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What do you do when your biggest learning, networking, and inspiration- sparking event of the year is interrupted by a global pandemic? It’s a thought that would have seemed ridiculously far-fetched just a year ago. Now, it’s one that nearly every organization, keynote speaker, and Training professional has had to grapple with.

ISA’s first-ever virtual Annual Business Retreat helped members rethink not just how they deliver training but also what their businesses and people need to be able to thrive in these extraordinary times—and into the future.

You may have employees who have been with your organization for decades. They have a record of accomplishment, are well liked, and a great value to the company. The problem is your workforce needs are shifting.

How to upskill and reskill employees to rocket them into the new world of work.

With distance learning surging during the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders, many organizations leaned on their learning management systems (LMSs) to provide access to training. So what’s next for the LMS?

Classroom training isn’t just a lectern and whiteboard anymore. Even before COVID-19 struck, corporate classrooms were being turned upside down and inside out to reflect the many ways individuals learn.

For three Training Top 10 Hall of Famers, the future of classroom training is all about architecting development experiences and optimizing the learning environment.

Does Your Training Work? Try a “Warmer” Climate

No matter how thoughtful and well-designed the training, you still need to make sure all the right factors are in place to care for and nurture it through that critical and precarious incubation period. If the climate is suitable for learning transfer, the training sticks, thrives on its own, and ultimately blossoms into fruitful returns.

Tenaris’ Feedback Actions Campaign

Nearly 50 percent of Tenaris’s white collar employees indicated on two separate surveys in two years that their performance reviews were not helping improve their job performance. In response, Tenaris implemented the Feedback Actions Campaign to improve the annual performance evaluation process for more than 7,000 employees.

Everyone Needs a MESS (Meeting Enforcer Sensor System)

Sixty-seven percent of employees report that more than half of the meetings they attend are of no value, according to a recent study. Apparently, we’ve cured many diseases, but not one for the common meeting.

Why Questioning Work Is the New Time Management

When people become comfortable questioning and challenging assumptions about work, it often becomes clear that redesigning the work—doing it in a new way than was originally specified—is often the best option.

Do You Have a Results-Focused Workplace?

If employees understand that they solely will be judged by the outcome of their labor, rather than the appearance of their labor, there will be a focus shift.

Virtually There: Developing the Competencies of Virtual Classroom Facilitators

As you move your programs to the virtual classroom, start by making sure your instructional designers are virtually competent. Then, task your trainers with the following goal: facilitate virtual classroom learning experiences that meet or exceed the learning outcomes expected in a traditional face-to-face experience.

Common Questions about Host Leadership

Host leadership is about building relationships—at work, in the community, in society, at home—to engage others. This engagement is the key ingredient that leads to increased performance and results.

My Best Boss

Research shows that common characteristics of what makes a good boss include: My best boss listened. My best boss backed me up. My best boss respected me.


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