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What is known about learning and development  – a synthesis
What is known about learning and development – a synthesis
The American Institutes for Research have just published a summary of what is currently known, and what needs to be researched further, about human development. The AIR (American Institutes for Research) have produced a large and comprehensive review of research, however what follows is a summary of the 13 main influences on learning.
Causes of fatigue at work
Causes of fatigue at work
A new study about to be published in the International Journal of Stress Management examines why some people suffer from fatigue and exhaustion at work and negative feelings at home.
Challenges of the 70: 20: 10 learning ecosystem
Challenges of the 70: 20: 10 learning ecosystem
The concept of 70:20:10 learning has been around for some time and was derived from a combination of efficiency savings in companies seeking to maximise employees’ time at work whilst reducing their abstraction time and from a concept that informal ‘on the job’ learning is ‘natural learning’.
Coaching to free people
Coaching to free people
A new piece of research into using coaching to emancipate Egyptians after the 2011 Arab Spring suggested “an interview with Sir John Whitmore, quotes him saying that coaching can save the world, arguing that coaches must become aware of the bigger social and economic context”. If you think this aspect of coaching has no relevance to your day-to-day practice, read on. You may be surprised.
Do workplace resilience programmes work?
Do workplace resilience programmes work?
During times of significant change in organisations, for example during downsizing and mergers, many companies around the world have instituted workplace resilience programmes to guide their employees through the turbulent times of change. There has been a number of evaluations and papers published about the success of these programmes but much of it has been heavily criticised for its methodology, bias/ lack of objectivity and poor measurement.
Evidence based practice - from theory to reality
Evidence based practice - from theory to reality
A new study by researchers at the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice at Bergen University in Norway has come up with some interesting findings about embedding evidence based practice.
Game theory shows why teams do better than groups
Game theory shows why teams do better than groups
An interesting series of experiments by a team of researchers from Turkey and the US has looked at why teams do better and have a greater output than groups by using game theory to examine the internal processes at work whilst teams and groups work on a task.
Getting people to be creative and take responsibility
Getting people to be creative and take responsibility
My particular experience has shown me that successful communities of practice need to be seeded correctly and facilitated, at least in their initial stages, until the group can take over responsibility and run the community themselves, which is one of the aims of a CoP.
How our view of our social status impacts on how we work in teams
How our view of our social status impacts on how we work in teams
The status and stability of the social groups we are part of tends to dictate the way in which we communicate with people who are considered to be in a lower social group, whether you like it or not! A new study just published has shown that coming from a higher status social group will predict how you interact with people from a lower status one, often without knowing about it.
How digital storytelling can empower those without other means of expression
How digital storytelling can empower those without other means of expression
New research is showing how digital storytelling is giving people a new channel to express themselves, and thereby gives them a voice particularly in social and organisational justice issues faced by them. This is an interesting tool that organisations might want to consider to gauge what is really happening in their organisations.
How personality affects knowledge sharing in organisations
How personality affects knowledge sharing in organisations
Knowledge transmission, sharing and management are essential activities in any organisation. Whether it is communicating with or marketing to customers, designing strategy, managing, writing reports etc., communicating knowledge is at the core of operations in every business or organisation.
How suppressing your emotions makes it harder for you to achieve your goals
How suppressing your emotions makes it harder for you to achieve your goals
There is now ample research evidence to show that emotion suppression strengthens the emotions and weakens the mind’s ability to process and deal with the emotion. Suppression also leads to lower levels of psychological health and well-being.
How you cope with uncertainty predicts how you see the world
How you cope with uncertainty predicts how you see the world
Researchers looking at many issues from decision-making to anxiety are starting to focus on the intolerance of uncertainty as a primary factor in how people see or interpret things.
Is the annual performance appraisal dead?
Is the annual performance appraisal dead?
A number of business headlines have suggested that staff performance reviews are dead, but while the traditional form of performance reviews are being widely ditched by Blue Chip companies, staff won’t get off scot free.
It does get easier by friday
It does get easier by friday
The old stereotype of employees being relaxed and happy on Friday yet grouchy and somewhat prone to have a go each other when they return on a Monday seems to hold true, as a new study of 181 people over a three week period shows. The research goes further..
Knowledge intensive process competencies are lacking
Knowledge intensive process competencies are lacking
Organisations often strive to understand their knowledge assets and how they may be used either to improve their services or to gain a competitive advantage. As such, organisations try to have their knowledge management strategies align closely with their business process management.
Who are the people most willing to learn in an organisation?
Who are the people most willing to learn in an organisation?
When you look at the spend in most organisations on things like learning and development, often it is the younger staff that get the most invested in their development. However, a recent study found that it isn’t someone’s age that dictates their willingness to learn new workplace skills.
Making evidence-based practice work: Two solutions
Making evidence-based practice work: Two solutions
Many professions have moved towards evidence-based practice over the years. The real pioneers here have been the various medical and health services around the world, but as a concept it is being increasingly used in just about every industry in the world to some extent.
New mobile learning and teaching methods developing
New mobile learning and teaching methods developing
A paper just published in the Ukrainian Language Journal of Educational Science or Педагогічний часопис Волині by researchers from the Eastern European National University has looked at the use of mobile devices in learning settings to determine how they are being used now and how they may in future.
