Chris J Powell

Corporate Learning Recipe

The challenge for me being a Sales Guy in the world of Corporate Learning is to really get a grasp on what this term Corporate Learning is.  I look to the Wikipedia definition and explanation and they classify it pretty broadly as “Corporate Education”:

Corporate Education refers to a system of professional development activities provided to educate employees.


So that broad definition needs a more granular explanation for me to understand it and then translate it to what my employer does for our customers.  That is not an easy task because Corporate Learning is far more just a mixture of ingredients and then set on the stove to simmer.

I have been through a lot of company sponsored training and I have purchased books, manuals and elearning from a broad spectrum of sources.  Adult learning in 2014, at least the way that we do it is vastly different than anything else that I have participated in.  This is what actually really got me pumped to work with this company in the first place and the way that technology is enabling the tracking and measuring of individual comprehension and use of the skills learned is quite impressive.

But if Corporate Learning is more than the meat, beans and tomatoes that sit on the counter ready to be combined into a fine chili, it can’t just be the spices and cooking time that makes it work…but I say that it is.  I have participated in a few chili cook offs and most recently…it boiled down to using the same base ingredients and then the extension of those with the right mix of flavors…this is really what Corporate Learning is to me…so for our “Recipe” see below:

  • 2 cans of diced Knowledge Capture
  • 2 cans of Instructional Design
  • 1 1/2 chopped Graphics Design
  • 3 cans of Deep Understanding
  • 2 lbs of ground Education Experience
  • 1/2 teaspoon of no PowerPoint
  • 3/4 teaspoon of Leading Edge Psychology
  • 1/2 teaspoon of SCORM
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ROI
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Timing
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Industry Engineers
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Caring
  • 1/2 teaspoon of the Right Stuff

In a large skillet, soften the Graphics Design until moisture comes out, add the Education Experience and brown over medium heat until cooked to desired color, add dry ingredients and simmer for 3-5 minutes allowing the flavors to mix.

In a large sauce pan add the Knowledge Capture, Instructional Design and Deep Understanding and over low heat bring to a simmer.  Add the contents of the skillet and let stand over low heat for 3-4 hours adding Salt, Pepper and other spices to taste.

Ok so this is a really overly simplified way of looking at Corporate Learning…but if you want to know more about how we do it…reach out…I would love to introduce you to how we empower our clients staff to achieve competencies specific to complete the tasks associated with their role.




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