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Jan 23, 2018

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa and Jeff discuss the importance of having a learning business strategy and the three core elements it should be built around—a diagnosis, a guiding policy, and a set of coherent actions.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode118.

Highlighted Resources – (both are referenced in this discussion of strategy):

  • Learning Business Maturity Model™– a free resource designed specifically to help learning businesses of any size reach their full maturity.
  • Association Learning + Technology report - based on a survey of a broad range of trade and professional associations, it provides the most comprehensive insights currently available on the use of technology to enhance and enable education in the association sector.

Thank you to Blue Sky eLearn, sponsor of the Leading Learning podcast for the first quarter of 2018. Blue Sky is the maker of the Path learning management system, an award-winning, cloud-based learning solution that empowers your organization to maximize its message. Blue Sky also provides a range of virtual event and instructional services to help you maximize your content and create deeper engagement with your audience. To find out more about Blue Sky eLearn and everything it offers, visit http://www.blueskyelearn.com.

 

Jan 16, 2018

What do effective leaders have in common? Perhaps it’s their ability to lead from within or to successfully navigate through times of uncertainty and adversity.

Sarah Levitt, creator of the Making Magnificent Project™, is an executive coach, keynote speaker, and author, who works with leaders to optimize their talents and strengths and drive exceptional business outcomes. In her recent book, Magnificent Leadership, she shares the stories of a diverse group of leadership exemplars and how they were able to transform and transcend circumstance in order to achieve greatness.

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa talks with Sarah about her definition of leadership, commonalities between leaders that emerged from her book, as well as the essential relationship between leading and learning.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode117 

Highlighted Resource – Sarah Levitt’s, Making Magnificence podcast – here you can access recordings of some of the many interviews with leaders that she conducted for her book. These include people like Brad Wilson, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Dana Born, who was a Brigadier General in the US Air Force and is now a lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Thank you to Blue Sky eLearn, sponsor of the Leading Learning podcast for the first quarter of 2018. Blue Sky is the maker of the Path learning management system, an award-winning, cloud-based learning solution that empowers your organization to maximize its message. Blue Sky also provides a range of virtual event and instructional services to help you maximize your content and create deeper engagement with your audience. To find out more about Blue Sky eLearn and everything it offers, visit http://www.blueskyelearn.com.

 

Jan 9, 2018

In this episode, Jeff Cobb talks with Dr. William Clements, Vice President and Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University about what Norwich is doing to meet the needs of learners, how technology has impacted the continuing education and learning landscape, as well as what they’re doing related to the creation of partnerships with professional organizations.

Highlighted Resource - excerpts from Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph Aoun (a book that Bill Clements mentions during this interview). Aoun is the president of Northeastern University and he offers some great perspectives and insights on the role of education in a world where artificial intelligence and robotics are playing a quickly increasing role.

Thank you to Blue Sky eLearn, sponsor of the Leading Learning podcast for the first quarter of 2018. Blue Sky is the maker of the Path learning management system, an award-winning, cloud-based learning solution that empowers your organization to maximize its message. Blue Sky also provides a range of virtual event and instructional services to help you maximize your content and create deeper engagement with your audience. To find out more about Blue Sky eLearn and everything it offers, visit http://www.blueskyelearn.com.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode116.

 

Jan 2, 2018

You can have the most inspiring vision in the world, a powerful mission, and a great strategy, but if you don’t have the capacity for executing, none of those things really matters very much.

In this episode, Jeff and Celisa discuss why understanding capacity, and more importantly, building capacity, is one of the most critical activities an organization can pursue. They also offer seven recommendations any learning business can embrace for building capacity (none of which involve hiring more people). 

Full show notes available at https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode115

Thank you to Blue Sky eLearn, sponsor of the Leading Learning podcast for the first quarter of 2018. Blue Sky is the maker of the Path learning management system, an award-winning, cloud-based learning solution that empowers your organization to maximize its message. Blue Sky also provides a range of virtual event and instructional services to help you maximize your content and create deeper engagement with your audience. To find out more about Blue Sky eLearn and everything it offers, visit http://www.blueskyelearn.com.

