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Curbing Wasteful Compliance Training

February 22, 2012
I’m writing this blog as I sit in a cavernous auditorium with 14 other Georgia attorneys. The lawyer in front of me is doing a crossword puzzle; the lawyer to his left is scanning her Kindle Fire. Several are sending emails; one’s reading a crime novel, another, a newspaper. One is soundly asleep.
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Getting to the Heart of Retention

February 20, 2012
It's logical to conclude that poor managers are at the heart of the problem, says Richard Finnegan, co-founder of the Retention Institute and author of Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad.
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Apple Takes a Bite at Learning

January 23, 2012
Apple Inc.'s newest blockbuster app, called iBook Author, will allow teachers, scholars and anyone else to create their own graphically compelling audio/visual textbooks.
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Learning as Punishment—Sound Engaging?

January 18, 2012
I got in trouble a few times in eighth grade. I didn’t break any big rules and never, as far as I know, had anything documented on my permanent record. There’s one punishment I haven’t forgotten. I had to write a paper over a fall weekend and turn it in on time. I met the deadline, but had to miss a Pittsburgh Steelers game. That hurt. But that’s all I remember—not what I did wrong or what I learned.
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How Do We Get Beyond Adequate Performance?

January 17, 2012
Some employees are close to being fired for not meeting performance standards. But our company has never had a formalized system to counsel people about job expectations. How do we prevent the loss of potentially solid performers now that times are tight and our management is quietly considering making changes? —Cart Before the Horse, HR professional, manufacturing, Battle Creek, Michigan
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Training Wheels Back in Motion

January 16, 2012
A new report produced by advisory firm Bersin & Associates of Oakland, California, notes that companies replenished their training staffs and thus enabled employees to pursue career development put off during the recession.
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