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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

REAL GOALS IN ACTION

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As I talked about in my post “SMART Goals Are Dumb,” SMART goals guide the setting of objectives, not goals. To establish developmental goals, we need REAL goals.

The REAL acronym stands for Relevant, Experimental, Aspirational, and Learning-based.

 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

SMART GOALS ARE DUMB

Written by Randy Emelo

Most everyone knows about SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Chances are you have used this mnemonic acronym at some point in your career to help you focus in on a performance goal or complete a complex and multifaceted project. I myself have used it and have taught others about it.

Unfortunately, the SMART process is not one-size-fits-all.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

MANAGERS NEED TRAINING

Written by Laura Francis

Managers provide a critical link between executive leaders and lower level employees. They are often the go-between among these two groups, taking the broad strategy that leadership envisions and turning it into actionable tasks that their subordinates complete. They play an important role in bringing the greater goals of the company to life.

Yet despite the vital work they do, managers are often the first to be let go in layoffs and are the least likely to receive training.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

WHY NO ONE LIKES YOUR PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT PROCESS

Written by Randy Emelo

One of the first projects that I worked on as a budding learning consultant in 1995 was helping a Global 1000 company re-engineer their Performance Management (PM) process. They needed to get their PM bell curve to conform to expectations. It had moved too far forward, and the majority of employees were rated above average. The client decided to change the rating scale so that managers would interpret employee performance more “fairly” and thus move the curve back to the middle (where it was supposed to be).

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

WHY THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW PROCESS GETS AN F

Written by Chris Browning

I recently had the opportunity to read a LinkedIn post by Ed Franzone, who is an executive coach, organization, and leadership development consultant. I’ve known Ed for several years now. Our paths initially crossed when the company I work for, River, provided services to one of Ed’s former employers; Ed was our internal champion.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

COMPETENCY-BASED COACHING

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How do your employees go about developing new skills in order to do their jobs better or progress in their careers at your company? This question may seem like an easy one to answer, but I think it’s worth giving some thought. For instance, let’s say one of your employees—let’s call her Emma—just completed her annual performance review...

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

KEYS TO CREATING A LEARNING CULTURE

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Why are TED Talks only 18 minutes?  The short answer is, "it works!" The longer answer has to do with peoples' average attention spans.  So with that in mind, why do organizations still focus on formal daylong, and sometimes weeklong, classroom training? The typical answer, often unsaid, is because "that's the way we've always done it." Well, outside of compliance areas, I believe this formal training...

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

WHEN IT COMES TO LEARNING, MANAGERS SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD

Written by Randy Emelo

In my opinion, managers have gotten a bad rap, especially in articles and blogs that compare leaders versus managers; managers take on the role of multitasking villains and leaders become heroic visionaries. In reality, we depend on our managers; they are the people keeping the balls in the air and the organization moving forward.  They help us coordinate people, processes, and projects and take charge of the day-to-day...

Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

BEING A LEADER MEANS INSPIRING COMMUNITY

Written by Randy Emelo

Have you heard of Airbnb? Bromium? Uber? If you haven’t yet, you can be sure that you will. These are just a few examples of companies that have seemingly sprung up overnight and are poised to totally disrupt the status-quo in their respective industries. I’m not telling you anything new when I say that this type of market reality is the new normal for organizations, and that as a result, companies...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00

IS L&D STUCK IN A TIME WARP?

Written by Randy Emelo

 While watching CNN’s documentary series, “The Sixties,” recently, I began thinking about how far technology and our concept of work has advanced, yet how organizational learning and development has somehow managed to lag behind. The entire notion of work has gone from a mutual commitment that lasted a lifetime and was celebrated with a gold 25-year anniversary watch to an era of networked freelancers who may not be bound to a physical desk...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00

3 STEPS TO MAKE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DREAMS A REALITY

Written by Randy Emelo

We all have dreams and aspirations. We all have ideas for our futures. We all have plans for how we want to live our lives. However, not all of us are able to make these dreams a reality. Why are some people able to turn these fantasies into realities while others are not? It could be due to personality differences, commitment to realizing their dreams, a change in priorities, an inability to complete tasks, trying to take on too much too fast, and numerous other reasons...

