I just got back from the annual ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) conference. If you’re interested, go to http://www.astd.org and sign up now for the virtual conference which begins next week. Why? Some interesting insights from the conference:
– social learning is big, covers a lot of e-media, but no one is quite sure what it does. The best I think was Charlene Li, who gave one of the keynotes and has a new book out, Open Leadership. Check out her blog at http://forrester.typepad.com/groundswell/. She ties a lot of concepts – business, learning, social media – together very well. Did you know that on average we spend 10 minutes a day on social learning? What have you learned lately from social learning? Me – being careful about identity theft – still protect your information and privacy. How quickly tweets get followers. And so much more.
Second City ended the conference and talked about how we all must become more agile. I’ve been working on some agility with pilates, but I think they mean much more than that. How flexible and agile are you, able to turn corners or even do a u-turn if you had to? As the flow of information and knowledge speeds up, we need to be agile in learning, agile in applying, and agile in changing our ways or mindset. One good resource for that: Switch, by Dan and Chip Heath. I just read it and it makes change relatively easy with tons of examples. So there are 3 ways I’ve just learned: attending a conference, reading a blog, and reading a book. And it’s not just attending or reading, it’s acting on what you’ve learned. So think about what you learned today, and then decide how you will use your agility to act differently. Let me know what you find out!
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