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58 meeting kickstart questions

In Work Life by JD Dillon

Hybrid work can make it harder to get to know your teammates as people. You can’t stop by their desk to chit chat or take a seat next to them in the lunchroom. Remote meetings don’t allow for much casual conversation. People can’t step aside and connect without talking to …

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35 more WFH practices

In Work Life by JD Dillon

Remote work is reality – in every region and every industry. What was once a limited option/benefit is now the way work gets done. However, this doesn’t mean everyone knows how to do it well – yet. Most remote work practices focus on one thing: productivity – making sure people …

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JD’s Top Tools for Personal Learning (2021)

In Technology by JD Dillon

Again?!?! Wow has the past year flown by … and thank goodness for that! Jane Hart’s annual Top Tools for Learning survey is open until August 26, 2021. It provides a snapshot of the tools L&D pros rely on most for their work. The final results are broken down by …

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No one is returning to the office.

In Featured, Workplace by JD Dillon

Thought leaders, journalist and managers are playing ping pong with the concept of remote work all over social media. CEOs are sweating the potential loss of creativity and culture if people stay remote. Employees are threatening to walk if they’re forced to endure a daily commute. And yet most organizations …

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Why is L&D still hesitant about microlearning?

In microlearning by JD Dillon

L&D is still debating microlearning. It’s real! It’s just hype. It works! It’s utter nonsense. People want it! They don’t even know what it is. I get polarized responses when I ask L&D pros around the world about microlearning. Some praise the impact microlearning has already had in their businesses. …

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Announcing the 2021 LearnGeek Hype Cycle

In Featured, General L&D by JD Dillon

How is workplace learning evolving? Which strategies and tactics are making an impact? Which proven practices should I consider introducing within my learning ecosystem? We reflect on these questions at the end of each year as we update the LearnGeek Hype Cycle. Inspired by the Garner version, this brief, common …

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The 5 Most-Read Articles on LearnGeek in 2020

In Featured by JD Dillon

This is my 100th published content piece for the year. That’s a lot for me. Some would say its too much … I reclaimed the time I typically spent traveling to share stories and insights through a variety of channels. I reported on the changes taking place on the frontline …

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Why doesn’t your company have a curator?

In Knowledge Sharing by JD Dillon

Every company needs a curator. This is because every company … and I mean EVERY company … struggles with enabling the rapid, consistent and meaningful flow of workplace knowledge. This foundational problem manifests in a variety of ways. Employees waste inordinate amounts of time trying to find the answers to …

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The LearnGeek Word of the Year is …

In Featured by JD Dillon

Every December, wordsmiths select a single term to define the past 365 days of human experience. It’s an attempt to summarize the most widely-discussed topics and events that impacted people around the world in new and unique ways. Oxford Languages picked “climate emergency” for 2019. Merriam-Webster went with “they.” Dictionary.com: …

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When is L&D officially using AI?

In AI by JD Dillon

Training Magazine recently published their 2020 Training Industry Report. This graph stood out … According to the survey, only 6% of organizations are using artificial intelligence to deliver training. 89% stated they are not using AI. 5% aren’t sure. Hmmmmm … Almost everyone has an LMS. One quarter of companies …

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Build, Buy, Bring: A Framework for Learning Content Curation

In Design by JD Dillon

Content is a never-ending challenge in workplace learning. Great content is hard to design. Great content is hard to develop. Great content is hard to maintain. All of this leads to a very time-consuming and expensive content problem. Unfortunately, our content struggles don’t stop new workplace challenges from constantly popping …

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A disruption-proof framework for workplace learning

In Ecosystem, Featured by JD Dillon

Does it still work? I entered 2020 with a shortlist of themes to explore. This year was going to about balance, reskilling, artificial intelligence, and frontline enablement. Then March happened. The professional conversation shifted from “that’s an interesting idea we should think about moving forward” to “we just need to …

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5 questions to ask in response to a training request

In Design by JD Dillon

“We need training on …” L&D pros hear this statement on an almost-daily basis. Stakeholders come to the door with a pre-determined solution. There’s a problem in the operation. People aren’t doing the job as expected. So they must need more training. Knock knock, L&D! Many of these “requests” come …