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How to Make Training Magazine’s Top 125 List

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/2/18 8:00 AM

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Every year Training Magazine publishes a list of organizations whose training departments are deemed to be most effective and most efficient. To be on this top 125 list, training departments must meet a lengthy list of criteria. The criteria range from infrastructure, needs analysis, and metrics to delivery standards, finance, and overall training strategy.

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Tags: needs analysis, instructional techniques, managing training, evaluation, web-based training

3 Ways to Prove the Value of Training

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 5/28/18 8:00 AM

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Great news, everyone! We are NOT just a cost center or an expense. We CAN add value and show the impact of training. The big question is whether you know how to do it. Do you know how to measure the impact of improved employee performance because of training? If not, you’re in the right place. So, let’s get started.

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Tags: managing training, evaluation, job performance

How to Navigate the Political Landscape as a Training Manager

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 4/23/18 8:00 AM

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Regardless of where you are, or the country you live in, people are often talking about politics—the good, the bad, and the ugly. If that’s not enough, we must also be aware of the politics that occur in the workplace. You can run, but you can’t hide because organizational politics are ever present.

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Tags: managing training, organizational politics

Aligning Training and Organizational Objectives

Posted by Paul Sitter on 4/9/18 8:00 AM

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When I have a workshop coming up, I survey the participants to figure out what they are looking for in the course. In a recent course, one survey response struck me because I’ve heard it—or variations of it—so many times before: “I want a course plan that moves from the strategic level to the details that my call center employees need to do their job better.” This is a single, concise sentence describing what we do as part of the instructional design process! Of course, we are not all working with call center employees, but the relation between the overall goals of the organization and what ends up in the classroom is something that applies to us all.

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Tags: managing training

How to Ensure the Training Department is Seen as a Partner or Resource

Posted by Beth Brashear on 3/5/18 8:00 AM

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In an organization, the training department is often viewed as the “fun” department rather than a partner or resource for development. How is this image or reputation created? Often, it’s because people aren’t familiar with everything the department has to offer, or all the steps, processes, analysis, development, solutions, etc. that go into training. In addition, training is sometimes viewed as a “one size fits all” solution, meaning it can solve all problems. In fact, training is not always the solution to a performance gap (if the gap even exists). If training is provided when the problem lies elsewhere, the department won’t be seen as a credible resource.

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Tags: marketing training, managing training

5 Key Areas for Auditing Your Courses

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 10/23/17 8:00 AM

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Courses, like all trends, come and go. There's Fish Philosophy, The Psychology of Customers, Fostering Emotional Intelligence, and Six Sigma, just to name a few. So, how do you know which ones to keep, revise, or cancel? As part of your operational planning, we strongly recommend an audit of your existing courses. Take the time to examine your programs, their strengths and weaknesses, and make changes as needed.

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Tags: managing training, auditing courses

4 Best Practices to Ensure Training Transfer

Posted by Linda Carole Pierce on 4/25/16 4:00 AM

I’m sure we have all heard the cliché, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Learners attend training programs to gain knowledge and skill to improve their performance for their current job. However, what I often hear from many learners in my courses is a big “BUT!” The “but” is typically related to the challenges faced after training when they return to work. The most common challenges mentioned are a lack of time and a lack of management support to implement the new skills back on the job. These challenges don’t bode well for training transfer!

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Tags: training transfer, managing training

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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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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Tags: managing training, office politics

10 Tips for Instructor Preparation

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/9/15 3:00 AM

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It’s 3:00 pm on a Friday and the training manager calls you to his/her office with the news…we need you to teach this new course on Monday. What? Well, the good news is you have the weekend to prepare but the bad news is you have the weekend to prepare! Can you relate? Talk about NOT being set up for success. Unfortunately, this is a reality in many corporations and certainly not ideal.

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Tags: managing training

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