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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 3, March

A Hunger for Continuous Learning: Diana Thomas Discusses Her Career at McDonald's USA, Where She Has Richly Learned, Grown, and Succeeded-While Helping Many Others to Do the Same
Q You began your career with McDonald's more than 30 years ago. Please explain your career path within the company. A I started my career as a restaurant crew member in the Baltimore area. From there I moved into restaurant management roles while...
Alternative Workplace Programs Are on the Rise: Organizations Adopting Alternative Work Arrangements Are Finding They Not Only Can Reduce Costs but Can Drive Employee Engagement as Well
Mobile work, hoteling, and telecommuting are on the rise at a growing number of companies, and employees are initiating and working out the "informal" arrangements, according to the 2011 Benchmarking Study by New Ways of Working (WOW), a research consortium...
Are You Ready Agile for Learning Design?
It was a crisp fall afternoon and everyone at IBM in Atlanta was getting ready for a busy fourth quarter. Our learning design team was listening to Duke, our program's key stakeholder, on the speakerphone. He needed us to develop an instructional program...
ASTD Is Changing the Way We Serve the Learning Profession
During the past 18 months the staff at national ASTD have been restructuring our organization to lay the groundwork for a new way of serving our members and the broader community of work-place learning professionals. I'm excited to share with you what...
Creating Videos for Learning: Producing Didactic Video Is a Skill That Will Be as Important as Designing Workbooks That Aid Learning. Here Are Expert Tips on Making a Great Learning Video
Shooting video is easy, right? Find a subject matter expert, turn the camera on, and press record. If only it was. Like any form of effective communication, good video that is both easy to understand and remember takes time and skill to craft. [ILLUSTRATION...
Crowdsource: Your Next Program Design an Innovative New Approach to Creating a Compelling Learning Design Is a Delicate Balance of Collaboration and Competition
Facing the impact of the recession and a charge to empower leaders to act "as one," thus more effectively galvanizing their people to work together, a Deloitte talent development team was challenged to question its approach to learning design. Through...
Focusing on Talent Trends: Executives Consider Which Leadership Development Strategies Will Work Best for Today's Uncertain Talent Market
Looking to the future of leadership, many executives are predicting leader-ship shortages, prompting the need for accelerated leadership development, more tailored development programs, and new sources of growth. In response to these needs, Deloitte...
From Pie in the Sky to the Palm of Your Hand: The Proliferation of Devices Spurs More Mobile Learning: Not Long Ago, Mobile Learning Was More Fiction Than Fact, but Now That More People Access the Internet and Connect to One Another with a Mobile Device Than with a Computer, M-Learning Is Fast Becoming the Norm
One of the more entertaining aspects of social technology is the constant speculation about its future. Here's my current favorite, from Project Xanadu founder Ted Nelson: "Facebook will team up with the Library of Congress to bring real-time history...
From Traditional Instruction to Instructional Design 2.0
We're working in a wonderful era of easy-to-use, readily available social media technologies ideally suited to learning and instruction. These tools--blogs, wikis, social networking sites, microblog sites, video sites, and more--provide wonderful,...
Improve Employee Leadership with Ideas Borrowed from the Military: As Business Leaders Seek to Create Leadership Development Programs in House, They Should Look to the U.S. Military for Inspiration
The U.S. military is renowned for the resources it devotes to the development of its members. That the military is able to create a constant stream of qualified and successful leaders shows that when it comes to leadership development programs (LDPs),...
Innovation-Driven Leadership: Riding out the Economic Recession of the Past Few Years, Many Organizations Put the Brakes on Aggressive Growth Targets, Vigilantly Watched Costs, and Slashed Spending on Research and Development. in Such a Conservative Environment, Innovation-And the Risks That Went with It-Moved to the Back Burner
But as the global economy has tentatively returned to health, organizations are realizing that not innovating is a risk they simply can't take. They no longer can rely on the products and processes that have served them well in the past to navigate...
It's a Millennial Thing: That Star Millennial Is Moving Up the Ladder, So You Better Learn How to Adapt to Your New, Younger Boss's Style
One of the common issues I experience when working with clients, who are primarily Baby Boomers or Generation X'ers, involves Generation Y entering the workplace. When I meet with them to discuss organizational challenges, it almost always begins with...
Ken Blanchard: Co-Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer the Ken Blanchard Companies San Diego
Ken Blanchard is the co-founder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and con sulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego. Blanchard's books, including the...
Ladder Not Required: A Global Healthcare Solutions Firm Learns That Career Development Does Not Equate a Vertical Climb
The following story was shared by Lynn Gauthier, vice president of HR at Philips Healthcare, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics Business Group. CLIENT Philips, a global medical device and medical information technology business PROBLEM...
Learn to Get What You Want: Each of Us Has a Negotiating Style. Is Yours Working for You? Use These Tips to Make the Most of Your Style and Get What You Deserve
An HR manager complained that, despite a 50 percent turn-over record, her boss was unwilling to invest in orientation training to help her new hires fast-track their learning and comfort on the manufacturing floor. She was frustrated with his shortsightedness...
Targeted Training for America's Less-Skilled Workers: Two Policy Proposals by the Hamilton Project Provide New Opportunities for Disadvantaged U.S. Workers
In January, U.S. unemployment dropped to 8.5 percent, its lowest rate in nearly two years. Payroll employment increased by 200,000 jobs at the end of 2011 and by an average of 137,000 jobs from October to December, according to The Hamilton Project...
The Slippery Slope: Darnell Lattal, CEO and President of Aubrey Daniels International, Behavioral Science Expert, and Author of Ethics at Work, Discusses Workplace Ethics
Q Why is ethics in the workplace such a hot topic currently? A First, the downturn in the market can certainly be, in the eyes of the American worker, laid at the feet of greed and deceit. Additional reasons for a growing discussion around workplace...
The Trust Differentiator: Recent Research Shows That Stand-Out Companies Invest in Building a Positive Workplace
Happy employees cost less--so much so, in fact, that leading companies from around the world are found to significantly invest in their culture and working environment, even during times of economic belt-tightening. The return-on-investment of a...
Transform Managers into Coaches: Five Steps for Coaching Success: Get Back to the Basics, and Train Your Managers to Be Effective Coaches in the Workplace
"Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can't teach and you can't motivate, you can't lead." --John Wooden, Sports Il-lustrated Coach of the 20th...
What Leaders Need to Do
The theme of this month's issue is leadership development, but instead of focusing solely on developing leaders, the articles in this issue highlight what leaders need to do to make innovation flourish in the workplace and the competencies they need...
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