It is nearly impossible to have any personal or professional growth without feedback. Unfortunately, most people give and receive feedback poorly. How do we experience growth if we are not given useful feedback about what we do well and areas we can improve? Continue reading
Last Thursday we published a transcript of a conversation our team had about game design. One theme from that post is the idea of letting go of something that you poured your heart and soul into.
I love my job, and that shows in how much I love what we produce. As a result of this passion, I often find myself emotionally connected with what we produce and I have a sense of pride when I feel we accomplished what we set off to achieve. I am not a perfectionist, but I do like putting out good work. Continue reading
At the beginning of June, I led a train the trainer program with a customer.
The other day, this customer sent a note that included these comments:
Brian and Tim, without question, completely changed our paradigm with their How Adults Learn training. These are the most critically important principles that I’ve learned in my 25 years of teaching, training, and developing leaders. Additionally, their instructions on how to facilitate training as opposed to delivering information was one of the greatest “Aha!” moments of my professional life.
It was high praise, and it got me wondering. I’ve spent much of my adult life developing habits and ways of doing things… when was the last time I chose to change any of those habits, especially in my professional life? How about you? Continue reading
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Association for Talent Development Puget Sound (ATDps) chapter’s annual workplace learning conference. As soon as I walked into the room for the general session, I noticed something a little different.
On each table there was a container with Continue reading
This week I’m headed to Austin, TX, to participate in the eLearning Guild’s FocusOn Learning conference. Attending any conference can be a significant investment – either for your organization or, if you’re footing your own bill for professional development opportunities, then it’s a significant investment for yourself.
For example: without any discounts, the FocusOn conference registration is $1,695. Add a couple hundred dollars for the hotel, a couple hundred more dollars for airfare, some more money for meals, local transportation and other expenses, and this could easily run several thousand dollars. That’s before you factor in the cost of your own time.
What’s the best way to ensure there’s some sort of return on this investment? Continue reading
Would you get upset if you spent $1,000 on a watch that didn’t work? How about spending $40,000 on a car that didn’t go?
Would you be upset if you spent $97.5 billion on something that was never really used?
I’m not sure why corporations around the world are willing to spend that much without getting anything in return for that investment… or why they don’t seem to get too upset about it.
As you can see from the following infographic, there are some… er… issues with the way learning and development is being conducted.
On the bright side, there are some clear steps that can be taken – indeed, that organizations should insist on – in order to increase the effectiveness of corporate training.
These five solutions are based upon research and self-reported surveys. Have you tried anything on here? How has it gone for you?
What’s missing? What other solutions are available to transform learning programs into a results-drive, effective investment for organizations?
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A month and a half ago, we had a high profile speaker come to our headquarters and some of our remote staff wanted to be included in her training presentation. We set them up in Adobe Connect, we turned on the web cam in the conference room, we projected the remote staff on the screens in the front of the room (so we wouldn’t forget about them), and then… we forgot about them.
They were seen, but not really heard, during the presentation.
We struggle to include remote staff in our meetings and training sessions. Have you had similar problems?
Recently I was involved in a training program and the organization that hosted the event may have stumbled upon a better way to include remote staff. Continue reading