Category: Podcasts

Lessons Learned

Competency models have been used effectively for multiple HR applications. This alignment focuses HR processes on the factors that matter most. “The model shapes the work we do across our people initiatives, from selection to career planning, and captures the characteristics that are key to success,” says Christine Dolan, senior director of leadership development at the Pepsi Bottling Group.

Lessons in Renewable Learning

The fast-growing wind turbine industry is riding unpredictable breezes, but one savvy learning group is keeping the wind at its back.

Lessons From the Best

The #1 Place to Work in the Federal Government shares its leadership development best practices.

Lessons From the Front Line

In response to the impending shortage of skilled workers, the most progressive organizations developed comprehensive talent management processes. But what did they know about what the best line leaders actually do on a day-to-day basis when they manage talent?

Leaving Nothing to Chance

A company’s health has always depended on the ability of its employees to work in concert to achieve company goals. In the past, whether or not this happened was largely a matter of chance. What was missing was the integrated oversight that comes from a well-defined talent management strategy.

Learning While Playing

A fast-growing company turned to mobile gamification to improve knowledge management among its employees.

Learnings Earnings

Compensation disparities between genders, big-money areas of expertise, and top dollar for consultants are chief among the key findings of ASTD’s 2008 Salary Survey.

Learning Pays and It Pays to Learn

Compared with other professional occupations, learning and development specialists are well-compensated. But a gender gap still persists.

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Learning on the Move

While the use of mobile devices continues to grow at breakneck speed, the promise of learning delivered in a handheld unit has been slow to connect.

Learning Pathfinder

Creating an unobstructed pathway for employees to select their own training and manage their own career sounds rational, but few organizations permit such exploration. It is the end point of self-directed learning, whereby employees have full control over what they learn and how it is applied.

Learning Linked to Success

At Ciena Corporation, the link between learning and business strategy is not lip service; it’s a tangible dedication that starts from the top.

Learning Leaders Share Trends and Challenges

Learning leaders from both the public and private sectors met recently to offer solutions to current organizational and human capital challenges. Engaging employees, developing talent, and managing change are among the myriad challenges facing learning leaders in the public and private sectors.

Learning Lessons as a Team

Accurately capturing the triumphs and trials of projects can reveal a great deal about our processes and present opportunities for strengthening teams.

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Learning Is Being Rebuilt at Hilton

At Hilton Worldwide, learning is just right, on time, quick, easy, accessible, fast, and bite-sized. Kimo Kippen, CLO at Hilton, is rebuilding the learning function at the 92-year-old company.

Learning Is a Powerful Tool

Caterpillar Inc. has never shied away from a learning challenge. CEO Jim Owens tells T+D, “Learning is essential to our aspiration to be a great company.”

Learning Influences Employee Engagement

While it is widely accepted that employee engagement is vital to business success, there is no obvious path in pursuit of it. Many organizations have started to rely heavily on the learning function for engagement support, according to an online study by ASTD in conjunction with Dale Carnegie and Associates and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).

Learning in a Minute

Connecting with the Millennial learner requires a holistic approach that includes short and entertaining content accessible on mobile devices.

Learning in 2020

We spoke with leaders and thinkers in the learning industry to get their insight into what the next decade holds for workplace learning and why we should be paying attention now.

Learning in a Down Economy

Every learning professional knows that the struggling global economy has caused considerable distress in the past year. Organizations have been forced to look for ways to cut costs, with more pressure than ever. Have learning functions been targets or have they developed ways to adapt?

Learning Gets Social

A powerful force is altering the learning profession’s landscape. Social media is invading learning.

Learning Eye to Eye

Workplace learning and performance professionals know that training is more than just a nice gesture. It’s a critical part of business. Organizations support training departments so that the departments can do their part to help the organization reach its business goals and objectives.

Learning at Your Service

Through virtual training, the Global Service Department of one prominent workforce solutions company responds quickly to meet the needs of the business and delivers measurable results to the bottom line.

This podcast is sponsored by Pfeiffer, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Pfeiffer serves the professional development and hands-on resource needs of training and human resource practitioners and gives them products to do their jobs better. They deliver proven ideas and solutions from experts in HR development and HR management, and offer effective and customizable tools to improve workplace performance. Lean more at

Learning and Globally Dispersed Workforces

Once new international locations are established, the learning function has to ensure that the newly integrated workforce is functioning with all the requisite intellectual capital to sustain the expansion.

Learning Assisted Service

The carwash company gives customer loyalty and satisfaction a steady boost by using coaching, certification, and social media to develop its employees.

