Focus On: How Executives Learn

How do you learn best? In this issue, we look at diverse approaches to executive learning — from the traditional classroom to new technologies for simulations and online learning. Does distance learning sometimes become too "distant"? Booz-Allen's experience shows how face-to-face sessions and projects can anchor online education. Do you come back from the classroom with great ideas that get swept away by the press of work? Clorox brought its lessons directly home with action learning projects. Do you learn best through a hands-on experience? We examine how simulations can offer years of experience without the high cost to company and career of making actual mistakes. Finally, we examine what senior executives, with decades of experience and knowledge, still need to learn.

We hope these insights may help you expand your own approaches to learning for yourself and your organization.

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In the Classroom
Booz-Allen e-Learning Program Combines High Tech and High Touch

How do you create an authentic, interactive classroom experience in a distance learning program? Wharton and Booz-Allen found that weaving together great technology, face-to-face sessions, and thoughtful design created a powerful experience that was anything but virtual. More

Thought Leaders
Real Learning From Simulations

Simulations allow executives to learn million-dollar lessons without spending real money and compress years of experience into a few hours. How can simulations be used to best advantage? Wharton faculty and an experienced simulation developer offer insights on how simulations help executives learn about their business...and themselves. More

In the Classroom II
Putting Learning Into Action

How do you take learning out of the classroom and put it to work? Clorox brought home the learning from its program for high-potential executives through a set of "action learning projects" that allowed executives to directly apply new knowledge immediately to current business challenges. More

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