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4 Most Common Types of Learning Cultures

In this whitepaper, you\'ll learn:   What learning culture "fit" means for training, development, and growth What issues arise when a company operates under the wrong learning culture How to measure the success and strength of your learning culture

The New Training Content Paradigm

Even in today’s digital-first world, there are still some people who wax poetic about reading a ‘real’ print book. They emphasize that it feels good to hold a physical book in their hands. Manually turning pages is a satisfying practice. When was the last time anyone said something similar about their training materials? People often ask ‘how can you demonstrate that digital materials are effective?’ But do they have a method for demonstrating print is effective? In this paper, you will learn trends in training content delivery, the benefits to digital beyond simple cost savings, and how digital helps content owners and trainers become more effective.

Business Transformation MOOC Playbook

At the end of a really effective corporate MOOC the stadium cheers, the leadership high-fives, and you get to do your touchdown dance in the endzone, yeah baby! But what if you’re in the huddle trying to figure out how to run that MOOC, the one that will win the learning game for your learners and your organization? This playbook will walk you through the basic components of choosing a program to run as a MOOC and how to execute it effectively for the utmost impact on your learners and on your organization’s priorities.

Making the Business Case for Going Digital

In today’s technologically charged business world, organizations must quickly adapt to emerging technologies or risk being left behind. Technology is necessary to remain competitive and at the forefront of change. As more training programs become virtual and learning moves beyond the event itself, a transformation to digital content delivery is essential to support today’s workforce.

Where Are You on Your Journey to Digital Maturity?

Maturity can be defined in many ways for a training organization. There’s maturity in the sense of tenure and respect within your organization, as well as maturity in the sense of trainees taking your information and applying it to their jobs. There’s even maturity in recognizing you have a lot of areas in which you need to grow. But what about your digital content program? There is a path to maturity that will let you progress nicely along without getting overwhelmed with all the options—shiny, fun new technology—available to you. There is a way to plan a digital content maturity path that will eventually lead to impactful and engaging training methods.  

Digital Collaboration in the Age of Online Training

Improving Outcomes in the Age of Online Training If there’s one challenge every corporate trainer faces, it’s this: Creating a collaborative online experience is hard. The benefits of in-person trainings don\'t always translate well into virtual environments. Too often, there\'s no way to measure engagement or create the feedback loops that are vital to success. Thankfully, there is a solution. New virtual training software features are making it possible to create true-to-life online trainings that improve the in-person experience. This white paper will help you gain a greater understanding of the complexities facing corporate trainers today and the steps you can take to achieve better outcomes online.  

Training Video Production Guide

Video works. It generates buzz and gets results. Here are just a few reasons why video production is worth your time and energy—now more than ever before. At least 65% of people learn by seeing 75% of the workforce will be Millennials by 2025* 70% of Gen Z watches more than 2 hours of YouTube daily *Millennials are some of the heaviest consumers of video as a medium to date. WHAT’S IN THE GUIDE: A brief business case for microlearning videos Typical training video production roles What to expect during pre-production, production, and post-production Terminology you’ll hear throughout the process

Winning The Team Sale

Team selling today is no longer required just for blockbuster business-to-business sales pitches. Whether you are in consulting, investment banking, or technology or are a financial advisor, home remodeler, or lawyer, pivotal meetings with customers and prospects now often involve more people — on both sides of the table. In fact, according to Harvard Business Review, “…the number of people involved in B2B solutions purchases has climbed from an average of 5.4 two years ago to 6.8 today.”

Elevate Your Consultative Selling Approach To Compete Today

Competing in the world of selling today means understanding the changing world of your buyers and adjusting your sales approach accordingly. The biggest change for sellers is that the game has gotten harder, and sellers need to execute at a higher level than ever before to compete. Committing to this level of change is the difference between college sports and pro. The players are bigger. The game is faster. The conditions are more challenging.

Learning Management System RFP

Looking to implement a cloud-based LMS, but not sure how to start?   Here are some great sample questions to ask every vendor.   They will help you choose the product that meets your requirements for mobile and blended learning, reporting, analytics, and more, so that it is implemented quickly and cost-effectively, and integrates with the technology that you already use.

Making the Business Case for Learning Content Management

Content is the backbone of learning. Without the right pieces in place, your learning efforts — no matter how well intentioned — will fall flat. View this Lightpaper and learn how your organization can: personalize the learning experience, efficiently author content, be more agile, and drive performance.  

Bob Pike's - 3 Steps to Success: Your First 90 Days

What are the 3 Steps to Success YOU can take in your first 90 days to facilitate your own success?  We often have the tendency to look around us and see how others are doing things, and then assume, often wrongly, that that is how we must do things. Here are steps that every successful consultant, either knowingly or unknowingly, has followed in achieving success.

