Monday, August 14, 2017

How Does the Chief Learning Officer Guide Collaborative Learning? G. Mick Smith, PhD

How Does the Chief Learning Officer
Guide Collaborative Learning?
By G. Mick Smith, PhD

Intelligent corporations encourage learning to promote efficiency and reduce expenses. Many motivated employees, however, learn about their daily work tasks outside of the company’s training curriculum. 

The Chief Learning Officer (CLO) should grasp that employees are learning from:

  • ·         Searching online: 85%
  • ·         Peers, articles, blogs: 70%

The entire organization benefits when employees are engaged, growing, and learning on the job. One recent study showed that a learning company experienced:

  • ·         1.4% increased revenues
  • ·         3.2% higher profits

An added benefit is that engaged employees who are consistently learning are generally happier in their careers. 

Thus, if your corporate strategy is to encourage a corporate learning culture, how do you do so? The CLO is charged with the responsibility of the learning culture and should know “the three Es:” 

  • ·         Excite - learners should possess autonomy, focus, and ownership 
  • ·         Engage - learning is wedded to personal and organizational goals
  • ·         Embed - learning is tied to daily tasks on the job

How does the CLO implement collaborative learning? 

  • ·         Reward learning with a financial flexible education account
  • ·         Curate relevant materials for on the job training
  • ·         Track specific skill sets and job roles for employees 

I invite your comments, questions and feedback to discuss details on how this can be done. 

G. Mick Smith, PhD is a Senior Educational Technology Executive with more than 20 years of experience solving intractable problems across diverse fields. He can be reached directly at