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How to Excel as a New Training Manager

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 4/18/16 4:00 AM


So, you’ve been promoted to the position of training manager. Clearly someone has seen the spark of leadership in you. How exciting! Although leadership is difficult to define, I’ve seen many interpretations. These are some of my favorites:

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Topics: managing training, training manager

4 Tips for Dealing with Organizational Politics

Posted by Langevin Team on 2/15/16 3:00 AM

Training managers, you’ve probably noticed training is not immune to organizational politics. Not sure if you’re dealing with politics? Consider some of the following situations. Does most of your upper management believe everything needs to be delivered through e-learning? Are they good at supporting training in words but not in actions? Is training considered an afterthought in major organizational initiatives? Is your team expected to provide training to an entire group when only a few individuals truly require it?

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Topics: managing training

Does Your Organization Support Training Success?

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 2/18/15 3:00 AM

I often ask my workshop participants, “What three groups of people must work together for training to be successful?” They always know the answer – managers, trainers, and employees. In this blog I will talk about how managers can either help training succeed or lead to its downfall. In future blogs I will look at how trainers and employees can contribute to training success in your organization.

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Topics: managing training, evaluation, training manager

How to Decide Whether to Fix a Course or Scrap it

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 9/22/14 4:00 AM

My wife and I recently gave up city living and bought a farm. Fourteen acres of grapes, a big farm house and a huge barn, all in a beautiful country setting. We knew it was going to be an adjustment in our life style, but we really had no idea how much. The grape vines need a bit of work after some years of harsh winter weather and unfriendly bugs. We had to make some decisions about some of our varieties; do we prune, tie, fertilize, and nurture these plants back to health or do we pull them up and replant?

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Topics: managing training, training manager

5 Tips for Handling the “Problem” Instructor

Posted by Paul Sitter on 2/17/14 3:00 AM

As a training manager, have you ever had an instructor who didn’t “cut the mustard?” Maybe the instructor’s evaluations were a bit lower than other instructors, or you heard a critical comment from some of the participants or from a manager? What to do, what to do? You want to be fair to your employee, and if s/he is also an instructor who has subject-matter expertise in some of the offerings in your syllabus, you know they will be hard to replace.

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Topics: managing training, training manager

6 Reasons to Love a Posted Agenda

Posted by Paul Sitter on 9/26/13 4:00 AM

I was chatting with a group of trainers last week and the subject came up regarding how to let the learners know what was in store for them during the training. An agenda or road map is the obvious answer.

Adult learners don’t like uncertainty. There are many ways to let the learners know what the training session holds. Some believed a PowerPoint slide laying out the day’s activity would do the job. Others liked a white board for the agenda, but of course, the board would have to be cleared for other things. Some thought clear objective statements early in the training let the learners know where they were going during the session. I suppose all of these ideas, and others, get the job done.

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Topics: managing training, tips-for-trainers

How to Manage an Understaffed Training Department

Posted by Langevin Team on 7/22/13 4:00 AM

I am sure we are all tired of hearing about the recent global financial crisis, depression, or whatever you want to call it. I’m also sure that many of us have been personally impacted in some way. Many people lost their training jobs or had their wages frozen. Training managers saw budgets slashed and were not able to fill new or replacement positions.

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Topics: managing training, training manager, tips-for-trainers

5 Tips for Writing a Training Department Mission Statement

Posted by Langevin Team on 6/24/13 4:00 AM


Does your corporate training department “aim to be on the cutting edge of the training industry and continually foster world-class learning opportunities?” Well, so do hundreds of other training departments. Sure, this statement sounds nice, but it means very little to your learners – and training department staff.

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Topics: managing training, training manager

5 Steps to Writing Effective Training Department Policies

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 4/22/13 4:00 AM

Your accounting department has policies, your HR department has policies, and IT has policies, so what about your training department?

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Topics: managing training, evaluation

4 Phase Approach to Project Management

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 4/1/13 4:00 AM

Have you ever thrown a party for a friend or family member? How about renovating a home or planning your own wedding? If you’ve ever been in charge of any major undertaking, congratulations—you’ve managed a project! Overseeing any of these projects requires discipline and organization when it comes to time, resources, and budget. While you may not be planning parties at work, chances are, as a training professional, you’ll be asked to manage a project at some point. In the training field the most common type of project is the instructional design of a training program, and as the Project Manager you’ll need to know where to start, what steps to follow next, and how to maximize your chances for project success.

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Topics: managing training, instructional design

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