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  • 10 Myths About Cloud Computing
    The cloud facilitates rapid experimentation and innovation, allowing companies to try and even adopt new solutions—including learning and development solutions—without significant upfront costs.Article Author: Harnil Oza, CEO, Hyperlink Infosystem The cloud is characterized by its speed to reach the market and its ability to give business agility. This is because the cloud facilitates rapid experimentation and innovation, allowing companies to try and even adopt new solutions—including learning and development solutions—without significant upfront costs. The cloud can be an agile encapsulator for different systems and different behaviors, combining them all in a cycle of participation. Due to the change in the way people interact with technology, the cloud allows consumers to participate in a different way, expand collaboration within the value chain, and bring innovation to the main business models of companies. Gartner believes the cloud will be one of the main investments in technology in the next five years. Many businesses already... Read more »
  • What Role Will AI play in L&D?
    With today’s focus on digital technology, it’s easy to neglect a simple fact: All that technology is meaningless without the right talent to put it to use. That means investing in new ways of working with, training, and hiring staff who have the correct skills.Article Author: Niall McKinney, Global President, AVADO Many of the products and services we see in today’s digital society were inconceivable not long ago. For example, Google introduced Google Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out “real-world” tasks over the phone. The technology uses a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Voice Recognition, Big Data, and Machine Learning. While it’s still in its infancy, Google says it is a taste of things to come.  So the key question here is: As newer applications that include the usage of AI such as Google Duplex come into effect, how can Learning and Development (L&D) professionals make best... Read more »
  • Meeting the Challenge of Retaining Top Talent
    While many top performers may also exhibit traits of high potentials for purposes of succession planning, not all top performers do. Too many managers mistake high performance as automatic high potential for leadership. Article Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor, XpertHR Businesses must meet the challenge of retaining top talent. Retaining top performers provides many benefits to organizations. Turnover of top performers that is avoidable (for example, because of poor management) and dysfunctional (losing those employees who are top performers) can have an adverse affect on the business. Because a significant percentage of organizational or team output often is attributable to a top performer, a business should focus on retaining this type of employee. HR must take a strategic approach to increasing the retention rates of top talent and lowering dysfunctional and avoidable turnover.  Accurately Identify Top Talent Top performers are not necessarily high potentials with respect to leadership development or succession planning purposes.  While... Read more »
  • The Big Reboot (Part 1): Rethinking Education and Employment in an Automated Era
    At the national, business, and individual level, what will determine our ability to survive and thrive in a rapidly evolving landscape are our levels of education and big picture awareness.Article Author: Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington, April Koury, and Helen Calle, Futurists, Fast Future The “Big Reboot” is a two-part series exploring how we prepare society for the potential impacts of technological disruption, job automation, and the continuing shifts taking place in the global economy. This first article focuses on how we can reskill society and create new job opportunities.  We are reaching peak hysteria in the debate about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation on tasks, roles, jobs, employment, and incomes. On an almost weekly basis, we see projections of wholesale job devastation through automation. These doom-laden forecasts vie with outlandishly optimistic forecasts from AI vendors and consultants suggesting that millions of new roles will be... Read more »
  • Training Top 125 Best Practice: Gilbane Building Company’s Management Candidate Acceleration Program (MCAP)
    MCAP develops Gilbane’s future generation of leaders through a 24-month program that provides technical and leadership/professional development training enhanced by experiential learning opportunities.Article Author: Edited by Lorri Freifeld Gilbane Building Company’s Management Candidate Acceleration Program, known as MCAP, is an accelerated development program for employees at the beginning of their careers who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential. MCAP develops Gilbane’s future generation of leaders through a 24-month program that provides technical and leadership/professional development training enhanced by experiential learning opportunities.  Program Details The program framework and highlights include: Hands-on experiential learning:Candidates rotate through key technical functions in the field and support operations such as project engineering, estimating, purchasing, and business development. Upon completion, department and project managers provide feedback on employees’ performance. Champion support:Each business unit has an MCAP Champion who serves as a mentor and coach for the candidates in the program. Champions meet bi-monthly with candidates to discuss progress and issues that arise, and... Read more »
