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Training magazine’s Training Top 125 Award winners are the organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world. The 2018 winners were recently announced.

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Sonic

Sonic Automotive’s greatest challenge recently has been a decreasing SAAR (Seasonally Annual Adjusted Rate) of new car sales, as the United States is selling fewer new cars year-over-year. To overcome this, Sonic Automotive had to make wise training investments focused on maximizing ROI.

In an automotive retail industry that traditionally has limited its investment in training, Sonic Automotive boosted its Training team and spent $150 million on iPads and iPhones for all Sales and Service associates.

LeadingRE's

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) lives up to its name—and more—as it moves into the No. 1 spot on the 2018 Training Top 125, underscoring its firm commitment to best-in-class employee training and development.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World moves into the top spot on the 2018 Training Top 125.

Community Bancorp

With offices across multiple states, New York Community Bancorp, Inc., faced the common challenge of delivering consistent training within the organization. In response, the company distinguished itself by offering future-oriented technology solutions while expanding on the diversity of content and programming.

New York Community Bancorp, Inc., used the last year to firm up its position as a 21st century provider of learning solutions, offering employees the latest technologies and innovations for growth.

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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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Creating a Holistic Talent Management Team

By Richard Lynell What does a holistic talent management team look like? Well, that answer varies, depending on your organization and its leadership, culture, and environment. But regardless of this, I believe a talent management team should be an independent function of the organization, similar to an internal audit team.

8 Pillars of Trust

By David Horsager Everything of value is built on trust, from financial systems to relationships.

Insightful Ethics Training Can Be a Game Changer

By Pat Quinn, Managing Director, and Pamela Verick, Director, Protiviti Inc. During prosperous economic times, ethical business principles may be overlooked when the next moneymaking deal seems right around the corner. When cash is flowing, few extol the virtues of a strong corporate culture and how it contributes to long-term business success. Yet, many learn in hindsight the value of these principles.

Must-Have Media Training

By Gerard Braud Natural disasters have emergency managers, emergency operations centers, and public information officers in high demand for telephone interviews with the Weather Channel, CNN, and other media outlets. So why is it, with the wealth of official knowledge available from these officials, the Weather Channel suddenly cuts away during Tropical Storm Lee to interview some yahoo resident standing in flood waters at his home in Mandeville, Louisiana?

Use Telemarketing to Generate Qualified Sales Leads

By Jim Graziano, President, Onset Marketing LLC Business telemarketing is a reliable method to generate qualified sales leads. Many accounting, consulting, law, technology, and other professional service businesses are turning to business telemarketing to generate new immediate, short- and long-term sales opportunities.

CHG Healthcare Services LEAPs Ahead

By Margery Weinstein At the end of 2009, CHG Healthcare Services launched a new two-part Leadership Development Program. Employees interested in a leadership opportunity within the company now can speak to their managers about the Leadership Evaluation and Assessment Program (LEAP), which is designed for those ready to move into leadership in the next six to 12 months. The program was developed to gather information on potential leaders and pinpoint areas for growth that are essential for all CHG leaders. Here is how it works:

I’m Happy You Made a Mistake

By Mary Hladio, Founder and President Ember Carriers Leadership Group Minor mistakes in the workplace can be something such as overwriting a file that does not affect others but wasted your time rebuilding; major mistakes are those that affect others or the bottom line, such as overwriting the only copy of a customer database.

Siemens USA Revamps Its Recognition Program

By Mike Ryan, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Madison Performance Group Creating and implementing a successful large-scale employee recognition program in the workplace can be a challenge in any environment. Inherently, obstacles can be more complex within a self-governing business structure. Siemens USA—with 60,000 employees in all 50 states and Puerto Rico—recognized the need for a company-wide program that balanced its business autonomy with enhanced corporate-level visibility, oversight, and control requirements.

Asia’s Contribution to EI: The Power of Paradox

By Sebastien Henry “Asian thinking doesn’t ignore paradoxes: It turns them into harmony, as both parts of the paradox can be reconciled. This ability to reconcile paradoxes proves very useful when it comes to emotional intelligence, as it means that we don’t have to compromise.” One of my previous bosses, the international director based at the headquarters of my firm in Europe, would often say: “Chinese people are really unnecessarily complicated.”

Supercompetent Speaking: Pre-Presentation Preparations

By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, NSA President Good presenters spend time preparing for speeches, both in the long and short terms. Earlier columns have reviewed long-term preparation; in this article, let’s discuss the practical steps you can take immediately before an event to maximize impact and value for the audience. As your presentation comes down to the wire, keep these tips in mind:

Trainer vs. Mentor

By Joe Lipham, Training Account Manager, Signature Worldwide One morning while working in my former position as a human resource director for a resort, I was finishing my daily coffee run when my front-office manager, Kate, approached me. She was relatively new in her position and usually was full of ideas and had lots of energy—she was ready to make her mark on the organization! Unfortunately, I could see on this occasion that she was looking a little down.

Values? What For?

By Thierry Wellhoff In the corporate environment, the subject of values often is viewed either with mistrust—and there have been many cavils, at times exaggerated—or with a zeal that may induce dizzying hopes, or end in bitter disappointment.

Continual Training…Continual Growth

By Jeff Kortes, President, Human Asset Management LLC Who should be responsible for the training and growth of an employee? Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the employee. But it also lies with several others, as well. The immediate supervisor and the organization itself also have an obligation to provide opportunities and encourage an employee to grow. Can an employee grow in a non-supportive environment? Absolutely. But it is much harder.

Evaluating Training Providers

By Hank Moore, Corporate Strategist Everyone talks about the benefits of training, but it’s important to identify these benefits in your organization. Then, when you are ready to look at potential training providers, you will know exactly what you should expect to receive from them. Below are the seven biggest benefits of training, followed by tips for selecting and evaluating training providers. 7 Biggest Benefits of Training

Learning From Customers

By Tim Ogilvie and Jeanne Liedtka Want the biggest bang for your growth investment dollar? Dave Jarrett, a partner at the consulting firm Crowe Horwath, is happy to share his philosophy: involve the customer very early in the process. Here’s what Dave told us recently:

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