This podcast is sponsored by Pfeiffer, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Pfeiffer serves the professional development and hands-on resource needs of training and human resource practitioners and gives them products to do their jobs better. They deliver proven ideas and solutions from experts in HR development and HR management, and offer effective and customizable tools to improve workplace performance. Lean more at

Learning and Billable Hours

Here’s some advice, drawn from a successful experience with a major law firm, for creating an effective professional development program and learning culture in firms where such concepts have not been effectively leveraged.

Learning Adds Up to Revenue Growth

October: Driven by the employment motto, “From campus to partner,” employee learning and development at Grant Thornton is guided by a stair-step framework that includes all online and in-person offerings.

LEAN is More Than the Flavor of the Decade

In a recent study, 40 percent of learning leaders reported cutting budgets, with a third expecting further declines. Though we see hints of improvement, wide-open training budgets will not be returning soon.

Leading Through Learning in Turbulent Times

A corporate meltdown can destroy a workforce if you let it: eight lessons in survival in the wake of an international business disaster at Satyam Computer Services from two learning executives who saw the carnage in person.

Leading in the Digital Era

Understanding the five new dimensions of leadership will prepare you for the evolving digital workplace.

Leaders with ESP for Tough Times

There’s a new kind of ESP (emotional stimulus package) in town, and leaders who effectively identify and manage employees’ intangible needs will be the ones who best survive the slump.

Leading a Sea Change in Naval Education

T+D spoke with Rear Admiral Gary Jones, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command, about the bridge between learning technology and naval know-how.

Leadership Role Models Earn Trust and Profits

It sounds like such a simple formula: Enlightened leadership begets engaged employees who produce greater earnings. Yet for too many companies, the idea remains an elusive and perplexing goal. And the stakes couldn’t be any higher.

Leadership Ethics Training

We know from following the news that unethical leadership can ruin a company. Why, then, are experienced chief learning officers having difficulty implementing effective training in leadership ethics?

Leadership and the Small Group

One unique task of leadership is to initiate a future that is distinct from the past. For this to occur, we need to recognize the power of the small group and see that real change is more dependent on creating strong communities than on providing more clarity and better blueprints about that future.

Leadership and Defiance

From the forests of Bellarus to your company’s boardroom, the actions of one person can dictate ultimate success or failure. The 2008 film Defiance offers us seven practical lessons in leadership.

L&D for L&D

As much as the learning and development function has changed over time, so too have the skills needed to work in the field.

Knowledge Delivered in Any Other Form

May: Informal learning, with its reach into every part and aspect of the organization, is here to stay. Increasing numbers of learning professionals are taking steps to shore up support and harness the strengths of this dynamic and flexible information movement. This podcast was sponsored by Peck Training Group, linking people to their potential through formal and informal learning options, such as training, webinars, coaching, and online tools;

Keeping It Real

In 2004, ASTD published The ASTD Competency Study: Mapping the Future, the landmark competency study that defines what workplace learning and performance (WLP) practitioners need to know and be able to do to be successful. This work resulted in new standards and directions for the WLP profession.

Keeping Knowledge Safe and Sound

B&W Pantex maintains a no-nonsense approach to career advancement, and to compliance and safety training. Using innovative knowledge-transfer strategies, the company is well-prepared for future challenges.

This podcast is sponsored by Pfeiffer, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Pfeiffer serves the professional development and hands-on resource needs of training and human resource practitioners and gives them products to do their jobs better. They deliver proven ideas and solutions from experts in HR development and HR management, and offer effective and customizable tools to improve workplace performance. Lean more at

It Takes a Village

DaVita just might be among the best companies you’ve never heard of. T+D spoke with Chairman and CEO Kent Thiry about what makes his Village so special after all.

This podcast is sponsored by, the knowledge platform. puts knowledge to work for organizations of all sizes around the globe with its cloud-based learning management platform. dramatically improves the way businesses capture and share knowledge, communicate and align their goals and objectives, and evaluate and develop their most precious asset: their people. Learn more at

It Takes a Crisis

Almost like clockwork, the subject of ethics in business rears its head, usually in conjunction with bad behavior of world-class crooks.

Its Time for a Leadership Revolution

With the Great Recession moving into the rear view, it’s time for organizations to re-evaluate and revolutionize the way their leaders are being developed.

It’s the Culture

While often the subject of academic research, a new study puts hard numbers to the impact of changes in the learning culture, and the organization as a whole.

Its All In Here

Are you concerned that soon your workforce will face the impending, and recently stalled, talent exodus? Here’s a practical guide to knowledge transfer in the workplace.

