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The Agony and the Ecstasy—Building Innovation Capability

By Peter Mulford, Executive Vice President, BTS Does your organization have the managerial know-how to innovate? If so, do your managers know the behaviors they must change in order to cultivate a culture of innovation? For most companies, in our experience, the answer is no. And the problem is neither a lack of resources nor of creativity itself, but of management capability—specifically, the capability to convert new ideas into value creation. The good news is that building innovation capability is not easy, but it can be done. Here’s how.

You Like Me, Right? I Mean Really Like Me?

By Julie Bennett, Training Account Manager, Signature Worldwide We want our clients to like us. Sometimes we assume they like us, or that we satisfy, delight, inspire, them—add in your word du jour. But do we know and can we ask? It’s always nice to check in and confirm what we know—in all of our relationships. Head off a small problem before it’s a big one. And just like being thanked—it’s always appreciated.

Conference Highlight: Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation

How can you help clients and co-workers use the training you’ve spent hours preparing? Dan Pink, a Training 2012 Conference & Expo speaker, shares the surprising truth about what motivates us. This fascinating presentation covers everything from out-of-the-box thinking to economic reform—well worth watching!

Nurturing the Learning Tree

By Hank Moore, Corporate Strategist Organizations are populated with individuals who possess a plethora of education, skills, and talents. Companies are composed of human beings, who bring their culturalization (or lack of it) to the job. Thus, they set the pace for the tree (company) in question. Business professionals are the sum of their life experiences. People, like organizations, develop, grow, and thrive. If not, they are of little market value in a career.

Supercompetent Speaking: Reading Your Audience

By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP A good speech adapts to meet an audience’s needs. Good speakers maintain awareness of the audience throughout the entire presentation and make adjustments as necessary. How do you know if your audience is “with” you? What is your audience thinking and feeling? How do you read them? This doesn’t require telepathy, just a type of sensory intelligence derived from careful attention and experience.

The Alphabet of Good Coaches: Part 1

By Bruce D. Stasch, Marketing Manager, Work Effects There are many different types of coaches out there, each claiming to be the best at what they do and promising to make you successful. What sets a good coach apart from an ineffective one? Educational background and experience are not enough. When looking for a coach, here are the first 12 of 26 characteristics every good one must possess to be effective (the remaining 14 characteristics will be revealed in Part 2 of this article posting January 16):

Soapbox: Paychex Train-the-Trainer Partnership Program

By Lisa Green, Training Manager, HRS and H&B Operations, at the Paychex Training and Development Center

Kelly Schnupp never thought participating in a three-month program to enhance her training skills would have such a powerful and immediate impact on the company’s bottom line, but her experience with the Paychex Train-the-Trainer Partnership has left her pleasantly surprised.

World View: Focus on the Multicultural/Multi-Language Classroom

By Lester Stephenson

It is becoming increasingly common for training classes to have students from all over the world. But it is impossible to adapt teaching styles and classroom culture to a student from India when sitting next to him is one from Vietnam, behind him is one from Iraq, and nearby is someone from Mexico and another from Atlanta, GA. Throw in language issues, and the task facing the instructor can be overwhelming—even intimidating.

ROE Case Study: U.S. Federal Government Agency

By Dr. James D. Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick The Challenge The training division of a federal agency was in trouble. In a conversation with their leaders, three increasingly common events were detailed:

7 Steps to Stress Prevention

By Michael Rich We all have seen it in the workplace: an employee so overcome with stress he or she struggles to complete work and becomes a distraction to others.

Training as a Strategic Advantage

By Dan Cooper, CEO, ej4.com It was an impressive example of out-executing a competitor. On a Thursday, a distributor for a major consumer goods company found out a competitor was going to roll out a new product to grocery stores over two weeks starting the following Monday. The competitor was offering to buy an end-aisle display, and in return wanted the retailer to discount the new product 30 cents below cost. The competitor’s message was that the retailer would still profit from “market basket add-on” because of the draw of the product on sale.

Ask for Feedback

By Jodi Glickman, President and Founder, Great on the Job There are two overriding goals of getting constructive feedback—they are both equally important, and neither trumps or negates the other: Make the feedback as useful as possible to you. Make the request as easy as possible on the person giving the feedback. Goal #1: Make the Feedback as Useful as Possible to You

Happiness Breeds Success

By Shawn Achor If you observe people around you, you’ll find most individuals follow a formula that has been subtly or not so subtly taught to them by their schools, their company, their parents, or society. That is: If you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. This pattern of belief explains what most often motivates us in life. We think: If I just get that raise, or hit that next sales target, I’ll be happy. If I lose that five pounds, I’ll be happy. And so on. Success first, happiness second.

Conversation Continuers and Terminators

By Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer with William Bole Conversations are building blocks of innovation, ways to move an idea from origination to application. But they often stall at the starting gate or become unproductive. To create successful conversation, make sure you’re sending the right signals to your conversation partners, letting them know you’re interested in a real exchange of ideas. Recent studies of how doctors talk to patients (often ineptly) are instructive.

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