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The Big Why We are at a critical juncture. At this very moment, the world is experiencing a monumental shift in the way everyone works and learns. A Fourth Industrial Revolution1 is ushering in cyber-physical systems involving entirely new capabilities for people and machines. We’re seeing the impact in retail, construction, manufacturing and healthcare. No industry is immune. These sweeping advancements in technology will require augmenting current skills and developing new ones to meet the demands of the future. Not just proficiency skills, but social and managerial skills that will have tremendous impact on how everyone, and every "thing," works together. The next 10 years will be completely different from the last 50. Yet the majority of organizations aren’t keeping pace, offering stagnant content and stale learning experiences. Click below to download the white paper.
NeuroTracker evolved out of a pure science approach through years of research at Prof. Faubert’s Visual Psychophysics & Perception Laboratory. Designed to uniquely measure and enhance high-level cognitive function, it has become established as a valuable research tool for understanding human performance. The not-for-profit CogniSens Applied Research Center (ARC) supports an increasing number of NeuroTracker research projects across a variety of science disciplines. To date, published studies discovered important neuroscience findings in the following areas. Measurement NeuroTracker provides objective cognitive metrics on brain functions fundamental to human performance, and also relevant in cognitive conditions. High-level mental processing is required to perform NeuroTracker at increasing speed threshold, as such, measures have been found to differentiate elite performers from amateur, reveal characteristic of brain development with age, identify impairment with healthy aging or learning related disorders, and possibly to help to detect function-related brain damage, such as with concussions, and reveal non-contact sports injury risk.  
New managers can develop into high performing future leaders. Or, they can flail and fail-costing your company hundreds of thousands of dollars. Learn what you can do to ensure new manager success. Download our paper to learn: The 3 major problems most companies have with new managers Which 4 critical management skills should be developed How coaching new managers can lead to dramatic improvements in new manager performance
Sales Enablement: How do we do it? The phrase sales enablement has become a standard term in the language of those who support sales performance. There are currently 37 LinkedIn groups with this phrase in their titles. There are software companies, products, consultancies, and all kinds of online resources that include sales enablement in their names, descriptions, or value propositions. It's a great descriptive phrase for marketing products and services, but, like many such catch phrases, means different things to different people. This free white paper from Dr. Carl Binder, originator of The Six Boxes®, will help your sales leadership team understand and implement these concepts and - yes - enable your sales team to perform at its highest potential.
Will this be recorded?” It might just be the most commonly asked question at the start of virtually every training event. And the good news is that nowadays, you can almost always answer, “Yes.” Great. But then what? According to a Wainhouse Research study, 87 percent of employees1 agree that having access to recorded training classes, webinars, and other events makes it easier to revisit crucial information when it's needed most. Today, recording training sessions is quickly becoming standard practice. And the benefits are well known. Among the many positives, video helps learning and development (L&D) teams provide employees with a comprehensive resource to reference after the training ends, and also provides employees unable to attend with access to the information on-demand. But good intentions too often fall short once the training session ends and the recording stops. For all its benefits, video also presents challenges when it comes to storing, sharing, and even playing recordings. Left unsolved, those shortcomings make video content burdensome for employees simply looking for quick information that helps them perform their jobs. Fortunately, there is a solution. A video content management system (or video CMS) solves the most common problems of managing and sharing video. In this paper, we'll review the five biggest challenges organizations face when using video to support corporate learning. Then we'll examine how a video content management system helps overcome those challenges to better enable video-based learning.
Traditionally, succession planning has been a lengthy process: identifying top talent early, grooming candidates for promotion and then moving employees through jobs to prepare them for future opportunities over many years. Today’s workers, however, may be unlikely to remain with a company long enough for a slow-paced succession plan to succeed. How can organizations plan for filling future leadership positions in this environment of fast change and job mobility? Is traditional succession planning a thing of the past? Find out more in this white paper. 
In today’s workforce, change is the only constant - and the pace of change is accelerating. Again and again, organizations must adapt to a competitive environment filled with emerging disruptions. Even the disruptors are being disrupted! No industry is immune, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. How can you make sure that your organization is prepared to navigate through periods of transformation - to not merely do things a little differently than before, but make fundamental changes? This guidebook takes a deep dive into a people-first approach to true transformation. Experts like Dean Carter and William Tincup offer their perspectives on: Putting your people first when planning for digital transformation Navigating the future of talent management Leveraging transformational changes in recruiting Ensuring HR plays a pivotal leadership role in your transformation plans Meeting the challenges of AI and automation head-on
Ready or not – digital transformation is here. Read this eBook to discover the talent development best practices you – and your people – need in order to future-proof your organization while putting your people in the driver's seat of their own experience. You'll gain insights into: Determining your organization's level of digital transformation preparedness Coaching strategies to prep your workforce for digital transformation How to champion a culture of learning to enable ongoing employee skill development
Although this sounds like a cheer on the sidelines of a football or rugby game, this could also be your mantra as a performance consultant when encountering resistance from your client!
