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Measuring Leadership

The impact of a toxic executive can be substantial, including the loss of star employees and departments that fail to reach business goals. Well-liked but ineffective leaders can be equally damaging, impeding a company’s profitability.

Leadership development programs are commonplace; less commonplace is an effective way to measure if they work. Companies are making an effort to determine whether and how leaders—and their organizations—are benefiting from these programs.

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An employer can be a force to fear, or a force for trust and cooperation. More companies are discovering ways—including specific training—to build trust with their employees, fostering greater productivity and higher employee retention in the process.

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Understanding the Value of Development to Your Workforce

Meeting the staffing challenges of the future is paramount for any organization. In the current business environment, we’ve heard a lot about unemployment and jobs not being available, but as the economy continues to recover, the next challenge for companies is going to be the widening talent gap and changing workforce demographics before a possible war for talent begins.

Social Learning: Trend or Transformation?

By The Training Top 10 Hall of Fame Social networking became the rallying cry for a generation that connects over the Internet as easily as previous generations communicated over the telephone. In fact, many Millennials entering the workforce actually prefer social media to spoken conversations. Now, savvy trainers are leveraging the technologies that enable Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and blogs, among other options, to deliver learning—not just because they can, but because using specific media supports their training goals.

Transforming Innovators in the Workspace

By Arupa Tesolin, Owner, Intuita There’s a big difference between the kind of innovation that works best for growing companies and what works for start-ups and inventors. The trick is to know what parameters you are working with. Trainers who grasp this and know how to speak the language of innovation will win big. Blue Sky Innovation

Doing More with More in the Retail Industry

By K.C. Blonski, Senior Director, Travel, Leisure, & Retail Markets, AchieveGlobal The current recession has brought about many changes in the American retail landscape—including fewer new store openings, slower customer traffic, and greater migration to online shopping. Experiences within stores have evolved, as well; the average store has fewer employees on the floor, longer lines, and less merchandise. These shifts in experiences are clear signals that in the recession many retailers have outsourced the retail experience to their customers.

Criteria for the Ideal Instructional Design Process Model

Editor’s Note: The best model for any designer or developer is the one that works well for a particular organization—a model that consistently produces effective learning outcomes on time and on budget. Here,Michael Allen outlines four necessary criteria for the ideal process model, each of which are met byhis Successive Approximation Model (SAM) as an alternative to the ADDIE instructional design model. By Michael W. Allen

Developing Leaders in Emerging Markets

By Abraham Zachariah, Vice President, Capability Development Lead- India, Business Process Outsourcing, Accenture Arguably one of the biggest challenges most organizations face today in emerging markets such as India is the ability to manage a young work force and channel their abundant energies. This young work force is restless and tech savvy, seeks instant gratification, and needs to be constantly challenged and engaged. To top it all off, they seem to have numerous options in front of them, and loyalty to the organization is no longer considered a virtue.

Social Media Policy 101

By Heidi Carpenter, Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A. By the end of 2012, Facebook will be home to more than 1 billion users; Twitter will have registered 500 million-plus users; and YouTube will far surpass 4 billion views per day. These incredible numbers indicate social media will continue to shape the ways in which we communicate. The rise of social media also has transformed the landscape of the workplace.

Going on the E-Mail Offensive

By David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, CEO, The Grossman Group E-mail is one of the most pervasive forms of communications in the workplace today. Pingdom.com estimates 107 trillion e-mails were sent in 2010, with an average of 294 billion sent a day. From our work with Fortune 100 companies and employees, we’re hearing more and more that employees are overloaded by e-mail, and it’s causing them stress.

4 Essential Rules for Emerging Leaders

By Sal Silvester Look at you—you’re a rising star! You’re smart and successful. People are taking real notice of how good you are in your job as an engineer, financial analyst, customer service representative, software developer, sales representative, or nurse. Life is sweet, but something is about to rock your world. You are about to get promoted.

Supercompetent Speaking: Emergency Speech Surgery

By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP You've prepared for weeks to dazzle an audience with your brilliant 45-minute speech at a big conference...and then…30 minutes before show time, an apologetic organizer approaches you. He explains that because they got a late start and an earlier speaker went on longer than expected (Mortal Speaker Sin), they can only spare you 20 minutes—so you’ll have to cut your speech short.

Mobile Content: The Big Picture

By Chad Udell Mobile learning is a large area unto itself. Just like e-learning, m-learning can be delivered in many different ways. E-learning delivery modes include traditional narrative and presentational learning delivery, scenario-based training, soft skills training, games, and software simulation. Although m-learning is less mature than e-learning, it, too, can be delivered via differing modes.

Getting Good Advice

By Hank Moore, Corporate Strategist Selecting the most appropriate consultant for your company—optimizing expertise—is the greatest challenge facing a decision-maker. It’s lonely at the top. Certain kinds of objective information cannot come from within your own camp. True expertise is a rare commodity, and the successful company utilizes it on the front end, rather than on the costly back end. There are the seven plateaus of advice given to business leaders, with No. 1 being the base level of advice and No. 7 being the most insightful:

Kaizen = Change for the Better

By Mark Graban andJoseph Swartz The word, “Kaizen,” is translated from Japanese in a number of ways, most simply as “change for the better.” Breaking down the word:

Developing Great Communication Skills

By Dean Brenner Have you ever been in the company of one of those rare souls who can clearly articulate a point? Have you ever met that person who can artfully harness a meeting by clearly stating what the group is struggling to express? Have you ever seen that person who walks onstage and absolutely owns the room the moment they open their mouth?

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