Talent Development

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 12, December

Adopting a Research-Centric Approach to Instructional Systems Design: Scientists of Every Ilk Do It, as Do Designers throughout a Variety of Fields. Incorporate Research into Your Learning Design, and Let the Evidence Be Your Guide
We watch how exemplary subject matter experts (SMEs) use gap analysis to do their work better than their average counterparts, to capture in a training curriculum the creme de la creme of how-to. But today's knowledge workers are required to demonstrate...
At a Glance: Learn.com Creates Customized Dashboards to Give KeyBank Visibility into Learning Program Effectiveness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A unit of KeyCorp, KeyBank is a regional bank headquartered in Key Tower within Cleveland, Ohio's Public Square. As of 2007, it is the 16th largest bank in the United States based on total deposits, and the 12th largest by...
Base of Support: Providing Participant Guides for Online Learning
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A queue of PowerPoint slides is not the formula for a successful learner's guide. In the case of online training especially, a great guide is critical to learner engagement. When moving from classroom-based training to...
Because You Can't Learn to Ride a Bicycle from a Book: Thinking about the Design Elements of Serious Games and Simulations Is Not as Complex as You Might Believe
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Educational simulations are a broad genre of immersive learning simulations focused on increasing participants' mastery level in the real world. They differ from computer games in that their goal is not to be fun for participants...
Critical Self-Reflection: A Primer for Leadership Coaches
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For the last 20 years, there has been exponential growth in the number of leadership coaches in corporations and political organizations. The job of leadership coaches is to work with leaders to help them think through leadership...
Daring to Care: Healthcare Organizations Find New Ways to Support Learning and Leaders across Levels, While Keeping an Eye on the Ultimate Goal-High-Quality Care for Every Patient
If the recent debate over fixing the U.S. healthcare system has done anything, it has helped to reveal some of the complexities underlying the delivery of cost-efficient, high-quality, patient-focused care. For learning professionals at hospitals and...
Employee Stagnation Could Lead to Migration: Frustration Contributes to Longing for New Work
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Employees who struggle to feel challenged by their employers with exciting new opportunities for growth and development are poised for departure as the economy rebounds. According to Development Dimensions International...
Four Concepts to Develop Your People
To develop your people to their fullest potential and thereby enhance their performance and maximize your ROI, your strategy must be holistic with a role-specific approach. A tough economy is the best time to develop your people. So what is your...
Future Leaders Expected to Wield Soft Power: The Next Generation of Leaders Will Draw Strength from the Downturn
When it comes to desirable qualities in a leader, fail-safe picks such as integrity and confidence will always make the list. But finding order in the midst of chaos is now also a must in a time of financial turmoil and job uncertainty. What other...
High-Yield Development: Fifth Third Bank Invests in Enhancing Skills and Building Leaders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During 2008 and well into 2009, the banking industry faced a level of public scrutiny not witnessed in recent history. And while economic conditions continue to be challenging, creating an environment in which employees can...
How to Spar like a Champion: There Is No Doubt That the Wrong Phrase during a Key Conversation Can Harm Your Relationships as Well as Your Reputation. Learn to Manage Your Responses during Those Tough Conversations and Come out on Top
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We've all heard Muhammad Ali's line, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," which he used to describe the necessary combination of moves for winning his boxing championships. What I've discovered is that the ability to...
It's Time for an Upgrade: A Distribution Company Learns That Capturing Accurate Employee Performance Starts with Improving Its Performance Management System
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The following story was described by Kellie Pauley, director of client success services for talent and performance management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand. CLIENT>> A United States-based distribution...
John Kotter
John Kotter is an authority on leadership and change. He is the author of 17 books, including international bestseller, Leading Change, as well as Our Iceberg Is Melting, a New York Times bestseller that puts the eight-step process into allegorical...
Leading a Sea Change in Naval Education: T+D Interviews Rear Admiral Gary Jones, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Before retiring in 2009, Rear Admiral Gary Jones directed Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), the Navy's largest shore command that affects the mission of every naval command. During Rear Adm. Jones' tenure he was...
Make Mentoring Work for You: Ten Strategies for Success
Mentoring is an ideal growth and development opportunity for learning professionals at every level, but especially those who are new to an organization, responsibility, or team. Remember that it is far easier to talk about, promote, and support mentoring...
No Networking Allowed: It May Be All the Rage, but for Some Organizations, the Answer Is Still "No."
With greater potential to reach a new audience and promote a better corporate image, social networking web pages seem full of positives for all users. So why are companies restricting employees from visiting these sites? As results of a Robert Half...
Please Boss Me Around: Workers Would Prefer Some More Face Time with Their Direct Managers
Micromanaging may have fallen completely out of fashion, because many employees hardly see their bosses now that a time-consuming recession has hit. According to a recent Leadership IQ study, 66 percent of employees report that they have little to...
The Formula for Performance: Consultants Find Ways to Calculate Success
What is the key to unlocking high performance in organizations? It would be nice if the answer were as direct as a simple algebra equation. Interaction Associates, a leadership consulting agency, may have determined the variables for that equation...
There Is a Lot More to Training Than Training: Training Is Not an Act; It's a Process. Incorporating Every Element of That Process Is Important for Achieving the Results You Need
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Those dedicated to the training function work energetically to help people develop and improve skills for the purpose of optimizing performance. However, no matter how hard anyone works at training, very often, the expectation...
The Silver Lining of 2009
"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." I'm sure a lot of us will feel like Vaughn's "pessimist" on December 31st, when the end of the first decade of the 21st century...
The Web 2.0 Police
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For many companies, incorporating Web 2.0-based initiatives is not without its perils. And while regulation has its place, some learning professionals still agree that the benefits outweigh the risks. There may be a little...
What Do You Know? 2009 Trends in Review: As Learning Professionals, You Are Tasked with Developing and Expanding the Knowledge Base of Entire Organizations. but along the Way, You Probably Learn a Thing or Two Yourself
The last year brought about quite a few bombshells as well as some highly anticipated outcomes throughout the learning industry. The editors of T+D, learning professionals, and a variety of experts in the field compiled some of the most important trends...
When to Lead? When to Manage? Typical Descriptions of Leadership Actually Describe Managership. to Help Put the Confusion to Rest, Managers Must Know Where Leading Stops and Managing Begins
Thus, managers continue to misjudge the distinction between the needs of the organization (requiring managership) and the desires of the people they supervise (requiring leadership). Moreover, managers are made to feel inadequate for not being more...
Working in an Ideal World
A new Randstad Work Watch survey reveals that 83 percent of U.S. adults would not change their personal definition of the perfect job once the economy improves. While the majority wouldn't change their definition, the most important attributes listed...