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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Hard Skills Are Only Half the Price of Entry

Organizations have been paying only half the price of entry when moving managers through the leadership pipeline. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, only 18% of managers demonstrate an aptitude for effectively managing others. This means a staggering number of companies are functioning far below potential.

If 82% of managers aren't effectively leading their people, consider how many companies aren't effectively operating their businesses. Tom Roth, President and Chief Operating Officer of Wilson Learning Worldwide, writes: "When history points to great failures and great successes of companies, it often points to the character of the leader."

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This Industry Insight article is provided by Wilson Learning. To download the e-book, "Mastering the Role of Leader: A Definitive Guide for Developing Leaders at AII Levels of Your Organization," visit https://www.wilsonlearning.com/wlw/go/leader or call 800.328.7937.

Medtronic, Inc.: Simulating High-Potential Teamwork and Medical Device Usage

By Margery Weinstein
When Medtronic, Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of medical technology, needed a way to give high-potential employees a sense of teamwork under pressure, it turned to simulation technology. The company incorporated a team-based leadership simulation from Enspire Learning into its Emerging Leader Program (ELP) that creates insights on personal leadership styles. It also allows emerging leaders to practice cross-functional teamwork that deals with ambiguity under time pressure, communication across the enterprise, and making strategic trade-offs.

View from the Top

By Lorri Freifeld
Companies such as FedEx, The Hartford, and Union Pacific offer some of their leaders the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest. But the trek does not require parkas, ice axes, or karabiners. Nor will participants feel the least bit cold.
They must, however, make life-and-death decisions about who gets how much oxygen, correctly calculate the weather when the weather station is knocked out, and determine what to do when one of the team begins to experience hypothermia.

In Covey We Trust

By Lorri Freifeld
He taught us how to be effective. He taught us how to inspire trust. He taught us how to be better leaders. And although he sadly passed away a few months ago, Dr. Stephen Covey’s legacy to the training industry and the world at large will continue to live on.

L&D Best Practices: Sept./Oct. 2012

Training magazine taps 2012 Training Top 125 winners and Top 10 Hall of Famers to provide their learning and development best practices in each issue. Here, we look at strategies to foster technology innovation and implementation and onboarding.
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
By Lou Tedrick, SVP-Workforce Development, Verizon
A chef eats the food she prepares. A mechanic fixes his own car. An accountant balances her own checkbook. And at Verizon, employees use the technology they sell.

Hack Attack

By Gail Dutton
IT departments can’t ensure data security. Despite firewalls and anti-virus and anti-malware applications, cybersecurity experts say most computer systems already are infected, and there’s little IT administrators can do to prevent it. That’s the biggest surprise non-IT employees experience during computer security training.
“Non-IT employees think cybersecurity isn’t their problem...and that IT has taken care of it,” notes Prenston Gale, director of information security for Dynamics Resource

Last Word: It’s 1:50 p.m. Where Are You?

By Peter Post
It’s 1:50 p.m., and you’re starting to feel uncomfortable. The meeting you’re in was scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. But there is no end in sight, and you have a meeting scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. with your team to finalize a project that is due at the end of the week.
Back-to-back meetings are a scourge to businesspeople. Managers share their experiences and frustration with back-to-back meetings with me, so I often offer this scenario as a problem-solving exercise in business etiquette seminars for new hires.

Talent Tips: The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

By Roy Saunderson
As we scour the Internet, study research journals, and review the latest leadership and learning and development books, it is easy to get a little overwhelmed about where to focus and how we can best make a difference in the workplaces we serve in.

World View: Focus on Peru

By Dr. Neil Orkin
Peru is a country with tremendous natural resources, especially metals such as gold and copper. It is a land famous for the advances of the Incas, who had one of the most sophisticated cultures the world has known. With a population of 29 million and a location next to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Brazil, Peru is a land global organizations need to watch.

Trainer Talk: Focus on the Fundamentals

By Bob Pike CSP, CPAE
Often in this space I write about “excellence”—what it takes for trainers to shine at what we do. I meet thousands of other trainers every year who, like you and me, always look for ways to be incrementally better at our work, to be like the professional baseball players who get three hits out of every 10 times at bat instead of 2.75 times out of 10. (The difference in pay between these two, by the way, is about $10 million per year!)

Training magazine Events: From Learning as Usual to Learning Unusual

By Tony O’Driscoll
Relationships, Reach, and Robots. These three discrete words may have a particular meaning to each of us prior to attending Learning 3.0, but after the conference, I hope they mean a whole lot more to those of us who spend our days designing, developing, and delivering learning.

Soapbox: Lights, Cell Phone, Action!

By Tita Beal
What if you lack the funds, time, and software to produce a multimedia training extravaganza…but you want the excitement of a video game for your learning program? An engaging onsite simulation can be created with a cell phone attached to a talented actor and a solid storyline.
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How-To: Use Technology to Reinforce Training

By Kendra Lee
Technology provides a cost-effective, fun way to stay in front of your participants with key content reminders after the training is over. We’ve added technology-based reinforcement to all our training programs, and our clients have reaped big rewards.
For one organization’s sales prospecting program, we used a combination of e-mail and video follow-up. One year later, prospecting continues to be a habit for the whole sales force, driving new customers and revenue for the company.

Keeping Employee Information Safe in the Clouds

By Caryn Tijsseling, Litigation Partner, Lewis and Roca The increasing popularity of cloud computing will have far-reaching effects on the data management systems of many companies. One area where cloud computing can have a major impact is on the storage of Human Resources (HR) information and records. In fact, recent studies indicate that up to 84 percent of surveyed companies either are transitioning or planning to transition their Human Resources functions to more accessible and affordable data management systems such as cloud systems.

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