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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 4, April

2011: The Year of the Media Tablet as a Learning Tool: In an Age of Seemingly Endless Mobile Technology Innovations, It's No Surprise That Media Tablets Are the Next Big On-Demand Learning Craze
There's no denying the imminent explosion of tablet computing as a learning tool. Reports from the 2011 Computer Electronics Show counted 85 iPad challengers, in addition to all of the iPad accessories being touted, including iPad holders, iPad keyboards,...
90,000 Served Hamburger University Turns 50: The Fast-Food Giant Solidifies Its Commitment to Learning, and at 50, Shows No Signs of Slowing Down
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "If we are going to go anywhere, we've got to have talent. And, I'm going to put my money in talent." --Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonald's In 1961, Fred Turner, McDonald's former senior chairman and Ray Kroc's first grill...
A Clear, Elevating Goal: Teams Do Not Come Together by Themselves. They Are Developed around a Common Purpose and Mission
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To build, motivate, and engage your team requires the team members to be as passionate about achieving an objective as you are. Of course, that means you must have a high degree of energy and commitment around what you're...
Better, Smarter, Faster: Web 3.0 and the Future of Learning: How Are the Semantic Web, Mobile Web, and the Immersive Internet Changing the Way We Learn and Deliver Learning?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "In the Semantic Web, content will find you--rather than actively seeking it, your activities and interests will determine what finds you, and it will be delivered how you want it and to your preferred channel. The Semantic...
Big Boss, Small Store: Cultivating Effective Leadership in Small to Midsized Companies: Regardless of Size, No Company Can Risk Putting High Potentials into High-Level Positions without Spurring Growth Via a Balanced Leadership Development Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most of the literature and examples of "best practices" for developing a company's next generation of leaders cite the efforts of large companies, with GE being the most common example of excellent practice and results in...
Changing Leadership: Check the Temperature and Pulse of Your Team: As the World Gradually Moves into Economic Recovery, It Will Behoove Leaders to Recall Lessons from the Past Years' Turmoil, and to Make Personal, Organizational, and Team Changes That Drive Future Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As far as painful memories are concerned, most of the extremely difficult decisions we as leaders had to make after the Fall of 2008 will remain with us forever. The world was changing, and we had to change to stay afloat....
Defining Employee Success: For a Rapidly Expanding Business, Growth Must Be Managed for Optimum Employee Performance and Market Profitability
The following story was shared by Elise Bouchner, managing partner at leadership development consultancy Excelerant. CLIENT ** A family-owned plumbing, heating, and air conditioning supplier PROBLEM ** The company had a 75-year history...
Easing into a New Job Isn't Easy
"The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation, and supervision." --Bruce Barton, U.S. Congressman The unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent in February and has fallen a full percentage...
Employees Are Moving on in 2011: Despite Popular Disapproval of Current Government Policies in Place to Improve Today's Job Market, the Number of Americans Looking for a New Job in 2011 Is on the Rise
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to "Adecco's 2011 Workplace Outlook Study," 98 percent of Americans feel that current federal policies in effect to encourage businesses to hire are not working; yet 28 percent of Americans are starting a new job...
Employees Skeptical of Change Efforts Look to Influential Peers: Senior Leaders Worldwide Aren't Getting the Employee Support They Need for Change Initiatives
Employees in the United States and abroad are skeptical of corporate change efforts and are reluctant to give senior leaders buy-in, according to a recent survey on global change management practices. "We found that four out of five initiatives...
Etienne Wenger
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Etienne Wenger is a pioneer, thought leader, and consultant in the social learning theory of communities of practice. Early in his career, Wenger helped shape the field of artificial intelligence as it applied to education....
From Boots to Briefcase: Conquering the 18-Month Churn: Making the Transition from Military Service to Civilian Employment Can Be a Harrowing Journey for Veterans. Learning Teams Are Central to Helping These New Hires Find Success
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A few years ago, a growing manufacturing company began to think about military veterans as a pipeline for leadership talent. The company's president, Jack, was himself a retired military officer and thought highly of job candidates...
Honoring Don Kirkpatrick
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With 2011 marking Don Kirkpatrick's final year of regular speaking engagements, ASTD would like to recognize his tremendous contributions to the learning and development field. Don holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the...
Improvisation: A Radical New Way to Train: Odds Are, You Are Already an Improv Expert, and You Don't Even Know It. Sharpen Your Skills the Way Troupes Do, and Transform the Effectiveness of Your Teams
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a lifetime of conversation."--Plato The economic downturn. Increased competition. Twitter. There has never been a more important time for you to be able to manage...
It's Time for a Leadership (R)Evolution: With the Great Recession Moving into the Rearview, It's Time for Organizations to Re-Evaluate and Revolutionize the Way Their Leaders Are Being Developed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Surgeons underwent years of training to learn their important trade, as did pilots, engineers, and lawyers. But the profession of leadership is an important one too, and it's often assumed without any training at all. Today's...
Learning Now: Five Digital Strategies to Bring Learning into 2011
Are some of your ongoing learning efforts still living in 2001? If you think social media or simulations are too lofty or not practical enough, it might be time to think again. See what other companies are doing right now. Virtual learning environments....
Searching for Innovation Overseas: For U.S. Companies, a Shortage of Domestic Talent Trumps Cost Cutting as the Prima Reason to Launch Operations Offshore
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fifty-four percent of global companies engaged in offshoring expect to expand their offshoring initiatives during the next three years, according to a study on corporations' offshoring trends by the Offshoring Research Network...
Shut Up and Teach! Training Is More Than Talking. Instructors Can Harvest Rewarding Knowledge and Experiences by Listening to Their Adult Learners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Put down the laser pointer. Turn off the projector. Sit down, shut up, and listen. That's not exactly how we are taught to be good trainers, but most of us need to do more of just that. While much has been written about how...
Social Networks Enhance Employee Learning: Employers Are Embracing Informal Learning as a Valuable Training Tool and Social Networks as a Way to Support Learning Efforts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite doubts about security and information quality, many companies now view social media as a good way to enhance valuable informal learning efforts, according to a new survey by the CARA Group, which specializes in custom...
What Makes Tyson's High-Potential Leadership Program Critical to Company Success?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE COMPANY: Tyson Foods MORE/ www.tyson.com THE SUPPLIER: SVI More/ www.sviworld.com Like most Fortune 500 companies, Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest protein providers, is not immune to global economic...