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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 00:00

MILLENNIALS AND EMPLOYERS: A GAME OF CHICKEN

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How would you answer this question: Millennials must adapt to companies or companies must adapt to Millennials Seems that this question has been on the minds of many lately. This topic came up in a recent Fox News Panel that included my former University of Miami classmate, Ben Kosinski, Millennial entrepreneur and founder of the online platform Sumpto. The panel covered issues related to Millennials and the workplace...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 00:00

GETTING COMMITTED TO SOCIAL LEARNING

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In an October 2013 American Management Association survey on analytical skills in the workplace, Human Resources and Sales were the two functions that lacked these skills the most, according to respondents.  People in Finance were seen as the most highly skilled in analytical ability, with 58% rated as expert or advanced, as compared to just 27% in HR and 34% in Sales. But what if people in HR and Sales could tap into the knowledge of their colleagues in Finance so that they could improve their analytical ability...

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00

INNOVATION AND DESIRE: WHY SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IS KEY

Written by Randy Emelo

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?

Written by Randy Emelo

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, 12 November 2013 00:00

UNLOCK ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS WITH MODERN MENTORING

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Employee loyalty. Workforce productivity. Customer loyalty. High Revenues. What organization doesn’t want these types of coveted results? None that I can think of. But now comes the harder question: How can we achieve these results? According to the 2013 Employee Engagement Trends Report from Quantum Workplace, the answer lies in employee engagement, which they found strongly correlates with each of these keys to organizational...

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 00:00

6 QUESTIONS TO ASK OF INFORMAL LEARNING

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Roughly 80% of learning in the workplace occurs informally.  The remaining 20% occurs formally, such as in a classroom, during a seminar or through an online course.  Yet most learning leaders focus the majority of their attention on the formal processes, leaving 80% of learning opportunities unaccounted for. These informal learning opportunities are “the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way most people learn to do their jobs,” according to Jay Cross, a well-known organizational learning thought leader...

85% of hostile employees don’t receive enough coaching from their boss, according to Quantum Workplace’s latest research study. What’s happening there? Is the manager just ignoring them, or is the manager ineffective at coaching? What do employees want out of coaching? Is it different than the manager’s perception? I sat down to research the topic to see how my advice on effective employee coaching would match up with what others...

My dad has been at the same company for almost thirty years.  The way older generations were raised is you find something and stick with it. With our generation it is about finding your passion. If you aren’t happy, quit, and find something else! We are much more open to switching majors, changing careers and starting fresh.”

- Julie Strand, age 23, sales representative at C.H. Robinson Worldwide...

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 00:00

BEST PRACTICES FOR PURPOSEFUL SOCIAL LEARNING

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Social learning continues to grow as a practice, with U.S. companies spending on average $13,675 on social learning tools and services in 2012, according to Bersin by Deloitte. What is troubling is that people seem to have differing opinions on what social learning is. I’ve found that social learning is often misunderstood or perceived inaccurately as a free-for-all situation that takes place on social media, where a person might post a question and then cross their fingers and hope that someone answers...

We can all relate to the feeling of not having enough hours in the day to do the work we need to get done.  Or those times in our lives when we convince ourselves that we don’t have time to try something new: from a new software at work to yoga on the weekends, because we are too busy and “already don’t have enough time in the day.” But if we knew that trying the new software could help us get ahead at work or that yoga could reinforce a healthy lifestyle that prevents us from getting a disease, we might find a way to make time for these new activities...

A retiring workforce. Mergers and acquisitions. Siloed functions. A globally dispersed employee base. Costly formal training.  Unidentified employee knowledge assets. In last week’s webinar hosted by HCI, we learned that these are the business challenges that URS, a fully integrated engineering, construction, and technical services company, solves with social learning, enabled by River.  If you couldn’t make it to our webinar, don’t worry...

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00

HOW TO MODERNIZE MENTORING AT YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Businesses today operate in an era marked by increased complexity and competition.  With organizational hierarchies flattening, every worker in your organization is becoming more autonomous and increasingly responsible for making daily decisions that can alter the course of the corporation--for worse or for better. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that everyone throughout your organization has the timely knowledge they need...

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00

BAD MILLENNIAL MANAGERS: WHAT HR CAN DO ABOUT IT

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Think your Millennial boss has some room for improvement? A recent article by CNBC says you are not alone; only 5% of the current workforce thinks that Gen Y is ready to lead. And the Millennial-damning statistics don’t end there. A recently published Ernst and Young study, featured in the article, reveals that the prevailing perception in the workplace is that Millennial bosses aren’t overly effective; in fact 68% of survey respondents think Millennials...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:00

4 KEYS TO A WINNING SOCIAL LEARNING STRATEGY

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“Business leaders are keenly aware that social is becoming the primary tool that people use to share information or create knowledge.”  These words of wisdom come from a recent MIT Sloan Management Review research study called, “Social Business: Shifting out of First Gear.” While companies may acknowledge that social is the primary tool they need to use, how do companies get started...

What I’ve learned spending my career in the talent and learning industry is that there is never one system that can be an organization’s entire solution in terms of organizational learning. One system does not yet exist that effectively spans 100% of the 70:20:10 learning continuum and effectively support all the various nodes of learning (formal, social, and experiential). More often than not, large organizations require “Best of Breed” systems that support of the various learning nodes and that work together in harmony...

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:00

THE EVOLUTION OF MENTORING

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In the late 1980s, I was hired to do some executive leadership development consultancy work at a large Fortune 500 company. I remember being on site and walking down a hallway, which was lined with portraits of past company officers and executives, on the way to the executive office area. What struck me as truly rudimentary during my stroll down this hallway was the lack of diversity represented in the portraits. I have to believe that this company has since taken these paintings down, given the fact that all the subjects...

The Millennial generation, to which I belong, is 80 million strong, and it is estimated that we will make up 50-75% of the workforce by 2020.  Now, I don’t think that the Millennial generation will cause any Tsunami-like destruction (except maybe to outdated corporate practices and policies), but Millennials’ potential Tsunami-like disruption is what I think could be most powerful...

In a recent blog, I explained that many companies buy social networking systems like Jive, Yammer, and their built-in talent suite counterparts and expect these systems to enable meaningful social learning. Sadly, they don’t. This led me to share the Spanish saying, “No le pidas peras al olmo,” which means, “Don’t ask an elm tree for pears.” Instead of asking social networking systems (that were built for enterprise communication and coordination) to...

Effectively leading an online social learning group is part art and part science.  There is both a structural component (science) and a feel (art) that contributes to creating the optimal environment for generative learning among group participants.  A balance needs to be struck between these scientific and artistic components to help ensure that there is a learning focus that drives the conversation and engages the participants...

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...

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