  • The Real Business Costs of Undermanagement
    All across the workplace, at all levels of organizations in every industry, there is a shocking and profound lack of daily guidance, direction, feedback, and support for employees. That is the basis of undermanagement—the opposite of micromanagement.Article Author: Bruce Tulgan, Founder and CEO, RainmakerThinking, Inc. Managing is a sacred responsibility. If you are the boss, it is your responsibility to make sure everything goes well. You have to make sure all the work is getting done very well, in a timely manner, all day, every day. If you are the boss, employees look to you first when they need or want something, or when something is going wrong. If there’s a problem, you should have the solution. If you are the boss, you are the one everyone is counting on! But too many leaders, managers, and supervisors are failing to lead, manage, and supervise. They simply do not take charge on a... Read more »
  • Not Everyone Is Creative
    Author: By Margery Weinstein There’s a popular idea that anyone can be taught to be creative. We’re all creative people if we learn the tricks to trigger that latent creativity, we’re told. But I don’t believe that. Just as I’ll never be a great mathematician (I still use my fingers to add and subtract), there are many who—I hate to tell you—will never be creative. This article in The New York Times Magazine by Jody Rosen epitomizes the problem of labeling everyone as creative. When creativity is seen as an ability anybody can acquire, it becomes devalued, so that creative work is not paid as highly as other work, such as computer programming or financial management, about which there is no similar assumption. I’ve never heard anyone say that any professional skill other than creativity is one that anyone can be good at if they practice and learn a few tricks. If there are people who are... Read more »
  • Millennials and Workplace Learning: How Experiential Learning Can Help Close the Gap
    Experiential learning offers the flexible, on-the-go learning Millennials prefer and the up-to-date content employers require.Article Author: Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO, Simplilearn With Baby Boomers retiring, more Millennials are entering the workforce, and their sheer numbers give weight to their preferences. According toGlassdoor, Millennials prefer to work with organizations that give them the ability to learn and progress. This might be in part due to a dynamic work environment in which technology changes frequently. Millennials, therefore, are upskilling to remain on par with industry expectations. This preference for employers who offer upskilling options has prompted organizations to rethink their learning and development strategies. Organizations now are devising new ways to engage Millennials and upskill them, using approaches that engage the Millennial learner, including experiential learning. What Is Experiential Learning? Unlike traditional learning methods with the instructor playing an active role while the learner was passive, experiential learning enables learners to participate and play an... Read more »
  • Perfectly Imperfect
    Great stories start with imperfection. Watch any TED Talk, read any People magazine article, and the story typically begins with a struggle.Article Author: Jodie Stewart, Consultant, Exec|Comm It took me several weeks to start writing my quarterly newsletter, Perfectly Imperfect.At some point, we all have that experience, waiting for the perfect opening sentence, the perfect message, the perfect story before we open our mouths or start to type. I found that “perfect” ideas would come to me in the morning while I dried my hair, or on the bus ride home, or while I was in the middle of a conference call. But by the time my fingers hit the keyboard, I couldn’t remember any of those thoughts. I found myself stuck in the writer’s block spin-cycle for weeks, unable to remember that “perfect” opening line that came to me in the most inconvenient moments—always when no one else was around to... Read more »
  • Training Reimagines Learning at Its Rebranded Event: TechLearn Conference 2019 in New Orleans
    This rebranded and reimagined version of Training magazine's former Online Learning Conference will be headlined by Chief Learning Evangelist Michael Allen, founder of Allen Interactions and co-creator of “The eLearning Manifesto,” which boldly proclaims, “No more boring eLearning!” Article Author: Julie Groshens FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact: Julie Groshens, VP, Conferences, Training magazine Minneapolis, MN (February 6, 2019)— Hey, Google: How can I figure out which training technologies will most effectively deliver learning in my organization? Google: I would suggest you head to Training magazine’s TechLearn Conference 2019 in New Orleans September 17-19.  Most of us don’t need a digital assistant to tell us technology changes with light speed every day, every hour, every minute, every second. After all, your new smartphone is basically obsolete before you even pay the first bill. But what we do need is someone to tell us how to sort through all the bells and whistles and shiny objects to identify the technologies and methods that will empower learning... Read more »
  • 5 Cost-Effective Tips to Prioritize Flash-to-HTML5
