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Leader and Social Media

Most of your employees are familiar with at least one social media site, whether that’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, or another. Understanding how to use these platforms to build relationships with new and prospective customers—and even colleagues—is essential these days.

Social media is more than a collaboration and marketing tool; it also can be a tool to develop leaders.

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This year, the youngest of the Baby Boomer leaders will turn 61, and simple demographics assures that the need to replace the exodus of these aging leaders will accelerate rapidly over the next four to six years.

And is your organization doing enough to develop them?

New L&D Leaders

Set yourself up for success by learning from peers who have already been there.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: STRATEGIC ONBOARDING—HELP NEW HIRES BELONG AND DELIVER RESULTS

When new hires choose your company as “the one,” it’s a big deal for them and you. And it’s personal. There’s nothing they want more than to belong — to fit in, understand their role, learn the ropes, and add value to the organization right away.

Because it’s personal, one-size onboarding isn’t going to work. Organizations should look at the new hire onboarding process as a complete experience. In fact, onboarding should begin from the moment the candidate says, “Yes.” That means personalizing the offer letter and pre-boarding experience and creating more than a task checklist about workspaces, computers, and paperwork. Strategic onboarding rapidly engages enthusiastic new hires into the life of the organization and keeps them continuously engaged with every career move or transition.

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The Monster Under the Bed

Fear of failure is many people’s “monster under the bed.” But the reality is that there is nothing to be afraid of except staying in your comfort zone.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

No longer bound to only the classroom or e-learning, it is becoming easier to create experiences that better fit the ways people learn. Companies today are recognizing the importance of delivering more informal and experiential learning, according to the 2018 Brandon Hall Group Learning Strategy Study.

How to Have Difficult Conversations

If the reason you avoid difficult conversations is that you think you’re not being nice, think again. You’re like a surgeon. In every surgery, there is some pain involved, but it’s good pain; it’s pain that helps and heals, not pain that damages.

Unconscious Bias: Some Lessons Learned

Let participants discover unconscious bias for themselves. Telling participants about unconscious bias is often counterproductive. A phased experiential approach is best.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Strong communicators take responsibility to get their point across: If the other person does not understand you, it reflects your inability to communicate rather than his or her inability to comprehend.

Can Augmented Reality Workspaces Improve Jobs?

With so much capacity to enhance collaboration, should augmented reality technology also be used to sooth the psyches of introverts, who get reenergized by spending time alone?

Lack of Leadership

It’s ironic to promote someone from an individual contributor role—based on his or her success in that role—to a management or leadership role: The very things that made that person successful as an individual contributor may be the traits that work against him or her as a manager or leader.

Boosting Sales

To be successful these days, salespeople have to be creative problem solvers—advice and expertise win business nowadays, rather than simply the product or service the salesperson represents.

The Human Factor

It is always a good idea to “watch your economics,” but be careful not to forget that caring about people is one of the most essential characteristics of successful trainers.

Lighting And Leading The Way

The primary paradox we face today is that we are desperately looking to leadership to light the path to a better tomorrow at precisely the moment they feel the most insecure in their ability to lead the way.

A Strategy For Improving Learning

Prioritizing activities with the biggest influence on alignment, effectiveness, and efficiency for the business, the learner, and the Learning function is a practical and integrated strategy for improvement.

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2017 Training Top 125 winners demonstrated a strong focus on effective training and employee development tied to corporate strategic goals and business impact.

From the Editor

While editing one of the articles, “Lessons for New L&D Leaders,” for this issue, I read something that struck a chord: “When meeting with peers and up-line colleagues, ask: ‘How can I help you

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