Welcome to Learning Is The New Working - the podcast about the Future of Workplace Learning and the people helping us get there.

Below, you can find our catalogue of published conversations, or you can search for Learning Is The New Working and Subscribe to us on your favorite blog platform for your new bi-weekly set of nourishing learning audio goodness.

And we’d like to make two special shout outs - thanks to Season One sponsors and Learning Future Group network members Intrepid by VitalSource. Check them out at www.intrepidlearning.com  - and a special final thank you to the great Portland musicians YACHT who provide our intro music, ‘I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler.’ So did we - which is why we want to get you help to make it Cooler, together.

LITNW: Season One

‘Learning Is The New Working’ is a new podcast from Chris Pirie, ex-Microsoft Chief Learning Officer and now independent investigator of The Future of Workplace Learning. A set of stimulating conversations are going to happen with some of the leading thinkers and edge practitioners in the modern Workplace Learning space, from Chief Learning Officers to Learning Experience Designers, from Neuroscientists to Technologists, vendors of Learning Tech and the HR leaders charged with developing human capital potential. Our topics are everything from the American skills crisis to our scary, but fascinating, century - how the rise of the robots, AI, employment and demographic change are re-shaping all our lives, in work and out of it. We will also explore how the process of learning is changing with current and emerging technology, share war stories about which new ways of delivering Learning work, what Sales Enablement is versus what it could be, and what a ‘Learning Science’ might offer… all with the ultimate aim of empowering the CLO.

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1:2 The Human Superpower the Robots will never have

Listen, to learn, from Dani Johnson, Co-Founder and Principal Analyst of RedThread Research:

  • Why living on a mountain in Utah is kinda great for getting to either Coast
  • Why her motto is, ‘I’m better today than I was yesterday, but I’m going to be better tomorrow’
  • Why it’s dumb to skip to the ‘answer at the end’ of research; it’s the journey that’s of the real value to you
  • The legacy of THAT Bersin By Deloitte report
  • You’ve heard it before, but yeah - we really have to give up on the 1960s Industrial Design mindset, people
  • The imminent Big Ed Tech convergence, and why it matters to the buyer
  • How L&D really is everyone’s job now and finally
  • And how measuring conformity isn’t really doing anything but hit YOUR ‘efficiency’ numbers.

Resources to help us all learn together:

Dani suggests we all go to her company’s main website here to find out more: RedThread Research

She is also a regular contributor to publications in our field including CLO, HR and Employment Relations Today.

1:1 You Now Live on Planet VUCA. Live With it!

Listen, to learn, from well-known author and commentator on Workplace Learning issues Lisa Kay Solomon on:

  • How a part of The Philly Diaspora ended up in Menlo Park
  • Why you can be scared or fascinated by the future - but you can’t ignore it
  • What ‘Outside-In Thinking’ about change would look like - and how it could help your organisation
  • Why CEOs need to drop the PowerPoint and start a meeting with a bit of Bold Wonderment… but not in a Kumbaya Way
  • What a journey from Transactional to Mission Learning is all about
  • Why our minds are coded to remember, not empathise - and how you can exploit that
  • and finally
  • The interesting - and surprising - self-test to find out if you’re a Designer, too.

Resources to help us all learn together: Lisa recommends we look at her main website www.lisakaysolomon.com, but also ‘Just Google me’ - as she has a wealth of content and interviews out there to research. Her books are available from Amazon here:

Find out more about the d.school - more formally, The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University - here, and find out how to take a class or join one of its regular executive workshops here

1:0 A Sense Of Crisis: Why Workplace Learning Is In Big Trouble, And What We Can Do About It

In our launch season trailer, listen, to learn, from former Microsoft CLO and now independent Workplace Learning consultant Chris Pirie, CEO & Founder of The Learning Futures Group:

  • Why anyone interested in learning science, the future of workplace learning, the latest smarts for great sales enablement, the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the future of workplace learning and The Rise of The Robots should listen to this new podcast
  • What kind of a brain you have after 108 straight quarters hitting your numbers in Corporate America
  • Why Chief Learning Officers need to start looking at what adjacent disciplines - neuroscience and psychology especially - can offer them if they’re serious about addressing the growing backlash against traditional ways of delivering company staff development
  • How the software we throw at our brains might have changed a lot these past 20 years - but the underlying hardware hasn’t (= can’t)
  • What Microsoft’s Satya Nadella can teach us all
  • Why the NGOs don’t need our ‘help’ on this - in fact, we need theirs
  • and finally
  • How to develop a growth mindset.

Resources to help us all learn together:

Chris Pirie on LinkedIn

Chris’s new company: www.LearningFuturesGroup.com