How to Get Talented People to Focus on Their Strengths

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Our weaknesses, for some reason, outshine our strengths like a beam of light. We all become focused on our shortcomings, comparing other’s strengths to our weaknesses.  Maybe that’s why we try to improve our weaknesses through self-help books, podcasts, or self-improvement classes.

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How to Develop a Successful On-the-Job Training Program

Younger employees are entering the workplace. Employees require new skills and desire career growth opportunities. Lack of employee engagement is costing organizations billions in lost revenue. Enter on-the-job-training programs. Employee learning and training programs engage employees, provide learning and growth opportunities, and encourage loyalty and productivity among employees.

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Five Ways Online Learning Has Grown Over the Past Five Years

Back in 2013, the eLeaP blog launched for the first time. At the time, we already appeared to be well into the online learning revolution. In retrospect, the industry was only beginning to take off and many of the things we now take for granted about online learning were still emerging. This post looks at just five things that have changed since 2013 when we first launched the eLeaP blog. Continue reading

Is Team Building Worthwhile?

Team building often gets a bad rap. As soon as people hear that team building activities are going to take place, groans, grumbling, and eye rolls flood through the workplace. But is team building all bad? Is it worthwhile? Does team building add to retention and productivity? Does it make employees happier and more engaged?

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7 Microlearning Myths Dispelled

Microlearning is buzzing around like it’s the new kid on the learning and development block. But is microlearning new? What qualifies as microlearning? Is it only for millennials? Does it replace all other styles of learning? In a 2017 survey by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), out of almost 600 talent development professionals surveyed, 38 percent used microlearning and an additional 41 percent planned to implement it within the next year.  Although microlearning is becoming more popular as a method of delivering education and training, confusion surrounds this method.

Read on to discover seven microlearning myths dispelled.

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10 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Respond

A considerable shift is occurring in the job placement market. By 2025, 75 percent of the global workforce will consist of millennials. Thirty percent of the global workers are actively looking for a new job. Seventy-four percent of workers in 2016 were open to making a job move. From 2014-2024, almost 10 million jobs will be created.

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How to Host an Effective Meeting

You’re extremely busy but have just been asked to drop everything to attend a required meeting. When you arrive in a timely manner, only half the participants are present. Worse yet, the first 15 minutes of the meeting are taken up with small talk about someone’s recent win on the golf course When the meeting does start, there is no agenda, but there is a long-winded monologue, essentially summarizing a document you’ve already read. Two hours later you leave and realize that you have not only learned nothing new and were never asked for your opinion but also wasted two hours when you could have been doing something else. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Most American workers find most meetings to be a waste of time. Fortunately, managing meetings is something nearly all managers and leaders could do if they simply adopted just a few guidelines.

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Automation Rocks, but Not Every Business Needs a Chatbot

In the future, the success of businesses, even small businesses, will increasingly pivot on the adoption of automated solutions such as chatbots. By automating routine tasks, businesses can do more for less and increase their ability to serve customers around the clock. While the benefits of automation are obvious, it is still important for businesses of all sizes to seriously assess when automating is truly adding value. After all, in many instances, a human touch still carries a tremendous amount of value. Continue reading

Exit Interviews: Why They Matter and How to Conduct Them

By the time a key member of your team announces their departure, it is usually too late to persuade them to stay. They have likely already decided that it is time to move on either for professional or financial reasons or both. However, when key players opt to leave, the decision is rarely random. Whether they are moving across the country to join a spouse who has landed a great job in another city or simply moving around the corner to join an organization with greater opportunities for professional growth, it is important to discover why they are departing, and the best way to do this is with a formal exit interview. Continue reading