    Content rebuild should only be implemented with coursework that is mandatory or offers ROI, including legal, compliance, and other regulatory content. Article Author: Micah White, Director, Research & Development, CGS While Adobe is phasing out Flash in 2020, many Learning and Development (L&D) professionals now are deep into converting their libraries of Flash-based courses to HTML5.  L&D leaders need to meet this deadline and ensure ongoing employee training and retention, while keeping costs within budget during the transition. This begs the question: How can L&D professionals make the transition to HTML5 as smooth as possible for their organization? The History of Flash Until the 1990s, employees only had access to e-learning and other program tools through CD-ROMs. By 2002, while Elon Musk was founding SpaceX and American Idolwas premiering for the masses, Adobe Flash content was all the rage in L&D, allowing corporate Learning professionals to train employees through new channels. Flash was seen as... Read more »
  • How Digital Learning Can Enhance the Training Experience
    Digital learning has proven to be a learning method that is flexible, accessible, and practical for learners.Article Author: Hansa Tatur Digital learning solutions have gained traction in the last few years. More and more global companies have found it effective to train their employees due to its flexibility and practicality. Various studies highlight the fact that e-learning as a means for training has boosted business efficiency and productivity by 50 percent. Indeed, more than 41.7 percent of global fortune companies already use some form of technology to train their employees. This number is expected to grow exponentially in the future.  It is important for an organization to maintain a learning culture through training if it wants progress. The advent of new technology in learning has made the task easier. Organizations increasingly are realizing that modern learning is as effective as instructor-led training. The proof is out there: The e-learning industry has seen 900 percent growth since the year... Read more »
  • Training Top 125 Best Practice: Fisher Investments’ Presentation Exhibition
    The Presentation Exhibition supports the firm’s goal to develop breadth and depth in individuals through focused skill development and a great deal of visibility. Article Author: Edited by Lorri Freifeld Fisher Investments created its Annual Presentation Exhibition in 2013 as a way of discovering untapped talent to support Corporate Learning & Development’s expanding curricula. Today, the Presentation Exhibition supports the firm’s goal to develop breadth and depth in individuals through focused skill development and a great deal of visibility.  Program Details The Presentation Exhibition is a four-round public speaking competition. But it goes beyond just public speaking—unique skills such as business acumen, financial knowledge, or courage are highlighted with each round. Participants are placed in groups of five, and each group presents to a panel of three judges. Judges are team leaders and VPs throughout the business. They provide feedback to each participant immediately following his or her presentation. To eliminate subjectivity, judges... Read more »
  • Nominate a 2019 Emerging Training Leader Today!
    Download the nomination form below; deadline is June 17, 2019.Article Author: Lorri Freifeld Training magazine is pleased to offer the 2019 Emerging Training Leaders (ETL) awards program. The Emerging Training Leaders awards program aims to recognize training professionals who are relatively new to the training/learning and development industry (minimum of two years and maximum of 10 years in the field) and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, business savvy, and training instincts. To view a quick video about the program, visit: CRITERIA There is no fee to nominate someone for the Emerging Training Leader Awards. Criteria for Emerging Training Leaders awards nominations include: No self-nominations; nominations must come from managers, co-workers, peers/colleagues—each company can nominate ONLY 2 candidates Candidate must be in the training industry for a minimum of two years but no more than 10 years Candidate took on at least one new responsibility in the last year Candidate successfully led a large-scale training/learning and development initiative within the last year... Read more »
  • February 2019’s Top Reads
    In partnership with getAbstract, Training brings you February’s top three business books recommended to our readers.Article Author: getAbstract   More than 11,000 business books are published every year—an overwhelming choice for busy professionals. Therefore, in partnership with getAbstract, Training brings you February’stop three business books recommended to our readers. “What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back.” By Jim Haudan and Rich Berens (McGraw-Hill Education, 2018, 192 pages, ISBN: 9781260129236; $24) Statistics say that approximately 70 percent of your employees suffer disengagement from their jobs. Unfortunately, many leaders have no idea how to engage their employees, often because of insidious “blind spots” in their thinking. These faulty management ideas rest on inaccurate information masquerading as business philosophies, and they’re destructively resistant to facts. Seduced by the attractive simplicity of these blind spots, leaders mistakenly use them as foundations for planning and strategizing how they and their firms should relate to their employees.... Read more »
  • Collaboration Overload?