Highlighted Resource: The Capacity Continuum, insights into how to understand and impact the process of capacity building across individuals, organizations, and communities.

Dec 19, 2017

This episode of Leading Learning features a full replay of "Facing - and Embracing - the Future of Learning," a session at the Surge 2017 virtual summit.

In the session, Amanda Beckner (Avixa, formerly Infocomm International), Josh Goldman (Ohio Society of CPAs), Celisa Steele (Tagoras/Leading Learning), and Jeff Cobb (Tagoras/Leading Learning) explore key trends in the rapidly evolving market for lifelong learning and their implications for trade and professional associations. They discuss how technology is transforming areas like workforce and career development and the role approaches like microlearning and microcredentialing will play in association business models going forward. Listen in to get big, but actionable ideas for taking your learning programs into the future.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode114.

Thank you to the Founding Sponsors of the ReviewMyLMS site. We feel like the ability to get high quality, dependable reviews from peer organizations has been a gap in the association and broader learning business market for a long time, so we are really excited to know that it will soon be filled with support from the following companies:

Highlighted Resources  

Dec 10, 2017

In this episode, Jeff talks with Nick Schacht, Senior Vice President for Professional Development and Global Operations at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) about the evolving role of HR, how they influence education and training decisions, and the concept and implications of competency frameworks – both for individuals and organizations.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode113

Highlighted Resource – The Learning Business Maturity Model™ ­– gives a framework for assessing the maturity of your learning business and taking action to reach higher levels of maturity and performance.

Thank you to the Founding Sponsors of ReviewMyLMS, a Web site dedicated to verified, honest reviews of learning management systems:

Dec 5, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa and Jeff discuss the trends and predictions made over the last four years of hosting their annual trends and predictions Webinar as well as how they’ve held up and if they still apply.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode112

Highlighted Resource  – 10 Critical Shifts in the Market for Lifelong Learning - an overview of 10 key trends that we think learning leaders need to have front of mind as they plot their strategy for the coming years.

Thank you to the Founding Sponsors of the ReviewMyLMS.com. We feel like the ability to get high quality, dependable reviews from peer organizations has been a gap in the association and broader learning business market for a long time, so we are really excited to know that it will soon be filled with support from the following company’s:

Nov 28, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Jeff talks with Arianna  Rehak of AssociationSuccess.org about what went into planning the recent Surge 2017 virtual summit, including how she got people to authentcially engage and promote it, as well as some of the biggest challenges and lessons learned from the event.

Highlighted Resource – Association Virtual Events - a free Tagoras report that draws on data from more than 100 associations to help you understand the emerging role of virtual events in the association sector.

Special thanks to the four Founding Sponsors of ReviewMyLMS: 

If you are looking for an LMS, we really encourage you to visit these companies and see what they have to offer.

Nov 17, 2017

In this episode, Celisa talks with of Diane Simmons of the American Academy of Dermatology and Carol Hodes of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement about their paths to retirement, what they’ve seen – and expect to see – that excites them most about learning, as well as some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned over the course of their careers.

Highlighted Resource – Resources for Organizations in the Business of Lifelong Learning – a document that serves as a single point of reference for accessing many other documents. In it we’ve organized our tools, models and frameworks, our research reports, and a range of other resources in a way that makes it easy for you to see what they are and access them. This document is free, and all of the resources it lists – other than our two annual events – are free.

Many thanks to the four companies that have stepped up to help us get our new initiative, ReviewMyLMS, off the ground:

Nov 14, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa and Jeff look at seven core practices of successful Internet marketers and how they might be emulated to grow and improve your learning business.

Highlighted Resource - 10 Realistic, Cost-Effective Ways to Grow and Improve Your Learning Business. It is just what it sounds like – 10 ways that you can move the dial on your learning business without spending a lot of money or having to do back flips to find resources.

