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11 Tips for Motivating Your Team

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All of your employees need feedback. There is a prevalent myth among many managers that self-motivated employees don’t require much attention or feedback; they feel good about themselves and the hard work they do, knowing what they do drives them. While that may be true, even the most self-motivated employees need to know that what they do matters. Even a cactus needs water to thrive. Read More »

How to Beat Distraction and Make the Most of Virtual Meetings (infographic)

How to Beat Distraction and Make the Most of Virtual Meetings (infographic)

DR DVirtual meetings and conference calls bring many benefits...and one major drawback -- distraction. This blog post and downloadable infographic provide 10 strategies for beating distraction and remaining focused.

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DR DVirtual meetings and conference calls bring many benefits...and one major drawback -- distraction. This blog post and downloadable infographic provide 10 strategies for beating distraction and remaining focused.

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How Executives Pay Learning Forward: Leaders-as-Teachers Programs

leaders as teachersLeaders-as-teachers programs have been directly linked to organizational performance. Formally incorporating the approach into a blended learning portfolio can be a differentiating L&D strategy, and one that offers business leaders unique opportunities to pay learning forward.  This article offers L&D Tips for Driving Successful Leaders-as Teachers Programs.

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The Science of Storytelling: How Storytelling Shapes Our Behavior

storytelling-dog-2When we hear or read a word, hundreds of signals activate the visual, auditory, and language-processing regions of our brains in a matter of milliseconds. They tap into our working memory, long-term memory, and even our subconscious to give things meaning. Considering all these responses are elicited by a single word, imagine what your brain looks like while processing an entire story.

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Are Your Employees Paying Learning Forward?

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Collaboration is a powerful tool for today’s competitive organizations. Leading L&D professionals are harnessing that power by encouraging employees to share knowledge and skills. As peer knowledge sharing grows in importance, make sure your workforce is geared to pay learning forward. This  L&D Tip Sheet on Knowledge Sharing will help you get started.

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Build a Culture of Accountability: A 4-Step Strategy for L&D

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“I am accountable” is a statement many people make with satisfaction, pride, and a sense of strength and accomplishment. It’s also one that many learning professionals would like to hear more often in their organizations.
This post outlines accountability's many benefits (to individuals and organizations) and presents L&D with a 4-step strategy for building accountability organization-wide.

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The Empathy Quadrant Worksheet

EQ Worksheet_thumbAt one time or another, you or your employees will face conflict. When it happens, successful resolution will most likely require some kind of face-to-face meeting.

What is the best way to prepare for a conflict meeting like this? What can be done to set the right tone and show that you have come prepared to find a win/win solution? One idea is to use an Empathy Quadrant.

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The Sad State of Soft Skills and How L&D Can Fix It

soft skills thumbIn this age of emphasis on education in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), research by LinkedIn, Google, Deloitte, and other organizations confirms what learning and business professionals know well: that technical capabilities are only part of the picture when it comes to business success.

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5 Ways L&D Can Help Managers Drive Soft Skills Training

DelegatingMore than 9 in 10 executives rate soft skills as important as technical skills, and 89% report difficulty finding talent with those capabilities.  Learning and development profesionals and managers each play a crucial role in ensuring employees get the training they need. Here are tips and tools that can help.

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(Infographic) Myth-Busting the Modern Learner: Characteristics of Today's Workforce & How to Meet Their Learning Needs

modern-thumbToday’s workforce spans five generations—each with their own distinct learning style. While there’s a plethora of research breaking down each generation and their respective learning styles, it’s important to recognize cross-generational similarities. This infographic shows common characteristics and preferences of the modern learner (regardless of age).

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