Do you really need a social learning program?

Many clients of Helen Blunden of Activate Learning Solutions approach her saying “we need a social learning program”. However, Helen alerts that social learning may be part of the solution to their performance problems, or it may not be part of the solution at all. She cautions that:

To jump on to the latest trend without doing a proper analysis into defining your performance problem first will usually end up in disaster. Social learning should not be seen as a “quick fix” – if anything, consider it more a cultural process and change because it will take a lot more than just a 90 minute webinar or a workshop to inspire change.

In a series of blog posts, Helen will be outlining the five stages of analysing performance problems. Her first blog post focuses on describing the performance problem.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com) and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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