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Breaking Bad Habits

Procrastination, micromanagement, and tardiness are just a few of the bad habits your workforce—and you—might struggle with.

Work routines become so ingrained in us, it’s hard to change, but training yourself, and your employees, to instill better habits can create a more robust workforce.

Learner Experience

The learner experience may be as important to Learning and Development (L&D) as the user experience is to software companies. In fact, it’s a key factor in determining whether L&D remains relevant.

Once bounded by the duration and content of specific courses, the learner experience is growing to include the overall learning environment within the organization. That means efforts before, during, and after the training must be considered to help ensure learning can be sustained and retained.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness training is making its way into the corporate world. More than just a stress management tool for busy executives, the act of becoming aware and centered now is seen as a valuable business skill.

Mindfulness long has been touted as a stress-relief tool. Is there a practical case for teaching all employees the ancient art of calming one’s mind to address business objectives?

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View from 30,000 Feet

By Lorri Freifeld

Orchestrating a smooth training transition during a merger or acquisition is never easy. But when it involves the joining of two major airlines, well, fasten your seatbelts. There almost definitely will be turbulence ahead.

Give & Take

By Gail Dutton

Employees in a negotiation training workshop are chatting happily in a company cafeteria near San Francisco. They’re not on break. They’re on assignment. Their objective: to discover three things they didn’t know—and wouldn’t have guessed—about each other. They have two minutes.

B-School vs. C-School

By Margery Weinstein

When you see on a resume that an applicant graduated at the top of his or her business school class, does that necessarily translate into guaranteed success behind the desk at your company? A business school background can’t hurt, but most organizations know it is far from enough. With more individuals touting business school degrees on their resumes, companies are recognizing the need to help these new employees apply what they learned in the classroom to the real world of tight budgets and stretched financial goals.

Last Word: Building Strong Relationships

By Peter Post

When I became involved in the Emily Post Institute teaching about etiquette, I found myself sitting at a lunchroom counter one day scribbling notes for an upcoming talk. The thrust of the talk was the importance of etiquette in building relationships. Etiquette, after all, is more than just a bunch of rules. Its true purpose is to guide us to make choices that build relationships.

Talent Tips: Onboarding Recognition

By Roy Saunderson

Most orientation and onboarding programs are manager-initiated or online portal-delivered sets of steps, policies and procedures, and general ground rules to function on the job. Whether it is health and safety guidelines, learning the full benefits package, taking assigned online learning presentations, or signing off on required Human Resources documents, it can turn into a lot of information cramming and a check-box mentality of task completion.

Learning 3.0: Taking Learning to the Next Level

By Tony O’Driscoll

By the time you finish reading this article, 5 million videos will have been viewed on YouTube; 1.9 million messages will have been shared on Facebook; 400,000 people will have tweeted; 15,200 people will have searched for someone on LinkedIn; 6,250 photos will have been uploaded to Flickr; and 4,000 people will have checked into a location on Foursquare.

World View: Focus on Panama

By Dr. Neil Orkin

Location, location, location! Panama has been blessed with a perfect location to conduct commercial shipping. A ship can cross from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and vice versa by using the 50-mile waterway known as the Panama Canal. The revenues generated from the canal are critical to the country’s financial success. Panama intends to greatly increase the canal’s capacity by 2014. This unique waterway will have a major impact on the country’s development.

Soapbox: Certified by Caterpillar

By Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, and Janie Copeland, CPA

Caterpillar Inc., a leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, knows infrastructure: Caterpillar machinery and engines can be found all over the world. Just as Caterpillar equipment is used to make progress possible, the company also understands the importance of developing a diverse and well-trained accounting staff.

Soapbox: Leading in the Second Half of Life

By Jann Freed, Ph.D.

At 45, most executives have reached their peak and are bored. While they are very good at their jobs, they often are not learning and are no longer challenged. Yet, they are likely to have another 20 to 25 years of work. So managing oneself often leads to beginning a second career.

How-To: Cement Learning in Just 5 Minutes

By Kendra Lee

When we as trainers create training, it’s not enough to just deliver it. If we want to make it stick, we need strategies to cement the content long after the program appears to be over.

One of the most common ways to reinforce key content is to make it available in a bite-sized format that’s easy for participants to review, useful for managers to reinforce, and easy to integrate as pre-work into related programs.

The Art of Negotiation

Many people think William Shatner is the master negotiator based on his priceline.com commercials, but I believe my husband actually owns the title. His dad was in auto sales, and he has continued the family tradition. In fact, he practices his wiles—I mean skills—on me on a regular basis.

Salespeople Are Different—and So Are Companies

By Ken Wax My recent article explored “10 Reasons Why Training Salespeople Is Different and What You Can Do About It” (http://trainingmag.com/article/yes-salespeople-are-different%E2%80%94and-so-training-them). It showed why the very nature of their work makes them different than most other groups.

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Minneapolis, MN (November 18, 2014)—Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, today announced the finalists for the annual Training Top 125, which ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs.

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