Launching a training program can be a daunting task, one that take months or even years to shepherd from its inception (identifying the need for an intervention) to its closure (evaluation). It takes planning, organizing, and managing resources to successfully complete your goals — or, in other words, it takes project management.
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.
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
The first post I wrote here was called Critical Skills Learning Professionals Need Now, back in October 2010. Since then, I've been on a quest to help people in the learning and development industry continuously learn new skills and stay current. Fueled by a personal quest to avoid professional stagnation and a desire to see our profession thrive, I've tried to write about useful, practical, and value-added ideas that learning professionals can put to use in their work today.
On Friday, the Daily Mindflash hosted yet another #TrainChat on Twitter, in which we posed the question: What skills do learning and development pros need now? Mindflash contributor and L&D pro Bill Cushard helped guide our discussion. Here's a recap of the discussion that followed (please excuse the Twitter-ese grammar).
In learning and development, as in every area of business, it isn't simply enough to produce results. You also need to measure those results to prove you're beneficial to your organization and get recognition (and support) for your efforts. There's no doubt you need numbers, but are the numbers you're focused on actually the right
Now more than ever, it's critical for learning professionals to address the incredible costs of high employee turnover. The trends are well known: People are staying at jobs for less time than they use to. And that's leading to extra costs, lost revenue, and generally, a tough environment for organizations to just stay afloat, much
Measuring L&D drives me a bit bonkers, because it’s so often poorly done.
It’s not that I hate numbers. It’s not that I’m afraid that my program will be proved to be a disaster. It is just that I haven’t seen a truly accurate measurement yet. I think we will find a better way to
On Friday, we hosted our weekly Twitter #TrainChat with Mindflash blogger and training expert David Kelly, to discuss his recent article on how "social learning" and "social media" differ, and how they can work together. We've condensed the responses into a sort of linear narrative. Please excuse any Twitter-ese grammar.