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Articles from Vol. 57, No. 5, May

Bad Serv. (the Web Formerly @Work)
Experienced email users know how to keep their on-the-job correspondence suitable for print in the local paper. Unfortunately, the relaxed atmosphere of email mailing lists can seem far removed from the front pages, and professionals are finding out...
Behavioral-Based Training: Improving Relationships through Communication; a Vendor-Provided Case Study. (Suppliers Formerly Supplier Savvy)
Companies want to be the best at making their customers happy. Comprehensive research is conducted to understand a customer's choices, feelings, and behavior. As instrumental as that is to the success of a business, it's like the saying goes, "Our...
By the Numbers
A wake-up call about proving training's worth to his organization set this HR professional on a mission to quantify and measure the impact of diversity on the bottom line. Ed Hubbard's life is all about numbers, big ones and small ones. He has written...
Demystifying Performance: A Roadmap
Here's a straightforward step-by-step approach on how to make the necessary transition from trainer to performance consultant. It will boost your career and improve your organization's bottom line. Part 1 in a two-part series on human performance...
Do You Know? (Intelligence Formerly News You Can Use)
Last week was very humbling for me. I'd recently moved into a new neighborhood, my car was in the shop, and I had to go by public transportation from the suburbs to a conference in D.C. It seemed as if everything was new and I didn't know how to do...
Hold onto the Brick
LEGO--yes, the toys--has brought play and, therefore, engagement to adult learning by way of the imagination of this corporate CEO, professor, and researcher. Remember the Lonely Guy, Bart Victor exhorts trainers and meeting facilitators. It may...
Is the Number of Ideas Finite? Indications Are, Yes! (Concept)
In November 2002, announced the behaviourome, or human mental map, project--a map of ideas--to understand ourselves and whether the number of ideas is finite. A 1994 International Bioethics Survey asked 6000+ people in 10 countries 150 questions...
Maximize Your Memory: Improve Your Memory to Present Better, Work More Efficiently, and Lower Stress. (Development Formerly Your Career)
In your brain are a hundred trillion nerve cells. Neural pathways connect your ears to your left temporal lobe and your eyes to your occipital lobe. From the occipital lobe, stimuli are sent to the hippocampus, where your memories are stored. The hippocampus...
New Guard 2003
It has been a pretty bad year. Wall Street has fallen out of love with corporate e-iearning. All of those leadership flame-outs have thrown doubt on decades of leadership development. And there is the moribund economy...fear of terrorism...the war....
Not Playing It Safe: A Disk Jockey on an E-Learning Team? Why Not? Asks This E-Leader
Some sources state that the average completion rate for online learning is a dismal 7 percent. Marcia Sitcoske has made it her professional mission to increase that rate--nay, to make it shoot through the roof. In her year-long tenure as director...
Reality Check: The New Learner Needs; the Only Way to Survive Is to Deliver What a Client Truly Wants. (Fundamentals Formerly Training)
Clients' needs used to be static and often were centered on quality, service, or price. Now their needs are more demanding and more complex. Speed! Results! Flexibility! Value! These are some of the many cries from stakeholders. Clients still want...
Relevance in a Changing World. (President's Page)
It's true that many of us--no matter where we live or work--are feeling anxious about the uncertain environment. But, tough times call for everyone to take professional inventory. You have to determine how your work is relevant to your organization...
Rising like Phoenix
The bombing of the world trade center destroyed businesses, if not buildings, within its radius. But one has reemerged. As for many entrepreneurs in New York City, the events of September 11, 2001, were devastating for Betty Herard. But the key...
Serving Up Training: Sometimes the Most Effective Training Involves Only a Few Practical Principles
What would the founders of a delicatessen know about training? Quite a lot, apparently, if they're the founders of Zingerman's, an Ann Arbor institution and the flagship of Zingerman's Community of Businesses, or ZCoB--featured on the January cover...
SMED International: Leading the Way in Workplace Productivity. (SMART Technologies Inc.)
Background With clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Bank of America and The Coca-Cola Company, SMED International is a worldwide leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing creative interiors. SMED's 767,000 square-foot office and manufacturing...
The Bird Is the Word: A Fine and Feathered Friend. (Working Formerly Working Life)
Parrots, cockatoos, macaws, and the like have suddenly entered my radar. First, there was "Chico"--a vivid red, turquoise, and yellow working bird in Cozumel, Mexico, I held in my hands while my picture was being taken by his owner. Chico just nestled...
The IRS Goes: The Internal Revenue Service Brings Training into the 21st Century with Enterprise E-Learning
Part 2 in Gold's five-part series on enterprise e-learning. "Basically, I went to conferences, talked to people, did some reading, and got some idea of the best practices," explains Wydeven, e-learning program leader at the IRS. After being asked...
The Next China: Revolution
Given its size, need, technological capacity, and track record of success with improbable scenarios, China could become the global e-learning giant. My keynote address--a look at the future of online performance support--had just ended. As I was...
The Pause That Refreshes
No preconceived notions about how training is done is an advantage of two soft-drink bottlers who decided to enter the learning business. The Brooks family of Holland, Michigan, was involved in the soft-drink business for three generations; Scott,...
Training Sweetens Hershey's Core Strategy
In the midst of management reorganization, some labor unrest, and a potential sale of the company, Hershey foods went ahead and invested not only funds, but also two days of its salespeople's time to attend training. The prognosis was uncertain:...
Using Leadership to Implement Leadership
In this follow-up to "The New Core of Leadership" in T+D's annual Leadership Issue in March, Aldrich goes further--how to turn power, ideas, tension, and other core elements into action, into leadership. Most successful leaders agree that leadership...
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