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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 7, July

Adult Learning Principles to Consider When Using Web 2.0: Knowing What an Adult Learner Needs Is Critical When Using Technology to Gain Information
You announced that your office will begin using a new online application for discussing organizational issues versus shooting out emails. Now, what do you do? [??] What is it? Web 2.0 applications are online web-based programs that enable individuals...
Anticipating Change: A Forward-Thinking Healthcare Company Stays Ahead of the Curve by Managing for Potential Change in the Workplace
The following story was told by Mary Ellen Gornick, senior vice president at Workplace Options, a global provider of employee assistance programs and work-life solutions. CLIENT>> A healthcare company located in the midwestern United States...
Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?
The tough job market is forcing many out-of-work professionals to consider starting their own businesses, but according to Andrew Oman, founder of Olive Tree Network, there are a few very important questions that need to be answered before you leap...
A World of Professional Development Potential: Senior Leaders from across the Globe Are Open to Seizing Career Opportunities That Require Relocation
"Have job, but will relocate" appears to be the mantra for the current crop of business leaders, whose eyes are trained on long-term success. Eighty-two percent of senior leaders around the world are willing to move to a different region, state, or...
Burp, Chatter, Tweet: New Sounds in the Classroom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Classroom decorum has gone the way of the schoolmarm and the dunce cap, and "good riddance," some say. Behavior such as eating in class, arriving late, and challenging the...
Credentials for Success: An Evolution in the IT Industry: In Today's Competitive Market, a Combination of Online Authority and Ongoing Skill Development through Certification Is Necessary to Demonstrate Expertise and Increase Professional Value beyond Formal Education
In the professional world, the perception of an individual's value is traditionally influenced by several factors, including his formal education, certifications, and peer respect. As the Internet becomes the primary tool people use to seek information,...
Culture Vulture: Connecting with the Culture of an Organization Is Just as, If Not More, Vital for Job Satisfaction and Employee Engagement as Making the Big Bucks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I was in my early 20s, I landed what everyone--including me--thought was a dream job: prestigious organization, upmarket central London location, and a great salary. Yet I hated every minute of it. I didn't connect with...
Developing an Innovative Culture: Leadership Development Has Evolved with the Times. Today, Engaging a Workforce and Grooming Young Employees for Future Leadership Positions Requires a Focus on Innovation, Creativity, and Open Communication
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As members of the young and energetic workforce, we are where leaders need to turn for innovation. The entry-level employee to mid-level manager has a need to do work that is meaningful, or at the very least have a say in...
Edward Scannell: Director Center for Professional Development and Training Scottsdale, Arizona
Scannell has a long and distinguished list of accomplishments, including holding several executive positions with organizations including ASTD, the Arizona Speakers Association Meeting Professionals Inter national and the National Speakers Association,...
Invest in Your Best: As Companies Emerge from These Difficult Times, It Is More Important Than Ever to Engage and Motivate Top Performers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 2009 is one year that none of us will ever forget. We all had to shrink to squeeze through the eye of the storm, and we had to learn how to compete in a completely new game. Our competitors, we found, are no longer in our...
ISO Talent: The Uptick in Joblessness Has Not Widened the Pool of Viable Skill Sets for Company Recruiters
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's no stretch of the imagination that the economy has left a staggering number of people unemployed, but some companies may be somewhat delusional about their prospects when it comes to hiring for open positions. In fact,...
Looking Ahead at Social Learning: 10 Predictions: The Last Decade Has Brought a Multitude of Changes in Technology and in the Learning Function. What Will the Next 10 Years Have to Offer?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Come gather 'round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown --Bob Dylan Ten years ago, we had just come out of one of the most costly IT investments of all time--the Y2K scare. Mark...
Managing the Matrix in the New Normal: There's Plenty of Buzz Surrounding the "New Normal." What Does Doing More with Less Mean for How Companies Hold Their Organizations Together?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE GLOBAL RECESSION AND THREAT OF A JOBLESS RECOVERY HAVE CONVERGED WITH DECADE-LONG SEISMIC SHIFTS IN THE WORKPLACE (TABLE I) TO CREATE PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR TODAY'S EMPLOYEES. THESE VOLATILE CHANGES HAVE BEEN DUBBED...
Shifting Away from an Employer's Market
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since the economy went south, the workforce has become an employer's market. With jobs still scarce, businesses do not have to worry as much that employees will look elsewhere if they are not happy. As a result, employers...
Sparked Conversations at ASTD 2010: Global Attendees Found Myriad Products to Help Them Achieve Success in the Workplace More Effectively and Efficiently
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] attendance for the ASTD 2010 Conference and Exposition in Chicago was strong, and many of the discussions in the EXPO centered on mobile learning, social learning, and just-in-time learning. Exhibitors were pleased with the...
The Battle of Falling Engagement: The Latest Engagement Numbers Indicate an Uphill Struggle for Recapturing the Hearts and Minds of U.S. Employees
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although the economy has begun to improve, company loyalty has declined significantly and employees are feeling less engaged than anticipated, according to a national study on employee engagement in the U.S. workforce. ...
The Changing Learning Landscape
"The use of online communities and networks, where employees are encouraged to co-create content, collaborate, share knowledge, and fully participate in their own learning, is helping to create far more enduring learning experiences" --Harold Jarche...
The Power of a Naked Consultant
When it comes to providing service, especially in the world of consulting and workplace training, there is one quality that I believe is more powerful than any other for enabling us to transform the lives of the people we serve. It's not something...
The Rise of Social Media: An ASTD-I4cp Study Makes a Strong Business Case for Using Social Media to Enhance Productivity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is virtually impossible to ignore the potential of social media for any business operation. The main reason for the excitement is the fact that social media is engulfing the population at phenomenal rates. While it took...
To Be Continued: Using Social Media for Training Conversations: Entering the Unchartered Frontier of Social Networking Can Be Unnerving. Follow These Simple Steps to Use Social Media as the Tool to Continue Learning Conversations in Your Organization
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Let's be honest. The days of giving a sheepish grin when someone asks if you're "on Facebook" are long gone. This is a new era, and social media is the new telephone. Like it or not, welcome to the age of cyber communities....
Union-Led Learning: A Success Story for the UK: A Recent Report by the University of Leeds Boasts the Success of Union-Led Learning Efforts in the United Kingdom
There is no one-size-fits-all method for workplace learning. From external consultants and internal learning departments to decentralized training units, the models are plentiful. Many organizations in the United Kingdom have found their learning niche...
Virtual Instructor-Led Training: Powerful, Not PowerPoint: With the Help of Intrepid Learning Solutions, Autodesk Migrated Instructor-Led Product Training to Synchronous, Virtual Training for Hundreds of Geographically Dispersed Learners in a Matter of Weeks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Autodesk has dozens of deeply technical computer-aided design (CAD) products that are sold by partners who are trained on selling the software and supporting end-users. Until a year ago, Autodesk held two annual instructor-led...