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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.  
The skills needed to succeed on the job are changing at an unprecedented pace. Reports say that skills learned today remain relevant for an average of only five years. Consequently, Learning and Development (L&D) professionals must train today's employees for the skills that will be needed tomorrow-even when those skills haven't yet been identified or, in some cases, created. Training employees for skills that haven't been invented yet is no easy task. So how can L&D upskill everyone from entry-level employees to senior management for an unforeseeable, quickly changing future? To do this, L&D first must identify: A framework for building future skills The most-needed emerging skills Capabilities for success, regardless of the skill set In this white paper, Training Top 10 Hall of Fame members explore these  challenges and detail how they are responding to future-proof their organizations, particularly in the wake of the Coronavirus and beyond.
Training involves a heavy amount of marketing. This article discusses why marketing is essential to the survival of any training department. 
Training Top 10 Hall of Fame members, through this whitepaper, seek to make their decisions easier and well-informed by clarifying issues, exploring the roles of social media in training, and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the many types of social media available. Throughout this paper, realworld- examples are discussed, along with insights from thought leaders in the training industry.
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!  
Choosing the best technology to deliver learning solutions challenges every training organization, regardless of size or experience. It’s easy to become stymied by legacy systems or diverted by the latest bells and whistles, especially when business leaders have a keen desire to try the newest technologies.   We among the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame organizations are struggling with this, too. We’re learning, though, and know it is critical to continue to focus on aligning learning strategy, content, and supporting technology with business results and needs. When we do that, learners win every time.   In this white paper, we look at Training Top 10 Hall of Famers’ learning and development (L&D) technology best practices and what we’re still learning. These lessons can be applied in any organization, regardless of size or industry.
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.  
What do we mean by agility? It’s how powerfully your organization can react to changes in the marketplace, recognize and close employee skill gaps, and align the right people in the right places to handle any pivots in business strategy. How can you make your organization more agile? There are several critical things you must do.  
Bringing Everything into View As today’s organizations stare down the challenges of ever-increasing compliance regulations, unpredictable turnover, and rapidly expanding cultural and learning style changes among employees, companies are looking for new ways to automate and scale their training efforts. More and more, they’re finding that help in video. Adaptable to both formal and informal learning needs, video overcomes today’s most common training challenges. It helps instructors increase training quality, speed and effectiveness — all while significantly lowering program costs. But of course, today’s learning and development professionals already understand the potential that technology can offer in the modern training environment. Their real challenge? Convincing their organizations to do more. In this paper, we help L&D practitioners tackle that challenge head-on, including: • 5 benefits that help convince your decision makers to use video in more ways • 14 ideas for supporting and scaling formal and informal learning with video • 1 technology — the video platform — that simplifies the use of video for L&D  Video training is no longer a novel idea. It’s the new normal. Make sure your organization isn’t missing out. Click below to download this White paper.
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.
Analytics are at the heart of a modern data-driven business. When it came to content, we used to rely almost entirely on anecdotes and guesswork. That is no longer good enough - content is at the heart of the sales and marketing process and we must know how it is being used and how it is performing.   Marketing Automation tools made that a reality for marketing content. They let marketers analyze and optimize content marketing efforts during the first half of the sales cycle, providing analytics to show how effectively content moves customers through the funnel. But until recently, as soon as a deal was handed off to the sales team, it entered a content black hole.   There has been no way to answer very basic questions about sales content. Do reps have what they need? Do they use it? Do customers pay any attention to it? Does any of this actually generate real revenue? Even in our increasingly data-driven world, sales content has remained back in the days of guess and hope. But an emerging set of Sales Enablement platforms has changed that. They manage sales content throughout your sales engagements and use analytics to give you full visibility into how that content performs. This guide walks through eight reports that answer the key business questions about sales content and shows how to use them to optimize the way your company engages with customers.
Managing the Employee Experience - We Have Answers From The Industry's Top Talent Leaders We believe the collective wisdom and experience of talent leaders like you speaks volumes about what can be achieved when you place a priority on the people, and their employee experience. That's where this guide comes in.  Discover 101 strategies from more than 30 of the boldest global thinkers in the talent industry, covering everything from candidate experience and onboarding, to learning and development, to performance and growth.   You'll gain insights into: Strategies and practical guidance from some of the most progressive, talent-focused organizations around the world Proactive ideas and new approaches to create exceptional employee experiences
Today’s dynamic global economy has increased the need for organizational training across all industries. Efficient, cost-effective training and employee development are necessary for day-to-day operations and for meeting strategic business objectives. Many organizations turn to online meeting tools to meet their needs, and there’s no shortage of options. Simple and free. Low-cost/low-feature. Enterprise-grade offerings built for business. But online learning and collaboration require more than a one-size-fits-all solution.
New technology promises to take e-Learning out of the traditional, classroom-based paradigm and into a true "digital native" context. These new e-Learning tools will allow employees to engage in more active and realistic training activities, and they will incorporate emerging social learning and informal learning methods. Download this white paper to discover the implications of these next-generation e-Learning trends and answer these Three Fundamental questions: What unique traits set today's cutting-edge e-Learning tools apart from their predecessors? What are some specific examples of next-generation e-Learning tools? How can these tools increase e-Learning ROI and enterprise productivity?  
When Learning and Development (L&D) leaders consider the future of training, they often focus primarily on technology solutions. After all, who wouldn’t be intrigued by learners accessing content and swiping through data on holographic white boards shimmering in the air (remember the Tom Cruise movie, Minority Report?)? Or learners channeling Dick Tracy as their smartwatch answers their questions in the field?   Indeed, virtual reality and augmented reality are becoming realistic delivery methods for training; artificial intelligence likewise is becoming a more practical option; and on-demand learning, microlearning, and social learning continue to be increasingly key elements, especially for tech-savvy employees.   Despite the plethora of high-tech solutions, Training Top 10 Hall of Fame members resoundingly believe the classroom will continue to play a vital role in the future of training. That said, this isn’t the classroom you probably trained in. Front-of-the-room lectures to passive listeners are being replaced by flipped classrooms, learning labs, PODs (points of dispersal), facilitators, games, and simulations that engage learners. And that means instructional design will take on an even more crucial role.   This white paper discusses the future of training, the new skills that will be needed to optimize cutting-edge delivery modes on the horizon, and how L&D can best measure results and ensure training effectiveness.
"If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think." David Ogilvy David Ogilvy, the famous marketing and sales executive, said it this way, "If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think." Nelson Mandela said it like this: "If you talk to [people] in a language [they] understand, that goes to [their] heads. If you talk to [them] in [their] language, that goes to [their] heart." The ability to communicate—whether to persuade or just to understand—goes beyond using words well; it requires the ability to use words in a way that has meaning for those with whom you are speaking. The ability to talk with someone in his or her native language isn’t just about them understanding you; it’s about you understanding them—their experiences, their thinking, their beliefs, and their values. While definitions lie in words, meaning lies in the people who use them.
It is hard to fault the idea that appraisal reveals an employee’s abilities and a development plan should follow naturally from that. The smooth link looks good on paper. The reality is a good deal messier. It is not that HR is doing something wrong, just that the process is harder than it looks. Understanding why it is hard will lead to better results. Download this complimentary ebook and gain a full understanding of the link between appraisal and development, and what you can do to smooth this tricky process.
This paper is focused on the mobile virtual classroom but don’t worry, we’ll be covering the other concepts (globalization and social networks) in future publications. (The concepts are useful here to help explain the context in which we will be discussing the mobile virtual classroom and its place in the modern virtual classroom.)
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