Let’s Fix Learning

I like to build stuff and I like to tackle big challenges.

The challenge we’re tackling with mLevel is definitely big. Ask almost anyone you meet that works for a medium to large business what they think of training and particularly learning technology at their company and unanimously they will say they dread it, it’s boring, and when they have to take it, they just do the minimum to get marked as “complete”. Or they will just respond with a simple “It’s awful!”

This is a huge problem. Tens of billions of dollars are being spent on learning technology in the US alone each year and we’re getting minimal value out of it. What’s worse is that businesses are losing out on getting the right information to the right people to help them be effective at their jobs. That impacts the business. The business can’t be as effective and can’t be as efficient. The impact this has on the bottom line is orders of magnitude more than just the lost money spent on the ineffective solutions.

I can think of very few things in the corporate ecosystem that are this broken and yet have such as huge impact on business performance.

Why, you might ask, aren’t we doing more to fix this? The reality is that this isn’t an unknown problem, if you’ll excuse my double negative. People and companies have been trying to solve this for decades, but have mostly failed. It’s not that the problem isn’t known, it’s that we haven’t figured out how to solve it.

Let’s solve it! This is why mLevel exists. We can do this together.

I’m starting a series of posts to discuss the issue in open, real terms. I welcome your thoughts, input, and perspectives. This will be very casual. I’m not running these posts through marketing or other reviews so they will be raw thoughts and will likely have some spelling and grammar issues, but I want to start the discussion.

Over the next weeks and months, I’ll share some of my thoughts on the problem, our approach to solving it, and other ideas on what works and what doesn’t work. Please join in. Let’s fix this problem.