Organizational Theory and Behavior David S. Walonick, Ph.D. Classical Organization Theory Classical organization theory evolved during the first half of this century. It represents the merger of scientific management, bureaucratic theory, and administrative theory. Frederick Taylor (1917) developed scientific management theory (often called "Taylorism") at the beginning of this century. His theory had four basic principles: 1) find the one "best way" to perform each task, 2) carefully match … [Read more...] about Organizational Theory and Behavior – Walonick
So what is Best Practice and Good Practice? Is there a difference and do we really care? Introduction to "Best Practice" Often in business, we hear about Best Practice and Good Practice, but what does it mean? Where and when should we use it? To help us out, let us look at some definitions: Definitions - Practice To do or perform habitually or customarily; make a habit of practices courtesy in social situations. To do or perform (something) repeatedly in order to acquire or … [Read more...] about What is Best Practice?
Exploring the impact of the Internet on Accelerated Learning methods and techniques. 1: Introduction: Of all the ten articles we chose to present for our website in this series, this article, viz, the final one posed the greatest challenge not because of paucity of research contents but because of the appropriateness. In fact, keying in the search words Web and Accelerated Learning (or "Internet and Accelerated Learning") within quotes did not produce any results and without quotes threw a … [Read more...] about The Impact of the Web on Accelerated Learning
Practical Infection control training for: NHS, care-homes, food preparation, hygiene, hand washing Hygiene, infection control and hand-washing - making the difference to peoples lives It all started as a discussion about volunteer training for a national first-aid organisation. Members of the group were interested in further training, but bored with the routine of what we had been doing. With swine flu on the news at the time, one of the emergency planning volunteers said she would be a … [Read more...] about Train the Trainer – Infection Control
Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory an exploration of what it is and how to use the theory 1. Introduction: In this article, we will explore in a concise manner Howard Gardner's varying approaches to the "Multiple Intelligence Theory" and their relevance to Accelerated Learning Techniques. This article aims to enlighten the readers of its practical utility for which reason it found popular acceptance with the practising educationalists especially those based in the USA. In effect, the … [Read more...] about Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory
Education is great, but education is not the same as job training. Education prepares the individual to learn and adapt, Training prepares the individual for work. All around the world we have large academic institutions educating many of the employees of the future. Many will position themselves as focused on employability, and indeed many publish statistics around salaries and recruitment post graduate. But are these educational establishments really doing the best they can for our future … [Read more...] about Why fresh graduates are not ready for the world of work – yet
The brain & learning - what bit does what? 1.0: Introduction: Without diluting the importance of the concepts involved in this article which would be discussed in a scientific manner as they demand, we would start it in a lighter vain with a story. The story may apparently look like a little disjointed but a reflection on it would bring out its relevance as this article relates to the brain and it may be necessary understand the unpredictable ways it functions. Chemical balance in the … [Read more...] about The brain & learning – what bit does what
So what have been the challenging topics for HR professionals in 2018 and what will business demand of HR in 2019 and beyond? Many of my followers know that I am active on LinkedIn. Over the past 2 years, I have been recording the themes and topics that HR professionals discuss. As a way of understanding what those hot topics are I have produced the graphic below. It shows the frequency of some of the most popular terms used in discussion titles. Hover … [Read more...] about Hot HR discussion topics in 2018 and HR trends for 2019 #HRBLOG
Lozanov on learning "double plane" exploring the thoughts of one of the fathers of accelerated learning 1.0: Introduction: Two chief impediments identified by both educational scholars and trainers of Human Resources to learning are inattention of the learners and passivity of the teacher/trainer. In the words of accomplished American Psychologist William James, W (1890), 'the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, … [Read more...] about Lozanov on learning "double plane"
Key Developers of Super Learning Techniques 1.0: Introduction: In this article, we would have an overview of the evolvement of the theory and techniques of super learning techniques and through which we consider the transformation of original theory known as 'Suggestopedia'. The term 'Suggestopedia' was coined by Dr.Georgi Lozanov (which was dealt in the first article) to denote its application to a combination of two functional terms, viz, suggestion and pedagogy. This was done to stress … [Read more...] about Key Developers of Super Learning Techniques
Are all requests for free help appropriate? This morning I received the following request: Hi Mike, I am working on designing an e-learning course ware for the managers, to help them understand the company’s rating scale which we use for performance evaluation. we have five scales for performance and appraisal. the problem is most of the managers can’t differentiate between the 1st scale and the second for example, Significantly exceeds targets and exceeds targets. these to scales are … [Read more...] about Fair request for free help
What is fashion in the world of L&D It is 1800 and I am on the 1640 train back from Leeds to London after meeting with a potential client. I overhear a telephone conversation where an individual described a training room as basic. Yes it had the required tables and chairs, windows, space, a rail to clip flowcharts around the room - lots of wall space etc.. but you have to take your own projector and loud speakers. So is this 'basic spec' old fashioned - or do we expect different … [Read more...] about When is training ‘old fashioned”?
