Blog and News
May 1, 2019

Article: Is learning the right focus for Learning & Development people?

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In the May Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews asks if learning is the right focus for Learning & Development people... The goal of the learning and development person is to help people learn. That makes sense doesn’t it? After all that is their job title. But what does the organisation really need? Organisations need

March 12, 2019

Article: Pseudo-profound bullshxt exists

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In the March Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews ponders the existence of pseudo-profound bullshit in a work context This research amused me and my apologies to those who may not like the term used by the researchers. According to Artur Nilsson and his colleagues at Lund University in Sweden, pseudo-profound bullshit refers to the

December 5, 2018

Book review: Learning Transfer at Work by Janet North

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Last week, Training Journal Editor Jon Kennard gave his blog over to Janet North to review Paul Matthews' latest book 'Learning Transfer at Work: How to Ensure Training >> Performance': Janet writes "The primary purpose of training should be improved employee performance. Can any of us disagree with this statement? However, many training interventions

November 13, 2018

Article: How are you going to be meaningful?

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In November's Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews' asks how  you are going to be meaningful? I saw this great quote a few days ago... "Are you here to do something or just for something to do?"* That made me think! Do I want to do something that is meaningful? Or just do whatever stuff turns up? If

September 6, 2018

Getting ready for World of Learning 2018

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*** World of Learning Exhibition and Conference on 16 - 17 October 2018 has been an gone. It was a great show for us and the topic of Learning Transfer is certainly heating up in the L&D arena. If you missed it, Jon Kennard did a brief Training Journal podcast with Paul Matthews during

August 8, 2018

Event: Engaging the Modern Learner

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Autonomy eDay "Engaging the Modern Learner" on 26 September 2018, Bute Mills, Luton Make learning part of ‘everyday’ - anytime, anywhere... Even in Luton! You don’t have to reinvent the wheel! With 70:20:10 as a concept, industry expert and renowned author Paul Matthews will highlight the changing role of Learning & Development, from ‘producing and delivering’ to ‘creating and

July 4, 2018

Magazine excerpt: The weakest link

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Paul Matthews, CEO and L&D expert was recently invited to write an article for Training Journal magazine. He argues that to deliver performance improvement we must focus on training transfer. "Learning transfer underpins the whole notion of training, and yet too often we focus on the transmission of information from the trainer to the

June 26, 2018

Webinar: How do you ensure learning transfer from your training?

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As part of the monthly Training Journal #TJwow webinars, Paul Matthews will be on the panel when the question for discussion is 'How do you ensure learning transfer from your training?'. The other speakers are Ina Weinbauer-Heidel, Institut fur Transferwirksamkeit and Emma Weber, Lever - Transfer of Learning. Paul says “I am really looking forward to

January 16, 2018

Seminar: The nuts & bolts of learning transfer

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As every year, Learning Technologies exhibition 2018 offers an impressive lineup of free seminars. Whether you are a corporate L&D professional or a face to face training provider, if you want to find out how to achieve real performance improvement and business outcomes following traditional training intervention, don't miss "The nuts & bolts of

December 12, 2017

The Elephant in the Room by Paul Matthews

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Paul Matthews examines the learning transfer mindset in his article for Training Journal's September 2017 edition So what is learning transfer? Like many terms, the phrase seems to mean different things to different people. In organisational learning, it usually refers to the operationalisation of ‘learning’ that has happened in a prior formal event such as a training course, or an e-learning course. Every definition

October 27, 2017

Article: The first step to innovation is… (Better Business Focus)

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The first step to innovation is… turn off autopilot mode in your brain. Most people go through life with their brains on autopilot, unaware of interesting and different things that are going on around them all the time. When you do not see what’s going on around you, you don’t have the ideas and raw material input that is the essential first step

September 12, 2017

Article: The effect of a blame culture (Better Business Focus)

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The effect of a blame culture Sadly, in many companies there is still the old-fashioned command and control management culture, which usually has a strong blame component. That is, if something goes wrong, managers look for someone to blame. Questions are asked such as ‘Whose fault was that?’ or ‘Who is to blame for this mess?’ The cure for micromanagement is to trust people and

September 6, 2017

Seminar: Learning transfer from classroom to workplace

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Join Paul Matthews for his free seminar at World of Learning on Learning transfer from classroom to workplace It seems Learning & Development are increasingly paying attention to learning transfer. Anyone who has ever attended a training course themselves (that's everybody, right?) is well aware that little of what is learned in the classroom gets embedded

August 28, 2017

Article: Using a different point of view

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In the August Better Business Focus, Paul Matthews' is suggesting a different point of view Have you ever noticed that when a friend has a problem, you can often see an obvious solution or course of action, and yet your friend can’t? Even when you point it out, they often still don’t see the obvious. This happens because your point of

June 8, 2017

Article: I am not a leader! (Better Business Focus)

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Many people would deny that they are a leader, and have no aspirations to be one. Is that true? Surely, we all affect other people around us in some way. If you follow that thought, it means everyone is always a leader. The question then is, “What kind of a leader am I in terms of the impact I have on those