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Making the Most of Government-Sponsored Training Initiatives

February 24, 2010
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Commentary: States can help businesses upgrade the skills of their workforces through a variety of federal, state and local programs. Here’s a look at how Georgia is linking education and workforce development to ensure that its workers are ready for today’s fast-changing economy.
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Creating Lasting Performance Improvement Through Behavior Change

February 9, 2010
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In the corporate world, learning is meaningless unless a change in behavior takes place. As organizations, we invest resources in training in order to improve performance in some way, and for this to happen, behavior change must take place. So, how do we ensure our investments in training are resulting in real change?
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A Nonprofits Investments in Leadership Development Pay Off

January 22, 2010
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Virginia Blood Services believed it did a great job of teaching people how to manufacture blood components, but it wasn’t teaching technical people how to manage others. By committing resources to leadership development, the organization is bucking a national trend: a shortage of senior managers in nonprofits.
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The Four Types of Training That Should Never Be Cut

January 6, 2010
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The recession has put employers under attack from employees and government enforcement agencies, making four kinds of training essential. This article describes why the four are vital, and offers return-on-investment arguments for each.
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10 Ethics Trends for 2010

December 29, 2009
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Commentary: Private misdeeds will get leaders into public trouble, employers will use social networks for background checking, and juries in employment law cases will side more than ever with employees if they think workers have been abused. Those are just some of the workplace ethics trends to watch in 2010.
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Turning Techies Into Consultants

December 17, 2009
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As subject-matter experts, engineers at India-based Wipro have technological expertise as well as knowledge of the industries of the clients they serve. They knew how to build software systems that optimized supply chain but were less capable of articulating ways clients could improve such systems. Here’s how Wipro set about changing that.
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ASTD Reports That Learning Investments Held Steady in 2008

November 19, 2009
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The American Society for Training & Development reports that 2008 was a year of stark contrasts for learning and development. Increased investment in learning was evident early in the year, only to be followed by cuts as the economy foundered last fall, leaving learning professionals to deliver effective employee training despite reduced resources. Also, for the first time in the survey, the use of e-learning declined.
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Tricks of the Trade Show Innovation and Informal Learning

November 16, 2009
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Most employees rarely get to attend their own organizations’ trade shows. But if the trade shows come to them, there’s an opportunity for informal learning that can spark innovation. Here’s how three organizations make ‘internal’ trade shows work for them.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Restrain a Bully Senior Manager

October 28, 2009
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How do we coach a bully senior manager? One of our senior managers is a very smart man who over the years has contributed a lot to the growth of our firm. He is, however, a bully—and fully aware of it. He understands how being unable to control his emotions and bad behaviors hurts his colleagues, as well as his friends and family, yet he is not to willing to change for fear of “losing face” with colleagues. He is considered the “king of the firm” and no one seems willing to try and coach him.
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Downturn Prompts a Change in Learning Initiatives

October 27, 2009
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A 2009 study by Bersin & Associates, done in conjunction with Workforce Management , shows steep drops in training and development spending. Instead of spending on come-one, come-all programs, organizations are taking more prescriptive approach that seeks to match high-potential employees with development initiatives that tackle strategic business issues.
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