    Author: By Margery Weinstein Collaboration is the buzzword today with open-plan workspaces and numerous collaboration tools, but should we reflexively agree that encouraging endless amounts of it is a good thing? As I was searching the recent news for a topic to write about this week, I saw reporting about the launch of a new tool from Dellthat provides a high-tech, interactive screen that would replace old-fashioned white boards. Multiple people can use it at the same time, and there’s even a function that allows the screen to be adjusted for people of varying heights.  To advertise the product, there are photos of eight people in a meeting using the new tool. My first thought is: Why do you need, or want, all those people there? There’s an old expression warning of too many cooks in the kitchen spoiling the broth. Has anyone other than me considered that too many employees working on a... Read more »
  • The Not-So-Magic Number
    Indifference and passing the buck from one department (and phone number) to another leads to frustrated customers. Customer service starts with allowing people to have the right information. One stop, one conversation leading to one solution will make you the one business people want to deal with.Article Author: Kevin James Saunders, Trainer, Oculus Training Group Don’t you love it when you reach your destination? That long, drawn-out journey is over and you finally have arrived. You don’t even look half bad for someone who has run through the airport, forgotten to drink any water, and hasn't eaten anything in seven hours. You get off the plane, and quickly hunt for some mints or gum while you wait for your loved ones to arrive. It’s all smiles and hugs as everyone welcomes you back! “How was your flight?” “Great. (There was nothing great about it!) “We are so glad you are here!” “Me too!” (Can I sleep now?) The... Read more »
  • Focusing on 2019 Learning Technology
    Looking ahead to what the early adopters already know and do.Article Author: David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst, Brandon Hall Group When 2018 began, the learning technology space was a confusing cacophony of concepts, tools, and marketing lingo. Now, a year later, it is only hazier and noisier. I do believe, however, 2019 is the year the lens will focus, and companies truly will begin to understand the possibilities in front of them—just in time for all those 2020 predictions to come true. This is the year organizations realize the learning experience is not a technology but a strategy, and they will deploy technology to see that strategy through. Technology can’t fix a bad strategy or process. By building a solid, learner-focused strategy based on practical outcomes, companies will be able to deploy an array of technologies that give learners the experiences they need to develop and become successful. This is the year when... Read more »
  • Changing Culture Quickly Is Key, But So Is Being Realistic
    Culture change is not just about operational excellence and creating more efficiencies. Rather, successful culture turnarounds are executed when CEOs instill a sense of trust; a clear, actionable strategy; and hope.Article Author: Hugh Shields, Principal and Co-Founder, Shields Meneley Partners Given today’s fast-paced business climate where chief executive officers typically are afforded only about three years to get things right, leaders are relied upon more than ever to quickly change culture to get the entire company moving in the new direction.  In order to improve a company’s culture, today’s leaders need to understand it is not just about operational excellence and creating more efficiencies. Rather, successful culture turnarounds are executed when CEOs instill a sense of trust; a clear, actionable strategy; and hope. Here are a few tips to consider: Walk the Talk. To align all employees, from the mailroom to the C-suite, CEOs need to lead by example. In other words, leaders need... Read more »
  • Focus Where It Matters
    Excerpt from Chapter 27 of “Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on your Most Important Work” by Peter Bregman (Wiley, Copyright 2018, July 2018).Article Author: Peter Bregman It was getting close to lunch time and the people seated around the table—the CEO and seven of his direct reports—were clearly getting antsy. But it wasn’t because they were hungry. In fact, they’d been eating snacks all morning, mostly out of boredom. The COO was at the front of the room, talking through slides projected on a screen. The conversation was primarily one way, with the COO explaining and, when necessary, defending his work. Finally, when we broke for lunch, the CEO took me aside and told me what we all already knew: “This is a waste of time.” When you bring a senior leadership group together in a room, it’s a massive commitment of resources. The hotel... Read more »