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Dollar General

The Tennessee discount retailer earns the top spot on the 2019 Training Top 125.


Mastering the art of leadership development, accelerating the training of its agents, and increasing employee retention and productivity helped Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) mark a year of milestones.

Best Buy

Laser-focused on growth and innovation, Best Buy is well on the way to fulfilling its multi-year vision called Best Buy 2020 – Building the New Blue. Training continues to play a crucial role in helping the retailer achieve this vision and was instrumental in moving the needle on Best Buy’s three main corporate strategic goals for 2018:

Training technology and innovation have been game-changers for Best Buy as it implements its multi-year growth and customer experience strategy.

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Agile. Nimble. Resilient. If organizations want to keep up with an ever-evolving world of work, these are the types of people they need to hire, retain, and, most importantly, develop. But how can organizations continue to support their employees’ growth and success in a rapidly changing workplace? The key is agile employee development.

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This Industry Insight article is provided by Saba Software. Download this new guide to find out why career agility is the new competitive advantage – and how your people can become career acrobats to propel their career to new heights.

Talent Acquisition, Development, and Retention in Emerging Markets

By Frank Waltmann, Ph.D., Head, Corporate Learning, Novartis The business environment in emerging markets for the next 10 to 20 years will be challenging due to talent shortages and fierce competition for competent, trained employees. A strong leadership brand may be just the elixir as data continues to show talent looks for, and places a high value on, personal and professional growth when choosing where to build a career.

5 Ways to Foster Innovation

Innovation is a hot topic for businesses. Everyone wants it, but how do you know if you have it? In Brandon Hall Group’s recent survey on Relationship Centered Learning, participants were asked to describe their company’s top two business priorities, and Improving Innovation was one of the top picks. How do you know if you are encouraging innovation in your organization? Here are some ways companies can foster innovation:

How to Take the High Road in Communication

By Patti Lind, Founding Partner, Lind Consulting Group When I come out to talk with groups, there is invariably someone in the audience who says, “I don’t buy this. I am who I am and if people can’t accept that, then that is their problem.”

Why Trainers Lack InfluenceラAnd How They Can Get It

By Joseph Grenny, Co-Founder, VitalSmarts There’s a lot more to influencing new behavior than just delivering high-quality training. Once training finishes, participants return to work and immediately are pulled in a dozen different directions. In fact, research suggests that all these distractions are the reason why less than 10 percent of what is taught in the classroom translates into real behavior change back at work. So what can trainers do to ensure learning translates into action?

The Importance of Measurement in Employee Engagement

By Alan E. Hall, Founder and Chairman, MarketStar (now a division of Omnicom) Imagine half of your workforce going through the motions while looking for other employment. According to a recent Gallup study on employee engagement, approximately 54 percent of employees in the United States are not engaged in their organization (http://www.gallup.com/poll/150383/Majority-American-Workers-Not-Engaged-Jobs.aspx).

How Gilbane Creates Doer-Sellers

By Margery Weinstein In 2010, increased competition and an ever-changing construction marketplace led Gilbane to re-examine its sales processes in order to drive sustainable long-term growth. It became clear that a broader range of sales expertise and business development was needed throughout the leadership teams to complement Gilbane’s existing business development teams.

Dog Days of Work

By Michael Patterson Consulting with businesses and managers who, like myself, have a canine or two at home, I discovered that they often would spend more resources on, and have more patience in, training and developing their pet than they would on the employees who worked with or under them. Frankly, they treated their dogs better than they’d even think to treat their employees! Lack of employee development can lead to lowered productivity, workplace strife and discomfort, higher employee turnover rates, hampered growth, and many other debilitating results.

Top 5 Steps for L&D in 2013

By Ara Ohanian, Chief Happiness Officer and CEO, CERTPOINT Systems With 21st century technologies changing the way we think and learn, it’s not surprising that we find ourselves at a tipping point for change. 2012 saw Facebook’s 1 billionth user, and the world was gripped by a Korean artist-turned-global-phenomenon, thanks to YouTube. So how can we grasp these compelling opportunities to prove L&D business impact and propel L&D to its rightful seat at the C-table? I see five key steps to success in the year ahead:

Engagement Starts with Your Leaders

By Tom Roth, Chief Operating Officer, Wilson Learning Worldwide Let’s face it—it’s still tough out there. Most organizations today have weathered the worst economy since World War II, with recovery and growth slower than we all would like it to be. But you made it, and now you are dealing with the massive changes that have taken place and are working hard to ensure your organization stays on course for continued success.

5 Critical Competencies for Disruptive Innovation and Change

By Soren Kaplan
Disruptive innovation and change have become the norm. Most of us know that if we don’t proactively innovate and change the game, someone else will rewrite the rules for us. Just think Blockbuster, Borders, Blackberry, and Kodak.
At the same time, business culture reinforces the idea that uncertainty should be avoided at all costs. Control is the goal. No wonder every management book on Amazon that uses the word “surprise” in its title focuses on preventing the phenomenon from occurring.

Soapbox: Career Courage

By Bill Treasurer, Founder, Giant Leap Consulting
I am a big ’fraidy cat. From my knee-shaking fear of heights to my tongue-stammering fear of authority figures, I live a life that seems imbued with fear. You may find it surprising, then, that I am a professional courage-builder. My personal mission, and the mission of the courage-building company I founded a decade ago, is to help people and organizations be more courageous.

Where Will We Find the Leaders for Our Future?

By Brad Mason, Training Account Manager, Signature Worldwide Where will we find the leaders of tomorrow, what will we use to determine a successful leader, and how will we measure the success of our choice for the next great Legendary Leader?

A Homegrown HR Philosophy

By Alan Wurtzel In 1949, Samuel S. Wurtzel opened the first Wards Company retail store in Richmond, VA. By 1959, Wards Company operated four television and home appliance stores in Richmond. Wards Company officially changed its name to Circuit City and became listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1984. Human Resource Policies

Employee First Impressions: A モMulligan,ヤ Please?

By Cary Schuler, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cfactor I always love self-righteously claiming my right of a “Mulligan” as it’s often referred to in golf. You didn’t like that drive? No worries, just tee up another ball and try again… Unfortunately, Mulligans don’t work so well in our professional lives.


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