What makes good training? It’s a question that is literally as old as training itself and one that has never been given a truly concrete answer. So often we are flooded with the things that we must do to design effective training. In my 10 years of training experience, however, “must dos” and “good training”…
Going slowly in a fast world and trying something new in a field as old as learning are just some of the challenges facing talent developers today.
An interview with Travis Bradberry, President, TalentSmart
Editor Paula Ketter details what to expect in the November 2017 issue of
What it takes for the talent development function to become a strategic partner.
If you want engaged employees, communicate often and openly.
Get back to basics, and train your coaches to be effective coaches in the workplace.
A premier health and well-being company offers a transformational leadership development experience to high-potential leaders.
Four best practices for implementing sales coaching.
For U.S. businesses, maintaining a competitive edge (or even just staying in business at all) is as complex as the rush of economic news stories bombarding us each day. Faced with keeping up with shorter information and product cycles, businesses require more effective, less traditional ways to stay ahead of this ever-…
How much economic value does your HRD function generate for your organization? If you do not know the answer, here’s help to determine whether you are a cost center or an economic value add (EVA), as well as what you can do to increase your strategic value to your organization. Keep in mind that there are only two ways to…
Overhead Door modernized its e-learning while saving time and money.
The Tampa Bay Technology Forum shows how a nationwide technical skills gap problem can be addressed through a local solution: Grow Tampa Bay.
A business case for a high-performance coaching culture.
Borrow strategies that journalists use to effectively tell a story.
A global, borderless workplace calls for new talent strategies in 2011.
A food service and transportation company is forced to revamp a training initiative when the declining economy deals an unexpected blow.
In his role with the United Nations, Berin McKenzie trains those who seek to make a difference in the world.
Training delivery can go sadly awry with these surprisingly common facilitator flaws.
Contract workers are predicted to make up a larger part of the workforce.
One healthcare organization helps its caregivers imagine new ways to grow their careers.
The bill invests heavily in new technologies, infrastructure projects, and healthcare. It also calls for investments to help individuals who have been laid off get back to work. An important part of the legislation allocates $3.9 billion to the Department of Labor, and $2.95 billion of that money will be used for training…
Innovation in learning for all stakeholders has been a priority at STIHL.
Global survey shows a discrepancy between the training employees want and the training they receive.
Cyber security continues to be on the top of the agenda for CEOs and high-ranking government officials because they know that online security can no longer be partially addressed or uncomfortably ignored. However, according to a Booz Allen Hamilton survey, the nation’s cyber defense is seriously challenged by shortages of…
Adjustments are easy to make to accommodate learners who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss.
Top of mind for the federal government are best practices for training and retaining federal employees.
Although he has yet to name a Department of Labor secretary, President-elect Obama pledged to spend up to $700 billion to create 2.5 million jobs to advance the next generation of green energy technology and infrastructure, provide job training and transition programs to help train workers for employment in the green econo…
Infuse instructional design methods with practical project management principles.
When companies struggle with human resource issues arising from a shrinking pool of highly skilled and talented workers, they will often resort to acquisition strategies that may run counter to employee retention plans and may prove to be less cost effective. These strategies also often ignore employee surveys th…
New Marketing Institute shares how it expanded its learning programs on a global scale.
A hands-on training program is designed to fill automotive technician jobs in the United States with qualified Army veterans.
The Hawaiian government funds six innovative programs designed to develop employees of small businesses.
One organization engages new hires from day one, with a training program that gives them the opportunity to compete for an immediate promotion.
Major change initiatives in hospitals require that physicians are onboard and involved in the process.
Radiologists receive training to help them overcome the unprecedented challenges they are facing in their industry.
With the pace of change increasing and with no end in sight, teams and organizations need to learn how to work nimbly on a daily basis. Agility is not simply a state of mind; it is a way of working. Learning professionals have the opportunity to help leaders, teams, and individual performers become more flexible and re…
AMP looks beyond technical skills to recruit (and train) the best talent for the financial planning industry.
Business goals are kept on track with safety training and leadership development.
Downsizing requirements and the ever-changing needs of the fleet are placing severe demands on the U.S. Navy’s Education and Training Command. Through it all, the command is maintaining a steady course.
The American Cancer Society begins its second century by centralizing all business services, including job training. One challenge: how to maintain its essential grassroots appeal.
ASTD launches a revised competency model for the profession.
In today’s marketplace, resources must be cut to meet profit goals. Companies often turn to training budgets first. Before automatically decreasing training budgets, companies may want to consider some top global trends, which, according to the “SHRM Workplace Forecast,” are most likely to have a major strategic impact…
Trainers have a perspective in the workplace that very few professionals do: They are aware of team dynamics when they work with various groups. While conducting seminars, training professionals directly observe how work groups function. Because trainers work across organizations, they also see how much bette…
An e-learning solution helps a global not-for-profit organization track and bring consistency to its employee and volunteer training.
Recently released statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor show that for the first time in history, women have begun to outnumber men on the nations payroll. Yet, according to a key finding in Calvert Investments Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices of the S&P 100, women continue to be significantly…
The top staffing challenges in 2014 based on a survey of about 2,200 hiring managers and HR professionals by Harris Poll, on behalf of CareerBuilder.
All that knowledge can hurt creativity, survey finds.
There is a lack of skilled workers globally.
Integrated talent management is a must for clearing the silo static, coordinating your talent, and orchestrating a more competitive business.
The Ultimate Development Toolbox will help any training and development team to design effective learning programs.
