporate Learning

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3 Things We Learned from Analysing Corporate Learning

It's a good time of the year to look back at what we've done so far and see what we learned about learning after roughly 6 months of analysing training effectiveness. Perhaps unsurprisingly, data is very revealing. It showed us that common sense isn't always common practice. Here are our top 3 insights from 2018!

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Data is the Most Important Innovation in Corporate Education

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Data is the Most Important Innovation in Corporate Education

The loss from ineffective training is staggering: $13.5M per 1000 employees. And that is just corporate education. Articles like Problems With Today's Education System also don't come as a surprise to anyone who is part of the common educational discourse. The question is, how can we improve? Let me attempt to answer.

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The Future of Corporate Education, Education in general... Humanity?!

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The Future of Corporate Education, Education in general... Humanity?!

And Panda is back with a blast! After founding a startup Panda Training I wrote an article called “The Future of the Training Industry”. It depicted the vision behind Panda. And it was a bestseller. Two years after I want to revisit that vision. Firstly, because it changed and, secondly, because what we are working on right now might surprise you as a unique view on the future of education. It might even totally blow you away. Dima Syrotkin, CEO at Panda Training 

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To “Know” is for Gods (and possibly A.I). To “Learn” is Human

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To “Know” is for Gods (and possibly A.I). To “Learn” is Human

My name is Lauri and I’m the Co-founder and former Head of Sales of a startup called Panda Training. By saying “former” I’m not implying that the company does not exist anymore or I’m out, rather because of our very drastic operational pivoting and dropping the subscription fee on our platform I don’t know what kind of a sexy title I should use that refers to my exact role, as “Sales” refers to a man who asks for money in exchange for something (which I don’t do anymore). Of course, I could title myself with what I would like to be, which should go like “A person who wants to make positive impact on people and the society by reforming the education phenomenon and engaging relevant for the cause people for co-creation”. Unfortunately that doesn’t fit my business card.

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Questioning the value of corporate education

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Questioning the value of corporate education

“We are moving toward a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based collapse of any division between professionals and laypeople.” -  wrote Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, in his article "How America Lost Faith in Expertise". What he talks about is public distrust towards experts in America: lawyers, doctors and scientists. What is interesting to me is that he is not alone. I see this pattern across different domains, industries and geographies.

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How to fail in choosing the right trainer for your employees

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How to fail in choosing the right trainer for your employees

Let’s say you are an organization that wants to hire a Leadership coach for their top management or a Sales trainer for the new sales team. Regardless if you are a huge corporation, a medium sized business or a startup, if you don’t have internal trainers, these are a few things you would probably first do:

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Leading Conversations: 5 Ways to Manage Language Skill Gaps in the Workplace

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Leading Conversations: 5 Ways to Manage Language Skill Gaps in the Workplace

“What are you going to do to compensate me for 10,000 malfunctioning intercom systems my company bought from you?” I barked at the Spanish business executive seated across the conference table from me. In my role as actor in a training simulation, I had been venting my complaints to him about his lousy products for the past 15 minutes, and I was not planning to leave the meeting empty handed.
 

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Is your message not getting through?

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Is your message not getting through?

Most of us have heard about the principles of good marketing - A I D A

So we all work hard on that perfect message, crafting what we are going to say, and how we are going to say it, what methods we’ll use and then…nothing happens.

What could we have done wrong here and how to fix it? Find it out here in Nancy Radford's article

 

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4 reasons diversity could be harmful to workplace

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4 reasons diversity could be harmful to workplace

In another article, we discussed how should we see diversity in order to achieve a better future of the workplace. Let's forget all the hype, in this new writing, we want to discuss the potential risks it could bring and how we could overcome them to make diversity really work

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Redefine diversity for a better future of work

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Redefine diversity for a better future of work

Diversity in the workplace is not something new. In fact, it has been around for decades. A survey by CEB global in 2012 shown that 77% of executives strongly support diversity initiatives. Unfortunately, only 40% of employees surveyed felt like their organizations are truly diverse and inclusive. What makes the gap so big? I hope my article can give a clear answer.

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Role of a coach

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Role of a coach

A coach is a facilitator empowering the client to achieve personal and or professional goals, with the ability to be fluid and present in the moment (in mind body and spirit). Coaching, thus creates a synergy between a coach and the client. This synergy acts as a catalyst propelling a powerful interaction that is creative and thought provoking with potential for desired change.

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Communication is a process

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Communication is a process

Communication is a process. When writing or speaking to others, communicators have specific goals: to solve problems, provide new information, or persuade others to take action.  In this process, there is a sender, receiver(s), and the message.  Senders’ choices can create understanding or confusion.  How does your communication leave your audience – ready for action, or completely baffled?

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THE POWER OF NETWORKING

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THE POWER OF NETWORKING

This is a story about the power of networking. It was a sunny Thursday in the city of Helsinki. I had spent the whole last night crafting a sign for my stand that I will have at the Boost Your Business Event. This was the first time I represented my company Zakisome publicly. Officially I didn’t even have a company at that time. But I had a business idea and a plan to start a company that does social media marketing.

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