Be Proactive and Invest in a Leadership Development Program

Be Proactive and Invest in a Leadership Development Program

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How many times have you heard the phrase “leaders aren’t made, they’re born”? Probably plenty, as this expression is common in our society. What this maxim alludes to is that leaders become leaders because they have a specific personality that others will follow. However, that does not mean leadership development is impossible.

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Big Courses Delivered In Small Chunks: Hottest 2014 Training Trend

While breaking big courses down into small chunks is one of the hottest e-learning trends in 2014, the concept originated nearly 60 years ago.

In 1956, George A. Miller, a cognitive psychologist at Princeton University, suggested in a research paper that the average human can retain seven items in his or her working memory at any one time, plus or minus two. We now refer to this as “Miller’s Law.” Long before corporate training was delivered online, “Miller’s Law” was an industry standard in determining how much information should be covered at one sitting. Continue reading

Why your Company Needs a Chief Learning Manager

American companies spend more than $130 billion a year on training their staff. Despite efforts by employers to give their workers the chance to learn new skills and absorb more knowledge, only 30 percent of U.S. employees describe themselves as “engaged at work” according to a recent Gallup study.

What is even more disconcerting is that these numbers have barely budged over the last 12 years. Continue reading

Why Cross-Training Through E-Learning Makes Corporate Sense

Today’s companies must respond quickly to sudden influxes of business and rapidly changing markets. Because of this, an increasing number of businesses are using e-learning to cross-train their employees so they are able to perform several jobs within the organization. Continue reading

How E-Learning Can Fill the Soft Skills Gap

The bulk of training dollars is spent on teaching employees job functions, such as how to use specific equipment or follow set processes to create products and services.

And yet, when asked what makes their employees valuable, most business owners cite a completely different skill set than straight technical and functional skills.

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Employee Training and Startups: Start with Function

Sir Richard Branson doesn’t mince words about the importance of training in startup businesses.

In a blog posting called How to Train Your Employees published on, the founder of Virgin Group with its 400 companies around the world lays out his strategy:

The first goal of any new business is simply to survive. One of the best ways to do this is by hiring excellent people who believe in your company and share your goals, and then by helping them to learn and improve their skills. This isn’t optional.” Continue reading