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BLOC Podcast

The BLOC (Building Learning and Organizational Culture) Podcast is a useful learning and development podcast where Dr Heidi Kirby talks to professionals in the field who are passionate about finding creative, innovative ways to bring learning front and center at their organizations and beyond. 

Last Episode Date: 14 May 2024

Total Episodes: 91

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14 May 2024
90 - Connecting L&D Data to Business Objectives with Karen Vieth

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I chat with Karen Vieth about her journey and time at InSync Training. We also discuss how to do a better job collecting learning data and connecting it to the business goals. Karen Vieth is a distinguished figure in the realm of virtu...

35 min
23 April 2024
89 - Creating Space to Work Together (especially as Badass Moms) with Mallori Steele

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I sit down with my brilliant friend and colleague, Mallori Steele, to talk about how she landed in L&D and how she uses her strengths as a connector to create spaces for marginalized people to network, learn, and grow. Mallori is a...

55 min
2 April 2024
88 - Ask Heidi

Send us a Text Message.In this episode I answer your questions about inspiration, adding value, skills development, L&D tools, and the L&D job search! Here are some of the resources mentioned in the show:Bloc Podcast Episode 75: Why is There SO Much Bad Training?Blo...

48 min
12 March 2024
87 - 5 Ways to Make Training More Engaging

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I explain 5 helpful tips for making your training (and I'm talking ANY kind of training - job aids, virtual sessions, instructor-led, and even eLearning) more engaging. And if you know me, you know that I believe the best way to m...

21 min
20 February 2024
86: Kona (and AI) for Coaching Managers with Yen Tan

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I chat with my new friend, Yen Tan. We chat about why they founded Kona and how they've built a product that uses AI to help coach remote managers. We talk about why you shouldn't "slap AI on everything" and how we ...

49 min
30 January 2024
85: The Path to L&D Leadership

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I talk about how I moved from an individual contributor role as an instructional designer to an L&D leadership role and give you tips if you're interested in doing the same. I talk about how to break it to your manager, how t...

19 min
9 January 2024
84: How NOT to LinkedIn with Tim Slade

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I bring Tim Slade back to talk about building your reputation on LinkedIn. We use it to look for work... We use it to find new clients... We use it to connect and learn about each other... But there's so much noise! How do we know...

38 min
19 December 2023
83: Wrapping Up 2023 and What's Ahead for 2024

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I chat about the lessons I learned in 2023 and what I think are L&D's brightest possibilities for 2024. Thanks for listening to the BLOC! Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidiekirby/Or check out what ...

13 min
21 November 2023
82: Ask Heidi

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I answer YOUR questions on L&D leadership, upskilling in tools, working cross-functionally, getting data for needs analysis, and more! Resources mentioned in the episode:Rachel Schell's Emerging Leaders in L&DScreenPal (w...

31 min
7 November 2023
81: Marketing Your Learning Projects with Hannah Waddams

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, I chat with Hannah Waddams -- or Han -- from MAAS Marketing about why you need a marketing strategy for learning projects and what other best practices we can borrow from our marketing departments!Marketing for learning® expert, Han i...

44 min
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