I love Food Network. I never get tired of it. In fact, I could probably find more time for writing this blog (and a number of other things) if I watched less Food Network on Saturday mornings with a cup or three of coffee. Ages ago - probably at least 5 years ago - I … Continue reading What Food Network taught me about facilitation skills
Do you remember the old "You might be a redneck..." comedy bit from a few years back? It seems like you couldn't go anywhere without seeing a Jeff Foxworthy standup routine on television or seeing a book about it. Even though it's been several years since its peak, you still see those jokes bubble up … Continue reading Your onboarding strategy might need a reboot if….
I don't often talk about happenings at my day job, but I have an interesting case study to share. We have recently completed a major system conversion, a project that has taken nearly 3 years from inception, but particularly the past 18 months. My team was tasked with enabling the entire organization through training, on-the-job … Continue reading Onboarding During Times of Organizational Change
I had a brief conversation with a consultant and business owner at a networking event a few months ago, where the topic drifted to the new employee experience. We were discussing a few general best practices and he probed why onboarding is the niche market I choose to serve in my consulting practice. Trying not … Continue reading Onboarding is not a “Nice-to-Have”
'Tis that time of year again, my friends...the ATD International Conference & Expo (some call it "ICE") is coming up soon (less than 2 weeks away as I write this!), and I am simply giddy with excitement. I'm not ashamed to admit that one reason I'm giddy is because this year's conference is in San … Continue reading How to Overcome Conference Challenges
"If everything in your toolbox is a hammer, then everything will look like a nail." - unknown I don't know who originally said this, but I heard a sales trainer quote it at least 10 years ago, and the saying has stuck with me ever since. It's so true...in the Business of Talent, we need … Continue reading New Blog Series | Talent Marketing Essentials
Another new year is upon us, friends! 365 blank calendar squares where we can make a difference, add value, build connections and drive results. The promise and possibility of that is motivating to me, despite years and years of abandoned new habits and rarely worn gym clothes, since I'm not much of a "resolution" kind … Continue reading 3 Foolproof Ways to Blow New Employees Away on their First Day
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
It's May - are you heading to Denver for ATD's International Conference & Expo (ICE) this month? I am - and I couldn't be more excited! ICE is the biggest event of the year for L&D folks, and I'm ready to absorb every possible idea or nugget of wisdom along with 10,000+ of my fellow … Continue reading Heading to #ATD2016 this month?
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…