Special thanks to the Founding Sponsors of ReviewMyLMS:

Full Show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode109/

Nov 7, 2017

In this episode, Celisa talks with Dr. Andy Molinsky about his latest book Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence.

Highlighted Resource: A Harvard Business Review article by Andy titled, If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode108

Oct 31, 2017

In this episode, Celisa Steele talks with Wayne Skipper, founder and CEO of Concentric Sky, and a key player behind the open source project Badgr, about the emerging Open Pathways initiative for connecting digital credentials from different organizations.

Highlighted ResourceExploring the Fringe: Flipping, Microcredentials, and MOOCs, a free white paper that discusses three emerging formats—the flipped classroom, microcredentials, and massive open online course —and then looks at when each might make sense for an organization to pursue and factors to consider before jumping on the trendy bandwagon. 

Fill show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode107

Oct 24, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa and Jeff discuss specific lessons that can be learned from some of the Big Learning companies and how they might be applied to benefit your learning business.

Highlighted Resource Learning Business Maturity Model™ - a free resource designed specifically to help learning businesses of any size reach their full maturity.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode106

Oct 17, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Jeff Cobb talks with Sheri Jacobs of Avenue M about the role that non-dues revenue plays for membership organizations, why they are on the rise, and ways to potentially increase them, particularly in the areas of education and learning.

Highlighted Resource – Four reports/white papers related to the association sector that have come out in the past year or so that have been discussed on this show:

  1. Growing Non-Dues Revenue: A Benchmarking Report - discussed in this episode
  2. Member Loyalty and Learning with Amanda Myers - episode 102
  3. Association Learning + Technology (our own report) - episode 99
  4. The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm with Shelly Acorn and Elizabeth Weaver Engel - Episode 44

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode105

Oct 10, 2017

Celisa Steele interviews Dr. Barbara Oakley, professor, speaker, and author of A Mind for Numbers : How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), and Mindshift : Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential. Her wildly popular massive open online course (MOOC), Learning How to Learn. has attracted 2 million participants.

Celisa talks with Barbara about why helping people learn about learning is so effective, the importance of creating better online materials, and tips for organizations who provide learning to create more value by focusing on these areas.

Full show notes at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode104

Highlighted Resource – a Web page we’ve compiled that focuses specifically on massive open online courses and provides information that is useful for anyone considering using MOOCs in a professional development context.

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Oct 3, 2017

What if you organization could make the competition irrelevant and deliver unique value to the learners it serves? In this episode, Jeff and Celisa discuss the concept of blue ocean strategy and some of the key tools you can use to create blue ocean for your learning business.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode103.

Highlighted Resource: 6 Paths to Leading Your Education Business to Blue Ocean

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Sep 26, 2017

Celisa Steele interviews Amanda Myers, director of product marketing, membership solutions, at Community Brands, and one of the co-authors of the recent Member Loyalty Study: A Deep Dive into Member Retention and Preferences. This report has findings to help organizations understand why members stay—or leave—and the most effective ways to connect with them.

Celisa talks with Amanda about key findings from the report, ways to increase member connectedness, where segments of members fall within the loyalty spectrum, and the implications all of this has on learning and education.

Full show notes at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode102

Highlighted Resource  – Member Loyalty Study: A Deep Dive into Member Retention and Preferences

Thank you to YourMembership the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

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Sep 19, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa talks with Katie Hill, associate director of DIA Learning at Drug Information Association, about her efforts to revamp DIA's core curricula, incorporate new business models like business-to-business selling, and introduce new approaches like microlearning and digital badging.

Show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode101

Highlighted Resource – Tagoras Platform Directory for Learning BusinessesTM – A free report that profiles 30 different companies that are a good fit for trade and professional associations, as well as other learning businesses.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

Sep 12, 2017

The 100th episode of the Leading Learning podcast - hard to believe!

To help us mark the occasion, we invited two-time guest and our all-around favorite superfan Brian McGowan to guest host the show. He asks the questions, we provide the answers, and along the way, we highlight some of the episodes that we think best demonstrate what we are up to with the Leading Learning podcast.

