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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 9, September

Advancing the Shared Services Journey through Training: At Many Large, Multilocation, and Global Organizations, Shared Services Is Growing Fast, and Training Is an Important Success Factor for Achieving Organizational Goals
Shared services, an organizational structure that consolidates delivery of one or more support functions, is designed to achieve cost reductions, economies of scale, and improved service. At many large, multilocation, and global organizations, shared...
Are You Ready to Go Global?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Global Mindset Institute, aligned with the Thunderbird School of Global Marketing, has created an Internet-based assessment tool that helps employees succeed in global environments. The Global Mindset Inventory, according...
A Top 10 List of Resources to Launch Your Career: The Key to Success in a Job Search and in Making an Intelligent Decision about Possible Career Paths Is to Use All the Resources at Your Disposal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You're completing your degree and contemplating what your next steps will be. With all the knowledge and skills you've developed through your studies and internships or work experiences, you're full of enthusiasm and ready...
Creating a Culture of Motivation
With no end in sight, the "jobless recovery" of 2011 means that managers everywhere are facing ambitious productivity demands with the leanest teams in decades. Motivating people is a perennial management challenge, but in times like these it's up...
Culturally Canny: A Large Auto Manufacturer Teaches Its Diverse Workforce to Value Each Other's Differences
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The following story was told by Mary Beauregard, intercultural consultant for Global LT. CLIENT>> A large Japanese auto manufacturer with more than 10,000 employees and several locations in the United States ...
Emotional Intelligence: Can It Be Taught? Research Shows That Training for Emotional Intelligence Is Not Only Possible, but Can Be Very Effective When You Consider Each of Its Dimensions in the Design
Emotional intelligence (EI) has generated a great deal of attention in recent years. Many researchers and practitioners feel that EI supersedes other forms of intelligence in determining success or failure in jobs requiring high levels of interaction...
Focus on Results: Donnee Ramelli Swears by Quick, Results-Focused Action Learning ... and Thinks You Should, Too
Q At what point in your career path did you first become interested in the learning and development profession? Since then, how has your career evolved? A My professional interest can be traced to my wife--a great teacher and my favorite expert...
Great Recession Leaves Recent Grads Feeling Unprepared and Pessimistic: The Sputtering Economy Has Left Recent College Graduates Doubtful about Future Financial and Career Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With graduation behind them, most new professionals look forward to starting their careers on an optimistic note. Not so for those who graduated during the Great Recession, according to Rutgers University's Heldrich Center...
Green Jobs Gaining Ground: Jobs for the Future Expands Green Sector Training for Workers in Seven Major U.S. Cities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Funded by an $8 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant, Jobs for the Future (JFF)--a not-for-profit education and workforce development organization--will provide resources to train green industry workers in Boston,...
Jay Cross: Chair, Internet Time Alliance Berkeley, California
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jay Cross is a champion of informal learning, working smarter, and systems thinking. His calling is to help business people improve their performance on the job and satisfaction in life. Known as the first person to use...
Proof Is in the Performance: For Learning to Stick, Training Needs to Be Designed to Give Employees a Chance to Practice Concepts Directly Related to Their Jobs
How much of what employees learn do they actually apply on the job? About 25 percent, according to two out of three learning professionals who participated in a recent ESI International study on learning transfer. And what evidence do they have that...
Soft Skills Are Must-Haves in Future Workplace
Soft skills--such as social intelligence, collaboration, communication, listening, and novel and adaptive thinking--are critical skills that employees will need to find success in the workplace, according to a study by the University of Phoenix Research...
Training for Agility: Building the Skills Employees Need to Zig and Zag
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With the pace of change increasing and with no end in sight, teams and organizations need to learn how to work nimbly on a daily basis. Agility is not simply a state of mind; it is a way of working. Learning professionals...
Transforming HRD into an Economic Value Add: A Transformation Is Taking Place in Human Resource Development (HRD). It Is Moving from Being Managed as a Cost Center to Being Used as a Source of Competitive Advantage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How much economic value does your HRD function generate for your organization? If you do not know the answer, here's help to determine whether you are a cost center or an economic value add (Eva), as well as what you can do...
Up Is Not the Only Way ... Really! Job Opportunity: Slow Growing Organization with Limited Opportunities Seeks Hard Working, Brights, and Creative Professionals. Potential for Growth in Current Job
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Would you be enticed to apply to this job posting? Would this opportunity be attractive to the employees in your organization? This posting does imply a huge truth: promotions are in short supply in most organizations today....
What's Next for the LMS? A Recent Study Gauges the Industry's Thoughts on Learning Management Systems
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Enthusiasm about the learning management system (LMS) has mostly died since its heyday decades ago. So what do learning professionals think about the LMS in 2011, and what does the future hold? Human performance software and...
Why Innovation? Why Now? to Remain Competitive, Even Today's Leading Companies Find That They Need to Continuously Innovate to Ensure Long-Term Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A young man we know recently made a career move some would find unthinkable. He left a software engineering job at Google to go to work for a little-known startup with few perks and no charisma to speak of. Among his reasons...
Your Best Foot Forward: Image in the Workplace: Personal and Professional Image Can Make or Break Your Employees' Careers-And How Your Organization Is Perceived
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Picture this: The CEO is presenting her new ideas for the next quarter. You notice your co-worker texting and checking email. Another coworker, dressed in rumpled jeans and a t-shirt, yawns. After the meeting, your manager...