Play and organisational creativity
Play and organisational creativity
Does play enhance creativity in adults as it does in children? A piece of research from Denmark suggests that in the case of Lego Serious Play, it can do just that.
Podcasting as an organisational learning tool
Podcasting as an organisational learning tool
A new piece of research looked at how podcasting was being used in organisations and found some problems in the way that it was being implemented in organisations. The researchers looked at multinational organisations using podcasting to inform and train its employees and found few employees who were extremely positive about the podcasts in their organisation despite the enthusiasm of their managers.
The role of IT in Human Resources Development (L&D)
The role of IT in Human Resources Development (L&D)
A new paper just published in the Journal of Social Science Studies has shed some light on how information technology (IT) can improve human resources development. Broadly, the research found that IT helps L&D in four different ways.
Salutogenic coaching in times of change
Salutogenic coaching in times of change
New research has highlighted the positive benefits of ‘salutogenic coaching’ during an NHS change programme.
Simulation based education
Simulation based education
A paper just published in the journal BMC Medical Education looked at the factors required for both running successful simulations and for developing good simulation educators.
Six steps to a pragmatic approach for talent development
Six steps to a pragmatic approach for talent development
Talent development is both extremely important for the organisation and for the individuals you are developing. It has been repeatedly shown in research that developing talent helps motivate the workforce to go above and beyond the call of duty and in turn this benefits the organisation with a more happy, motivated and wellequipped workforce.
How	verbal communication within organisations help create learning and change
How verbal communication within organisations help create learning and change
In a study just published in Organization Science by researchers from the universities of Zurich and Lausanne in Switzerland a year-long study was conducted to see how talk within organisations helps to change routines. Essentially this is a study about how verbal communication within organisations helps create learning and change.
Teaching ethical decision making
Teaching ethical decision making
How do we know what the right decision for a given complex situation is? We have all been in a position where we have made a snap decision and several hours or days later we start to wonder whether what appeared to be the correct decision might in fact actually be more of a problem. There are ways of making systematic and thorough decisions that are based on sound, methodological, ethical practice.
The 4 factors that transfer organisational knowledge from dormant to knowledge 'in action'
The 4 factors that transfer organisational knowledge from dormant to knowledge 'in action'
The value of knowledge is only realised at the moment it is used. Accruing knowledge without communicating or using it effectively makes that knowledge dormant. This applies both at an individual and organisational level.
The connections between organisational culture, leadership style, organisational learning and innovation capability
The connections between organisational culture, leadership style, organisational learning and innovation capability
An interesting and fairly large - scale study has just been published in the Chinese Language Journal of Quality that conducts a form of factor analysis called Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) on data from 398 organisations. The study looked at the level of influence the following factors have on each other: 1. Organisational culture 2. Leadership style and 3. Organisational learning, and how they affect innovation capability and performance within organisations.
The ‘polythink syndrome’ and elite decision-making
The ‘polythink syndrome’ and elite decision-making
How do governments make big decisions? How does any professional group or board actually make important decisions? What happens to the big decisions when you have a group of people who have to make them? What we often find is that such groups either make suboptimal decisions or become frozen with inaction and indecision, frequently putting off such decisions.
Using Pinterest on Management Courses
Using Pinterest on Management Courses
Social media is ubiquitous. Most of my university students are actively engaged in social media on an almost continual basis throughout the day. Regardless of our thoughts on this, this is the situation. Some of my lecturing colleagues ignore it and a few embrace it in their lecturing. It is noticeable that those that who do make use of social media tend to get better engagement ratings from their students.
What motivates people to engage with Continuing Professional Development?
What motivates people to engage with Continuing Professional Development?
The continuing professional development (CPD) of any professional is crucial to maintaining both a capable, competent and up-to-date workforce and keeping professional standards as high as possible.
What is the difference between coping, adapting and self-management?
What is the difference between coping, adapting and self-management?
In a paper shortly to be published, researchers from universities in Sweden and Canada completed a literature review to look at that what the development and latest thinking was for the concepts of: 1. Coping 2. Adapting and 3. Self-management. Whilst much of the paper has neurological underpinning, the definitions they arrive at are useful in organisations.
Who and why are some people more likely to see new business opportunities?
Who and why are some people more likely to see new business opportunities?
One of the big questions in research into entrepreneurial behaviour is who and why are some people more likely to see and pursue more opportunities than others?
Why knowing things is less important than creativity and planning
Why knowing things is less important than creativity and planning
Success usually comes down to how you alter things each time to get over or around those obstacles. It is this ability to reinvent and solve problems and take different directions (pivot) that dictates ultimate success or failure. A newly published research paper in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research looked at 198 small and medium sized enterprises and illustrates this fact by looking at the three elements of driving a business forward.
Why you have to get learning and knowledge management sorted in your company
Why you have to get learning and knowledge management sorted in your company
Collective knowledge and the ability to learn and unlearn in an organization are critical assets in improving organizational performance, increasing profitability, and ultimately creating and maintaining a competitive advantage.

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