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3 Career ‘Must Do’ Resolutions!

Yup, another year over and the pressure of another year is upon us. To be honest, ringing in a new year is exciting but at the same time extremely intimidating.

Recently, on my regular radio workplace segment on CJAD800 Radio, my friend, journalist and talk-show host James Mennie (Twitter @jamesmennie) asked an interesting question. He asked, “Should you only develop your career skills and marketability to find a new job?” Regretfully, many people believe this and only act when they need or want to find a new job. Too many people polish themselves up when they are seeking a new job and coast in their current job.

The reality is that it really doesn’t matter whether you are starting your career or seeking career mobility the pressure is on to be better, smarter, and current on just about everything about your career and to be career marketable.

So, here are some of what I believe to be the most relevant ‘Must Do’ items for your career and professional development growth.

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Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference 2014

UPCOMING CONFERENCES 2014

Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference 2014 Chicago Sept 21-22, 2014

Venue: McCormick Place South
Room: S103D
Training efforts are often viewed by management as a line expense for a specific period. Rarely is any type of training activity considered an investment apart from specific tangible elements. eLearning initiatives, however, are considered investments since they require tangible financial requirements including technology and supporting infrastructure viewed as “capital expenditures.” Learn about financial literacy tools used to build a comprehensive financial structure to support your eLearning projects and to gain senior management buy-in. Learn to:

  • Apply financial tools to build an effective case for elearning.
  • Communicate elearning expectations into tangible business results.
Ajay Pangarkar, Performance Strategist, Author, CentralKnowledge Inc.

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Slaying the “Elephant” in the Training Room

Stop Wasting Your Organization’s Money If You’re Not Delivering Learning

ElephantThe past few months have been a whirlwind for us speaking at one conference after another….and it’s starting again. It is truly a privilege to speak at these excellent learning and performance conferences. What is disappointing, however, is the lack of learning that actually takes place both from the participants and from the many conference speakers.

Yes, we want to address the “elephant in the training room”. We’re going to state what many Learning professionals and leaders are thinking (and afraid to say aloud). From our vantage point as conference speakers’ there are two significant concerns. First, participants look as if they are always seeking a “quick fix” rather than a sustainable solution. This is very disconcerting since workplace learning efforts are a process not a “fix”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get on the RADAR! Gaining Buy-in for E/M-Learning

The challenge for many workplace learning professionals is their ability, or more the inability, to get their leadership to recognize the importance and relevance of significant learning initiatives. If you are frustrated not gaining the attention you believe your initiatives deserve you are not alone. Through this tip, you will get on, what I refer to, management’s RADAR.

First, you need to look to MINIMIZE the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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Identifying Learning Opportunities Through Financial Analysis

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(Article initially published through ASTD Links Newsletter January 2013)

Underlying every business concern is a fundamental question all leaders ask, “What do we need to do better?” Ultimately, corporate survival depends on how well they can answer this question. At first glance this appears as a non-threatening question but it is a challenge to answer properly. If you don’t believe me, try providing a concise answer. Not so easy, right?

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A Learning Professional’s Self-Reflection…

insightIn a recent interview an industry-reporter recently asked me a couple of interesting questions that I thought I would share with you. The questions asked to me were, “What else would you do if you weren’t involved with learning? What would you improve about yourself and Your L&D Approach?

I wanted to share my responses with you not to only demonstrate that I practice what I preach (more than other sector-experts claim) but to also to encourage you to self-reflect as well. It is truly a very introspective exercise and will help you to improve something as learning professionals we are expected to do.

So, here are my answers. Read the rest of this entry »

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