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 →

Can Learning Professionals Not Afford to Learn?

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... 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 →

Training ROI? What’s That All About!

As a certified management accountant, I can appreciate the eye rolling from senior stakeholders about how trainers believe they can measure ROI on training initiatives. The problem is that "Training ROI" proponents (and let's now include the "Training ROE" people) think that they can convince business trained professionals that these theories actually hold water. It... 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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