A Better Way

apple_core.jpgIn an earlier post, I described why 80% of training is wasted, and how we are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on that training. There has to be a better way.

So what would this “better way” look like?

To begin with, it would focus on the effectiveness of the core learning moment.

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Supporting Clients Makes Us Happy!

We were thrilled to see our friends at Western Union showcased in a recent Training Magazine article on Strategies for Success (scroll to the second half of the article to see their contribution).  

In late 2013, Western Union launched a new initiative to enhance the effectiveness of their people managers across the organization. They started with a web-based certification program that included 10-minute videos on specific topics. 

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Change is Coming

Here at SkillStore, we like to share good articles among our team members. Our Senior Director of Customer Success, Peter McLaughlin, tends to share the most articles. (He shares them on his twitter feed too – take a look if you want to benefit from his good reading).

One of the recent articles he shared was Corporate Learning in the World of Hypergrowth Companies  by Josh Bersin of Bersin of Deloitte. As we continue growing, exploring new initiatives, and working with an expanding number of cool clients, many of the article highlights seem particularly relevant.

A hybrid learning approach is ideal – Individuals want to have the opportunity to discuss what they’re learning.

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Let’s Stop Wasting Billions on Corporate Training Each Year

We all know that soft skills like communications, leadership, teamwork, and management top the list of skills that employers seek. These skills are often why people actually get hired or promoted in their careers. No wonder tens of billions of dollars are spent on training for these skills each year.

Yet, 9 out of 10 frontline managers do not feel well-prepared to meet their business challenges. Why is that?

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Communicating for Success – 5 Tips to Build Your Skills

We all know that communication is a foundational task in professional settings. However, communicating in a business environment is often a high-stakes practice environment. You don’t want to test out your presentation skills with an important client. Communication can make or break your career.

I would say it can even make or break an organization. In fact, Towers Watson found that companies with highly effective internal communications had 47% higher total returns to shareholders over the last five years compared to companies with the least effective internal communications.

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Practice Like a Politician

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Every time I watch political debat­­­­es, I think about how many hours of practice it took for politicians to present a polished opening speech and to respond to the numerous questions fired at them by the moderator.

So how do politicians prepare for debates? First of all, they know their subject matter. But we have seen numerous smart individuals perform poorly in public debates.

So I looked at a Wall Street Journal blog that cited recommendations for candidates as they prepare for debates.

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