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Friday Finds — Behavioral Science in L&D, AI Capabilities & Top Tools

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The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

― Aldous Huxley

The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and you know what that means – edge-of-your-seat plays, a halftime spectacle, and let's not forget, those commercials that often steal the show. Speaking of fun, if you're up for a little side action, my daughter's softball team is hosting a football squares fundraiser. It's a playful way to add to the excitement while supporting a great cause. Think of it as your personal halftime show – with the added bonus of potentially winning more than just bragging rights!

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🎶 What I’m Listening To

Kygo is an old favorite that I haven’t listened to in a long while until today.

📰 News & Notes

Leveraging behavioral science to maximize learning engagement

This article from Training Journal looks into the application of behavioral science principles to enhance learning and development (L&D) effectiveness in organizations. It emphasizes the role of human-centric approaches, such as social proof, nudges, simplicity, and storytelling, in fostering employee engagement and facilitating behavior change. These strategies are discussed in the context of improving learning outcomes, with practical tips provided for implementing them in organizational learning programs.

🎯 Take away: Harnessing behavioral science in L&D offers practical strategies like social proof, nudges, and storytelling to transform employee engagement and learning outcomes.

What Can Be Done in 59 Seconds

If you last checked in on AI a few months ago, you might also be surprised at how much the quality of the output has improved. Ethan Mollick illustrates this point by using AI tools to create five different tasks in 59 seconds. He also discusses how these advancements demonstrate both the efficiency and potential crisis for traditional work processes due to AI's capability to produce high-quality outputs quickly.

🎯 Take away: The integration of AI in the workplace presents a double-edged sword, offering significant efficiency gains while challenging traditional notions of work and productivity.

Generative AI Top 150: The World's Most Used AI Tools

This report by FlexOS unveils the landscape of AI tool usage, revealing ChatGPT's dominance and the surprising popularity of AI platforms in education, social chatting, and beyond. With over 3 billion monthly visits, these tools are reshaping interactions, work, and learning, highlighting a concentrated market where a few platforms command significant traffic. This diversity and concentration of usage underscore the transformative impact of AI across various domains, inviting exploration into both mainstream giants and niche gems within the AI ecosystem. Dig in for a deeper dive into the specifics.

🎯 Take away:  The "Generative AI Top 150" illustrates the evolving AI landscape, where a few platforms significantly shape how we work, learn, and interact.

🧰 Tech Tools & Tips

If tools are your jam, check out my new Work Smarter newsletter.

🎧 Podcast

This is the conversation that caught my ear this week. Check out previous episodes in the Friday Finds podcast playlist.

🧳 Where’s Mike?

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You’ve Evaluated Your Team’s Competencies. What’s Next?

L&D and HR specialists know that business is people. That’s why a company grows only when its employees grow as professionals. The first and most crucial step of this growth is the accurate evaluation of employees’ current competencies.

In our upcoming webinar, we’ll share our process and experience of assessing employees. We’ll tell you exactly what competencies you need to evaluate and which scales to use, and we will focus not only on the assessment itself but also on something far less discussed — what to do with the results. Register now and attend for free.

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