Magazine article Talent Development

New Name, Same High Standards

Magazine article Talent Development

New Name, Same High Standards

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Did you notice that T+D has a new name: TD (Talent Development)? Although the logo and name has changed to reflect the new name of the association, what hasn't changed is our commitment to bringing you world-class content that will provide useful, how-to information on current best practices, share new technologies and their applications, and report emerging trends.

This month we're addressing how to spice up basic skills training. Is your basic skills training program boring or hard to sell to employees? Foundational skills-such as active listening, conflict resolution, and communication-are critical to the success of an organization, so how do trainers develop a program to boost these skills?

The cover story on page 34 highlights how gamification techniques can turn "boring" programs into fun ways to learn basic job skills. "With the inclusion of fun game elements, incentives to motivate, and techniques based on solid scientific research, basic skills training can be a welcome addition to your employee learning program," writes author Carol Leaman.

According to her, "existing training content can be adapted to a gamified environment to make it fresh, inspiring, and enjoyable by using a wide variety of game elements and techniques based on brain science research. …

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