November Newsletter 2015

THE STRAND – the latest on learning from WillowDNA

November 2015 Edition

November Round Up

Each month we take a look at some of the most interesting research and articles on online learning, social learning and technology.  

The latest Towards Maturity Benchmarking Report – a view from Clive Shepherd

Our friend, Clive Shepherd, attended the VIP launch of the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark study.  His recent post on LinkedIn confirms what many suspected but perhaps hoped was not the case:

“the call seems only to be heard by the already converted. What TM calls the ‘Top Deck’ (those organisations that are showing the best results from their L&D efforts) are shooting ahead, overcoming barriers and exploring all the possibilities for workplace learning in all its contexts, formal and informal. The rest have been stuck for years.”

Our Director Of Learning Solutions, Lisa Minogue-White believes there are many practical steps learning and development can take to put themselves centre stage in delivering the strategic goals of the organisation.  In her commentary on Clive’s post, she suggests that rather than being marginalised, the time for true business partnership could be here.

Performance Catalysts

On the WillowDNA blog this month, we discuss the new learning professional and their role as Performance Catalysts.

‘A catalyst acts in a unique way to make a lower barrier to cause a reaction to happen. Putting the right people together in the right environment at the right time with right tools, that’s how we catalyse that learning’. – Tom Spiglanin.

Whilst much of the current discourse in L&D is about the Learning Revolution and questions about the very survival of the role in organisations, we offers an insight into the critical role learning professionals will take in achieving the strategic goals of orgainsations and why their role is more important than ever.

Book Review

This month, we’ve been reading:

Engaged: he Neuroscience Behind Creating Productive People in Successful Organizations (The Neuroscience of Business)
Amy Brann

At every conference in 2015 and probably 2016, you’ll find sessions on Neuroscience, some well grounded in research, others with something of a pop psych feel.  In this book, Amy Brann, director at Synaptic Potential, Neuroscientist and medical graduate from UCL does a great job of providing a practical, accessible study of the subject.

From quick to apply changes to everyday practice to informing strategic learning plans, there’s frameworks in every chapter to help apply the principles of neuroscience to real learning challenges.


Hot on the heels of our shortlising in 4 categories at the 2015 e-Learning Awards, our partnership with Rock and A Hard Place Learning has been shortlisted for Start Up Of The Year at the LPi Learning Awards.  

Introducing Learning Now Radio

Following our work with Learning Now TV, we are delighted to announce that Lisa Minogue-White has been asked to host Learning Now Radio.

Already 4 episodes in, she has been in conversation with Mike Collins at DPG PLC, David Kelly from the e-Learning Guild, Jane Bozarth and Clark Quinn.  Subscribe today in iTunes and tune into the most interesting discussions in learning and development.


International WOL Week – a view from Helen Blunden

As one of the foremost advocates of Working Out Loud (WOL) and someone who really does lead by example, Helen Blunden from Activate Learning has been publishing her #WOLweek experience each day in her blog.WOL has been a campaign kicked off by Jane Bozarth to exemplify the power of sharing insights, lessons learnt, challenges and solutions. Jane and many others having been sharing their #WOLweek experiences.  Check out the hashtag on Twitter for more examples.


e-Learning Awards 2015
Wednesday 25th November 1.30pm

We are delighted that WillowDNA have been shortlisted in 4 categories at the 2015 e-Learning Awards, including e-learning company of the year.

Follow the hashtag #elawards on the night to see the results come in.

Webinar: Performance Catalysts – the future of Learning and Development
9th December 2015 2pm GMT

This month’s Willow Webinar will explore the role of L&D in the new world of work and introduces the concept of Performance Catalysts.

From what you need to know about technology, how to identify the right type of learning solution aligned to business activities through to tips for evaluation, this webinar will explore what the new learning professional will look like.

Register today and join us for a webinar that will provide great inspiration for your learning strategy in 2016.


On Performance Catalysts
This month’s video – Lisa Minogue-White discusses the future role of L&D and why she believes they will become the organisation’s Performance Catalysts.  ( Filmed whilst nursing a bit of bronchitis!)



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