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Examples of Organizations Who Have Top Business Training Programs

By Ian Romero on Sep 18, 2017 3:08:00 PM

There is a real war for talent occurring today. Many companies are already operating with lean staff, due to high attrition rates and not replacing staff, not to mention downsizing as a result of a difficult economy.  In this kind of environment, focusing on worker retention and cross training to make existing workers more efficient makes a lot of sense.  Everyone is trying to do more with less, and to help them achieve this goal, organizations are leaning in to their learning and development programs to help them fill that gap.

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Topics: Business Training

What is the Link Between Authentic Learning and Learner Motivation?

By Ian Romero on Jun 27, 2017 3:01:00 PM

The best learners are the ones who are self motivated. They are eager to discover, to ask questions, and to take in the new information that can potentially change their lives. Creating motivated learners, from a corporate learning perspective especially, may seem like an uphill battle. But it's not impossible. Read on to see how the concept of authentic learning can help your hr training and development programs become more accessible, more relatable, and more influential within your learning and development programs.

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Topics: HR Training and Development

Make Your Corporate Training More Like MacGyver

By Ian Romero on May 16, 2017 3:02:00 PM


MacGyver is known for a style of creative thinking and problem solving that can get his character out of a tight spot with little more than chewing gum and a paper clip. That ingenuity and critical thinking can be directly applied to your learning and development programs for greater outcomes. How?


Read on to find out how your training can benefit from a mind like MacGyver.


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Topics: Corporate Training

Do You Have a "Formal" Informal Training Design?

By Ian Romero on Apr 5, 2017 11:50:00 AM


Your company thrives off of a solid learning and development program. It’s how your employees get the skills and knowledge they need to grow within their roles, and how your business is able to do bigger and better things year after year. Chances are that you have a formal training plan in place (and if you don’t, you should create one). But have you thought about bringing in a more official strategy for your informal training opportunities as well? Here’s why you might want to formalize your informal training design as well.


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Topics: Training Design

Performance Consulting Is More Than Training Delivery

By Ian Romero on Feb 21, 2017 3:40:00 PM

If you are unfamiliar with the term, performance consulting is becoming a more important focus for organizations committed to making sure they are accomplishing their goals with as little wasted effort or resources as possible. It’s designed to help companies do more with less, stay competitive, and increase market share. The hyper-competitive market that businesses operate in today have learned that in order to stay ahead of the curve, they must increase pressure on their corporate training programs to calculate the return on learning of training initiatives,  create more responsive solutions, and ensure that performance is always on the cutting edge.


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Topics: Consulting

Change Management Series: Plan to Succeed!

By Ian Romero on Jan 10, 2017 3:03:00 PM

Change management is the art and science of managing the transformation and development that is inherent to business processes. It requires the controlled identification and implementation of necessary adjustments, such as succession, staffing, business strategy, and so on. In this series on how you can improve your change management processes, there will be helpful content and advice which can help you differentiate your company from the competition and set strategic goals that lead to long term success.

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Topics: Change Management

Working Effectively as a Virtual Consultant

By Ian Romero on Nov 30, 2016 8:30:00 AM


If you’ve been hired to work on a home-based assignment, then you’ve entered the world of working virtually.


Here are some tips to make the transition to virtual work as smooth as possible.


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Topics: Career Development

Are MOOCs for You?

By Ian Romero on Nov 29, 2016 1:01:00 PM

You, like many businesses, may find yourself in the situation where budget is tight for investing in training and development programs. But you also know that failing to increase your knowledge base (and that of your team) can drag your company down in a competitive business landscape. Luckily, there is a wealth of information available online that is easy to access and reasonably inexpensive (often even free).


But how do you know what courses are worth your time and efforts in the long run? Here are the basics on spot a MOOC that adds value to your company and your HR assets.

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Hiring L&D Professionals: A Gamified Guide

By Ian Romero on Oct 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Molding your company into a learning organiztion has become increasingly important as the value of expert talent rises. Download our gamified guide on hiring L&D professionals and learn:

  • Who needs to be a part of your multiplayer L&D team
  • How the salaries of your team members stack up against industry averages
  • The best ways to attrack top talent
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Topics: Using Consultants

How To Help Your Employees Develop As Leaders

By Ian Romero on Oct 18, 2016 5:02:00 PM

John Maxwell, a business and leadership guru, advises leaders in companies to come up with a delegation plan that works for them. He suggests the 10-80-10 rule.  Plenty of leaders wonder why is it so hard to delegate. Understanding where you should be "hands-on" and where you should back off is key to the success of your projects and your team, as well. Here are a few thoughts on how the 10-80-10 principle can help you delegate more effectively.

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Topics: Leadership Tips

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