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Rapid Culture Change Is Possible: The March Madness-April Fool’s Day Edition

March 25, 2014
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If your goal is to do the minimum but to give your organization defenses in case there’s ever a costly mistake, then here’s a road map to get you started. 


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Can Low-Potential Workers Become High-Potentials?

February 25, 2014
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I’m wondering about strategies to turn low-potential employees into high potentials. How often is this done and are there any best practices?

What About the Also-Rans? OD specialist, software/systems, Washington, D.C.


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How Do I Show Training Impact?

February 11, 2014
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I am searching for examples of measures that can show the “mission impact” of training for employees that provide administrative support. As an example, if the training is for finance managers at an organization that focuses on biomedical research, what metrics would likely demonstrate how the training received affects the organization’s research? 

— Mission Impossible or Not, Raleigh, North Carolina


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How Do We Develop a New Generation?

February 11, 2014
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Our company soon must replace a number of senior-level boomers nearing retirement. How do we develop younger high potentials to take over as senior executives? Does it take a different approach than we used in years past?

— Our Future Is Our Past, senior organizational development officer, financial services, Gaithersburg, Maryland


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How Do We Encourage Accountability for Development?

February 11, 2014
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How do I convince my supervisors why they need to be accountable for employee development? Some of them get it, but others seem to view this as an increased responsibility that belongs to the HR function. What training resources could I use to make the case? 

— Not Persuasive, staff coordinator, health care, Colorado Springs, Colorado


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When Class Matters

September 9, 2013
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While we continue to experiment with live interactive virtual learning for widely dispersed participants, I’ve had some thoughts about when a live class experience matters.
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Online Learning Gets Massive, Open

August 13, 2013
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MOOCs haven’t yet hit the mainstream, but they could herald a shift in how employees acquire new skills.
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2013 Game Changer: T.J. Hammond

August 11, 2013
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Chief learning officer, U.S. Defense Department’s U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, Nebraska
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How Should We Conduct a Cross-Training Session?

June 19, 2013
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We want to conduct cross-training sessions to help some employees acquire new skills. We also have employees that already perform these tasks and don't want them thinking our cross-training is a reflection on their performance. How should we handle this to make sure everyone's on the same page? Is there a better alternative? —Don't Want Hurt Feelings, HR manager, finance/insurance/real estate, Grand Cayman
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Wal-Mart Drafts Leaders for Military-style Training

June 12, 2013
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A 16-week academy for leaders holds key to future growth, company officials say.
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