After the effort and expense of setting up and coordinating a workforce development event, with the time away from the job, the expense of the instructor, (and don’t forget the expected coffee/donuts and lunch!), what happens next? Was the training worth it? Actually, as many organizational leaders know, it is often difficult to show concrete… Continue reading When Workforce Development Doesn’t Work…
Creative Training Techniques Engaging a class full of adults might seem like a daunting task but making the classroom an active place helps students use skills in the job. Active learning techniques are more effective than the long-standing tradition of simply listening to lectures, perhaps taking notes, and occasionally asking a question or two. Once… Continue reading Active Learning-10 Ideas to Keep Students Conscious During Training
The Biggest Secret to Making Training Work Congratulations! Students have walked out of an impactful and engaging training class, having given top marks to the instructor on smile sheets. Now you have arrived at one of the most crucial points in performance , the point at which you can make a terrific impact on the… Continue reading The Biggest Secret to Making Training Work
Three Ways to Quickly Improve Your Presentation Skills with Feedback You already know that great presentation skills are linked to career advancement, increased credibility and ability to influence your organization. Yet most people do not arrive in this world with well-developed presentation skills. This post will help you get better at presenting, fast. And… Continue reading Do You Want to Raise Your Expertise as an Instructor?
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American workforces face tough environments. A recent study by Rand Corp, Harvard Medical School and The University of California, Los Angeles found in a 2015 poll of 3,066 US workers that nearly one in five employees report that they work in threatening or hostile conditions. When supervisors and managers come… Continue reading Workforces and Negativity
I often have conversations with Human Resources Professionals who have a hard time convincing their organization’s leaders that training budgets should increase rather than shrink. One big reason for this is the lack of a clear and positive training outcome; such as results that help the company be more profitable. Many leaders rarely see real… Continue reading Speaking in Dollars and “Sense”
What happens when employees move up from the inside? All sorts of wonderful things: Trust and loyalty increase, not only for the person promoted, but with the peers as well. When top employees get a sense they can go somewhere in the company, they are more likely to hang in there and ride it out,… Continue reading Building Giants Newsletter The Value of Internal Promotions (June 20)
I do think eLearning can be a good tool as part of an organizational learning strategy: it can save costs of travel for far-flung employees, and the cost can be very low if you have creative and somewhat tech savvy Subject Matter Experts to pull them together. Your company can even purchase ready-made classes by… Continue reading Can eLearning Be Effective As a Corporate Learning Strategy?
A typical asset in a company, such as a freezer unit, vehicle, inventory system, or computer gets regular attention. It is purchased, set up, tested, and evaluated. It is put on a maintenance schedule and may get additional repairs, upgrades, and assessments. People must be seen as assets as well. If they are not performing… Continue reading People Are Assets-Choose Them Wisely
Although soft-skills training courses often get a bad rap in organizations, we also know that, in many companies, it is the soft skills that can make or break a career. Soft skills cause some employees to stand out either negatively or positively. Effective communication, resolving conflicts and the ability to foster creativity and cooperation are… Continue reading Measuring the Effects of Soft Skills Training
Splashing Out Critical Training-Can it Work? When organizations need to change worker’s behavior quickly, they often drag everyone into the room for “mandatory training” for a long slide presentation and urgent messages about the needs of the business. This approach to training means that we are “telling” people what to do, but not teaching… Continue reading Splashing Out Critical Training:Can it Work?