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2016 saw Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) take talent development to the next level. The company created a program that has allowed its brokerages to better select sales managers, and in the process, improve their companies’ overall performance.

The real estate company revamped sales manager selection, which, along with enhanced development of leaders across the company, added up to a year of accelerated learning.

NY Bancorp

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.’s increased investment in employee training and development has paid dividends, including earnings of $130 million, 96 percent customer satisfaction ratings, 2.6 percent lower turnover than the industry average, and a spot in the Top 5 of the Training Top 125 for the first time.

An increased training budget and staff helped the financial organization achieve its sales, service, and employee development goals in 2016.

Keller Williams

Keller Williams Realty, Inc., moved into the Training Top 125 penthouse, landing the No. 1 spot for the second time in three years and earning its induction into the Training Top 10 Hall of Fame after four consecutive Top 10 rankings.

The real estate organization lands the No. 1 spot on the 2017 Training Top 125.

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Making It Stick

By Kevin R. Glover, M.S., M.Ed., Vice President, Corporate Communications, Clinical Education and Sales Training, and Connie Murray, R.D., M.Ed., Director of Clinical Education and Sales Training at B. Braun Medical Inc.

What’s Your Refresh Learning Strategy?

By Dan Cooper, CEO, ej4.com Ask a training professional about a certain skill set for employees and you’ll often hear something like, “Oh, we trained them on that two years ago.” The built-in assumption is, once you train employees on a topic, they’ve mastered it forever.

True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development

By Bill George and Doug Baker As a result of myriad leadership and economic failures in the past, both personal growth and leadership development are undergoing a significant rethinking. Macroeconomic theories prevalent for the last 30 years convinced many opinion leaders that people are motivated by monetary gains alone and act only in their economic self-interest.

Growing Gains

Last month, I regretfully had to have a 70-foot-tall, stately maple tree removed from my front lawn. Unfortunately, it had fallen victim to a condition called girdling roots, in which the roots grew around the base of the trunk and choked off vital nutrients and water. A few weeks later, I noticed a hint of green peeking out from the mound of mulch. I cleared away the dirt and found a small sprout growing in the spot.

Salary Lessons from Wall St.

By Constance Melrose

Wall Street may not be fashionable in some circles, but here’s one statement that’s tough to dispute: Wall Street professionals know how to negotiate a good deal. Last year, even in relatively lean times, 56 percent of Wall Street financial pros reported earning a higher bonus than they earned the year before.

Get Your Head in the Game

By Margery Weinstein

A changing mindset combined with changing technology is driving the use of games and simulations, says Karl M. Kapp, a learning and technology expert and professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. “People are becoming more open to using games and simulations for learning, and, at the same time, the technologies are making the development of games and simulations easier and faster than a mere five years ago.”

AAA – The Auto Club Group: Simulating Good Customer Care

By Margery Weinstein

In an effort to continuously improve member service levels, AAA – The Auto Club Group faced a learning challenge: It needed a simulation that would address the specific service issues its customer-facing employees handle. The company decided the best way to meet this learning need was to develop its own custom simulation, says AAA – The Auto Club Group Vice President and Chief Learning Officer Daniel Hill.

Cox Enterprise: Computer-Driven Behavioral Simulation

By Margery Weinstein

When Cox Enterprise’s Cox Leadership Program (CLP) needed an action-learning simulation to support its curriculum, the company turned to PressTime, a computer-driven behavioral simulation created and distributed by Discovery Learning. After observing the simulation at a company in Canada, Susan Edwards, Cox’s business effectiveness and executive development consultant, decided it met the leadership program’s learning objectives.

L3.0 Wrap-Up: The Next BIG Thing

Some 310 training professionals gathered at Training’s first Learning 3.0 Conference in Chicago last month to discover the industry’s next transformation and how it will affect their organizations. They heard from innovative thinkers on topics such as “When Games Invade Real Life and Gamify Work,” “Leveraging Social Media to Change the Enterprise,” “How the Brain Science of Attention Will Change the Way We Learn,” and “Cultivating the Imagination: Building Learning Environments for Innovation.”

How-To: Start a Corporate Mentoring Program

Starting a corporate mentoring program can seem like a huge task, and for that reason alone, many organizations simply don’t do it. They talk themselves out of it and rationalize that the “informal” mentoring taking place organically in the organization is enough. But it’s not.

Here are 10 tips to help you get your program off to a successful start:

World View: Focus on Italy

By Lyrae Myxter, Director, Executive Services, Aperian Global

Once an agricultural society, Italy has developed into one of the world’s leading industrial economies since World War II. It ranks eighth in nominal GDP, is a member of the G8, and a founding member of the European Union.

Training magazine Events: Reframing Possibility

By Tony O’Driscoll, Executive Director, Center for Technology, Entertainment and Media, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

To mark the 35th anniversary of the Training Conference & Expo, at Training 2012, our aspiration is a simple but audacious one: to take what we know about what works and what does not in driving human performance and to apply it in a way that allows everyone to achieve their utmost potential.

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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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