SONATAnotes – General
Insights on learning best practices and trends.
Sonata Notes: 3 Critical Sources of Knowledge That Organizations Forget to Manage On SharePoint
When an organization first implements a system like SharePoint, Box, Google Drive or M-Files, they will often have their team spend a tremendous amount of time and effort uploading and tagging files in the new platform.
Sonata Notes: Turning Workplace “Generation Gaps” into a Diversity Advantage
With Baby Boomers working into their 70s and “Gen Z” overtaking Millennials as the largest segment of the labor pool, having junior and veteran staff collaborate can boost the productivity of both.
Sonata Notes: 5 Types of Stories Your Audience Can Actually Learn From
Storytelling can be a powerful tool to engage an audience, but only if you're telling the right story. Here are five types of learning and leadership stories, and when to use each.
Sonata Notes: 5 Ways to Help Remote Staff and In-Office Staff Work Better Together
In theory, remote work lets organizations expand their recruiting pool, reduce operating costs, and increase worker happiness. However, in practice, integrating remote workers and in-office staff can be challenging.
Sonata Notes: 5 Things Marketers Know that the Training Industry Forgets
Both the marketing and training industries involve connecting with audiences, communicating key messages, driving behavior change, and motivating people to action.
Sonata Notes: Who’s Afraid of (Learning From) Failure?
Different people react to failure in different ways, most of them unhelpful. It’s rare for anyone to honestly and rationally reflect on their own mistakes - which is a shame, as analyzing past failures can help us succeed in the future.
Sonata Notes: Want Compliance Training That Works? Let Your Workers Design It.
Compliance training is necessary to shield organizations from liability and regulatory fines. But is there a better way to deliver compliance training than having workers click through slide after slide of legal disclaimers then answer insultingly basic true/false questions?
Sonata Notes: Is Training Ever “One and Done”? Affordable Ways to Extended Learning
Training usually works best when delivered in small increments over a longer period of time, yet the logistics of in-person training tend to bias organizations towards one-time marathon workshops. How can we affordably extend the learning experience beyond a one-time event?
Sonata Notes: How to Encourage More Learning with Less “Training”
By taking a systematic approach to "informal" learning, you can meet the majority of your organization’s learning needs without a massive capital investment in training.
Sonata Notes: Three “Uncoachable” Skills and How You Can (Sort Of) Coach Them
Sports coaches often describe some qualities - like height, lung capacity and passion - as "uncoachable". Does the same hold true for essential workplace skills like intuition, creativity and systems thinking?
Sonata Notes: Games in Training: A Powerful Learning Tool or Just Playing Around?
There’s been a lot of interest lately in using games to motivate learners and reinforce learning by tapping into our competitive instincts. The only trouble is, when trying to “gamify” training programs, many organizations miss the real value of play.
Sonata Notes: Why “Big Data” Requires Small Stories
From predicting the weather to anticipating disease outbreaks, computers enable us to gain useful insights from massive data sets. However, while a skilled analyst can scan a sheet of numbers and spot the important trends, most people do better when data is presented within a simple, logical, compelling narrative.
Sonata Notes: You Can’t Cure Jerks, but You *Can* Stop Workplace Harassment
At this point, there's no denying that workplace sexual harassment and discrimination are serious, pervasive issues. While it’s true that many problems result from the misconduct of a few bad actors, the effect of even a single bully or harasser on your team should not be underestimated.
Sonata Notes: The Secret World of “Shadow IT”
From Google Docs to Slack, cloud-based productivity apps are allowing employees to work from anywhere, get more done and collaborate more effectively in real time. While the convenience of these tools is a welcome improvement over old desktop software, individuals might start using cloud apps without the knowledge or approval of their IT department.
Sonata Notes: Are Potential Woman Leaders Discouraged By Your Leadership Training?
The way leadership training is typically designed and delivered in most organizations does not favor women’s success. Fortunately, there are steps organizations can take to make leadership training more gender-inclusive:
Sonata Notes: Should We Stop Using Facebook for Learning?
Since 2004, Facebook has grown from a networking site for Harvard students to a multibillion-dollar empire encompassing both its flagship platform and newer acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp, with billions of users of all ages in every part of the world. But, with the revelation that the personal data of at least 50 million users was secretly harvested by a consulting firm working for the Trump campaign, users are having major doubts about whether Facebook can protect their privacy – or if they’re even trying.
Sonata Notes: Who Needs Formal Training When Google has All the Answers?
The Internet can get anyone up to speed on most any subject instantly. Does that mean we can cancel all our training programs?
Sonata Notes: Trouble Training Millennials? Wait Until You Meet “Gen Z”
“Gen Z” - those born after 1998 - will soon surpass Millennials as the largest segment of the world population. How can we prepare our learning programs for their arrival?
Sonata Notes: Organizations Can’t Create Mentorships, but They Can Train Mentors
There are many good reasons to start a formal mentoring program, so long as you accept that it's about the individual, not the organization.
Creating Learner-Centered Training Evaluation Surveys
Why you are probably asking learners the wrong questions... People in the learning industry love training evaluation surveys. Just as you can’t have a birthday party without cake, it seems you can’t end a training session or e-learning module without a lengthy training evaluation form...