Show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode100 

Highlighted Resource – For our resource for this episode, we want, appropriately enough, to highlight all of the first 99 episodes of the Leading Learning podcast. Access the full list here >>>

We would also be truly grateful if you would give the podcast a rating and brief review on iTunes.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

Sep 12, 2017

The 100th episode of the Leading Learning podcast - hard to believe!

To help us mark the occasion, we invited two-time guest and our all-around favorite superfan Brian McGowan to guest host the show. He asks the questions, we provide the answers, and along the way, we highlight some of the episodes that we think best demonstrate what we are up to with the Leading Learning podcast.

Show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode100 

Highlighted Resource – For our resource for this episode, we want, appropriately enough, to highlight all of the first 99 episodes of the Leading Learning podcast. Access the full list here >>>

We would also be truly grateful if you would give the podcast a rating and brief review on iTunes.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

Sep 5, 2017

Celisa and Jeff talk about some of the findings in the latest version of the Association Learning + Technology report and how the data has changed over the years. They also discuss why Tagoras publishes the report and how organizations can use it to support their learning and technology efforts.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode99 

Highlighted Resource  – For our resource for this episode, we want, appropriately enough, highlight our Association Learning + Technology report. The report is based on a survey of a broad range of trade and professional associations, Association Learning + Technology and it provides the most comprehensive insights currently available on the use of technology to enhance and enable education in the association sector. You can access it for free by going to www.tagoras.com/learntech. If you are listening to this episode before September 15, 2017 grab it and you will automatically be sent the next edition; after September 15, 2017, we will link to the current version.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

 

Aug 18, 2017

Celisa Steele talks with James Young, chief learning officer ofthe Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), about his path to becoming CLO, what the role means to him, and how he plans to grow and develop SCUP’s learning offerings in the near future.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode98.

Highlighted ResourceTagoras Platform Directory for Learning BusinessesTM – A free directory that profiles 30 different companies that are a good fit for trade and professional associations and other market-facing learning businesses.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

Aug 18, 2017

With over 35 years of research and expertise, Dr. Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist and Guggenheim Fellow, is widely known as the “mother of mindfulness”. She is the author of eleven books including Mindfulness, and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, and has written more than two hundred research articles on the topic of mindfulness.

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Jeff Cobb talks with Dr. Langer about what it really means to be mindful, the benefits that come along with it, and ways you can encourage achieving it in your own life as well as in the design of learning experiences.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode97

Highlighted Resource – Video of Dr. Ellen Langer’s talk, Mindfulness Over Matter. In it she highlights many of the key points from her book, Mindfulness.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

Aug 15, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa and Jeff talk about how to staff online learning—specifically platform, content, and business development positions—including why each is important, what skills you’ll want to look for in the person that fills each role, and resources to help you along the way.

Full show notes available at http://www.leadinglearning.com/episode96.

Highlighted Resource – A sample job description for a learning technology manager role.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

 

Aug 1, 2017

In this episode of the Leading Learning podcast, Celisa Steele talks with LaTrease Garrison,executive vice president of the Education Division at the American Chemical Society (ACS), about how her career at ACS has evolved over the years, the important role that learning plays in their organization, and the current struggles and opportunities that exist for them and others in the business of lifelong learning.

Highlighted Resource – Adventures in Chemistry – an initiative from the American Chemical Society designed for kids to explain the core concepts of chemistry. This is a different type of learning initiative than what you might normally see from trade and professional associations, with the idea of building knowledge and familiarity within the profession/field/industry you serve.

Thank you to YourMembership, the podcast sponsor for the third quarter of 2017. YourMembership’s learning management system is specifically designed for professional education with a highly flexible and intuitive system that customizes the learning experience. YourMembership’s LMS seamlessly integrates with key systems to manage all of your educational content formats in one central location while providing powerful tools to create and deliver assessments, evaluations, and learning communities.

 

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