Our top five most popular podcasts

As we approach our 100th (yes 100th!) episode, we take a look back at the most popular episodes to date, and why they're worth a listen.

Written by Emerald Works
Published 30 May 2018
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Our top five most popular podcasts
The Good Practice podcast is a weekly show that has fast become a must-listen for anyone involved in Learning and Development. Launched back in May 2016, each episode is hosted by Ross Garner, Ross Dickie or Justin Anderson and features contributions from members of the GoodPractice team plus many special guests from the wonderful world of L&D. Episodes cover a wide range of subjects that are relevant across HR, OD and L&D practice today. As we fast approach our 100th episode, we're taking a look back at the most popular episodes so far and why they're worth a listen.

In 5th place: Episode 57 - Organisational design: Should L&D fight the system?

In this episode, Ross G and regular contributor Owen Ferguson are joined by special guest Mark Britz. Mark is Senior Manager of Programming and workforce performance strategist at the US-based eLearning Guild. They debate just how far L&D should challenge an organisation's existing structures and internal processes.
Why you should listen: In L&D we often accept the status quo of an organisation's design without question or criticism, even when it works against us. However, if we're in the business of improving performance, don't we have a responsibility to challenge that design if we think it will help? If you feel that your efforts are hampered by organisational design, then this episode offers lots of useful commentary and advice.

In 4th place: Episode 49 - Evidence-based practice for HR and L&D

We all make decisions based on evidence, often basing our approach on hard data or good old personal experience. But are we really interpreting that evidence correctly, or are we basing decisions on hunches, gut feelings and opinions? In this episode, Ross G and Owen are joined by evidence-based practice enthusiast Mark Hendy.
Why you should listen: In HR and L&D, proponents of evidence-based practice (EBP) encourage us to gather the best available evidence from multiple sources and then weigh it up appropriately. Sounds like a good idea right? If you want to find out more about how to apply the principles of EBP to your decision-making, why not listen to Owen, Ross G and Mark - they share their experiences and offer some great tips to help get you started.

In 3rd place: Episode 55 - How can L&D start delivering online learning?

We are in the business of learning tech and content, so we can be guilty of talking about learning technologies as if everybody is already using them. For many organisations, this isn't quite the case. In this episode, we take a step back and look at different ways L&D functions can get started with online learning. Hosts Ross G and Stef Scott are joined by Ger Driesen of NewSpring, an L&D guru with a wealth of international experience, and the coolest job title we’ve ever heard - L&D Trendcatcher!
Why you should listen: If you are on the cusp of getting started with online learning, there's a lot to consider. Ger, Ross and Stef share examples of how different organisations have dipped their toes into online learning, and how those with no previous online interventions have successfully developed, launched and maximised learner engagement.

In 2nd place: Episode 60 - What is the future of work?

There's lots of noise around the so-called future of work, but are we really undergoing a revolution in the workplace? If the way we work is changing, what issues do we as HR and L&D professionals need to be aware of and prepare for? In this episode, Ross G and Owen are joined by David D'Souza, Head of Engagement and London at the CIPD.
Why you should listen: This podcast is ideal if you are looking for an overview of the core issues and trends that are having an impact on the world of work. The discussion covers many interesting areas, including whether concerns around skill levels, lack of progression and 'work poverty' are being realised. The team also debate the paradox of new technologies: Tech may have drastically changed how we behave outside of work, but the potential impact on employee productivity is still to be truly realised. Organisational structures, technology's impact on the type of work that will be available and where people will work in the future are also touched upon throughout this wide-ranging and informative debate.

The top spot: Episode 59 - How can L&D support performance?

We speak about performance support a lot on the GoodPractice podcast, but before we recorded this episode, had never looked at it in detail. It's now the most popular of all our podcasts to date! In this episode, Ross G and Owen are joined by Axonify's principal learning strategist JD Dillon to share his experiences.
Why you should listen: Performance support is one of L&D's perennial buzzwords, but what does it mean in practice? How can we, as L&D professionals, help take the performance support activities that are already happening in our organisations to the next level? If you are interested in these questions, then this podcast is a superb listen. As well as finding out more about performance support, the episode offers an interesting discussion on some of the burning issues around performance support. It covers the importance of L&D's role in knowing when to create new or utilise existing performance support resources, the role of performance support champions, tackling performance support silos, and how to foster connections and ways to share knowledge across an organisation.

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Emerald Works

At Emerald Works, we’re committed to helping individuals and organizations around the world realize their full potential by using evidence-led learning solutions that work.

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