Training & Development

Talent Management, Training & Development

Training Millennials: The Trick Is Knowing How They View Leadership

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Entry-level training programs for Millennials up to this point have neared perfection.

However, HR professionals now have another development conundrum: How do we train Generation Y for leadership?

In order to establish a leadership profile for the up-and-coming professionals, it is essential to understand the generation first. More importantly, you have to understand how they view leadership and what their role as leaders might look like. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Training & Development

Weekly Wrap: Nobody Wins When Developing Employees Isn’t a Priority

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It’s been pretty clear for some time that American companies aren’t terribly interested in training or developing employees much anymore.

Yes, more money IS getting spent on training and development (15 percent more in 2014, according to Bersin), but it’s still not enough. Far too many organizations still expect new hires to be complete ready to hit the ground running when they start work, and that just isn’t very realistic.

That’s why this new survey from the American Management Association didn’t come as any great surprise. Read more…

Training & Development

Why Personal, Instructor-Led Training Will Never Completely Go Away

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The ways we learn have changed dramatically since I entered the workforce 20 plus years ago as a member of Generation X.

Back in 1991, when I graduated from college, computer-based training (CBT) was the new, hot trend! The next big step was that learning moved online.

For the digital natives, known as Millenials, and Generation Z coming behind them, they will never know life without technology embedded – including in the ways they learn. They don’t know what life (or learning) “offline” is like. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Training & Development

Closing the Skills Gap: Is Free Community College Really the Answer?


Last week at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, President Obama spoke about America’s College Promise, a program that if passed would provide a free community college education to most any student able to maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

The program would be funded by a combination of federal and state monies.

During his presentation, the President said that,

Community colleges should be free for those willing to work for it — because in America, a quality education cannot be a privilege that is reserved for a few. I think it’s a right for everybody who’s willing to work for it.” Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

The Huge Importance of Mentors in Developing Top Talent

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Those of us lucky enough to have had a strong mentor figure at some point in our lives know how important they can be to career development, personal success, and overall well-being.

That’s why January 15 is Thank Your Mentor Day, an annual event for National Mentoring Month that encourages everyone to reach out and thank the people who took the time to take an interest.

Created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month is dedicated to raising awareness of mentoring, recruiting mentors for young people, and promoting mentorship within organizations. Read more…

Training & Development

It’s Time to Finally Kiss Traditional eLearning Goodbye

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Have you ever tried explaining the early Internet to a young colleague?

Mention Usenet and dial-up connections and you might as well be describing the era of main frames and punched cards for all the blank faces you’ll see in response. Yet some relics of that era still manage to linger on, and one of the biggest is traditional eLearning.

First, a history lesson. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

5 Things You Must Know About Developing Employees

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I think we try to deliver a message in organizations that all employees need and want to be developed.

This is a lie.

Many of our employees do want and need development. Some don’t need it; they’re better than you. Some don’t want it; just give me my check!

Too many of our leaders truly believe they can develop and make their employees better than they already are. This is a lot tougher than it sounds, and something most leaders actually fail at moving the needle on. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

3 Ways to Identify and Develop the Critical Talent You Need

Is HR at the top of the pyramid? (Illustration by Dreamstime).

Talent is getting unprecedented recognition as a key determinant of business success, and talent management has become so crucial to business growth that it’s forcing organizations to re-examine how they attract, develop, retain and engage employees.

Therefore, building leadership capacity is perhaps the most pressing strategic imperative in business today.

In a global survey of business executives conducted by Right Management and The Conference Board, over 80 percent of companies reported they intend to grow talent internally versus hiring leaders from the open market. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

What “The Voice” Teaches Us About Feedback and Coaching Done Right

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I like watching the TV show The Voice.

It’s singing competition show that has four famous singer judges who compete against each other by picking teams of singers who compete against each other. But, The Voice doesn’t allow the professional judges/coaches to actually physically see the participants before they’re selected.

It’s a “blind” audition. They the judges can hear them and have to decide if they want the singer based upon their voice, not how they look. It’s really well produced and the people are talented and hungry. Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

Some Sobering Reasons Why We Need to Train Our Leaders, Too

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Leaders play an essential role in meeting business goals and profitability targets, as well as delivering service and retaining talent.

However, according to a nationwide survey released by Aon Hewitt, only 12 percent of respondents said their leaders are extremely effective at meeting business goals.

What’s more, just 14 percent believe their leaders are extremely effective at meeting profitability targets, 17 percent say the same holds true for delivering service, and only 7 percent believe their leaders are extremely effective at retaining talent. Read more…