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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 7, July

3-2-1 Innovate! the Idea That Innovation Belongs Solely to the Genius-Class Is Dead. with the Right Methodology, Learning Professionals Can Teach Innovation as Effectively as Any Other Skill
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Can learning professionals train people to be innovative? The answer is yes. Innovation has everything to do with something new. In competitive business situations, success often comes to the best innovators. It may seem...
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Anders Gronstedt: President, the Gronstedt Group Inc. Louisville, Colorado
ANDERS GRONSTEDT President, The Gronstedt Group Inc. Louisville, Colorado Anders Gronstedt is an established management consultant and speaker whose global firm specializes in improving frontline performance through the use of customized simulations,...
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Deliver in 2009
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nobody needs to be reminded that the world is much different than it was merely 12 months ago. At Mattel Inc., the impact has been to focus on "deliver"--our watchword for the year--and that means deliver in support of key...
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Driving Business Results with Innovative Learning Practices: With a Continuous Focus on Aligning Learning with Work Demands, Doing More with Less, and Articulating the Value of Learning in Building Organizational Capability, ASTD Benchmarking Forum Members Are Sharing and Comparing Innovative Learning Tools and Technologies to Drive Business Results
To investigate innovation, the ASTD Benchmarking Forum (BMF) used a variety of questions to target thinking and build a framework for learning about innovation. These questions included * What is your organization's definition of innovation? ...
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Dude, How'd I Do? Instant, Anonymous, and Addictive, Social Networking Is Catching on as a Performance Appraisal Tool
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How did I do? It's a common question from Gen Y and younger employees to their bosses and peers. These pragmatic people want feedback on their performance in real time and know how to get it using social networking tools such...
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Entrepreneurial Learning: Secret Ingredient's for Business Success: Entrepreneurs Are Skilled at Using Learning to Achieve Their Goals and Fulfill a Vision. the Common Learning Patterns Seen in Entrepreneurial Business Leaders Can Be Adopted
In 1954, a milkshake machine salesman named Ray Kroc negotiated a deal with the McDonald brothers to take their restaurant concept national. In the first franchise, opened near Kroc's home in Chicago, he and partner Art Jacobs attempted to perfect...
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Flex Training: BB&T Uses Cutting-Edge Learning Management Technology to Bring Agility to Regulatory and Policy Training
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BB&T Corporation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is among the nation's top-performing financial holding companies, with $137 billion in assets. Its bank subsidiaries operate approximately 1,500 financial...
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Intern Premiums Rising
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Once considered an expendable body who makes photocopies and kills time, interns are again emerging as a valuable source of talent for companies that are strapped financially. In the past internships were modeled after...
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Know Your Value in the Marketplace
Regardless of your employment status, it is usually reassuring to know what your dollar value is on the open market. As you search for a new position, internally or externally, it is critical to have an idea of your worth relative to the salary...
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Learning through a Layoff: One Organization Works to Retain and Engage Its Employees Who Survived a Recent Layoff
The following story was described by Duncan Mathison, a San Diego-based employee retention and engagement consultant. client>> A pharmaceutical company funded by venture capitalism, direct development, and preclinical trials problem>>...
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Lessons from the Front Line: Harvesting Tomorrow's Leaders: How Do Line Leaders Grow the Best Talent?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Headlines, such as "The Global Economic Crisis," "Inside the Financial Meltdown," "Housing Market Heads for Bottom," and "No End in Sight for Layoffs," have dominated the news and our psyche lately. For many organizations,...
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Loyalty Is Earned: Our Relationships Equal Our Success. as Managers, Our Success Is Contingent upon Getting the Most out of the People in Our Organizations. despite Its Importance, However, This Concept Is One Management Truth That Is Seldom Taught in Business School
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Therefore, it's little wonder that we do an incredibly poor job of building relationships in our professional lives. Our research finds that only one in 10 managers invests a great deal of time in building relationships with...
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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Road to the Leadership Ranks for Working Women Is Paved with Hidden Potholes
Constantly told to keep their guard up against direct discrimination and the glass ceiling, women in the workplace will need to reassess their fighting tactics. Many obstacles that women face happen much earlier in the career development process and...
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Outside the Box ... for Good
"Innovation is not reinventing the light bulb, but using the light it gives off differently."--one ASTD Benchmarking Forum member's definition of innovation. The word "innovation" is surrounded by a great deal of buzz in today's tough economic climate,...
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Performance Analysis: Getting It Right the First Time: Using Technology to Shift Learning and References Closer to the Work Is Brilliant, except When It Is the Wrong Learning or References. That's True in the Classroom and Online. Employees Reject Programs That Are Extraneous, Bloated, or Obsolete
In the classroom, instructors step up and make fixes when the training is not right. An instructor adds an example to make training more relevant. Another reminds the employee of all that he already knows. Yet another instructor provides an opportunity...
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Roots of Innovation: Contrary to Popular Belief, Innovation Is Not about an Occasional Spark of Brilliance. It's about Identifying with Markets and Customers, and Filling a Need
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Pure Digital released its handheld video camera--the Flip--skeptics believed that the product, with its basic functions and no zoom lens, should instead be named Flop. Yet, the company's founders held firm, convinced...
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Social Networking: A Force for Development? in Today's Economy, Organizations Are Searching Fur Ways to Do More with Less. Combined with the Rapid Pace of Change and Complexity in Organizations, There Is an Increased Need for Just-in-Time Learning Solutions That Cannot Wait for the Discipline and Rigor Required by Traditional Instructional Design
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Social networking can address this issue and support the need for learner involvement by narrowing the gap between learning and application. A learning solution Social networking, the broad term that encompasses wikis,...
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Sustainable Expectations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Corporate social responsibility certainly connotes a feel-good intention, but it also sounds deliberately vague--a catch-all phrase that has enough loopholes for companies to easily slide right through them. in fact, many...
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Teams That Stay, While on the Go: Career Mobility Proves Key to High Retention in Europe
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Allowing employees the ability to work from home or take a coveted assignment abroad seems like a win for the employee and a loss for the company. But in Europe, such flexibility provides a clue to overall productivity measures....
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The Great Skills Chase
Employees today who are not concerned about impending layoffs face a new battle: how to develop job skills and remain valuable members of the workforce when employers fail to deliver sufficient training and support. More than 80 percent of employees...
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The Manic Middle
Thanks to recent downsizing and financial trauma, middle managers find themselves with not just their own job responsibilities but many other employees' job responsibilities as well. Business functions such as training, leadership, and project management...
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The New Finish Line for Learning: The Bar Is Being Raised on Successful Training Delivery, and On-the-Job Performance Improvement Is the Newest Gauge of Effective Learning Transfer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You've just put on a terrific training program. The evaluations are outstanding, participants' comments are supportive, and scores on the post-test prove that a lot of learning took place. You feel great. You and your team...
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The Non-Drowsy Virtual Classroom: As in the Classroom, So Online. Virtual Classrooms Live by Slightly Different Rules, but the Foundation Is Still Facilitating to Ensure Alert and Engaged Learners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We know good facilitation skills: Ask don't tell, and encourage discussion among participants, not just between you and the participants. An instructor needs to play devil's advocate to challenge people's thinking. Yet...
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