How to Hang with VR - The New Kid on the Training Block

So you know you want to incorporate virtual reality into your training. Everybody wants to bring in the new kid and have virtual reality (VR) on their team because the tech is innovative and memorable. VR training experiences have a proven higher retention rate, with retention gains reaching 75% in comparison to standard video, eLearning, or textbook training. VR simulated training has made its way into retail stores, car assembly factories, police academies, all the way to Olympic athlete training.  The possibilities are endless. But how do you turn your VR training idea into reality, and who do you turn to? This new kid isn’t like any training you’ve worked with in the past. VR is not a one-size-fits-all delivery method, nor is it built for quick turnarounds. But here’s the real reality. It’s an investment, and investing in something implies longevity and appreciation in value. Choosing to incorporate VR into your training curriculum or course is not a choice made lightly, nor should it be. This guide is designed to help you set realistic expectations for the VR production process, know what to look for in a great VR development partner, and understand the process of production planning for your next VR training module. Click below to download this  White Paper.

Sales Leadership - Linking Sales Strategy to Sales Results

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?

2018 New Year's Training Resolutions

Making resolutions can be a practical way to reflect on and determine goals that are important to you in the upcoming year. To see results for resolutions in your employee training program, it’s a good idea to focus in on one or two at a time. Your goals may be anything from figuring out how to fit employee training into your organization’s budget, to giving your program’s ROI a boost with post-training reinforcement. There is always room for improvement, and the new year is the perfect time to set new goals for your training program. In this guide, you\'ll find: 7 different employee training resolutions Key data to understand each one First steps toward the results you’re looking for Click below to download this White Paper.

The Science of Microlearning

MICROLEARNING Important Trend, or Flashy Fad? What the Science Says And How to Spot Vendors Selling You with Junk Science Microlearning as an idea has been around for a while. Now that the term has been made popular, vendors are falling over each other to convince companies that they have the best microlearning. But few vendors actually understand the science justifying the use of microlearning, let alone how it bears on instructional design. We present some of that objective research here, making the argument that microlearning is extremely effective, if it is done correctly. Click below to download this White Paper.

Most Effective Tips for Successful LMS Implementation

What Are The Most Effective Tips For Successful Learning Management System Implementation?  By Tridib Roy Chowdhury I\'ve had the opportunity to work with numerous clients over the years. Each had their own unique requirements, budgets, and list of must-have features. Regardless of their differences, I always share the same LMS implementation tricks to ensure a smooth and stress-free LMS implementation process. Click below to download this White Paper.

Making Leadership Happen

Making Leadership Happen   More than ever, in a fast-changing and interconnected world, organizations feel the need for leadership. As a result, managers get a lot of advice on how to be more effective leaders. Articulate a clear vision, engage your employees, develop talent, have a global mindset, think strategically, create win-win solutions, leverage diversity, communicate effectively, hold people accountable, be an agile learner.    On one level, all of this advice makes great sense. Who could argue with it? At another level, it can be overwhelming.  We think it’s time to step back and take a different approach. Click below to download this White Paper.  

Retrieval Practice & Continuous Learning

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.

2018 Learning Trends Report

Use this report to help you consider the best tools and technologies for helping workers (aka “learners”) get stuff done and get it done well. Identify tools you want to keep using, stop using, start using, or improve how you use them. Here’s what you’ll find: Information about what L&D professionals actually did in 2017, and what they plan to do in 2018. Emerging trends for 2018 and beyond. Top roadblocks to delivering effective training and how those have changed over time. The training topics L&D professionals view as most important in 2018. Our insights into the data.

The Complete Guide to On Demand Training

Is your organization ready to take advantage of all the benefits the world of on-demand training offers? In this guide, we’ll look at the top three challenges companies face with training their workforces today, and how to effectively implement on-demand training options into the organization’s overall culture of learning and employee development. Click below to download this White Paper.

Developing Those Who Lead Functions: A Critical Leverage Point for Boosting Organizational Performance

Those leading a function have arguably the greatest impact on overall business performance, yet organizations continue to underinvest in developing this level of their talent pipeline. Many organizations are missing a huge opportunity to drive business growth. Why? With significant spans of responsibility, function leaders offer immense competitive value. While strategic executives determine the company\'s mission and direction, functional executives control expenses, manage resources, make decisions about specific projects that will be undertaken, and drive the success or failure of many strategic priorities. Learn why the development of function leaders is an imperative in the new MDA white paper, Developing Those Who Lead Functions: A Critical Leverage Point for Boosting Organizational Performance. Click below to download the white paper.

Navigating the Skills Economy

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.

5 Reasons Bite-Sized Learning Helps Retention

Many studies show the more direct we are in our approach to learning, the greater the depth and length of retention. More specifically, the clearer we make our learning, the easier it becomes for someone to remember. So, the clear path to learning is making it simple. And making it simple means breaking it down into small parts. Click below to download this white paper.
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