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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 4, April

Climb That Mountain or Chill in the Barcalounger? When I Was Studying for a PhD at Princeton, My Advisor Would Edit My Papers before We Submitted Them to Conferences. at First, My Drafts Were Often Returned Covered with So Much Red Ink That I Could Barely Make out What Was Written underneath. I'd Slog through All the Comments, Make Changes, and Submit a Revised Draft-Only to Face Another Red Tidal Wave
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I felt completely overwhelmed. I wasn't making any progress, and my advisor wasn't giving me the feedback I needed to improve. Finally, after one of our multiple back-and-forth sessions, he scrawled across my paper, in enormous,...
Connecting Government to Improve It: As the U.S. Government Steadily Loosens Restrictions on Social Media, Some Agencies Are Already Benefitting from the Next Era of Community and Collaboration
While social networking tools are increasingly enabling corporations to market and sell more effectively by getting closer to their global customer base, government agencies have embraced these technologies to share knowledge, drive informal learning,...
Creating Culture through Conversation: A Sales and Marketing Firm Learns That a Companywide Cultural Overhaul Starts with Purposeful Conversation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CLIENT>> One of largest sales and marketing firms in the United States PROBLEM>> The company needed an overall corporate cultural integration. It had inconsistent processes in place from state to state...
Designing Virtual Immersive Environments
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The popularity of 3D virtual immersive environments for learning and collaboration continues to increase as more organizations realize the benefits of 3D for learning. The increased use of these environments creates a challenge...
Developing One-to-One Training Programs: Understanding Learning Needs and Proper Context Is a Highly Effective Way to Deliver Training One Learner at a Time
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One-to-one training should not be seen as just a low-cost method of training. It is not simply placing an individual alongside a competent worker and expecting competence to develop by observing what is being done or by having...
Evidence-Based Training Methods: Toward a Professional Level of Practice
Ruth Colvin Clark is a specialist in instructional design and technical training with a focus on bridging academic research and practitioner application in instructional methods. She holds a doctorate in the field and is president of her own company,...
Expanding the Role of Succession Planning: Frequent Reorganizations Disrupt Performance at All Levels, and Traditional Succession Planning Alone Does Not Help. Blending Knowledge Management and Leadership Development with Succession Planning Overcomes These Deficiencies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Spurred on by global growth, global competition, and the recent economic crisis, companies are restructuring themselves more frequently and more rapidly. Such frequent dismantling and reassembling of a company's organizational...
Having Their Backs: Improving Managers' Skills in Developing Others: Although the Importance of Developing People Is Growing, Many Managers Lack the Knowledge, Capability, and Organizational Support They Need to Put the Right Pieces in Place
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Developing others is a leadership competency of increasing importance; however, many managers don't really know where to start. The first step in developing others is to put in place an employee development framework that...
Is the Group Activity Food or Poison in a Multicultural Classroom? in a Multicultural Classroom, Many People Believe That Working as a Group or a Small Team Will Encourage Trainees to Help Each Other and Break Their Multicultural Barriers. However, in Many Cases, without Appropriate Facilitation, Group Activities Could Create Even More Segregation and Misunderstanding
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Group activity in a multicultural classroom has been advocated as an effective method for bridging cultural differences and creating a sense of team membership. For example, in the September 1996 T+D article "Making Training...
Moving into a New Frontier: What Is the "New Frontier" for Learning Professionals?
According to members of the ASTD Benchmarking Forum, the new frontier is all about connecting, collaborating, and learning in different ways because of technologies, learning styles, demographics, and economic needs. During the Fall ASTD Benchmarking...
On Their Best Behavior: Workers' Ethical Impulses Prove Strong during the Recession
During a time of salary freezes and other cutbacks, one might suspect that employees are looking for ways to cut corners or seek personal gain at the expense of others, but surprisingly, the opposite is true. Only 8 percent of respondents perceived...
Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act: Is There Hope? the Battle to Reinstate the Momentous Legislation May Be Ongoing, but It Certainly Isn't out of the Question
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To help members and learning professionals stay current on activity at the U.S. federal level, ASTD tracks and reports on legislation and regulations that affect training and workforce development. One of the largest pieces...
Taking Inventory of Myers-Briggs: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Has Long Dominated the Realm of Personality Instruments. but Are History and Precedent Enough for It to Hang onto Its Crown?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From its humble family origins during World War II to its spike in popularity during the 1970s, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has enjoyed a mostly unchallenged place in the sun. Many in learning and development tout...
Taking Training to the EDGE: As the Largest American-Owned Security Officer Services Company, AlliedBarton Security Services Provides High-Quality Security to More Than 3,300 Customers Nationwide, Including Approximately 200 Fortune 500 Companies. Virtually Every Industry and Individual Depends on Security Officers to Ensure Their Overall Safety
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Aware of their sphere of influence, AlliedBarton continually strives to be at the forefront of the security services industry by using the latest technology. In 2009, the company advanced this commitment by partnering with...
Talk Me through It: The Next Level of Performance Management: Performance Management Is a Process, Not an Event. It's Time to Take a New Look at the Broader Context of the Performance Review and the Interaction between Employee and Manager
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For many people, the performance review is one of the most dreaded events of the year. Whether preparing for and giving the review as a manager or steeling oneself to receive it as a performer, the annual review is rarely...
The 9-Vector View of Human Performance: Multidimensional Challenges Require Multidimensional Solutions-A Holistic Approach to Change Management Built on the Foundation of Nine Primary Disciplines
As the federal government seeks to maximize resources amid mounting deficits, organizational change is a top priority. In the private sector, the slow economic recovery is forcing companies to reevaluate their current business practices and explore...
Trickle-Down Engagement: The Effectiveness of Senior Leadership Terms Can Effect Employee Satisfaction within an Organization
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If a company executive makes a careless decision, just how far down the pipeline do the consequences travel? Probably farther than he would like to admit. Employees' opinions of their jobs and their companies are clearly linked...
Under Reaction: Lessons from Ft. Hood: The Violence at Ft. Hood Carried with It Some Valuable Lessons about the Range of Human Responses-over-Reacting, Underreacting, or Maintaining a Balance. but the Fact Remains-When We Detect a Problem, It's Important to Just Do Something
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The massacre at Ft. Hood, in which an Army major killed 13 and wounded 42 military and civilian personnel, raises important questions about a little-examined behavioral problem: underreaction. The media seems mostly focused...
What's Up, What If, and What's Next with HPI? in the June 2000 T+D Article Titled "HPI Soup," Ethan S. Sanders and Julie L. Ruggles Explored the History and Evolution of Human Performance Improvement. the Article Included Views of Noted Theorists and Contributors to the Field, Such as Thomas Gilbert, Joe Harness, Geary Rummler, and Robert Mager
Their soup metaphor was quite appropriate given all the category descriptions, theoretical contributions, published works, and associations among HPI contributors. The soup mix and combination of ingredients is different for every organization. Start...
William J. Rothwell
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WILLIAM J. ROTHWELL President, Rothwell & Associates Inc. Professor of Human Resource Development, Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania Rothwell oversees a human resource development...