Time to Get Real About Workplace Learning!

(Originally published on ASTD Links March 4th, 2014 http://bit.ly/1gIJFJL) After circulating the conference circuit in the past few months, we’ve been dismayed to see that many learning professionals believe learning’s role can, and possibly should, remain disconnected to from business reality. By no means do we want to minimize some of the worthy learning integration... Continue Reading →

5 Quick Steps to Strategically Map Workplace Learning

This is the first of a series of "Quick Steps" that will empower learning professionals to align with their management's and organizational expectations for training and e-learning. So, please keep coming back to read the next "Quick Steps" in upcoming blogs. Many learning professionals believe business and strategic concepts are complicated. Let me share a... Continue Reading →

Identifying Learning Opportunities Through Financial Analysis

(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... Continue Reading →

A Learning Professional’s Self-Reflection…

In 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... Continue Reading →

Return on Expectations: 7 Critical Flaws that Undermine Training Effectiveness

(This article is originally published by TrainingIndustry.com June 13, 2012 http://bit.ly/KuJe7N) So, here we go again with another problematic methodology called “return on expectations” (ROE). Just when training professionals are in damage control with the disappointment of “training ROI,” out of the woodwork, comes another “quick-fix” and repackaged methodology trying to demonstrate training impact on... Continue Reading →

Post-Conference Meltdown…Why Training Professionals Don’t Apply What They Learn?

Ajay M. Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood So...it's been just over one week since the "mother" of all workplace learning conferences took place. The ASTD International Conference and Expo (or as the regulars know it, ICE) is the leading and largest conference in the training space. This is not to take away the great efforts placed... Continue Reading →

Getting a Winning Attitude: Lessons From an NBA Player

Originally published by Training Industry.com March 7, 2012 I admit that I don’t closely follow basketball or sports in general but you had to be living on another planet not to hear about the recent feats of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. Lin literally went from a bench-warming third-string point guard to household... Continue Reading →

Rules of Engagement: 3 Ways to Gain Employees Commitment

Employee engagement is the “holy grail” for managers. It’s described in a variety of ways but is generally defined as when employees fully invested emotionally, mentally, and physically, so they are focused on achieving the organization’s objectives. Getting people to commit is an elusive aspect to managing people that is as easily obtained, as it... Continue Reading →

A Perfect Workplace “Storm” is Forming…

The perfect storm is forming in the workplace if it hasn’t occurred already. Employees are coping with an unpredictable economy, increasing personal debt-levels and taxes, daily gridlock, over-worked, under paid, and facing precarious employment conditions. It’s safe to say that the anger threshold is very high and volatile. Anger is a fickle emotion.It can move... Continue Reading →

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