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March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS505 Empowering 70:20:10 with Catalytic Mechanisms

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Thursday, March 23

Management and Strategy


Social and informal learning are happening in your organization. The degree to which they happen varies due to context, tools, and culture. Regardless, each is a significant factor in individual, and therefore organizational, performance—too much so to ignore. The 70:20:10 principle and framework approach addresses these issues, but making this vision a reality has been a difficult undertaking due to traditional views about learning.

This session will explore the idea of “catalytic mechanisms” as first described by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. Catalytic mechanisms are not single events or initiatives, but shifts in one area that bring surprising results in others. You’ll explore what these look like, the impact they have, and how you can use them to more naturally shift and sustain behaviors toward increased collaboration and cooperation and encourage learning as byproduct of doing.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the relationship between the 70:20:10 principle, model, and framework
  • How each 70:20:10 component informs and empowers the others
  • About the components of a catalytic mechanism in a learning and performance context
  • About common catalytic mechanisms that unconsciously hinder organizational learning
  • How to create small catalytic mechanisms to shift away from training dependency

Intermediate to advanced developers, project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Mark Britz

Director of Event Programming

The Learning Guild

Mark Britz is the director of event programming at The Learning Guild. Previously he worked for more than 15 years designing and managing learning solutions with organizations such as Smartforce, Pearson Digital Learning, the SUNY Research Foundation, Aspen Dental Management, and Systems Made Simple. Mark is also an organizational social designer, helping businesses achieve the benefits of becoming more connected and collaborative to improve learning and engagement. Mark is the author of Social By Design: How to create and scale a collaborative company, and regularly presents and writes about the use of social media for learning, collaborative networks, and organizational design.

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