In his blog, SoCal CTO, Karrer offers news and insights into the field of learning technologies and e-learning, focusing on startups and midlevel organizations. He also provides weekly updates on topics such as web development and Minimum Viable Product.
An interview with Tom Rath, Global Practice Leader, Gallup
Many executives are uncomfortable being friended by business contacts on Facebook.
Here are highlights of some of the best organization apps designed to manage your to-do list
A financial institution realizes that no one cookie-cutter model exists for the perfect learning function.
On September 30, 2009, Oxford Union hosted an e-learning debate that centered around one question: “Is the e-learning of today essential to teach the important skills of tomorrow?” It’s an intriguing question that continues to spark emotions on both sides of the issue. One side laments that “e-learning is not…
Let’s be honest. The days of giving a sheepish grin when someone asks if you’re “on Facebook” are long gone. This is a new era, and social media is the new telephone. Like it or not, welcome to the age of cyber communities. Welcome, not merely to lounges or coffee shops, but to school – a school where everyon…
Recent research identifies the most important leadership traits.
Tips for designers preparing e-learning for continuing professional education (CPE) credits.
Suggestions on what forms of technology may be appropriate for different coaching situations.
Working abroad can boost an employee’s leadership skills, but women are less likely to be chosen for these global assignments.
A company with no HR policies? How does that work? Like this.
In 2009, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies acquired AIG’s Personal Auto Group, which included 21st Century Insurance Company. This acquisition expanded Farmers’s reach into the auto insurance marketplace. Farmers customers can now choose between working directly with the company through its local agents, or as some…
How both managers and others can build greater rapport in the workplace, which lowers stress levels, decreases work absences, and increases job satisfaction and engagement.
Executives who believe they have the best available talent who need to be engaged and satisfied are vital to effective and efficient retention practices.
Here are three practices to put in place to help encourage employee contributions.
How can training and development professionals track and aggregate all of this learning in a consistent, reliable way?
Here are three questions to ask as you develop a plan to address potential gaps in your own organization.
A research study highlights the capabilities that enable professionals to be effective change agents in their organizations.
Experience is still the best teacher when learning a new process, and even more so when facilitating a change in behavior or skills. A proven approach to experiential learning is using scenario-based simulations.
To execute plans and realize results, you must get from start to finish.
Tips for designing engaging software training.
The first decade of the century is behind us, and we are on the threshold of a new one, having learned many lessons about mentoring and leadership during the last 10 years. Perhaps the most significant is that study after study has shown that the majority of leaders attribute their success, in whole or in part, to the…
An interview with Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. Secretary of Labor
Project management skills align well with ADDIE when it comes to developing a learning program.
Some subject matter experts will take to training delivery like a fish to water, others will need a bit more coaching and polishing, but all can be effective if trained properly.
An intentional mix of formal and informal learning strategies might be just what your company needs. In the East, it is said that people who are yin are creative, passive, and easygoing. When they tend to lethargy, they are encouraged to become more yang. On the other hand, those who are yang are seen as active, precise, and controlle…
“You never have enough money to do all the training you want to do,” says Karie Willyerd, vice president and chief learning officer at Sun Microsystems. Sun releases a product or an update every day around which training could be built; but putting out a new program or module daily – even with a learning staf…
Learning beyond borders is becoming commonplace in this new business world.
Assess, prioritize, mitigate, and monitor talent risk.
Positive psychology expert Beth Cabrera shares a little of her own psychology. The proud author of a new book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-being, Cabrera is enjoying the fruits of her research on positive psychology and individual well-being.
An organizational change effort was launched to stay ahead of the competition.
There may be a little irony in the fact that training and development professionals have taken so long to progress along the Web 2.0 learning curve. Even as other experts look beyond these technologies to the next stage, most learning professionals are still trying to catch up. It could be that some simply think it’s t…
After a recent survey of 2,001 midlevel leaders worldwide, combined with additional contemporary data, Development Dimensions International (DDI) offers suggestions for organizations to prepare their midlevel talent to ensure business success in todays postrecession workplace. DDIs report, Put Your Money in the Middle, defines a midlevel le…
Changes to its onboarding and career development plans helped one bank with its recruitment and retention efforts.
Walking meetings are not only beneficial to employees’ health, they could inspire fresh ideas.
Agencies are adopting this form of experiential learning to prepare for real-world scenarios in simulated environments.
Will common misconceptions about veterans prevent your organization from capitalizing on valuable talent?
How to measure the ROI of engagement initiatives.
As drugstore chain Walgreens goes through a transformation, it looks to its new corporate university to help propel the change and sustain its business strategy.
Through action learning, federal leaders can achieve both meaningful mindset change and goal accomplishment.
United States and China relations have grown increasingly strained during recent years due to this economic power play and related international conflicts involving jobs, trade, and currency. Yet the two countries share many similarities regarding their workforces and labor rights.
The defining word for leaders is trust. With trust, there is nothing leaders can’t get done; without trust, nothing gets done without lots of pain, cost, and time. I studied leadership researchers (Goleman, Tichy, Kouzes and Posner, Goldsmith, and others) and finally was able to hang their collective research onto a si…
Recent research shows that stand-out companies invest in building a positive workplace.
The principles and concepts taught through job instruction training are still as relevant and critical to business success today as they were almost 70 years ago.
Humanitarian aid organizations receive the training skills and resources they need to do good work in the world.
Trainers now must learn to wade through the continuous stream of information to present the most relevant content to learners.
Employees admit to strolling in late to work on more than one occasion.
A wake-up call for employees and their employers.