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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 5, May

Answering for Bias in the Workplace: Research on Ethnicity and Perceptions of Contribution Reveal Some Key Requirements for Overcoming Bias
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Demographic variables of race and ethnicity affect perceptions of contribution and inherent value of direct reports or individual contributors by managers in the workplace, according to a report by global talent research firm...
Brain Break: Understanding the Influence of Brain Functions on Organizational Effectiveness: Employee Efficiency Is Improved When the Brain Has Ample Opportunities to Recharge, Defrag, and Take a Break from an Ever-Increasing Workload
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today's methods of conducting business impede employee productivity. Many organizations operate with incredibly high expectations for creating quality deliverables in an unreasonably short period of time. Employees are expected,...
Business Networking Can Be Taught: Building a Healthy Business Network Is a Necessary and Thoroughly Trainable Skill for the New Millennium
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For years, people in business bragged about the size of their rolodexes, which contained the names and vital information about people who could provide business-related information and share business contacts--the crucial...
Career Pipeline Bears Pipe Dreams for Women: Unfortunately, Feminists Need Not Celebrate Just Yet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Talk of the glass ceiling being shattered may still be premature as many career-driven women are still marginalized within the workforce. Even after taking into account years of experience, industry, and global region, women...
Don't Discount the Motivating Power of the Underdog: Members of a Group or Team Are Actually Motivated to Work Harder When Pitted against Lower Status Groups as Compared to Higher Status Groups
When comparing two star employees up for the same promotion, it's commonly assumed that the lower-ranked one might have more intrinsic incentive to take down the higher-ranked one. Actually, the opposite is true, according to a recent study conducted...
Focus on Training in Washington: In an Economic Environment That Has Left So Many without Work Options, One-Stop Career Centers Offer Training and Employment Resources for All
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With unemployment in the United States hovering at the 10 percent mark and "real" unemployment projected to be almost 18 percent, the public workforce system has been very busy helping millions of citizens develop their skills,...
How the Brain Learns
Everywhere you look today, you find articles about the brain--from the benefits of a midday nap to the advantages of doing brain exercises to ward off Alzheimer's disease. But how does this complex organ affect workplace productivity and learning?...
Maintenance: The Forgotten Step: This Simple but Often Forgotten Step in the Development Process Can Maximize the Course Shelf Life of Your E-Learning Programs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At a recent meeting, the director of training operations at a global biopharmaceutical company was asked a fairly simple and straightforward question: "What keeps you awake at night?" After thinking about it for a moment,...
Managers: The Forgotten Training Partner
As I think back over my more than 30 years in training and development, a lot has changed, and a lot of really positive things remain the same. But one thing hasn't budged--how the trainee's manager fits into the picture. Here's a typical scenario:...
Marilee Adams
Founder and president Inquiry Institute Lambertville, New Jersey Adams is the bestselling author of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 7 Powerful Tools for Life and Work, which highlights the Question Thinking methodologies, of which...
MBTI Builds Understanding
I am writing in response to the February 2010 article titled "Using Myers-Briggs Personality Type to Create a Culture Adapted to the New Century." I have been a member of ASTD for a long time, but this is my first time to comment on an article. My...
Military Goes to War for Endangered Species to Protect Training: The Military Has Come to Realize That Helping Endangered Species Thrive Means Fewer Restrictions on Training Exercises
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The red-cockaded woodpecker has found an unusual ally in the U.S. Army. The endangered bird, which likes the pine woods of Fort Stewart, Georgia, for nesting and breeding, has become a beneficiary of the post's $3 million...
Mojo for Learning Professionals: Finding Happiness and Meaning on the Job-And in the Job-Is Not Just about the Individual. Get Your Mojo Working, and It Can Affect the Entire Organization
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I operationally define Mojo as "that positive spirit--toward what we are doing now--that starts on the inside and radiates to the outside." We experience Mojo when we engage in activities that simultaneously provide us...
Ready or Not? Whether We like It or Not, Whether We Use It or Not, Social Media Is Changing the Way We Work
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] George Orwell was dead wrong. Big Brother is not watching us as much as we are watching each other. Not only are more people using social media tools more often to communicate and collaborate, but their use is changing us....
Sales Coaching across Cultures: A Group of Sales Managers Learns That When It Comes to Coaching Their Employees, Telling Ain't Training
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The following story was told by Tara Jones, account director at Lane4 Management, a consultancy specializing in organizational performance, leadership development, and executive coaching. CLIENT>> A global digital...
Shooting Web Video for Training: Video Content Not Only Helps People Learn; It Saves Resources and Puts Learning Just a Click Away for Global Organizations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As video cameras become more affordable and easier to use, more trainers are looking to add video production skills to their professional toolkits. They are focusing on producing what I call didactic video--that is, video...
Speaking Up: 10 Tips for Making a C-Level Presentation: What Do Bungee Jumping and Presenting to C-Level Executives Have in Common? Both Typically Strike Fear into the Hearts of the People Daring to Attempt Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Presentations to C-level executives are renowned for their high visibility, reputation to make or break a career, and ability to create nerve-wracking anticipation. Executive-suite audiences have a short attention span, a...
Sustaining Organizational Learning: The Stock Market May Be Up, but Learning Departments Are Not out of the Woods Yet
It's a painful fact that today's economic distress puts pressure on continuing organizational learning. Cutting learning expenses is easy, produces almost instant savings, and has few short-term negative effects. Learning budgets are almost always...
Value over Profit: Customer Service Models in the Training Unit
TRAINING UNITS CAN TAKE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO UNCOVER THE KINDS OF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES ITS LEARNERS WANT AND EXPECT. Training professionals, particularly those employed in training units of larger organizations, are subject to the customer service...
Whole Brain Thinking: Ignore It at Your Peril
Whole brain thinking has everything to do with employee performance. Think about how your customers' brains learn when designing learning and performance programs. Thirty years ago, a high-potential manager in a training class at General Electric's...