Why Managers Need a “GPS” to Navigate the Employee Development Journey

Unless one is in the business of "talent," it could be confusing to recognize what "talent" really means. After all, what differentiates talent management, talent acquisition, talent development, talent shows....okay, I'm kidding on that one. But kidding aside, it can be confusing to people who DO work in a talent-focused role, so it's no surprise … Continue reading Why Managers Need a “GPS” to Navigate the Employee Development Journey

Using Stay Interviews to Enhance Onboarding

  There is an abundance of research clogging the interwebs on the subject of onboarding; a credible whitepaper that I often reference is the Definitive Guide to Onboarding from Bamboo HR. In the report, the author includes a terrific stat from Aberdeen Research (another fantastic resource): As many as 87% of new employees are not fully … Continue reading Using Stay Interviews to Enhance Onboarding

The easiest tweak you can make to your training and orientation programs…

How many of you put out candy for training attendees? I know we do at the day job...in fact, the photo above is a shot of my cart on a recent stock-up trip at my local Sam's Club. Even when the cost of doing business continues to soar, this is an expense that we have … Continue reading The easiest tweak you can make to your training and orientation programs…

When is “really good” really, “good enough” for training?

Unless you've recently emerged from hibernating in a cave for the past two decades, you've probably seen the movie Forrest Gump. Come on, even if you're not a big fan of movies, you've still probably seen that movie. It has gone down in movie history as a classic; Forrest's extraordinary life story told by Forrest … Continue reading When is “really good” really, “good enough” for training?

10 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That Will Make You a Better Facilitator

Do you remember the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten? Recently, I came across a copy of Robert Fulghum's inspirational collection of essays and remembered a high school teacher had a poster with excerpts from this book in her classroom. While I recall looking at the poster, and even reading … Continue reading 10 Things You Learned in Kindergarten That Will Make You a Better Facilitator

Six Ideas for Getting Started with Blended Learning

The idea of lecture-heavy, “sage on the stage” classroom training has been an antiquated notion in workplace learning for quite some time, particularly in a global organization. Images of snoozing, daydreaming, multi-tasking attendees (because they really aren’t “participants” at that point, are they?) come to mind, and any shred of intended value or applicable learning … Continue reading Six Ideas for Getting Started with Blended Learning

The Secret to Connecting With Training Participants

Waaaaaaay back in 1992, right about the time I was sporting my Hypercolor sweatshirt and teasing some very tall bangs, there was a study by Broad and Newstrom about training transfer. While some many elements of the workplace learning industry have changed - technology has certainly commanded much of that - there are still a … Continue reading The Secret to Connecting With Training Participants

Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience

There was some interesting news in the music and tech industries this past week: Madonna previewed her new Living for Love video. Via Snapchat. Now, depending on your musical tastes, demographics and social media preferences, you may or may not have paid any attention to this headline. As one who is snugly nestled in that … Continue reading Madonna, Snapchat, and the Art of Knowing Your Audience

Watching 70-20-10 Come Alive in an Unlikely Place

Unless you are in the L&D/Training/Talent Development world, the title of this post will probably leave you scratching your head. Who am I kidding - it's probably leaving many L&D people confused... If you're not familiar with the 70-20-10 concept, let's break it down: Simply put, 70-20-10 is a methodology implying that the most effective … Continue reading Watching 70-20-10 Come Alive in an Unlikely Place