UPCOMING CONFERENCES 2014
Training Magazine’s Online Learning Conference 2014 Chicago Sept 21-22, 2014
|Venue: McCormick Place South|
|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:
|Ajay Pangarkar, Performance Strategist, Author, CentralKnowledge Inc.|
Stop Wasting Your Organization’s Money If You’re Not Delivering Learning
The 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 »
(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 efforts many forward-thinking organizations initiate. But the fact remains that too many learning leaders and teams show disdain about recognizing workplace learning in a business context. Furthermore, they refuse to comply with their organization’s business reality. Instead, some professionals believe that learning is a noble effort, an attitude we find to be a bit arrogant. Often, these are the same people who are waiting for a quick fix that will gain their business leaders’ acceptance and make their learning efforts relevant. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 secret with you…it isn’t. Senior management likes to keep things simple but recognize that they must quickly adapt to market and economic changes.
Senior management realizes that competitiveness and long-term sustainability comes through employees that are adaptable and possess relevant job skills. They also recognize that workplace learning is an essential element to making this happen. This is why workplace learning has an opportunity to play a prominent role…but only if it is able to respond and align to strategic objectives. Read the rest of this entry »
(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?
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 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 »
Ok, so hold on for my rant. I plan to be ranting for a few posts so you may want to revisit in the coming weeks to see what is annoying me to no end. I am VERY annoyed! I am annoyed for a few reasons and if you are involved in some way with employee performance and development you need to here this and/or be annoyed too.
In this post, I am embarrassed about how learning professionals shirk their responsibility to be learners themselves. I am shocked that those with the responsibility for learning within organizations (and even in academia) fail to challenge what they know and make no attempt to discover what they don’t know. Read the rest of this entry »
(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 business objectives. ROE, however, is a more elusive and misleading approach compared to others that came before. Read the rest of this entry »
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 by other conferences (most of them I enjoy) but ICE is IT! ICE attracts the largest number of WLP professional and specialists from around the world…up to 10,000 participants at times. It also invites the most innovative and leading speakers to conduct workshops and concurrent sessions…including yours truly! Read the rest of this entry »