How to Mind Map: 1. Introduction How to Mind Map: The Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic engagement: In the last article, we had described the concept of mental learning through the program of ‘Learn How to Learn' and in this article, we would be dealing with the theme of 'learning to learn' (L2L) of Tony Buzan. Buzan is credited with further development of what is described as Mind Mapping to the application of learning. With an objective to retain what is learnt. There are at least two … [Read more...] about How to Mind Map: The Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic engagement through Mind Mapping
An Overview of the History of Accelerated Learning 1.0: Introduction: 'Accelerated Learning' (or Brain Friendly Learning) is considered unique in the history of innovative learning because of its user friendly methods of imparting skills to the learner. Ever since it was ushered in by Dr.Georgi Lozanov[a] with a humble beginning of teaching English language to 60 and odd students deploying a variety of non-traditional techniques (e.g. use of visual and auditory methods), referred to in the … [Read more...] about History of Accelerated Learning
Quick and Painless? In our fast and busy lives we are often looking for that ‘quick fix’ the ‘painless solution’ – but are they? Does it work? All too often on professional forums and networking groups I hear people asking for quick and painless solutions. Do they really exist in the worlds of business, Human Resources (HR) and Organizational Development (OD)? Just because a solution is quick does not mean it will work in the medium or long term, nor does it necessarily mean it will … [Read more...] about Quick and painless interventions and solutions
A little laugh before the weekend - got a new laptop? Friday Fun – Latest Laptops and software #411 #ff IT Says these new laptops they gave us come preloaded with all the latest viruses This cartoon has been produced by Jon Carter www.cartertoons.com with thanks … [Read more...] about Friday Fun – Latest Laptops and software #411 #ff
Organisational Development professionals are the CEOs allies in creating a top performance culture for the organization. Organizational Development professionals are specialists in Change Management and Culture Development. However many find themselves in positions that make it difficult to get a straight line of communication to the CEO. Mainly because of the Organizational structure and the fact that OD-Organization Development is located under HR. Ideally the OD Head would have a position … [Read more...] about Strategic Organizational Development
Is there such a thing as free open source quality training materials? On an ASTD thread (http://tinyurl.com/2kl2sa) today I caught up with a discussion on free course material. The debate was an interesting one and where one individual raised the comparison with the software market – where great programs like Open-office etc are available free. So having reflected I wondered if this could work for the training and consultancy fields. Open source – would it work for training … [Read more...] about Free material open source training content
Does your business have a director of oomph? For a business to be successful not only must it have a marketable product, but it needs to be effectively led and managed. Many larger organisations lack ‘oopmh’ within. In our experience many organisations would benefit from ensuring that all staff were not only fully engaged but that strategies are put in place to create a level of oomph to motivate and encourage productivity. A director oomph may be recruited from anywhere in the … [Read more...] about Director of oomph
Employee of the month award - A little something before the weekend: Friday Fun - Office humour, cartoon - Employee of the month award #405 #ff They finally gave me the employee of the month award, but it kind of loses its meaning when every single other employee has already gotten it five times. This cartoon has been produced by Jon … [Read more...] about Friday Fun – Employee of the month award #406 #ff