What Are the Obligations of Managers? In a world that is rapidly approaching eight billion people, rarely do organizations around the world face the exact same challenge at the exact same time. Yet, that is exactly what’s happening when it comes to people being engaged in their work. Here are some telling statistics from Gallup: In France, an abysmal 6% of all employees are actively engaged. In the UK, that number nearly doubles to 11%. Here in the U.S., we boast above-average employee engagement levels with 15% of employees reporting that they are actively engaged. That means 85% of US workers are disengaged or actively disengaged in their work. Click below to download this Whitepaper.  
"Performance management" sounds wholly positive. After all, who can argue with better performance? And effective performance management (PM) programs can deliver significant, tangible benefits such as: Increase in time spent on strategic priorities Improvement in employee productivity Jump in project completion rates More decrease in turnover
What is the #1 problem with every training event?  People forget. Research shows that the natural process of forgetting can have a materially negative effect on productivity, budgets, and time. Why? Because decades of research show that people can forget up to 80% of training information in a mere 30 days after a training event takes place.  But the fix is here, and it’s easy.  Download this white paper to learn:  1) Download this white paper to learn: How to augment your training programs so forgetting is minimized 2) What format of learning has the most impact across any learning demographic 3) How the techniques of Retrieval Practice can quickly increase knowledge retention by 90%+ Click below to download this White Paper.
Research shows that effective sales coaching can dramatically improve the performance of sales teams - in some cases driving up revenues by 20% or more. But all too often sales organizations find it challenging to develop a sales coaching program that's embedded in a coaching culture.   Read this 5-page white paper and learn best practices and strategies for developing an effective sales coaching program for your sales organization.   In this white paper you will learn how to: Implement a proven sales coaching model Create a coaching culture Use metrics to maximize the ROI on coaching Turn sales managers into great coaches
While most organizations have articulated some form of a sales strategy, research has determined that 35 - 40% of organizations do a poor job communicating the strategy and goals in a way that makes them meaningful and understandable to others in the organization. In fact, for many organizations, the link between sales strategy goals and salesforce execution is often missing. Logical steps can be taken to ensure that execution actually supports the sales strategy. "When all is said and done, too often, much is said and little is done." — Anonymous Sales executives must coordinate a myriad of important factors to successfully reach their desired market. To name a few, they must have a product or service that meets customer needs and quality standards, is competitively priced, and has adequate distribution. Unfortunately, the sales executive has little direct control over most of these. The sales executive does, however, control how effectively the organization’s salesforce "touches" and influences the customer. The sales executive can ensure that the field salesforce has all the capabilities and resources to sell to potential buyers. How can this be done? This article addresses areas in which disconnects may occur. It gives an overview of our sales leadership model and addresses seven questions that reflect the model, which can result in a profound strengthening of sales leadership by linking sales strategy to sales results. 1.) How do you create a clear link between the overall organizational strategy and the sales organization’s specific sales strategy? 2.) How do you make sure the sales strategy is known and understood throughout the salesforce? 3.) How do you ensure the salesforce has the capabilities required to execute the sales strategy? 4.) How do you make sure the sales strategy forms the foundation for planning and focusing sales resources at thefield level? 5.) How do you make sure the sales organization’s leadership policies and practices support the effective execution of mission-critical sales behaviors? 6.) How do you ensure your salespeople understand how their sales practices and behaviors make possible the achievement of the organization’s sales strategy? 7.) What mechanism can you put in place to track progress towards sales goals that will ensure accountability for, and adherence to, sales practices and behaviors?
Experiential learning presents a highly unique growth opportunity for participants, as well as a tool that planners can use to achieve a specific outcome. Differentiated from more traditional team-building, experiential learning uses a blended approach to learning, integrating activities, exercises, adventure elements, quiet time and ongoing post-event coaching to create powerful programs of leadership development, strategic planning, mentoring and coaching, communication, feedback and observation as well as enhancement of behavior styles.  
Training involves a heavy amount of marketing. This article discusses why marketing is essential to the survival of any training department. 
