An interesting contradiction exists in the business world today: Stories abound about how businesses are allowing less and less travel. Between the high cost of gas, the increase in terrorism, the prevalence of the internet, and the plethora of VOIP conference call systems, the amount of business travel has decreased. Yet, airplanes have higher passenger …Read More
The good news for training professionals is that more and more companies are seeing the value of investing in training. According to a 2015 Deloitte University study of over 3,000 business leaders globally, 85% felt that “learning” is “important” or “very important” to their business’ success.
The bad news is that those who are responsible for …Read More
A recent operation on my foot required being on crutches for a few weeks. My lack of mobility gave me time to reflect. Naturally, I was dismayed to learn that walking with crutches was more difficult than I’d imagined. With time, I came to realize that my current predicament was a lot like providing training …Read More
If you want to enhance your employees’ time management skills, the process is simple: send them to the training provider that offers the best value for a generic course. Hundreds of providers do a good job at conveying well-tested information. But what if you want to teach your employees about a new policy, process, or …Read More
It doesn’t take much detailed research to know that most US citizens are frustrated with the domestic political process. Since 2011, the combined total of bills enacted into law was 722. That is 184 less than the total enacted in the famous 80th Congress of 1947-1948, known as the “Do Nothing” Congress. One can site …Read More
What is the most crowded day at your neighborhood gym? January 2. After the end-of-year holiday binging, New Years presents the perfect time to put one on the straight-and-narrow of bodily repair. Sadly, by about February, the gym is back to its normal population, with most New Years Resolutions forgotten. The same happens with training.
A …Read More
Two 20th century artists create a stark contrast to one another and provide a good analogy for how organizations address their training challenges.
Jackson Pollack was the inventor of abstract expressionism. The idea was that he let the moment, his emotions, and external forces like gravity dictate where the paint fell on the canvas. The results …Read More
When I travel for business, I often encounter people that want to chat with me. Normally I don’t mind, but sometimes, I’m just not in the mood to make small talk with taxi drivers or other travelers. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like sharing my lives with them. At moments like that, when they ask …Read More
We’ve all heard it. We might have even said it. It usually sounds something like “This training was no good. People are still doing things the wrong way.” Sometimes it sounds more like “The training was interesting but I’m not sure it will really work in my situation.”
Is the problem really that the training was …Read More
The next time you go to your favorite coffee joint to meet a friend or client over a cup of “hot something,” recognize how good you have it now. In a few years, if things don’t change, the price for those drinks is about to skyrocket. In particular, chocolate is on the verge of a …Read More