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 00:00

MUCH ADO ABOUT MOOCS

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Corporate learning professionals face many pressures in trying to do it all and be it all for their constituents. They have to show value while keeping training costs low. They have to support and educate an increasingly diverse workforce. They have to keep up with technology and the types of learning people want. And they have to prove the impact they have on the business...

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: LEARNING PREDICITIONS FOR 2014

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The future of learning is bright and exciting, according to Randy Emelo, renowned thought leader and expert on social learning, modern mentoring, and collaboration.  In his recent webinar “Learning Predictions for 2014,” Randy shared the latest trends in learning, as well as what he sees as the next big thing in learning. To paraphrase and summarize Randy’s predictions, ask yourself: What if your learning system could pull in information and resources...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

IS THE TRADITIONAL LMS ON ITS WAY OUT?

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Could the traditional LMS, the primary way most organizations have invested in learning, be on its way out? A number of recent surveys and studies seem to suggest that people are ready for a better way to manage organization learning. For example, a Brandon Hall Group survey presented in their recent webinar, Research Spotlight: LMS Trends, noted that 47.7% of 500 organizational respondents want to replace their LMS. Additionally...

It’s no secret that innovation is the key ingredient to driving a company forward.  Want to compete in a future where nothing is guaranteed and markets can change quicker than I can gulp down a cup of coffee on a Monday morning?  Then you need innovation.  Want to be the company that everyone is clamoring to keep up with?  Then you need innovation.  Want to be the company that people really want to work for?  Then you need innovation...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

SKILL GAPS: ARE WE CREATING OUR OWN PROBLEM?

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A November 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that nearly eight in 10 managers are at least somewhat concerned about the skills gap that exists in their company, but only about four in 10 organizations are doing anything about it. I agree that the skills gap is a very real and serious problem, but if companies are not willing to do anything to address the issue, then they need to stop complaining about it...

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

COMPLICATIONS IN L&D MAKE FOR CONFUSED AND OVERWHELMED LEARNERS

Written by Randy Emelo

I am fascinated by watches and all the bells and whistles—or more accurately “complications”—that they can contain.  Every new action or feature added to a watch beyond the core function of the hour and minute hands is termed a complication.  As a result, adding a second hand, a display of the date, leap years, time zones, moon phases, astrolabe dials, days of the week, times of sunset, times of sunrise, thermometers, altimeters, barometers and so on each constitute an added complication to something that at a basic level was built to help you tell time with an hour and minute hand...

In a new Dove beauty products ad campaign called Real Beauty Sketches, we see normal women describing themselves to a sketch artist who cannot see them.  We hear them make some rather harsh and unflattering comments about themselves, from having round cheeks and a full face to crow’s feet and thin lips.  In this social experiment, these women then spent 20 minutes with a stranger, and then that stranger described the woman to the sketch artist. The difference between how the women described themselves and how the strangers described them was astounding...

What departments get the most recognition and attaboys from the C-suite at your organization?  Sales?  Marketing?  R&D?  Customer service?  I’m guessing not HR. Why are HR and learning functions so often overlooked as a key component or source of organizational success?  I’m sorry to say that this may be a product of our own making...

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 00:00

ARE YOU FAILING NEW MANAGERS?

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Produce more results with fewer resources. Can’t we all say that this phrase has been the corporate “mantra” of the recent post-recessionary, pre-full-recovery era? Almost every organization that my team and I work with is currently echoing this same rallying cry and is being asked to do more with less.  More work, more responsibility, more output, more stress…but less hiring and fewer resources.  It’s an unfortunate reality and one everyone can relate to. One area where this has really come into play is with new managers...

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