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February 22, 2018

I am surprised… and disappointed

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Well over six years ago, a friend asked me what to pay attention to in her new more senior role in Learning and Development. She had already spent some time in HR and L&D, so what she was really asking was what was new, what were people not doing that they should be doing, and

October 3, 2017

Article: Informal learning – critically important, but neglected by Paul Matthews

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This article on informal learning and learning transfer was written for and originally published on https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/deliver/training/informal-learning-critically-important-but-neglected and has been published here with TrainingZone's permisson. Informal learning is a big thing now in learning and development. The 70:20:10 model, and others, tells us that informal learning is vastly more important than you’d ever think given the

April 6, 2017

Learning at Work Week 2017

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It's Learning at Work Week 2017 soon! From 15th - 21st May the Campaign for Learning put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work. Companies and organisations of all types and sizes are invited to take part in Learning at Work Week. This year's theme is 'Curious & Creative'. As in

April 4, 2016

Informal Learning at Work book feedback

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Informal Learning at Work book feedback Dear Paul I just wanted to say that I bought and am thoroughly enjoying reading your book “Informal Learning at Work”. As an organisation we are currently looking at the potential for offering a more “just in time” approach to learning and your book offers lots of useful hints

March 10, 2016

L&D’s role as Performance Consultant – Seminar at CIPD L&D 2016

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L&D’s role as Performance Consultant We are pleased to announce that Paul Matthews will be holding a seminar "L&D's role as Performance Consultant" as part of the learning timetable at this year's CIPD Learning & Development exhibition. The modern role of L&D is focussed on performance, so L&D professionals need to know the basics of

June 24, 2015

Event: The Training and Development Show Middle East, Dubai, 15 – 16 September 2015

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The Training & Development Show is now in its fourth year in the Middle East and growing fast. We are pleased to announce that Paul Matthews has been invited to hold a seminar on performance management and be part of Enthralltech's stand 435 at the show. Enthralltech are our business partners in India and will be showcasing

January 19, 2014

News: Breakthrough new learning tool

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People Alchemy has launched the Alchemy Learning Pathway and is showcasing its ground-breaking new SaaS platform that accelerates the time to proficiency for people new into a role at Learning & Skills Exhibition in January 2014. The Alchemy Learning Pathway uses the latest informal learning concepts to 'manage' the 70% experiential and 20% social parts

September 12, 2013

News: Alchemy Learning Pathway

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New managers achieve capability using the Alchemy Learning Pathway People Alchemy are launching their ground-breaking new SaaS platform that accelerates the time to proficiency for people new into a role at this year’s World of Learning Exhibition. The Alchemy Learning Pathway uses the latest informal learning concepts to ‘manage’ the 70 per cent experiential and

July 16, 2013

Recommended reading: Informal Learning at Work

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In ask GrapevineHR July’s book review, Karly Olsen-Haveland, Head of People and Organisation Development (Sales) EMEA at Google, says: ‘Welcome to the learning ecosystem, or “learnscape”, of Informal Learning at Work that is Paul Matthews’ fresh approach on a well-known theory that informal learning has more impact than classroom, or formal, training.’ Grapevine Book Review

July 3, 2013

Kindle Freebie on Amazon

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Just in time for the summer holidays Amazon are running a special free Kindle promotion for Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times from 10-14 July Dr Peter Honey summarised it well in his review. “I smiled my way through Paul Matthews’ book and I very much hope it will have

May 21, 2013

HR magazine review: Formal training out the window

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Informal learning at work: How to boost performance in tough times Ken Batty, executive director of HR, Lenovo Group, Asia Pacific, says for L&D professionals the concept of Informal Learning at Work is a no-brainer. Paul Matthews' book is aimed at learning and development professionals. As such, it is full of information on how people

March 30, 2013

Informal Learning at Work – Book review by Dr Peter Honey

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Dr Peter Honey reviewed Paul Matthews' best seller Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times "I smiled my way through Paul Matthews’ book and I very much hope it will have more impact than my previous offerings. The continued underutilisation of work-based learning is short-sighted and wasteful. Informal learning opportunities are not only

January 28, 2013

Understanding informal learning is vital for organisational success

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Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times - Paul Matthews, already well-established as a speaker and magazine contributor has written a ground-breaking book on informal learning. Within a week of being published, it achieved the #1 bestseller accolade in two Amazon business categories. There is a steadily growing awareness that informal

August 21, 2011

News: Learning Architect – The Power of Informal Learning

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"Informal learning is becoming as important to corporate training initiatives as traditional learning, and it’s about time that this has happened." This striking view of informal learning comes from Paul Matthews, Managing Director of People Alchemy. Informal learning is a relatively new term in the learning and development (L&D) field. But, unlike the other new

July 28, 2011

News: Alchemy for Managers goes mobile

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People Alchemy joined leading L&D suppliers at September’s World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, where it launched its latest addition to Alchemy for Mangers, a web version for smart phones and tablets. The premise is simple – every manager needs extensive amounts of information and skill to do their job. And no manager can ever