What Business Can Learn from Remote Teaching

A futurist’s out-of-the-box ideas on how education should develop provide inspiration for the training programs of today. Among the proposed solutions to America’s much-discussed crisis in public education are merit pay for teachers, more charter schools and curriculum reform. But recently the blog of The Futurist magazine offered a less common vision of where America’s

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3 Ways Managers Can Teach Without Telling

In today’s service economy, organizations need employees to constantly learn, share information, coach each other and think on their feet. The more employees know (and how to use what they know), the better they can respond and perform in a changing workplace. Helping them learn is a strategic management responsibility. Here is a great line

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The Three C’s of Successful Training Organizations

If you’re in the fortunate position to build a training organization from scratch, you have a unique opportunity to avoid and/or leapfrog all the traditional characteristics of training groups that keep them from having a seat at the table in strategic discussions on the organization. If you were to build a training organization from the

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Is There a Training Crisis in American Business?

When the advertising industry gathered in March for the 4As (American Association of Advertising Agencies) conference, participants probably expected a bit of networking and some chat about the state of the industry. Less expected were survey results delivered by Andrew Benett, global CEO of Havas’ Arnold Worldwide. Together with 4As, the firm polled employees and

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A 3-Part Tech Cocktail For Trouble-Free Training

Have you ever wished for a way to navigate a website, live inside your training presentation – without having to leave PowerPoint and open up a web browser? Have you ever struggled to give your trainees a clear, detailed rendering of a large diagram or a form in PowerPoint – only to resort to cropping the images and spreading them across multiple slides? How many times have you shown up to lead a training workshop only to discover that you left your thumbdrive at home and you don’t have the latest version of the files you need?

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3 Keys to Becoming a Top Training Designer

Times are tough.  Many of us are personally and professionally disillusioned and disengaged.  Making all of this harder for training and development people is the fact that our own professional development needs often take a back seat in our efforts to serve the needs of our audience. Bottom line: the longer you take your own professional

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Are You Training for Ideas or Actions?

In our world of rapid-everything, no matter how experienced you are, it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal when you’re formulating a training plan and objectives. In this post, I’ll revisit a training design 101 topic that can trip-up even the best of us from time to time – training for ideas vs. training for actions.

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37signals’ Idealogy Meets Online Training (Part 1): Meetings are Toxic

Simply put, we at Mindflash are big fans the 37signals’ ethos. Usefulness, simplicity, and ease-of-use are principles we strive for. We also think that these principles apply to online training, whether you are building a full blown LMS or developing a simple eLearning courses. In this blog series, guest blogger Lee Graham will explore a few of 37signals’ concepts and discuss how we can apply them to the online training realm. This is Part 1 of the series.

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