Lessons Learned

December:
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

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

Learning Pathfinder

April:
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 Lessons as a Team

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

This podcast is sponsored by Bloomberg Businessweek. Develop Your EDGE with Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg Businessweek EDGE is a robust, fully-developed, weekly training solution focusing on 6 key leadership competencies.  EDGE is a powerful, cost-effective program that combines the global, insightful content of Bloomberg Businessweek with interactive and self-assessment activities to develop the next generation of leaders. Learn more at www.businessweek.com/edge.

Learning Influences Employee Engagement

January:
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 Eye to Eye

April:
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

October:
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 www.pfeiffer.com.

Learning Assisted Service

October:
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 www.pfeiffer.com.

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; www.pecktraining.com.

Keeping It Real

August:
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

October:
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 www.pfeiffer.com.

It Takes a Village

November:
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 Learn.com, the knowledge platform. Learn.com puts knowledge to work for organizations of all sizes around the globe with its cloud-based learning management platform. Learn.com 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 www.learn.com.

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.

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.

Immersive Learning Seeks a Foothold

January:
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.

Human Potential Untangled

April:
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.