For the past several years, organizations have been subtly shifting from the role of Training Director to Chief Learning Officer. Those simple words belie the dramatic transformation of a key function. This is a change that, I’m willing to bet, no one really notices or cares about except those in the field of learning. Ah, but they should.
Let’s start with training versus learning. Training implies a passive role; you train me to do something you already know how to do. On the other hand, learning requires both a decision to learn, and active participation in the learning. If the goal is to change behavior, training will rarely accomplish the goal.
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When looking for a career, the old way of thinking is that you need to be 100 percent laser focused on getting that job. You go to school, you take your qualifications and you hit the job market head-on. This has been the typical train of thought for decades.
A little news flash though – over the last few decades, there have been many updates in technology creating fun distractions for people. Working with technology has become an instinct and a way of daily life for millennials. An online adult will spend nearly an entire day of the week on social media or texting more than 150 million people in America play video games, and every minute, YouTube receives over 300 hours of [...]