Most startups these days recognize the critical importance of collaboration tools and other Web apps that can deliver huge value to an organization at minimal cost. But they're the exception, still, not the rule, in the wider business universe, where breakthrough apps and tools are still uncharted -- and often confusing -- territory for decision makers. What Pepperdine University launched recently for its business school holds some insights for managers and execs looking to break through tough barriers. Here's a brief look:
ASTD's Learning Circuits just published their annual survey of E-Learning Trends and, being the training geek that I am, I've taken some time to compare last year's survey with the current survey to spot trends that may impact my work and inform my interactions with clients. One of the more noteworthy changes was in the responses to question #7: What concerns does your organization have about using E-Learning? Check out 2010's chart on the left compared to 2011's chart on the right.
Despite centuries of scientific research, the inner workings of the brain remain somewhat of an unsolved mystery -- especially the study of memory retention and the process of learning. But theories certainly exist as to how these complex processes work. Here, we've distilled some of these ideas into an infographic that your brain can comprehend.
I'm a big proponent of "paying it forward" so a while back I gave away 3 free PowerPoint templates for use in your training projects. Recently, I got a phone call from a friend and former colleague who was excited about putting these freebies to good use...
I don't know about the rest of you, but my Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator skills are circa 1998. I can muddle my way through the easy stuff, but for the most part, I'm hopelessly out of date. How did I, a self-proclaimed professional student, let my graphic design skills become obsolete? I blame it on PowerPoint.
High-society events aren't my scene but when an opportunity came up recently to mingle with a group of independent business owners over free wine and hors d'œuvres, I couldn't pass up the chance to build my personal learning network (and enjoy a free lunch). And sure enough, within a few minutes a woman tapped me on the shoulder seeking my professional advice.
We're all hearing the same grim news on the U.S. jobs front: Nationwide unemployment sits stubbornly above 9 percent. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows no significant uptick in hiring. And the proportion of Americans who are either actively employed or looking for work hit a new low-water mark of 64.3 percent. The outlook looking forward, though, is more promising -- one that job seekers and hiring managers should study more closely. For starters, there are signs that hiring is turning the corner: The latest survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows that 42 percent of U.S. businesses in four major industrial sectors plan to expand payrolls over the next six months, up from just 29 percent at the same time last year.
As a learning and development professional, I have often struggled with the question, "how can we keep up with the constant and increasing need for learning and demand for training?" Organizations of all sizes are moving so fast, that as soon as we finish learning something new about products, customers, a change in the competitive landscape, or how to use a new software system, something new comes along to replace it. New learning is once again needed. Learning professionals scamper to come up with a way to train people on the new thing. That's life in the L&D trenches. It is to be accepted and embraced.
One day in my studio I was perusing YouTube for a video to embed in my blog when my 4-year-old daughter skipped in.
Chief Learning Officer magazine recently reported that its Business Intelligence Board (BIB) of learning leaders is more optimistic about the outlook for 2011 it was in 2010. Sixty percent of learning executives report feeling more optimistic about employee development in 2011. This might not seem like a large number, but the data is showing that the trend is up. In support of this trend of increasing optimisim, economists and bankers are forecasting strong GDP and job growth in 2011 indicating the economic recovery is occuring.