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3 Ways to Engage with Learners in Your Corporate Training Seminar

Learner engagement is one of the most important metrics by which you can gauge the success of any chosen training topic. Without engagement, the chances of your learners retaining and using their new skills and knowledge outside the classroom are limited at best. Make sure your employees can fully benefit from the important lessons their training offers by building engagement in these ways.


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These Strategies Will Help Keep Your Organizational Change Process Positive

Change and transformation is a normal but difficult period within the lifecycle of a business. There are any number of challenges that companies come up against when navigating their own change management, but there are a number of strategies that will work toward keeping your organization on the right track, through good times and bad. Here are just a few of those strategies to keep things positive.


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Leadership Skills That Can Help You Successfully Manage Change?

Change is a natural part of business, particularly in today’s fast-paced market. Whether you are dealing with mergers and acquisitions or fast changing technology, as a leader you need to help your employees deal with change in a manner which is as seamless and easy as possible. There are some leaders who are naturally better at this than others, but the skills are clear in those that know how to manage change well. Here are a few characteristics of leaders who are best able to help their business through turbulent times.


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Do You Have a “Formal” Informal Training Design?

Your company thrives off of a solid learning and development program. It’s how your employees get the skills and knowledge they need to grow within their roles, and how your business is able to do bigger and better things year after year. Chances are that you have a formal training plan in place (and if you don’t, you should create one). But have you thought about bringing in a more official strategy for your informal training opportunities as well? Here’s why you might want to formalize your informal training design as well.


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What Are The Benefits of Benchmarking Performance?

Performance is an ever-moving target. To evaluate your employee training based on their most recent performance (even the impression made over a period of multiple months), simply does not provide an accurate picture of their overall value. In order to avoid any unfair bias and to get a more accurate perspective of their performance, you must establish baselines, define best practices, and identify improvement opportunities throughout the year, in writing, to gain the most benefits possible from the process.


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Should You Use Pre-Hire Assessments?

In today’s world of digital job listings inspiring hundreds of applicants to submit their resume for one opportunity, screening out those who are not a perfect fit before they get to the interview stage can save companies from wasting precious time and resources when building their teams. From phone interviews to pre-hire assessments, companies are looking for the most helpful ways they can identify the industry leading candidates they want to hire. Here’s a look at whether pre-hire assessments can help you achieve your staffing goals easier this year.


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Self-Assessments That Will Help You Better Develop Your Leadership Skills

Leadership is about more than evaluating the effectiveness of your team. Sometimes, leadership is about assessing your own effectiveness and making appropriate changes to grow. There are all kinds of leadership training programs available today, many have important elements around soliciting and implementing feedback. But self-assessments are also powerful tools.


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How Are You Doing in the War for Talented Instructional Designers?

Have you heard there’s an industry battle going on right now? Perhaps you’ve experienced it firsthand. There’s an ongoing war for the best and brightest talent across multiple industries. Do you know how to out recruit your competition?


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Agility Is Essential in Corporate Learning

Much like the business world, the realm of corporate learning is experiencing a high-speed transformation. This trend toward more agile production, design, and leadership development is critical in creating the kind of responsive and flexible atmosphere that gets better results quickly. Today we’re talking about how agility is particularly essential to corporate learning and development programs.


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Performance Consulting Is More Than Training Delivery

If you are unfamiliar with the term, performance consulting is becoming a more important focus for organizations committed to making sure they are accomplishing their goals with as little wasted effort or resources as possible. It’s designed to help companies do more with less, stay competitive, and increase market share. The hyper-competitive market that businesses operate in today have learned that in order to stay ahead of the curve, they must increase pressure on their corporate training programs to calculate the return on learning of training initiatives, create more responsive solutions, and ensure that performance is always on the cutting edge.


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Use L&D to Build a Culture of Support For Your Business Strategy

Your learning and development programs can be an amazing source of support for your business strategy. They offer a way for leadership to nurture and shape the minds and culture of the employees who will be the foundation of the business in the coming years.


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Feedback is Essential in the L&D Process Playbook

Feedback is arguably the holy grail within the world of corporate training and development. It’s often high value, actionable, and comes at a low cost of acquisition. Feedback can give you the opportunity to self correct quickly and effectively is you are not on the right course (whether with customers or partners). The best part is that many people are happy to provide feedback because they know that it can directly impact their own experience, creating a mutually beneficial “win-win” scenario.


