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Company News: Two Mindflash Developers Win Rackspace Hackathon

What do you get when you combine Instagram, Robert Scoble, and Google Streetview? A first-place winning app called “Creepagram,” designed by Mindflash engineers Matt Smith and Jon Sullivan.

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Is Inside Sales Training More Important Than Field Sales Training?

In today’s challenging selling environment, people and resources typically regarded as inside sales are driving a higher proportion of bottom-line sales results. To stay competitive, sales managers must improve training for inside sales representatives.

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How Big Data Will Reshape eLearning -- and the Future of Work

I recently attended the American Society for Training and Development's 2012 TechKnowledge conference, where over 1,200 attendees and 70 exhibitors got together in Las Vegas to talk about training, do some networking, and discuss the future of learning and technology.

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Who Trains the Trainers?

Are you someone who has ‘fallen into’ your role? In most fields, professionals have gone to school and been ‘prepared’ in some way for their role in the workplace.  An accountant, for instance, generally has some sort of degree or certification that relates to finance.

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The State of Sales Training in 2012: Top Trends and Takeaways

On December 7, 2011 ESR delivered a webinar presentation on the state of sales training (download the MP3 or PDF—free registration required). It was an hour full of valuable intelligence and insight for sales training companies and sales trainers in corporate L&D organizations. Here are some of the points I made during the event, but first, a quick review of 2011. (A look at 2012 and beyond will follow in Part 2.)

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Infographic -- Baby Benefits: Is Your Company Offering Enough Maternity Leave?

Despite the long history of fighting for workers' rights in this country and the cultural buzz around "family values," the U.S. actually offers some of the weakest paid family leave benefits in the world. Though some individual states offer employees guaranteed paid family leave, a majority of new parents in the American workforce do not have many options for taking a leave. Paid leave is an important benefit that should be strongly considered by employers to promote employees' personal and familial well-being. Below, we explore the research on paid family leave and its importance to the workforce.

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Infographic: The Staggering Cost of a Bad Hire

Your company is growing rapidly, and you're desperately looking to fill in the gaps as quickly as possible. However, putting the wrong people in those positions could ultimately end up costing even more. Thanks to a survey published by Careerbuilder.com we learn just how much bad hires cost companies, and what you can do to avoid them.

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Infographic: How To Find And Train a Virtual Assistant

Twenty years ago, assistants were only available to senior executives and hotshot investors. Today, the Internet allows even the most modestly funded entrepreneurs and employees to hire their own virtual assistant for any task of their choosing. Here are some best practices for getting the most out of a VA.

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Pros In Different Area Codes: How To Train a Remote Employee

Company HQ is in nowheresville, USA. But that incredibly talented, can't-live-without-'em prospective employee isn't. Now more than ever, that isn't a problem. As access to free of inexpensive online software increases, companies' ability and willingness to recruit remote employees has increased enormously. But the new arrangement also presents a few challenges. How do you train an employee you've never met? How can you be sure they're doing work that's on par with what your in-house team is doing and not just playing on Facebook all day? Consider these tips.

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Infographic: On-The-Job Training: Jobs That Require No College Degree

We've seen some of the greatest thinkers and entrepreneurs drop out of college, or just plain never go. While that may not be the best decision for everyone, the cost of attending a four-year university is so painfully high, forcing many to follow in their footsteps. But thanks to on-the-job training, the following careers offer a competitive wage and also require no undergraduate degree – a win-win for everyone.

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