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Best Practices with LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 200 million members and growing. While you may use Facebook or Twitter for your personal life, LinkedIn is the “go-to” network for your professional life. To get the most out of networking with LinkedIn, take a moment to make sure that your profile is as complete as it can be. Studies

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The Agile Effect:  What are the Benefits and Costs Moving to an Agile Methodology?

The agile corporate-learning business model has been getting a lot of attention in recent times. Companies are seeing the benefits of a more agile production, design, and even leadership development programs. But an agile model isn’t for everyone. Here are some of the benefits and some of the costs to moving to an agile methodology. The Benefits of Corporate Agility

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Is The Force With Your Change Management Plan?

Change management is a powerful tool. It helps companies achieve their business goals by making decisions, taking action, and setting the direction for future development. There are a wide variety of different tools companies can use to build a successful change management plan. In today’s blog, we explore the Kurt Lewin’s Force Field Analysis as one particularly powerful strategic tool to help companies understand what’s needed to achieve successful change in both corporate and personal environments.


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Engage Your Team Through Problem Solving In Corporate Learning

Corporate learning provides a unique opportunity to engage your employees. When it comes to team building, that engagement can mean everything. Engaged problem solving within a learning environment is a uniquely powerful tool. Here are 3 ways you can encourage team building and better communication through your corporate learning programs. 1) Team Building and Management Programs Team building is a

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Women in L&D Leadership: The Benefits of Inclusive Learning Designs

Inclusivity is a term that we’re hearing more and more. This is a good thing, because when it comes to the diversity conversation, diversity highlights what makes us different, but inclusion brings us together. Many companies struggle with this concept, and even while they strive to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce, find themselves fighting to achieve their goals.

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Women in L&D Leadership: How Can We Close the Gender Gap For Good?

The gender gap has plagued women in all industries, but we’re seeing some interesting trends in L&D that are worth talking about. In the recently released Training Journal survey, it’s clear that while improvements are being made, there is still a lot of ground to cover to fully close that gap. Here’s what we learned about where women stand in

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Women in L&D Leadership: The State of the Industry

We are lucky to live in a period of time where professional women are making great strides in the learning and development community. But just as is clearly seen across disciplines, it can be an uphill battle for women to break into leadership roles. Today we’re going to take a first look at women in L&D as part of a

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What is the Link Between Authentic Learning and Learner Motivation?

The best learners are the ones who are self motivated. They are eager to discover, to ask questions, and to take in the new information that can potentially change their lives. Creating motivated learners, from a corporate learning perspective especially, may seem like an uphill battle. But it’s not impossible. Read on to see how the concept of authentic learning

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Are You An Early Adaptor?  Virtual Reality Online Training May Be For You

There are so many ways to teach a student in our modern age of learning. From massive online courses to social media peer study groups, we are always surprised and excited to hear about the next big thing in learning and development. What’s next on the horizon for forward-thinking companies and learning with technologies? Virtual Reality training may be the

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The Benefits of Blended Learning

In your journey to develop and implement a successful leadership and professional development program, it’s possible you’ve come across the term Blended Learning in recent years. There’s quite a bit of confusion around this term, but understanding the basics will help you and your company know whether learning with technologies is a good fit for your program. The Basics Blended

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What is your Company Culture Grade?  (And Team Building Tips to Improve It)

It’s plain to see that a great work environment with a positive culture helps keep employees happy and productive. Alternatively the dangers of a negative corporate culture can be very harmful. Such impacts can include high turnover, a poor reputation, difficulty recruiting, and overall stressed and unproductive workers. So, what does positive work culture really look like in a modern

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Keep Your L&D Flexible Especially Because of These Drivers for Change

Your ability to stay flexible, especially in your efforts for Learning and Development, are critical to allowing your business to have those quick-twitch reflexes to react and operate across different organizational landscapes. Businesses are a constantly evolving. That agility to meet the demands of the market head on are what make companies successful. Meeting Changing Customer Expectations Business is changing

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Presentation Skills From the Expert:  What Can We Learn From Guy Kawasaki

Venture capitalist, Guy Kawasaki is known throughout the marketing industry as a renowned technical evangelist. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, chief evangelist of Apple, and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He has written several books about startups, social media, and technology at large. His voice has become a go to source of insight into the digital transformation

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Make Your Corporate Training More Like MacGyver

MacGyver is known for a style of creative thinking and problem solving that can get his character out of a tight spot with little more than chewing gum and a paper clip. That ingenuity and critical thinking can be directly applied to your learning and development programs for greater outcomes. How? Use Old Tools in New Ways Think about your

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How Do You Build an Awesome Marketing Team?

Your marketing team is the source of some of the most important work products in helping your business grow and your clients learn about your company in an ongoing marketing strategy. Chances are that without an all-star team of marketing experts, your business is missing out. But in the ongoing war for talent, how do you make sure you’re hiring

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In Charge Of Change Management?  Command The Chaos!

In order for businesses to stay competitive, changeis inevitable. It is often received with hesitation and even resistance, but when handled correctly change is a great opportunity. It is an opportunity to start clean, to fix broken systems, to build more effective teams, and above all to be the best you can be. As we all know, knowledge is power,

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What Do the U.S Navy and Corporate Training Have in Common?

The answer is the ADDIE model instructional systems design framework. If you are unfamiliar with the term, the ADDIE model is a training format that lists generic processes that many instructional designers and training developers use. It is represents a descriptive guideline for the building of effective training and performance support tools. ADDIE is made up of five phases: analysis,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. Here are a number of critical questions to ask yourself

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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? Here are a few tips to set you up for greater success: Rethink Your Recruiting With competition so high among employers, now

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