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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. Download the 2019 application today!

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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.


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?

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Leader and Social Media



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.

Why is it so important to get onboarding right?

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It’s Always Up to You

Everything in your life is your responsibility. You’re responsible for your own decisions; you’re responsible for the quality of your relationships; and you’re responsible for your own growth and development.

Knowing Your Worth

In order to succeed, you have to believe you can. And to believe you can, you have to appropriately value yourself and your ability to contribute.

The Value of Self-Confident Employees

The goal of increasing internal promotions—which also helps with succession planning—won’t work if employees don’t have the confidence to push themselves forward when new positions open.

You Can’t Develop Influence Without Support Scaffolding

Scaffolding is the lattice of support we put into place around ourselves, from sponsors and advocates to peers and family members. Scaffolding supports us, gives us the confidence to think bigger and take chances. It helps us grow and increases our options exponentially.

Listen to This

Great managers—and great therapists—inspire deep loyalty by doing the same thing: They listen.

Tips for Handling a Passive-Aggressive Person

You don’t have to tackle PA alone. You can engage the team in establishing norms of behavior that encourage direct and honest interactions. Team members can help keep one another accountable; peer pressure can influence more strongly than the individual leader.

Be the Product

Imagine for a moment that you are the startup, you are the product. You are valuable to your company because you are a strategic thinker, problem solver, and team collaborator. However, you are not a robot just doing a task. Here are five pieces of advice to consider your contribution to the team.

Is Open-Book Management Right for Your Company?

The practice involves “opening” an organization’s financial performance results to employees, so they understand long-range goals and what the company is up against.

Why Is It So Hard to Understand How to “Do Inclusion”?

10 questions that can help you build on your own existing mindsets and behaviors, and zero in on your own unique answers, setting you on the path to creating your own personal “Circle of Inclusion” and becoming a more inclusive trusted advisor, colleague, or leader.

5 Strategies to Be Agile in the Face of Disruptive Technologies

The good news is that if you can learn to manage the pressure you feel from all this change and disruption, and become open and agile with new technologies, it can become a competitive advantage—for your organization and your career.

Risk Factor

Often, associates are afraid to step out of their comfort zone, and they remain in a static position out of fear of the unknown. Unfortunately, an opportunity may be passed by due to lack of self-confidence and fear of potential failure.

Training Top 125 Best Practice: Inclusion at MSU Federal Credit Union

The Learning and Talent Development (LTD) team provided 40 sessions to all employees to develop their awareness of unconscious bias, individual assessments to gather personal improvement, and a series of 12 five-minute on-demand videos on topics that continue the exposure throughout the year.

Timing Is Everything

Testing learning is as time critical as delivering it.


Top 125 Countdown


Training Top 125

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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Emerging Training Leaders


Spectacular. Impressive. Dazzling.

Spring is—finally—in the air.

By Lorri Freifeld

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