Do learning leaders produce learning organisations?

Do learning organisations require learning leaders? Almost certainly they do, but will learning leaders require their organisations to learn as well? How well do leaders learn? There is the stereotype of the bull-headed CEO, hanging on to their dream, forging ahead single-mindedly until they dominate the industry. But is that

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Shared by Nick Milton September 23, 2020

How even 10-year-old space scientists capture their lessons

Here is an interesting story about a couple of scientists who created a craft which reached the edge of space, and who (as good knowledge workers should) captured their lessons learned afterwards. The surprise is that they were only 8 and 10 years old at the time! The young scientists’

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Shared by Nick Milton September 22, 2020

How to learn like an ant

Social and organisational learning is so easy that even ants can do it, and we can learn from the principles they apply. Leafcutter ant trail by Jasper Nance on flickr If you look at an ant trail from the nest to a source of food, it is pretty direct. The food

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Shared by Nick Milton June 4, 2020

Personal learning, KM and the 170:20:10 rule

The 70:20:10 rule is commonly quoted, as in this video by Steve Trautman, as representing the three ways in which people learn. 10% of our learning, comes from formal training 20% of our learning comes from structured mentoring, from a senior to a junior, or teacher to learner 70% of

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Shared by Nick Milton March 19, 2020

KM and Hansei, where "no problem" becomes a problem

Effective learning within an organisation requires consistent and rigorous self-analysis, in order to pick up learning points and points of improvement. In Japan, this process is known as Hansei. Hansei, by Jim O’Neil, on Flickr Although alien to many in the west, Hansei is an important part of the Japanese

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Shared by Nick Milton March 4, 2020

More on learning from success and failure

Here is a useful boston square on learning from success and failure I blogged earlier this month about “Win or lose, you should always learn“.  However the learning strategy you employ depends very much on whether you are in a fail-safe environment or whether (as in the Apollo 13 tagline)

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Shared by Nick Milton October 1, 2019

Win or lose, you should always learn

People often make a big thing about learning from failure, but learning from success is just as important, and can often be overlooked. Crossroads by Chris Potter on Flickr and The impetus to revisit this topic came from a one-liner post on LinkedIn by Oleg Vishnepolsky reading “Sometimes I win,

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Shared by Nick Milton September 11, 2019

A simple picture to link KM and continuous improvement

Knowledge Management is the discipline that drives continuous improvement. Here is a diagram that makes this clear We are all familiar with the link between Knowledge and continuous improvement in our personal lives, as demonstrated by the familiar saying “Practice Makes Perfect”. The more we do something, the better we

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Shared by Nick Milton March 29, 2019

"Speed of learning" as a competitive advantage

In today’s rapidly changing world, the speed at which your organisation learns can be a competitive advantage. Spitfies and Bf109 Dogfight, by Adam Purves on Flickr The world is changing, and the rate of change is speeding up. In the past, when progress was slower and the rate of change

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Shared by Nick Milton March 4, 2019