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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, January

50 Years of Evaluation
This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kirkpatrick Four Levels. In the early 1950s, I was teaching supervisory development courses at the University of Wisconsin Management Institute. I decided to pursue a PhD and chose to write a practical...
Achieving the Impossible: Motivation Tips for Trainers: Motivation Is Not Just for Sports Coaches. It Also Can Be a Useful Tool for Trainers and Trainees Alike
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." Frank Lloyd Wright In 38 games and 30 years, the Colby College women's soccer team had never beaten...
C-Level Boot Camp: Many Senior Executives Need Further Training in Their Job Responsibilities
Senior executives usually navigate the correct series of moves to end up in their plum positions at the top, but they might not have enough of the right capabilities to stay there. Sixty-seven percent of companies think that senior executives need...
Coaching Benefits: From Winning the Race to Winning in the Office: A New Survey Pinpoints the Top Benefits of Coaching, According to the Coaching Clients Themselves
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While clearing hurdles and sprinting past competitors are immediate ways to gain an edge on the track, the benefits from a coach's words of encouragement, reminders to breathe, and lessons to maintain a steady pace will help...
Confronting CEO Expectations about the Value of Learning: Top-Level Support Is Vital to Maintaining Any Organizational Learning Function. Survey Data Provide Some Clear Directions for How, and How Not, to Provide Executives with the Appropriate Evidence of Learning Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is no stakeholder in the learning and development process more important than the CEO of an organization. In the August 2009 issue of T+D, we examined the results of a significant survey of CEOs. This study revealed...
Defection Alert! despite Ramped Up Retention Strategies, Companies May Find Key Talent Bailing Anyway
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The war for talent may be taking a ceasefire during the recession, but it is possible that many employees will jump ship as soon as the economy turns and companies begin to hire again. A survey by the Swiss outsourcing firm...
Digging Up the Weeds: A Hospital Learns That Sometimes Its Own Leaders Can Stall Organizational Growth
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The following story was told by Linda Henman, president of executive development firm Henman Performance Group. CLIENT>> A private hospital in the Midwest United States PROBLEM>> The hospital was experiencing...
E-Learning: What's Old Is New Again: New Data on E-Learning Usage Do Not Signal the Death of the Classroom. and despite Some of the Buzz, the Direction of E-Learning Has Not Shifted Much over the Past Several Years
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It sounds simple: e-learning. That is, learning with an "e," for electronic. Every study reveals more about it, including ASTD's 2008 State of the Industry Report, which found that nearly one-third of training content is now...
Engaging in the Public Workforce System: Options Abound for Workplace Learning Professionals Who Want to Become Engaged with the Public Sector
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a learning professional, you understand the importance of engaging your employees in the work they do for your organization. And you probably stress this in all of your programs--the more employees engage in their own learning...
From Training Company to Learning Organization: AlliedBarton Secures More Than Just Buildings by Making Employee Learning, Development, and Career Advancement Opportunities a Big Priority
Every company values quality training, and many say it is paramount to organizational success. Companies in the security services industry are no exception. Training is critical to ensuring that security officers and the managers who support them are...
Geri Lopker
President, Geri Lopker & Associates Villa Park, California Geri Lopker is a trainer and performance consultant with a focus on organizational performance improvement as well as leadership and employee development. She is president of her...
Open-Door Policy: Bosses Need to Remember to Keep Their Employees Informed, Because It Could Affect Their Workplace Reputation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although most employees might appreciate the tough role their bosses have had to fill in navigating them through an economic downturn, it doesn't mean they necessarily trust the higher-ups. According to a recent survey by...
Saving Content, Saving Time: Streamlining Training with Content Reuse: Technology Is Rapidly Eliminating the Barriers to Content Reuse. an Organizational Culture Shift toward Accepting This New Paradigm Is the Final Piece of the Puzzle
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Software tools have made it possible to build entire documents with reusable chunks of information. This means that writers can develop, edit, and refine a product overview, and then insert this consistent overview into all...
Smartphones Make IBM Smarter, but Not as Expected: A 2009 IBM-Columbia University Study Reveals Surprising Insight into How Employees Use Smartphones to Improve Job Performance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ALTHOUGH MOBILE PHONES HAVE BECOME AN EXTENSION OF THE WORKPLACE, QUESTIONS PERSIST ABOUT HOW ORGANIZATIONS CAN BEST LEVERAGE THEM TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE AND DEVELOPMENT. To answer some of these questions, IBM...
Stop Following Joe around! On-the-Job Coaching Programs Help Deliver the Structure, Follow-Up, and Measurable Results That Are Often Missing from On-the-Job Training
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most companies, those with and without formal training departments, have some sort of on-the-job training (OJT) in place to support the learning of a new hire. In most cases, the OJT consists of introducing the new hire to...
To Be or Not to Be: E-Learning
"We are not here to bury e-learning, but to save it."--Marc Rosenberg On September 30, 2009, Oxford Union hosted an e-learning debate that centered around one question: "Is the e-learning of today essential to teach the important skills of tomorrow?"...
Turbulent Times Highlight the Need for Succession Planning: Risk Is High If an Actionable and Cost-Effective CEO Succession Plan Is Not in Place
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How much risk is your company willing to take? If your organization does not have an actionable and cost-effective CEO succession plan in place, then its willingness to gamble is high. Research shows that faulty integration...
Unleashing Positivity in the Workplace: Positive Organizational Scholarship Has Helped Answer Important Questions about Why Some Companies Perform So Much Better Than Others. Concepts about Virtue, Compassion, and Positivity May Seem Simple, but They Turn out to Be Crucial Implements for Broader Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1989 in Rocky Flats, Colorado (a small town 16 miles west of Denver), the FBI raided and temporarily closed a nuclear weapons production facility in response to continued allegations of environmental violations. The U.S....
What International Standards? an ISO Committee Crosses Borders and Digs Deep to Define Quality Standards for Learning Organizations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The industry of commercial learning services makes up an important part of the world economy. For example, among just four countries (the United States, England, Germany, and France), learning services represents more than...