The BIG Question for 2017: Have companies built a workforce strategy where employees become a competitive advantage? More than ever, today’s CEOs recognize the tremendous competitive advantage in a workforce that’s highly motivated, excited and tightly connected to business goals. Building a powerful workforce strategy remains front and center for HR teams. The BIG Challenge: Technology For many companies, talent management technology was supposed to offer the answers. And it did in many ways: less paper, lower costs, saved time. You know the drill. However, traditional talent management technologies focus on automating HR functions, often ignoring business goals and the most important consumer, employees. Brandon Hall Group research indicates a high dissatisfaction with technology and a need to go beyond traditional approaches, engaging today’s savvy employees with more than an automated process to align with business goals. The BIG Shift: Moving Beyond Processes to Experiences As HR leaders look ahead to 2017, attention is shifting. Processes remain important, but a new emphasis emerged on moving beyond activities to creating an employee journey that attracts, motivates and connects to company results.
The old saying, "You never get a second chance to make a good impression" perfectly describes our life as trainers. In a world where our learners are in perpetual "fatigue" from work, social pressures and electronic bombardment, it is more important now than ever to step up our commitment to prepare them and make them feel welcomed in a learning environment. Learn tips, techniques and strategies to help learners unplug from their pressures and plug into learning!
Organizations face a real threat to leadership continuity, and to their bottom line: the talent gap. To combat this, companies need to find ways to develop their personnel, helping individuals evolve into positions that rely on their experience, education, and skills.   In this white paper you’ll learn: How to effectively upskill talent into leadership roles The foundation of leadership development Who needs foundational leadership development How to support the development of emerging leaders
2013 Integrated Talent Management Survey Results   Two different divisions trip over each other, recruiting the same candidate. A consulting firm is unable to meet staffing needs for a new, tightly scheduled project. An organization doesn’t have a clear picture of up-and-coming leadership for succession planning. A business merging with another company can’t easily identify overlap of staff skills. Sound familiar? All of these scenarios point to poor integration of HR solutions. At SilkRoad, we feel this topic is so important that we surveyed 380 HR professionals on their integrated talent management systems and processes. We've compiled those results into a comprehensive (and complimentary!) report. This report highlights the survey results and explores the most pressing questions confronting talent management professionals, including: How truly integrated are talent management functions in organizations? What are the most common talent management functions that companies integrate? What are the biggest pain points organizations experience due to lack of integration? What kind of data do professionals want, but can’t access? Big Data: What is it and are talent management professionals planning to use it? How important is "social" talent management to professionals, and what do they see as its greatest application? Are companies enabling mobile access to their HR data?
There are dozens of studies and surveys each year reporting on the "state of the training industry." With some modest differences, these reports are consistently reporting very similar data. Among the data points routinely reported are the following: annual per employee spending on training, how many hours of training are available to employees, what training areas organizations are emphasizing, the ratio of training budget to overall expenses or payroll, etc. In other words, you can find a myriad of fascinating metrics all telling about the training industry from the organization’s perspective. What about the employees’ perspective? Aren’t we all supposed to be training employees?
Put people first for better business results Sports teams and talent management have a lot in common. For both to be successful, you need to get to know the people and the skills they bring to the team, and where opportunities for improvement exist. In organizations, HR and L&D leaders are the coaches and the talent management strategy is the playbook they use to make decisions. The talent management strategy outlines how interconnected people programs work together to keep employees engaged and productive. Employees aren’t a number - they're the core of your business Progressive organizations know this and it's why they're looking for ways to align their business strategy with how they manage, train and develop their people. That's where a solid talent strategy can help. Comprehensive talent management strategies can include programs for recruiting, onboarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, succession planning and more. With a comprehensive talent strategy that's aligned to key business objectives, the talent management programs you implement act as the offensive line to bring in the right people at the right time. It also becomes your defensive line to ensure people stay engaged in their work and don’t leave the organization. In today's ever-changing workplace, organizations need to make it a priority to meet the needs of the people that keep their business going strong. The Talent Strategy Playbook outlines the steps you can take to build a comprehensive and effective talent management strategy. It also includes an editable template you can use as a framework for building your strategy. Download the playbook now to get started building a talent management strategy that aligns the needs of your people with the success of your business!  
Performance Analysis - What is it and what are the benefits of doing one? The purpose of conducting a performance analysis is to identify the cause of poor performance so appropriate corrective action can occur. More specifically, is the issue or problem caused by a skill deficiency? If so, then a training solution would be appropriate. If the issue or problem is not a skill deficiency, then a non-training solution is the better fit.
More than 200M adults in the US are part of the digital workforce, yet only 1-in-10 rate themselves as very proficient with the digital tools they use every day at work.  Training has not kept pace with technology, and workers, businesses and the entire economy are paying the price. Digital products and topics are rapidly proliferating and evolving, and yet there is virtually no professional development focused on these 21st century skills. For instance, organizations are using Dropbox and Box for file storage and sharing, Twitter and Facebook to connect with customers, and Google Docs and Analytics to run their businesses. These tools serve essential functions but they can only improve productivity with the right training. This paper will help you develop an action plan to assess and remedy the digital skills gaps in your business.  
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