In his book First Break All the Rules, employee-engagement specialist Marcus Buckingham shares this alarming statistic: As many as 65 percent of employees are disengaged, and do just enough work to not get fired. Nearly two thirds of employees are merely "good enough."
School's out for the summer, and that means eager college interns are flooding into the slowly-but-slowly-maybe-rebounding job market.
Learning professionals need a host of skills in order to be successful. One that often gets overlooked is business acumen. If trainers don't truly understand how a business works, what it expects out of its training department, or what it ultimately wants its employees to be able to do, they simply can't be effective.
Many companies (particularly start-ups) pride themselves on a fast-paced "baptism by fire" approach to training — which is to say, little or none at all. But as convenient as this may seem to managers and executives in the short term, a lack of training can lead to more confusion in the the long run, as
As educators, we're intimately familiar with the time and effort required to prepare and present any kind of training program, whether it's in a classroom or online, self-directed or a collaboration. Under-preparing for a program is a recipe for disaster, but sometimes even when we put the effort in to new learning initiatives, we still
It's indispensable, it's maddening. It's revolutionary, it's boring. It's every training designer's best friend and worst enemy — PowerPoint.
Love it or hate it, PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used tools for corporate trainers. But, as is the case with any such tool, its value lies in how its used. With that in
“Training needs to earn a seat at the table.”
“We need to show the ROI of training.”
“Leaders don’t understand the value of training.”
In my years as a learning and development professional, I've heard phrases like these many times — attempts to, in some way, justify the hard work training professionals do each and
By now many organizations have moved their training departments online, tapping into the vast potential of e-learning or blended learning programs. With a virtually infinite source of training materials to draw from just a keystroke away, online learning has quickly become a must-do for companies intent on delivering a consistent message to a scattered or