Talent Development

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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 2, February

A Better Support Group: One Healthcare Organization Learns That the Best Way to Get Employees Involved in Communities of Practice Is through One-to-One Support and Formal Training
The following story was told by Nicole Carter, director of learning and development at Signature HealthCARE. CLIENT Signature HealthCARE OPPORTUNITY As the only people in their roles at each Signature facility, employees in certain functions,...
A Healthy Culture: One Hospital's Nursing Department Attempts to Change Its Toxic Culture through Confidential Interviews and Focus Groups
We need look no further than the daily newspaper to see the powerful impact that a toxic culture can have on an organization's vitality and performance. In 2015, we witnessed the emissions scandal that unfolded at Volkswagen and got a glimpse into...
Be Afraid, Be Uber-Afraid
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Getting Uber-ized" or "Having Uber syndrome." That, according to a new survey from IBM, is many executives' greatest fear. It's also known as disruptive innovation--when a digital startup turns an entire industry on its head,...
Break Your Ground with HITT: HITT Contracting's Hands-On Training Is at the Heart of Instruction for Interns and New Employees Entering the Construction Industry
Long hours, hazardous worksites, intense clients, and stressful schedules-these are not exactly great selling points for making construction a top career choice among Millennials. The industry as a whole is struggling with trying to entice more people...
Building for the Future: A Construction Industry Success Story Built on Talent Development
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HITT Contracting is a third-generation, 79-year-old, family-owned, commercial contracting company-one of the largest general contractors in the United States, with offices along the East Coast and in Denver. Named a top workplace...
Climbing the Healthcare Summit: A Long-Term Strategic Plan Comes to Fruition to the Benefit of Employees, Patients, and the Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When a health system spans 16 counties across North Texas, it is imperative to find a way to unify employees across the organization. Texas Health Resources has accomplished this by creating the THR Promise: Individuals Caring...
Ethan Lin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ETHAN LIN TITLE Vice President of Growth, EdFuel; Director of Operations, ZeeMee COMPANY EdFuel and ZeeMee LOCATION Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California EDUCATION University of North Carolina at Chapel...
HipChat
With the explosion of apps that make project work easy and instantaneous, email has really been getting the runaround these days. You may be ready to ditch email, but which project app is best for your organization? HipChat--which allows for group...
It's Time for a New Type of Smile Sheet: Traditional Smile Sheets Are Ubiquitous, but Do They Really Give Us the Feedback We Need?
Smile sheets are everywhere. In our classrooms. In our e-learning. In our conference sessions. And yet, nobody seems to trust them even though we've been using smile sheets the same way since Plato handed Aristotle a smile sheet back in 333 BC (date...
Julie Dirksen
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Julie Dirksen Instructional Designer and Author Minneapolis, Minnesota Julie Dirksen built her career around a love of learning. The instructional designer and author of Design for How People Learn (with the second...
Learn Today; Be Prepared for Tomorrow: Many Learning Professionals Admit Their Functions Aren't Ready to Meet Learners' Future Needs
Most organizational learning functions aren't equipped to meet the needs of tomorrow's learners, and they are not actively preparing for the future. Those are among the key findings of the Association for Talent Development and the Institute for...
Paint a Picture of Possibility: Developing a Meaningful Organizational Vision Can Be Done in Five Steps
As a professional jazz musician, I've always been intrigued by the notion of artistic vision. Miles Davis had a vision-a clear, resolute conception-of how he wanted his music to sound at each stage of his mercurial career. John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"...
Perspective-Taking Skills for a Multigenerational Workforce: Quell Misunderstandings by Learning to Consider the Other Person's Point of View
Imagine that two employees in your company, a Baby Boomer and a young Millennial, are working together on a project. Let's call the Boomer "Jim" and the Millennial "Emily." Their project meetings have not been going well. Jim dislikes that Emily uses...
"Phony" It In
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] February is one of the most popular months for employees to call in sick. Given the harsh winter weather in many regions, it's not hard to believe that employees have been stricken by colds, the flu, or nasty sinus infections....
Principles of Evaluating Nursing Competence: Lives Are at Stake If Nurses' Competencies Aren't Validated
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the healthcare sector, measuring and validating nursing competence can help ensure the delivery of safe, evidence-based, high-quality care for patients. The complexity of the healthcare environment means that nurses must...
Raising the Torch: Illuminate: Ignite Change through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols
Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols By Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez Portfolio, 336 pp., $32 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The rate of change in business today happens so quickly that you can no longer...
Take Your Design Skills to New Heights
The practice of professional instructional design is at times a challenging and all-consuming occupation. Even seasoned senior designers hit roadblocks that seemingly come out of nowhere. And if that is not enough, the profession is constantly becoming...
The Core Components of Talent Development
As I peruse this issue of TD, I see features covering a variety of topics that are front and center with today's talent development professionals. The cover articles highlight HITT, a contracting company that values training and employee development....
Welcome Generation Z to Work
Tired of hearing about Millennials? Ready to start thinking about their little brothers and sisters? According to consulting firm Robert Half, Generation Z (individuals born between 1990 and 1999) will make up more than 20 percent of the workforce...
What Is xAPI? for a Practical Explanation of This New Learning Technology Specification, Look No Further
Think about all the ways that your learners acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities. They attend classes, take e-learning courses, practice, read books, talk with mentors, practice, troubleshoot their errors with experienced peers, share information...
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