Blueprint for Planning Learning

March:
In a knowledge economy, an organization’s ability to quickly adapt to changing realities is critical to its success. To facilitate the upkeep of knowledge and skills, workplace learning professionals seek innovative training design models and delivery methods so they can provide the right information at the right time to the right people.

Blow Up the Training Department

With more than 17,000 employees in multiple lines of business in 40 countries around the globe, Mercer approaches talent management as a way to promote consistency via a single way of doing things, while supporting behavioral competencies across the company’s core disciplines. Deborah Wheelock, head of global talent management for Mercer, spoke with Learning Executives Briefing.

Big Talk

September:
During times of change, it’s paramount that we are able to relate with our employees. During times of radical change, that becomes even more of a challenge, because managers or executives are doubly tasked with our duties associated with the change and communicating the effects of the change to our staff.

Big Plans Small Office

January:
According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, there are more than five million firms with 20 or fewer employees in the United States. If you ask around, most people are employed in small organizations. By their numbers alone, small firms are a key segment and the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy. Yet, it has been mostly a neglected area in the training and development literature.

Beneath the Surface

A new study from ASTD suggests that most organizations believe in and encourage informal learning, but measuring its impact and supporting it with budgets still lag behind. While some of the data might be surprising, what is not surprising is that most organizations are taking it far more seriously.

A World View

From Latin American board rooms to the American Ivory Tower, Fernando Sanchez-Arias has followed an interesting path to the C-suite. He speaks with Learning Executives Briefing about his unique climb to the CLO position, as well as his endless pursuit of more education.

Are You Ready for Act II

July:
The definition of retirement is outdated. The word retirement used to mean withdrawal from one’s occupation or from active working life, but it now has a multitude of meanings, including leaving your current job for entrepreneurship, entering a new phase of life and work, or finding meaning as a volunteer or part-time worker.

Applying Six Sigma to Workplace Training

August:
Learning professionals know to always keep an eye on the bottom line. Using Six Sigma methodology can bolster your case for training and eliminate excess expenses.

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Anatomy of Inspiration

August:
Adapting to change always starts with how we talk with one another. Often, unfortunately, it ends there as well. This article dissects a hypothetical conversation set in a business context; one that mirrors conversational patterns that recur in organizations and groups of all sorts when people encounter profoundly different realities and find themselves, naturally, holding very different opinions about them.

Aligning Learning With Business Strategy

November:
There is no magic involved in creating alignment, but I believe there is a formula for successfully aligning learning organizations with business strategy. The formula is leadership engagement plus business rigor equals alignment. At Ingersoll Rand University, I have the opportunity to put this formula into practice. It provides distinct strategies that create alignment, and the sum of these strategies produces a powerful process of alignment.

Age Matters

According to a new study, the adoption, use, and effectiveness of social media as a workplace learning tool has more to do with age than many other factors. A new study from ASTD goes a long way toward finally establishing true parameters to understand the issues, and applying hard numbers.

Adding It Up

Even in the current turbulent and challenging economic times, learning executives are cautiously optimistic about the capabilities of their learning functions for the coming six months. While nearly one-third of the respondents expect overall conditions within their own industry to worsen, fewer than one in 10 believe their ability to meet their organization’s learning needs will deteriorate.

A Community First

November:
The DaVita Village is guided by a learning and development philosophy that truly places its people at the top of the list. DaVita’s chief wisdom officer and senior vice president of operations discusses the hows and whys behind the Village.

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.

A Commitment to Serve

A decidedly different measure of success drives learning and development at the U.S. General Services Administration. Linda Osgood, director of the Human Capital Asset Management Division in the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service Office of Organizational Resources since 2004, talks to LXB about acquiring, maintaining, developing, and divesting human capital.

2010 State of the Industry

November:
Investment in learning and development remained steady through one of the most challenging business years in more than a decade. The 2010 State of the Industry Report looks at the numbers behind the strategies.

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.