Training & Development

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 11, November

Catalysts for Career Development: Four Case Studies
Effective career development systems don't materialize--they evolve. One thoughtfully planned initiative can spark, enhance, or refine other efforts. That's what synergism is all about: capitalizing on disparate strengths to heighten their overall effect....
Exercises for Bringing Head and Heart Together
In some business circles, any talk of vision and intuition is dismissed as New Age mumbo-jumbo. But vision and intuition can be legitimate business tools--especially for executives, who often must base far-reaching decisions on incomplete information....
Laying Your Crisis on the Table
An explosion and fire at one of your firm's plants has killed and injured workers and contractors and shut down your operations. The explosion also released a toxic chemical, endangering a nearby town and forcing an evacuation. Information at this point...
Nightmare on HRD Street
YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES. IN THE TRAINER'S NIGHTMARE, YOU'RE STANDING IN FRONT OF A GROUP AND YOU HAVEN'T ANY IDEA WHO THE GROUP MEMBERS ARE OR WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. FORTUNATELY, IT'S ONLY A DREAM. OR IS IT? You're peacefully tucked in for a good...
Planning Successfully for Succession Planning
TURN YOUR COMPANY'S SUCCESSION PLAN FROM A "FIRE DRILL" INTO A LIVING DOCUMENT. Does the following scenario sound like your company's succession-planning process? Once a year, the human resource department gears up to produce organization charts and...
Put Training Where It Belongs
Many trainers have to make considerable efforts to market training in their own organizations. One reason is that the training function usually is in the wrong part of the organizational structure. In each organization, the training function needs to...
Toward a Bias-Free Workplace
ONE WAY TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH AND WHERE BIAS EXISTS IN AN ORGANIZATION IS TO CONDUCT A BIAS AUDIT. HERE ARE SOME CRITICAL QUESTIONS TO ASK. In the past, corporate America has been populated mainly by "corporate cultural natives"--white, Anglo-Saxon,...
Tried and True Performance Analysis
A RESEARCH STUDY DESIGNED A NEW MODEL FOR ANALYZING A COMPANY'S TRAINING NEEDS--AND THEN TESTED THAT MODEL IN AN ACTUAL ORGANIZATION. THE RESULT IS AN EFFECTIVE THREE-PHASE PROCESS FOR DETERMINING AND ADDRESSING PERFORMANCE NEEDS. In their new roles...
When Careers Flower, Organizations Flourish
IN TODAY'S COMPETITIVE CLIMATE, INTEGRATED CAREER DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS. Far-reaching economic and societal changes are transforming the developmental needs of people and organizations. Ongoing organizational...

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