About: Sherman Morrison

G. Sherman H. Morrison is a writer and editor based in Keene, New Hampshire. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University New England where his studies focused on effective leadership and management of any organization’s single most important resource – it’s employees. The talent management and human resources landscape is evolving rapidly in the brave new digital world of the 21st century, and Sherman keeps track of it all for people and companies who want to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Sherman writes for a variety of sites, including Talent Management 360, eLeaP (learning and training in the corporate context), and Healevate (alternative health topics) to name a few. When not clacking away on his laptop, Sherman can typically be found performing and directing with a variety of theatre groups in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

Creating a Learning Organization: How to Foster a Learning Culture

Now that I’ve established why workplace culture is important, explained how fostering a learning culture benefits your company, and provided several different tools you can use to conduct a learning culture assessment in your organization, it’s time to take a closer look at specific actions you can take to transform your company into a learning organization. If you paid attention to the various descriptors contained in the assessment instruments, you should have a pretty good idea of what’s involved in creating a solid learning organization. Here are some concrete steps to consider: Continue reading

Learning Culture Assessment at Your Company

In my last couple articles, I’ve established the importance of paying attention to workplace culture, and more specifically the benefits of fostering a learning culture in the workplace. If the general reaction among your employees when it comes to training and learning consists of yawns and eye-rolling, you’ve got some work to do to foster a learning culture at your company. But before adopting any specific strategies or tactics, you need to get a more thorough picture of what lays ahead by doing a thorough learning culture assessment at your company. Continue reading

5 Reasons for Fostering a Learning Culture in the Workplace

In my last article, I highlighted the importance of paying close attention to company culture in general, and how badly things can do if you ignore it. In this article, I want to focus in on the learning piece of your workplace culture. Specifically, it’s essential to understand why fostering a learning culture is so important for any organization. Here are five compelling reasons to take up the challenge at your company:

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Workplace Culture: Does it Even Matter?

Workplace culture, organizational culture, corporate culture – however you name it, there are many who question if it even matters. My short answer to this question is YES, workplace culture does matter, but if you need a more convincing presentation of why it matters, then this will be one of the more important articles you read this year. Continue reading

The Learnability of Your eLearning Courses

There are lots of different ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your eLearning efforts, which is essential to making sure your learning department can document robust return on investment (ROI) and stay in the good graces of your company’s upper management and leadership. While evaluation can run the gamut from simple to complex, one concept that has appeared recently is a dimension being called learnability. I think it’s worth taking a closer look at it to see if it’s something you should work into your eLearning evaluation process. Continue reading

Boosting Workplace Engagement with eLearning

You know on some level your eLearning efforts provide real value to your company, but it can also be easy to lose sight of this fact when you’re in the day-to-day slog of making it happen. It’s always good to remind yourself of just how valuable your work is. One aspect many learning professionals don’t often consider is the vital role their efforts can play in workplace engagement and retention. This is important, so hear me out. Continue reading

The Promise of Virtual Reality Learning in Corporations

There is a certain amount of frustration people might feel concerning various technologies. It seems like the driverless car technologies have been in the news for a long time now and yet we’re still waiting to see it become a widespread reality that makes a real difference in people’s day-to-day lives. I think there’s a similar frustration when it comes to virtual reality, and especially as it applies to corporate eLearning and training efforts. Will virtual reality learning have a role to play in companies looking to boost their learning programs? Continue reading

How to Write a Training Outline: Putting it All Together

In the first two articles of this series on how to write a training outline, I covered the six steps you should follow to make sure your training is well organized and complete. In this final part of the series, I present how my leadership training outline might look as a fully developed training outline. Continue reading

How to Write a Training Outline: Steps 4-6

In the first article of this series about how to write a training outline, I explained how useful the process is in making sure your training sessions are well-organized and well-received. I covered the first three steps of the process, including training basics, defining objectives, and nailing down both the purpose of the training and how you’re going to engage participants from the start. In this second article of the series, I’ll cover the last three steps of the process: Clarifying key topics, related concepts and timing; presentation techniques and materials; and evaluation, assessment and reflection. Continue reading

How to Write a Training Outline: Steps 1-3

Why bother to put together a training outline if you feel you already know what you’re doing? Here’s what you want to avoid: Forgetting to cover some key content points, then trying to go back and cover those points after you realize you left them out, then running out of time for participants to ask all the questions they wanted to ask because you had to backtrack to cover what you missed, and then afterwards wondering if your audience really got what they needed out of the training. No matter how good you think you are, making sure your training is well organized and thoroughly planned is the ultimate key to success, and a training outline serves as a roadmap to get you there. Continue reading