Learning and Development Articles

  • Many learning and development professionals want to build a culture of learning but tend to face these challenges when doing so, such as showing ROI or getting key stakeholders involved.

    The Most Common Challenges to Building a Learning Culture (And How to Overcome Them)

    July 24, 2017

    No project comes without challenges. And that holds true for one of the biggest projects any learning and development team will embark on: creating a culture of learning at their organization. Since it’s such a big initiative, often the challenges to creating the culture of learning are equally big. But the payoff is huge, as top performing organizations are...

  • Adding the word "yet" to your performance reviews can instill a growth mindset into your employees, instead of a fixed mindset.

    The 3-Letter Word That Will Improve Your Performance Reviews, Big Time

    July 20, 2017

    In the world of performance reviews, there’s arguably no word more powerful than “yet.” A quick story, told by Carol Dweck in her TED Talk, The Power of Yet. There was a high school in Chicago where students had to pass a certain amount of courses to graduate. If they don't pass a course, instead of getting the grade of F, at this high school they got the grade...

  • Instilling a growth mindset into your culture is essential for building a culture of learning.

    Want to Build a Culture of Learning? You Need to Embrace Failure

    July 17, 2017

    Building a culture of learning is the goal of most learning and development teams. And for good reason, as not only does it fit within their mission, there are clear business benefits. For example, a study by ATD discovered top performing companies are five-times more likely to have a culture of learning than lower performing ones. And business leaders believe...

  • Elizabeth Brinlee has done an amazing job building out an L&D team at FireEye.

    How One Woman Built a Great L&D Department, From Scratch

    July 14, 2017

    Two years ago, Elizabeth Brinlee started her new job at FireEye. Her job: build out the learning and development function for the...

  • The only logical way for the skill gap to ever be crossed is through companies taking the lead.

    Private Sector, Hate to Break it to You – But It's Up to...

    July 13, 2017

    In the Austrian village of Donawitz, there’s a steel plant. In the 1960s, that plant used to employ about a thousand people to make...

  • There are good things about microlearning, like meeting learner's expectations, but there are bad things too, like potentially creating adequacy instead of mastery.

    What’s Good and What’s Bad About Microlearning

    July 10, 2017

    Microlearning. For those who don’t know, microlearning is exactly what it sounds like – small bits of learning someone generally...