418 episodes

The market for continuing education, professional development, and lifelong learning is large and evolving rapidly. Competition is growing and learners have more options than ever. Leading Learning is the podcast for learning business professionals who want to thrive in this new landscape. Each week the hosts, Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, provide actionable insights based on their own deep experience and expertise or invite in experts and practitioners to share their perspectives.

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    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

The market for continuing education, professional development, and lifelong learning is large and evolving rapidly. Competition is growing and learners have more options than ever. Leading Learning is the podcast for learning business professionals who want to thrive in this new landscape. Each week the hosts, Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, provide actionable insights based on their own deep experience and expertise or invite in experts and practitioners to share their perspectives.

    418: The Inquiring Mind, Part I

    418: The Inquiring Mind, Part I

    For learning businesses, it’s important to truly understand the learners they aim to serve. To help with that understanding, in this episode of the Leading Learning Podcast, number 418, co-hosts Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele turn to a text that’s over 60 years old but still incredibly relevant.
    In The Inquiring Mind, Cyril Houle divides lifelong learners into three categories: goal-oriented, activity-oriented, and learning-oriented. Learning businesses that understand the motivations and activities of each category will be better positioned to serve those learners and provide them with value.
    Show notes and a downloadable transcript are available at https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode418.

    • 26 min
    417: Connection with Ginger Johnson

    417: Connection with Ginger Johnson

    It’s gotten incredibly easy to produce and consume content. That means the market value of content is approaching zero. And that means that learning businesses need to provide more than just content. Learning businesses that can provide connection are going to attract and retain passionate and engaged learners.
    Ginger Johnson focuses her work on the power of human connection and the why and the how of connecting on purpose with purpose, and Leading Learning Podcast co-host Celisa Steele talks to her in episode 417. Ginger does the work of connection through keynotes, workshops, and other connection experiences. She’s the author of Connectivity Canon, an inveterate dinner party host, and an enthusiastic, joyful human.
    Show notes and a downloadable transcript are available at https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode417.

    • 30 min
    416: Engagement Is Everything

    416: Engagement Is Everything

    If you’re looking to improve the reach, revenue, and impact of your learning business, focus on engagement, not content. Content is no longer king. Engagement is everything.
    In episode 416 of the Leading Learning Podcast, co-hosts Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele talk about why the importance of content and even context is waning and why a focus on engagement is a savvy move for learning businesses committed to creating and delivering value.
    Show notes and a downloadable transcript are available at https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode416.

    • 14 min
    415: Looking for Balance: Online and Off

    415: Looking for Balance: Online and Off

    Finding the right balance of online and offline learning to have in a portfolio is one of the critical concerns facing learning businesses in our post-pandemic world because getting that mix as close to ideal as possible is key to securing a learning business’s reach, revenue, and impact.
    In episode 415 of the Leading Learning Podcast, co-hosts Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele offer nine criteria, accompanying guiding questions, and a scoring rubric that learning businesses might use when aiming for that right online/offline balance.
    Show notes and a downloadable transcript are available at https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode415.

    • 32 min
    414: The Duty of Foresight with Jeff De Cagna

    414: The Duty of Foresight with Jeff De Cagna

    On January 1, 2025, we’ll enter the second half of the turbulent 2020s and come that much closer to the Threatening 30s, to borrow the terms of our guest for episode 414 of the Leading Learning Podcast. Organizations of all kinds have a vested interest in seeing the future as clearly as possible and taking action—action to bring about the best possible future for those they serve.
    Leading Learning Podcast co-host Jeff Cobb talks with Jeff De Cagna about this and much more. Jeff De Cagna is executive advisor for Foresight First, which helps association boards set a higher standard of stewardship, governing, and foresight, and a board’s duty of foresight has been Jeff’s focus for the last 10 years.
    Jeff and Jeff talk about foresight as an intentional process of learning with the future and about intentional learning as a process of sense-making, meaning-making, and decision-making. While Jeff De Cagna focuses on working with association boards, much of what he has to say about foresight and our duty to our successors can apply more broadly to leaders and other staff in learning businesses.
    Show notes and a downloadable transcript are available at https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode414.

    • 48 min
    413: The Evolving Market for Lifelong Learning

    413: The Evolving Market for Lifelong Learning

    For learning businesses that want to thrive in the evolving lifelong learning market, identifying metatrends and unpacking what they might mean in terms of risks and opportunities is crucial.
    In episode 413 of the Leading Learning Podcast, co-hosts Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele offer ten metatrends they see when looking at how lifelong learning is shifting to keep pace with change.
    Show notes and a downloadable transcript are available at https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode413.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

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Practical and thoughtful

I've been listening to Leading Learning for several years now. Their guests are thoughtful and offer very practical advice and insights that I apply in both inperson and online settings. I often listen while walking my dog....and get home and hop on my computer to check out the speaker, a books, and so on.

j123 ,

Love this podcast

Every time I tune in to one of LL podcast I learn something valuable. I find myself taking notes and looking up show notes so I can refer to key points I learn that I can apply to my work. I have referred several of my colleagues working in the “third sector” of education. Thank you for producing such rich content and interviewing thought leaders in the field.

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On point and thought-provoking

This show pushes me to think in new ways while incorporating diverse expertise that connects to the real world of learning. Great job.

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