Milwaukee Learning Leaders Cooking Brunch @ Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin»

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. 8948 Watertown Plank Road Wauwatosa, WI 53226-4802

Ron Reichert
Regional Acct Executive

Dirk Tussing
Founder & Executive Director

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Keeping Employees Engaged during Times of Change»
Presented on 10/17/2016


Laura Jones
Sr. Director, Human Resources

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Executive Learning Exchange (ELE)

The Executive Learning ExchangeSM is a consortium of senior Chicagoland, Milwaukee and Midwest learning/talent development leaders committed to promoting next practices that improve evidenced-based business results and professional opportunities among its members.

We hope you can join one of the following upcoming peer-networking events: We continue to add collaboration strength with our community.


REIMAGINE WORKPLACE LEARNING This year's focus for Executive Learning Exchange will be on Reimage Workplace Learning to improve talent pipelines with strategies to move the start line forward for improving engaging employees & middle managers.

In 2006 we introduced a new book, The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning, with Cal Wick’s research uncovered that 90% of traditional classroom training was “scrap-learning”. Cal’s recommendation to learning leaders was a new finish line for formal learning programs to improve on-the-job results and learning transfer. Over the last 10 years we have shared as a community that best and next practices for learning is a process (not an event) and now incorporate more follow-through for post-training reinforcement.

As we explore Reimage Workplace Learning best and next practices with strategies for moving the start line forward, some questions to start our conversation are:

  • Why do many of us wait until the new employee’s start date to begin onboarding?
  • Why do many of us wait to provide structured skill building programs for managers, often years after they have assumed the role of leading a department and team?
For both of these areas, Tim Kirkpatrick connected this call to action with this problem by Dan Pallotta's story Do We Have the Wrong Idea about Charity? in a TED radio hour program with the theme of ‘Give it away’ (like the song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers). Many of our corporate training and development approaches are so bulky and inaccessible to our employees. WHY DO WE DO THIS? Why aren’t we giving away the learning and development opportunities to all employees, and especially those we are on boarding and those we are putting into front line manager roles? Many times we hear mentoring and coaching efforts are informal at best, and aimed at Directors+. WHY stop there?!

A common option is that our programs/solutions are too costly and required too much infrastructure to deliver quickly at scale. Well, who is at fault for that? It is us, the talent program/solution owners. A second common option is to defer taking action until we can launch the best practice solution. As we collaborate together to reject the assumption that we only have two options, high performing companies are cultivating organically grown solutions based on good environmental boosters from HR and from leadership requiring very little money or HR time.

Our 2017 initiative is to uncover these solutions by Reimage Workplace Learning and share them with your peer group.

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Chicagoland & SE-Wisconsin

Active ELE Enterprise Members can use their PREPAID tickets at either our 7th Annual SE-WI Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange at GE Healthcare Institute planned for Thursday, May 18, 2017 or for our 16th Annual Chicagoland Learning & Talent Development Leaders Exchange @ Hamburger University planned for October 23, 2017; CLO/CTO Group members can purchase additional conference registrations at a discounted rate for their team to join us.

To help everyone plan for 2017, our upcoming full-day exchanges are scheduled for:

If you are a CLO/CTO Group member and interested in having your team present, please contact Dirk Tussing for more details.

Please note in 2016 we formally closed our vendor membership so we can focus on more robust experiences for heads of learning and talent development. A key part of this shift is to invite five to possibly eight solution industry thought leaders, whom provide forward-thinking talent services, as ELE Strategic Partners to replace our current vendor membership.

Since 2004, the Chicagoland Learning LeadersSM have informally gathered at McDonald’s Hamburger University for an annual one-day exchange of local thought leaders to share best practices. To learn more about the benefits included with becoming a Learning Executive Exchange member, view a one page program summary and read our on-line FAQ’s for more details.

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