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Change Management Series: Lead People Through Change, Don’t Just Manage the Change

Change is a difficult time for both organizations and individuals. It takes strong leadership to navigate through disruption successfully. But luckily, good leadership is definitely achievable, as long as you approach the task with an open and receptive mindset.


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Success Story: A New Factory, a New Training Methodology, a New Beginning

Our story begins in 2013, when a major global pharmaceutical firm launched a technology transfer project from one of its US factories to a new factory being constructed in Europe.


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Change Management Series: What Are Some of the Top Conflict Resolution Skills?

Conflict resolution is an important set of skills to help employees and management perform at their best when working with other individuals. Nobody works in a vacuum, and we often depend on our interactions with others to get our jobs done. And with varying personalities and different needs and objectives constantly at play, inevitably conflict can arise.


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Change Management Series: How Do You Foster Partnerships in Your Business?

In part 2 of our series on Change Management, we would like to talk about partnerships and how they can help you grow your business. Just as in your individual career, your business thrives on the partnerships you develop. There are so many companies in the market today, each with their own specialties, their unique IP, their niche verticals, and their rock star talent pool. Obviously, the nature of competition is competitive but, partnerships are also a powerful marketing tool. How do you build that level of trust and create the win-win collaborations that put your business on another level?


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Change Management Series: Plan to Succeed!

Change management is the art and science of managing the transformation and development that is inherent to business processes. It requires the controlled identification and implementation of necessary adjustments, such as succession, staffing, business strategy, and so on. In this series on how you can improve your change management processes, there will be helpful content and advice which can help you differentiate your company from the competition and set strategic goals that lead to long term success.


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Big Data and Your HR Training & Development Should Be Best Friends

Big data means big business in today’s highly competitive job market. If you’re not making use of your information, you could be missing out. Industry experts claim that integrating big data with your HR training and develpment system can help leverage employee data to improve operational performance, identify new recruits and increase return on investment in human capital.


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Experimentation and Innovation Should Be Continuous in Your Training Program

Your learning and development process is critical to your long-term success as an organization. Every business experiences the ebbs and flows of changing talent and market demands, but it is the companies who are invested in growing and improving their offerings to keep pace with the desires of their customers who are able to succeed. A chief concern in the development of your training program should be encouraging experimentation and innovation.


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Are You Using Microblogging as an Effective Learning Technology Tool?

Your employees are often the single greatest training resource available for new hires. But sometimes, it’s hard to get that one-on-one facetime that is so critical to helping people learn the ropes. Even team members who have been around for a while can benefit from the crowd-sourced information available from a larger group of compatriots. Here’s how internal microblogging can tap into that well of information and how it serves as an excelent learning technology tool.


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How Can You Use L&D for Ongoing Employee Training?

Today’s hiring managers are fighting against an obstacle that has plagued the recruiting process for years, the skills gap. College graduates and even experienced professionals are lacking the latest skills and training that is required to meet the quickly changing demands of their employers. This is a very real problem that even big-name employers like Microsoft and Google are struggling with on a daily basis.


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Working Effectively as a Virtual Consultant

Working at home requires self-discipline and organization. Set up a separate, dedicated workspace away from distractions. People who have been teleworking for a long time recommend that you establish boundaries between your personal and business lives.


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Are MOOCs for You?

You, like many businesses, may find yourself in the situation where budget is tight for investing in training and development programs. But you also know that failing to increase your knowledge base (and that of your team) can drag your company down in a competitive business landscape. Luckily, there is a wealth of information available online that is easy to access and reasonably inexpensive (often even free).


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Input Social Media Into Your L&D

Social Media integration can be a real game-changer when it comes to staying ahead with your learning & development efforts. The flexibility and unique learning opportunities offered through social channels can be surprisingly effective. You might not immediately think that social media is a valuable way for your trainees to spend their time, but in today’s modern and highly mobile workforce, a new perspective on L&D might be just the spark you need to fan the fire of innovation. Here are four ways you can incorporate social media into your programs for real results.


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Where Are You?  Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, or Adjourning?

Bruce Tuckman is known for producing the single most quoted models of group development way back in the 1960s. But what held true then still has importance to team models today. Learning about these different stages and where your team fits into the grand scheme of things will help you work and grow together as a single unit. Here are the basics.