Learning & Development


Lead with Learning: Build an Ecosystem of Content and Context

Blog | Author: Meg Temple, Senior Content Manager, SumTotal Sytems, A Skillsoft Company | Source: HCI | Published: 6 hours ago

The struggle to find people to fill open positions is a familiar story for HR leaders. Whether you call it a labor crisis or the “war for talent,” the quest for skilled employees is universal. Executives are frustrated because key roles remain unfilled. Employees are eager to move into new roles, but lack the required skills. The same challenges that prevent people from realizing their potential — insufficient and infrequent access to training and information, coupled with a lack of personalized, contextual learning delivery – also keep companies from cultivating a perennial source of talent. Rather than a labor crisis, we are in the midst of a learning crisis.


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mindfulness at work

The Way We Work: Mindfulness Training in Organizations Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: 2 days ago

Personal, organizational, and technological distractions inundate our lives: from email and side chatter to pointless meetings and lack of sleep. Researchers found we only work 15 minutes at a time without being interrupted. To be successful in our jobs, we need to recognize when our focus is off course and mentally return to the work priority. Is mindfulness training the answer? Should organizations promote the practice?

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The Way We Work: Distractions and Productivity Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: October 24, 2014

As technology continues to advance and accessibility to electronic applications, email, and websites increases, combined with traditional factors like co-worker conversations, poorly designed workspaces or personal issues, employees today have more distractions than ever. And while some distractions can actually have a positive effect, giving employees the opportunity to pause from their responsibilities and refresh, too many can cause a lack of focus and have a drastic impact on both individual and organizational productivity. As the prevalence of workplace distractions continues to grow, employers must identify the policies, strategies and training programs that can help steer their employees through the distractions of their daily lives.

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White Paper

Four Principles to Maximize the Value of the Training You Provide

White Paper | Author: John Ager, Master Facilitator and Trainer, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. | Source: Kepner-Tregoe | Published: October 24, 2014
As a general rule, when training is offered it is because we believe employees don't have the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve the results we need. This assessment can be either reactive: problems remaining unsolved; decisions being ... Read more

Effective Leadership Starts with Critical Thinking

Blog | Author: John Ager, Master Facilitator and Trainer, Kepner-Tregoe | Source: HCI | Published: October 23, 2014

To be an effective leader, you don’t need to be the smartest person in the room, but, it does help if you ask the right questions. Because leaders are the people responsible for resolving situations, this often requires taking or guiding action(s) in response to change. Critical thinking is just as important a mindset as decisiveness and leaders must be aware of the appropriate scenarios for each.

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White Paper

How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program

White Paper | Author: Horace McCormick, Program Director, UNC Executive Development | Source: UNC Executive Development | Published: October 20, 2014
Mentoring is a strategic tool that, when done right, can attract and retain high-potential talent and accelerate leadership development and readiness. Mentoring is also an effective tool for shaping organizational culture and closing engagement ... Read more

Ditch Your 9 Box and Simplify Succession Planning for Success

Blog | Author: Amy Hirsh Robinson | Source: HCI | Published: October 16, 2014

To the shock of some and the delight of others, I always advise clients and HR colleagues to ditch their 9 Box tool if they want to engage in successful succession planning. For those unfamiliar with the tool, the 9 Box is essentially a chart or grid commonly used to examine talent within the organization and to make succession planning decisions. Placement of potential succession planning candidates in the 9 Box is determined by ratings of performance and potential – both based upon a three point scale (low, moderate, high). Each of the 9 boxes or categories derived from the ratings are labeled. For example, the high performer/high potential category may be labeled “Consistent Star.”

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How to Engage Business Leaders in Succession

Article | Source: SuccessFactors, an SAP Company | Published: October 13, 2014
Three essentials for the talent review … and beyond   As an HR professional, you know that effective succession management is critical if you’re going to prevent unplanned talent losses from disrupting ... Read more
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