Is Your Mojo Missing?

Author, executive coach, and icon Marshall Goldsmith is back with a new book that suggests we should look deeply into ourselves if we want success at work and at home.

Is the War for Talent Over?

The bottom line is that there is not going to be a talent gap, there never was going to be much of a talent gap, and there won’t be much of one when the economy recovers.

Is it Time to End Brainstorming?

Authors Shawn and Kevin Coyne are ready to show you a new way to generate the best ideas and solve the biggest problems: brainsteering.

Is the Recession Really Over?

As the economy has improved in recent months, so have the fortunes of many learning departments, but those departments may never resemble the way they looked or operated before the recession. Recent findings suggest that many companies had to cut back dramatically and put aside many programs while trying to separate the training that was absolutely needed from that which was just nice to have.

Investment in Learning Remains Strong

There is a continued dedication to workplace learning and performance by organizations in a variety of industries across the globe, according to the 2008 ASTD State of the Industry report.

Investing in Learning

A strong culture of continuous learning encourages employees to be proactive partners in their growth and development.

Invest in Your Best

As companies emerge from these difficult times, it is more important than ever to engage and motivate top performers.

In Training, Sometimes Less Is More

The key to meeting performance goals does not always involve training. At BB&T, a new program pursues a holistic approach to problem solving.

Inspire to Innovate

This case study details the steps taken by a leader seeking to spark and sustain innovation among her employees.

Inside Out

The complexity of locating, hiring, and managing a team of qualified trainers, especially on short notice and with a need to cover multiple locations, can be daunting.

Innovation is the Framework of Adobes DNA

After several years of double-digit growth, more than 10 years of strong cash flow, and a barrage of innovations that keep customers coming back for more, President and CEO Shantanu Narayen sees no signs of slowing down at Adobe.

Innovation in Government: July 2016 Public Manager Preview

This episode of The Public Manager  podcast offers a preview of the upcoming July 2016 issue of TPM. Jon Wolper and Teresa Preston discuss the Department of Health and Human Services’s IDEA Lab, and Wolper interviews Juliana Cyril, director of the Office of Technology and Innovation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about her efforts to promote innovation at the CDC.

Increasing (Super)Market Value

Turkey’s school system doesn’t provide relevant preparation for its retail workforce, so food retailer Migros had to develop its own program.

In Focus

Self-awareness is the gateway for developing positive leadership capacity.

Improving Hiring and Professional Networks

In this preview of the January issue of The Public Manager, Teresa Preston and Jon Wolper discuss efforts to improve hiring in the federal government, and Wolper interviews Lynne Waymon about the value of professional networks.


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Implementing Your Succession Plan

The existence of a company succession plan doesn’t ensure success. There are still potential challenges that need to be addressed.

Immersive Learning Seeks a Foothold

Low- to medium-income Americans are learning how to use credit cards responsibly from a new interactive video game created for a Boston-based not-for-profit organization called Doorway to Dreams (D2D Fund). Players of “Celebrity Calamity” earn kudos for timely payments and demerits for incurring dreaded late fees, within an entertaining game environment.

Igniting a Passion for Learning

High expectations for client satisfaction and employee retention spur a cluster of innovative new learning programs at T. Rowe Price Group.

Human Potential Untangled

Three generations of management theory have defined how organizations develop human potential. First, under the functional management approach, development was aimed at getting people to follow the standard processes established for each function. The assumption was that employees just needed to be trained to follow the correct processes to be engaged and successful. The second approach to development was founded on the hierarchical model of organizations, whereby developing potential was viewed as taking people up through the ranks. The third model emphasized organizational systems.

How to Effectively Evaluate E-Learning

Being able to ascertain the quality of a learning module helps to ensure the highest return-on-investment and perpetuates a positive perception of the value of online learning.

How to Tame a Wild Elephant

Developing a soft skills training program for leaders can be a challenge. Incorporating a coaching component is one way to start.

How to Avoid Becoming a Workplace Violence Statistic

Workplace homicides are the number one cause of death for women in the workplace, and each year, more than three million workers in the United States become victims of physical attacks in the workplace. The U.S. Department of Justice says that one in four employees will become victims of workplace violence.

How to Accelerate Innovation

In this competitive business environment, we are told to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. But what is true innovation, and how do we “out-innovate” the competition?

Hitting the Suite Spot

Now is a crucial time to secure the kind of C-level buy-in and support your learning initiatives deserve. Getting this done is all about conquering the language barrier.