Grants Available for Workforce Training and Small Business Development

(From bed-stuy.patch.com) Employer matched grants are available through the for small businesses looking to train new or existing exployees or expand their business. The grants are NYC Business Solutions Training Funds, a program of the Department of Small Business Services. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh announced yesterday the latest round of these funds at a press conference at Terrafina, a wholesale food manufacturer in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and one of four new grant recipients. “These workforce training grants give hundreds of small businesses like Terrafina the capacity to hire and train New Yorkers and increase their wages,” said Bloomberg. “It’s just one of the things we’re doing to help businesses and New York City’s economy grow, and it’s working.” Read more.

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The Six Disciplines of Learning Transfer: Turning Training and Development into Business Results

Improving the business impact of training and development efforts is at the heart of a new conference offering from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and the Fort Hill Company. The Learning Transfer Conference will take place April 7-8 in Chicago and in November near Washington, D.C., on a date to be announced shortly. Learning transfer is a key to improving the business impact of training. In an era of increased accountability and the drive for measurable results, learning and development professionals need to have tools that move them from order taker to strategic business partner. The Learning Transfer Conference kicks off what is a 10-week learning program that begins with an interactive 1 day workshop. During the program, attendees will learn to apply the Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning to dramatically improve the business impact of training and development efforts, and will interact with the authors of this best-selling and widely-adopted approach to enhancing training’s impact. They will also benefit from online coaching and interaction with the facilitators and other participants for two months after the workshop itself. Attendees will: For more information or to register for the Learning Transfer Conference, visit http://www.astd.org/content/conferences/LearningTransferConference/

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EDGE: Weekly Training & Development, From Bloomberg Businessweek

(From BusinessWeek.com) Across the globe, two significant workforce trends are colliding to create a critical need for leadership development training over the next 5 – 10 years. A new generation of skilled workers are entering the labor market in droves – many without previous work experience – while a large group of seasoned leaders are approaching retirement (estimates show that employed individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 will increase by 11 million in the U.S. alone by 2010). In the midst of this growing leadership gap, market conditions are making the need for innovative and strategic leaders more critical than ever. How can companies continue to engage, retain and develop high-potential employees when resources are more constrained than ever? Given the current pace of change in business, how can companies put leadership development in context of what’s happening now? The answer: through agile leadership development programs and on-the-job training programs such as Bloomberg Businessweek’s EDGE. EDGE combines the world-class, insightful content found only in Bloomberg Businessweek with a cutting-edge, weekly training guide incorporating interactive and self-assessment learning activities. EDGE synthesizes headlines, news and trends impacting global business and extracts key learning concepts that can be incorporated in leadership development. Our future forward content is developed each week in real-time so that participants are learning about the impact of business decisions as they happen. EDGE is available to corporations to increase their bench-strength and grow their high-potential leaders. Bloomberg Businessweek’s Executive Development Guide & Extract (EDGE) is an innovative leadership development program that can increase your company’s bench-strength and develop your high-potentials. Written by leadership development experts, EDGE offers your employees robust, continuous learning opportunities – giving them a broader business perspective, igniting their thinking and stimulating collaboration. New content each week makes EDGE flexible and scalable – you can use it however learning happens within your organization. EDGE can be integrated into existing programs or used as a foundation to create new ones: * Formal leadership development programs. * Lunch and learn / One hour power hour – Organize “Lunch and Learn” or “Power Hour” training sessions on a regular basis. * Mentoring program – Incorporate key learning’s into networking, mentoring or coaching sessions. * Informal training sessions – Facilitate informal training sessions with peers or direct reports to share articles, EDGE extracts, etc. Bloomberg Businessweek’s EDGE includes: * A one-year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek for each participant. * One year of the Executive Development Guide & Extract (EDGE) – e-mailed weekly including unique activities and key learning points designed around six articles in the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek focusing on executive competency areas such as: * Leadership & Management Skills * Strategic Thinking * Personal Skills * Best Practices/Lessons Learned * Global/Technology Trends * Business/Financial Acumen To learn more about integrating EDGE into your corporate learning programs, contact us at: bwgroup@bloomberg.net

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The 3 Roles of Talent Development as a Strategic Business Partner (M112)

For talent development leaders to gain buy-in from senior executives and be accepted as strategic business partners, we must be able to confidently speak and understand strategy. Our unique position allows us three pivotal roles to facilitate change and influence strategic thinking and execution at the enterprise level. This session will help you identify essential components of your organization’s strategy, including the critical difference between mission versus vision, goals versus…

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How to Build and Grow a Successful Talent Development Business

This session is intended for anyone interested in starting, building, or growing a successful talent development business. You will learn about principles and real-world examples for how to get grounded, manage effectively, and sustainably move forward. Among the topics covered are understanding industry dynamics, knowing what you want, setting the foundation for success, understanding what you own, differentiating, selling and marketing your offer, operating profitably, overcoming barriers to…

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The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification (Part 1)

In this article series, Beth Ouellette talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public. In Part 1, she shares her background with PMI.

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Enter The Business Analyst

One third of a typical development project’s budget goes to rework — half of which is traceable to poorly written requirements. Some $80 billion is spent annually developing software against requirements that are never used. Combine those facts with reports showing a majority of projects fail to deliver on early expectations, finish late or come in overbudget, and the picture isn’t pretty. Does the emerging project role of business analyst offer hope for improvement?

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The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification (Part 3)

In this article series, Beth Ouellette talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public. In Part 3, she forms a task force.

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The Business Case, Product and Process

We all recognize the importance of benefits realization management. But benefits are identified and derived from the business case. Without a realistic business case, benefits realization management is hardly worth the effort. A development process based upon an iterative model and the use of best practices can increase the quality and trustworthiness of the business case.

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Rise Above the Competition: The Rhythm of Business Success Through Cultivated Project Management

To rise above the competition requires tenacity, veracity and intangibles that organizations need to respect, comprehend and practice. Business success is cultivated through sound project management practices, which include business rhythm, organizational intangibles, organizational development, project production, project delivery and a project management team. These key ingredients, when working together, guarantee project success.

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The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification (Part 2)

In this article series, Beth Ouellette talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public. In Part 2, she helps build the foundation for a new certification.

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What Types of Organizations are Active in Executive Development?

Executive development is a multi-billion dollar business endeavor and a critical component to an organization’s long term growth and survival. Organizations invest significant resources to develop today’s leaders into tomorrow’s executives, often with little information on what other organizations have found to be successful (or unsuccessful). A new study by ASTD, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, examined how organizations handle executive development, how much they spend on the programs, who is involved, how are the participants selected, what makes these programs most effective, success stories and lessons learned. [more]One of the key findings of this study was that the executive development “playground is dominated by the big kids.” Most Larger organizations with substantial resources are much more likely to have an executive development program than smaller firms. Most organizations have one of two distinct approaches to executive development: either ‘heavy’ or ‘light’. Executive development programs in firms with high revenue and multinational or global operations are more likely to be characterized as heavy programs. The study found that an organization with a heavy program likely: Companies with only a national reach often have light executive development programs. A company with a light program can be characterized by: Furthermore, organizations with heavy programs reported much better organizational performance than organizations with light programs. The full report, Executive Development: Strategic and Tactical Approaches, contains more in-depth and expanded findings, including best practices and actionable recommendations from ASTD and responding organizations. Source: Executive Development: Strategic and Tactical Approaches (ASTD/Booz Allen Hamilton) Click here to learn more about ASTD Research.

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