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Training Today: Improve Your Odds of Change Success

Even under the best of circumstances,nearly 70 percent of all change initiatives fail. And that’s why most organizations never realize the benefits they hoped for with their new culture change, software implementation, or training initiative. While there are many documented reasons why change initiatives fail, the overriding reason is that change sponsors do not involve or address the concerns of the people affected by the change.

Best Practices: After You Train, Retain

By Neal Goodman, Ph.D., President, Global Dynamics, Inc. All too often, companies invest in the professional development of their workforce only to lose that investment after employees leave (or when they simply forget what they learned). According to Ernst & Young, 44 percent of employees are “poor or very poor” at transferring knowledge.

Training Today: Products and Services, Sept/Oct 2011

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, unveiled expanded features—including live training management functionality such as such as class scheduling, user registration, class role printing, attendance, grade tracking, and a customized reporting dashboard—for its hosted learning portal. SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) conformance enables course designers to take full advantage of both off-the-shelf content and a variety of authoring tools.

Training Today: Partnerships and Alliances, Sept/Oct 2011

Universum Development, parent company of employer branding firm Universum Group, acquired Doostang, a global career networking platform for young professionals. Founded in 2005, Doostang has more than 900,000 members. Members join Doostang to get exclusive access to 15,000-plus hand-picked positions with thousands of employers across finance and investment, consulting, media, and technology industries.

Training Today: Motel 6/Studio 6 Revamp Training Efforts

Motel 6 and Studio 6 turned the light on their training framework, revamping it in an effort to improve quality and consistency within the network. The new training structure aims to focus on the development of Motel 6/Studio 6 team members, ensuring they understand the “why” behind each course and providing them with supportive coaching along the way.

When You Meet for the First Time

By Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA When you’re meeting with someone—for example, a new customer or a potential vendor—you will get more from that meeting if you understand learning preferences. During a discussion, I once heard a client say, “I have a clear picture of what you’re talking about.” I did not understand—we were on the phone, and I hadn’t sent anything to look at ahead of time.

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