Training & Development

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…

Training & Development

5 Reasons You Need Coaches (or at Least, a Cheerleader) at Work

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Life coaches and personal trainers seem to be the new status symbol.

From corporate CEOs to the 19-year-old French student, everyone’s talking about the rigors their “coach” is putting them through. If you’re the one being coached, they expect you to show up, work hard, and do what you say you will.

No accountability and no embarrassment … means no progress. Read more…

Training & Development

Why Coaching Doesn’t Always Work

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It’s no news flash that executive coaching is one of the wisest investments an organization can make.

Countless studies show that employees who seek coaching – essentially to accomplish important goals with less stress and greater effectiveness — tend to get promoted more often and earn greater salary increases than employees who don’t.

But despite powerful evidence that it can boost performance, productivity, and profits at organizations of all sizes and types, coaching doesn’t always pay off. Read more…

HR Management, Training & Development

HR Roundtable: Performance Management vs. Professional Development

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The August HR Roundtable in Cincinnati took a stab at the age-old HR conundrum of Performance Management vs. Professional Development.

The forum took the focus of development as its launching point, but the conversation inevitably fell back into what we know and practice. It was a really interactive session and the attendees started with these brain teasers to get conversation going.

The questions: Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

Training Millennials: 4 Keys to Look For (But First, Let Me Take a Selfie)

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Here are four (4) qualifications to consider when creating training programs for the workforce of tomorrow.

You may have heard of them; they’re called Millennials. I’m one of them and chances are, you might be, too. There are 80 million of us taking over close to half (46 percent) of the corporate jobs in America by 2020.

With that in mind, here is what we look for in corporate training: Read more…

Training & Development

3 Shifts Every Company Should Make to Shape its Learning Culture

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Recently we discussed how companies can actually realize more learning through less learning by building a productive learning culture.

To build a productive learning culture, the best organizations do three things:

1. Right size learning opportunities

To more actively engage their employees in development outside of the classroom — historically a major challenge for many organizations — 61 percent of heads of Learning & Development focus on providing employees more learning opportunities, and 75 percent actively promote the importance of on-the-job, experiential learning. Read more…

Training & Development

With Training, Sometimes You Learn More Through Learning Less

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The learning landscape has changed substantially; the line has different skill needs, and employees want to learn in new, innovative ways.

As line leaders pursue new growth opportunities — or seek to improve their execution of existing plans — they need employees with new and more complex skills. Clearly, line leaders’ expectations of development interventions are changing.

  • Sales leaders, for example, want to build a sales staff that can not only sell products but also challenge customers’ assumptions. Read more…
Leadership, Training & Development

The Urgent Need For Leadership Development

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Back in March, I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2014 survey. After going through the report again, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014.

I previously discussed the need to re-skill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent. I did not, however, discuss the top trend perceived as most urgent by responders — the need to build global leadership.

Fully 38 percent of respondents rated this as “urgent,” 50 percent more than the next trend identified as “urgent.” Read more…