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Articles by Garry Kranz

A Nonprofits Investments in Leadership Development Pay Off

January 22, 2010
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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ASTD Reports That Learning Investments Held Steady in 2008

November 19, 2009
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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Downturn Prompts a Change in Learning Initiatives

October 27, 2009
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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Assurant Hits 'Play' for Painless Learning

June 22, 2009
Assurant Employee Benefits' suite of customized video games tackles weighty issues such as Assurant's financial strategies and the impact that individual employees have on success. They're a hit, with employees vying to be at the top of the leader boards.
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Spurred by Hiring Binge, Geico Makes Training a Priority

May 14, 2009
The car insurance company with the quirky ads hires and trains with advancement and retention in mind. New employees average two to three promotions within their first three years, and many people have been with the company for decades—including CEO Tony Nicely, who started as a clerk with in 1961.
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