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|If you don't invest in Learning & Development, your only tool for improving performance is to replace people.|
|Didier Elzinga, CEO Culture Amp, Melbourne|
What CEOs are Reading in 2017 — link below, but first…
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Key Driver of Growth — Melbourne, Australia-based Culture Amp helps Warby Parker and hundreds of other firms keep a finger on the pulse of employee engagement. And what their research finds is that the key driver of engagement, retention and productivity is learning and development (L&D). Notes co-founder and CEO Didier Elzinga:
Pays 50% to 90% — notes this LinkedIn article written by Didier, any employee can put themselves through training without approval. And the company will pay 90% of the cost if work related; 50% if personal learning. Why the co-pay? Notes Didier:
Please take 2 minutes to read Didier's LinkedIn piece. Then start your own learning culture/internal corporate university. Thanks to Sebastian Ross for pointing me to this scaleup company CEO's article.
Learning How to Learn — the most popular Coursera course (free online), is a course taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley. Watched by over 1.8 million people from 200 countries, this course helps students and adults "learn how to learn." Highlighted in this NY Times article, scroll down in the article to a sample 4-minute clip that describes beautifully the two modes of learning – focused and diffuse – and how to put these to work for you. Most of the article is background on Dr. Oakley and her husband. Skip that and after watching the video go to the end of the article for three tips. I plan to watch this Coursera course with the family as the school year is getting started. Thank you to David Rich for sharing this important article.
How to Establish a Corporate U — so how do you get started. The easiest and most immediate way to establish a corporate university to drive growth and engagement is to join the Scaling Up Club – it gives all your employees access to over 100 accredited online one-hour courses taught by some of the top biz thought leaders – think a cross between Netflix and TED talks. It's plug and play and just dollars per employee per month. If most of your employees simply choose to spend one hour/month learning from these gurus, it will put you ahead of most of your competition who is doing nothing to grow their people and stimulate minds within the organization.
What CEOs are Reading in 2017 — this McKinsey article surveys the wide range of books CEOs are reading in 2017. I loved how Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, is reading a couple books that have yet to be released – Walter Isaacson's new biography on Leonardo da Vinci and Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier (I just pre-ordered both) – always good to get advance copies! Scan down through the list and find a book for August and beyond.
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