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Creating a Learning Culture in Your Organization

Many organizations consider themselves a learning culture because they offer in-house training or allow employees to seek professional development outside the company. But cultivating a learning culture in an organization is more than simply offering more opportunities for training—it requires a real investigation of company values and processes.


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Ready for Generation “Next”?

Your current team will not be your “forever team.” Co-workers, colleagues, and even supervisors come and go with time. It’s important to recognize that even though your team might seem mission critical, there will inevitably come a time when you have to dive into the talent pool and select some more eager workers to help you do business. Are you ready to onboard, nurture, and let the next generation of talent drive your success? Here are a few things you should know about the latest additions to the job market.


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Hiring L&D Professionals: A Gamified Guide

Molding your company into a learning organiztion has become increasingly important as the value of expert talent rises. Download our gamified guide on hiring L&D professionals and learn:


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What About the 10-80-10? Principle a Reflection on Leaders Delegating

John Maxwell, a business and leadership guru, advises leaders in companies to come up with a delegation plan that works for them. He suggests the 10-80-10 rule.  Plenty of leaders wonder why is it so hard to delegate. Understanding where you should be “hands-on” and where you should back off is key to the success of your projects and your team, as well. Here are a few thoughts on how the 10-80-10 principle can help you delegate more effectively.


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7 Key Differences Between Managers and Leaders

Many human resources experts say that they are searching for leaders rather than managers these days. Why is that? Aren’t leaders and managers basically the same thing? Not really. In a book excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, Alan Murray explains that while leadership and management often go hand-in-hand, today’s knowledge economy requires the inspiration and purpose-driven vision that can only come from true leaders, not just efficiency-focused managers.


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5 Stakeholder Management Tips: (Tip #1 You Don’t Have to Manage Them)

Engaging the stakeholders on a project is essential! There are a number of simple ways to keep them engaged, positive, and empowered throughout. You might be surprised that it’s actually less work than you might think. So read on to find out what the best ways to align and inspire your stakeholders for long-term project success.


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The Carrot and the Stick: Understanding What Motivates Employees

What gets people more motivated to work: the carrot (a reward) or the stick (a consequence)? Does one method stand head and shoulders above the other in terms of effectiveness?


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Essentials for Your Business Presentation Toolbox

Every construction job requires a different set of tools. Similarly, every presenter needs to have their own “toolbox” of skills and strategies for presenting in a variety of situations. Identifying which of your skills are the right one for the job, or appropriate in the given situation, will help you land your message better and see longer lasting results. This article will help you identify some of those skills for your own “toolbox,” and describes when they might be useful to you.


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How To Help Your Employees Develop As Leaders

All companies need employees who are strong leaders. Managers need leadership skills to encourage, motivate and support their teams. Even those who are not in managerial roles provide more value to the organization if they possess some of the leadership qualities described by Adam and Jordan Bornstein in Entrepreneur, like having focus, confidence and integrity.


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eLearning Should Tell a Story

Research shows that learners gain a deeper understanding when their training is built on a story. The story presents real-life scenarios in which employees are to apply their knowledge to solve a problem or construct a plan. Here are a few examples of how to incorporate storytelling in to your training sessions.


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Tips and Tricks to Help Retain Knowledge

Every day we are bombarded with an avalanche of news, articles, advertisements, social media posts and more. Our families and friends email and text us at all hours. The amount of visual, aural, and emotional stimulation to our brains is simply staggering—and seems to be increasing all the time.


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Micro Learning Made Easy

Have you ever taken a complex skill and broken it down into bite-size pieces? When you are challenging your team to learn new skills, a bite-size skill may be more manageable. Micro learning is easier and more constructive, particularly in smaller amounts of time, with minimal cost involved. So, how do you set up a positive micro learning environment that is conducive to your business schedule and the amount of learning you need your team to garner?


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It’s Not What You Do, It’s Who You Are

Leadership expert and author Pete Hamill likes to compare leaders to top athletes. Both undergo rigorous training in order to become the best in their fields. Both want to push the boundaries of their profession and become the best.


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Designing eLearning for Non-Digital Natives

Creating an eLearning course for an audience who doesn’t have much experience with technology can be intimidating. Whether you are designing an elearning course that is targeted toward non-digital natives (such as “Introduction to Social Media”) or you want to make sure your courses are inclusive of learners from all levels of technical experience, we have some tips for you.


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Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning Mixed With Traditional Learning Methods

Various learning methods all have their uses and validity in certain training situations. Inevitably, different individuals learn successfully in different ways. But traditional learning methods, such as lecture and literature based learning, return time and again as some of the most commonly used instructional strategies across all disciplines.


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How Effective Is Your Learning Leadership?

What makes a learning and development leader effective? It’s the ability to understand and deliver the needs of both instructors and learners—in other words, to manage the development process while expanding the capacity for learning.


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Mentoring Best Practices: Keep and Tweak The Transfer of Knowledge

iStock_86366583_MEDIUM.jpgApprenticeship and mentorship programs can be extremely effective training tools. Many people in all lines of work learn best and most efficiently through shared experiences and hands-on learning. If your business has not invested in a program where younger employees are able to benefit from the experience and real-world knowledge of veteran employees, chances are that you are missing out on a real opportunity.


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Using Classical Conditioning in eLearning for Success

About a hundred years ago, psychologist John Watson did something he wouldn’t be able to get away with today: he purposefully created a fear of rats in a baby named Albert.


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How to Enhance the Productivity of Millennials in the Workplace

A certain amount of stigma is associated with the millennial generation that is now entering the workforce for the first time. Wisecracks about participation trophies and social media obsessions have negatively influenced the popular impression of the character of millennials. Older generations have expressed doubts regarding their attention span, work ethic, and sense of responsibility.


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Big Data in eLearning: 4 Reasons it’s a Big Deal

Nearly every list of eLearning trends for the coming year forecasts the rise of “big data.” But few describe what they mean by this, or how it relates to online learning.


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Why Sprint Tactics Could Help Your Projects to the Finish Line

Workplace inefficiencies, countless emails, meetings and everyday distractions can keep an office from reaching its productive potential. Fortunately, Sprint tactics provide a way to overcome these obstacles.


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70:20:10 Model: Credible or Controversial?

In recent years, L&D blogs have been humming with posts about the 70:20:10 model for learning and development — which, despite the massive amounts of attention it gets, garners mostly mixed reviews. Some L&D professionals swear by it, while others swear it’s nonsense.


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3 Ways to Foster an Open Workplace Culture

Our world is more connected than ever. As a result of our latest technology, work is no longer confined to an office. We can email clients while in line for coffee and approve memos on the train. Promoting and continuing this culture of connectedness is now more important than ever in the workplace. Marc de Grandpre, Senior VP of marketing at KIND Healthy Snacks, asserts in a Forbes interview, “It is absolutely critical to have both an authentic and transparent work environment” in order to allow “brilliant ideas” to flow.


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Developing a First-Class QA Process for eLearning

What’s the most rewarding part of developing an online course? If you said the review process—who are we kidding, we know you didn’t.

The quality assurance (QA) phase of developing an online course is one of the most important parts of the process, even if it isn’t the most fun. But it doesn’t have to be painful, either.


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Tall vs. Flat Hierarchy: Organizing Your Business for Impact

Every business, no matter the size or age, has short-term goals and long-term objectives that help guide it towards realizing its vision. In order to achieve success, an organization must leverage the resources at its disposal as efficiently and effectively as possible to minimize costs and maximize output. The most valuable resource a business has is its employees and, as with physical resources, a company should use its workforce to its full capacity.