Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | February 12, 2020

“First delight, then instruct.”

Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Happy Friday! Apparently there are different types of Girl Scout cookies available in other places. My wife got some French Toast cookies from California that are amazing. I just had a couple with my morning coffee and I think I might be in heaven. I hope you give yourself a treat today too.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: Today I’m tuned into a new release from one of my recent favorites, Oilix.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Alternatives to Correct and Incorrect Feedback

Microsoft Crashes The Employee Experience Party

Last week Microsoft announced Viva, a single employee experience platform “designed to empower people and teams to be their best.” This announcement reshapes the employee experience and people analytics tech market. RedThread Research has a nice look at how this reshapes the employee experience and people analytics tech market. If you’re interested in even more, Josh Bersin has also written about the massive market impact of Viva..

16 Reasons Why People Don’t Share Their Knowledge — And What to Do About It

To change an organization’s culture from one of knowledge hoarding to one of knowledge sharing, it’s important to understand why people may not be sharing their knowledge with one another. In the article, Stan Garfield identifies 16 common reasons why people don’t share what they know along with recommended solutions for each one.

The L&D Global Sentiment Survey 2021

The results are in for Donald Taylor’s 8th annual Global Sentiment Survey. Dive in to learn more about what stands out in the results including:

  • Reskilling/upskilling is top of everyone’s agenda
  • Collaboration rebounds
  • People rallied to the familiar
  • The aspirational is ignored

Curiosity is a curve. Where does your message fit?

This is a great article by Tamsen Webster about what you should do to get attention. Based on some research she cites, the key is to “find the magic middle of the curiosity curve”. You should try to make sure your message is anchored in something your audience already wants… but doesn’t yet have… This aligns with a “Steal from Marketing” point of view that I’ve talked about a lot. (For example: “How can you make your ideas irresistible?”)

Five Charts You’ve Never Used But Should

Presenting data is an important skill. In this post, Jon Schwabish shares five graphs that perhaps you’ve never used before but that you should consider. They either do a better job showing certain types of data or they are more engaging and interesting than basic chart types. If you’re interested in more like this, check out his book “Better Data Visualizations

A few other things just because I can.


Here are three podcast episodes from this week that are worth a listen:

Tools, Tips & Resources

I also publish a daily L&D Tech Toolbox newsletter. You can find those and subscribe here.

Product Hunt’s 2020 Golden Kitty awards highlight the most popular new tools and products of the year. Here are a few of the category winners:

  • Remote Work tool of the year: Vowel
  • Design tool of the year: Spline
  • No-code tool of the year: V.One
  • Productivity tool of the year: Fastdok
  • Community and social product of the year: Onlyfams

Where You Can Find Me

Interested in the things that didn’t make the cut here? Follow me on Twitter or connect with me on LinkedIn

If you’re looking for a helping hand or someone to speak at your event, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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