Training Delivery

Senior Leadership Development – Get Them to Experiment

September 16, 2013

Designing leadership development programs for members of an organization’s senior leadership team is challenging. They’re a time-starved bunch. Some of them aren’t big fans of formal learning. And, if they’re lucky, they’ve already had past access to excellent learning opportunities. So the program needs to be relevant, practical and extremely engaging. How should training directors […]

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The Benefits of Training for Project Managers

April 9, 2013

Jen’s note: This post is sponsored by ESI International, a training company dedicated to the career advancement of project management professionals. One of the aspects that I admire about the project management profession is the rigorous attention applied to professional development. This post highlights some of the training avenues a project manager might take. Whatever […]

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5 Reasons Training Activities Suck

September 12, 2012

  What’s your opinion on training activities – love ‘em or hate ‘em? My colleague Robin Schooling has a love-hate relationship with training activities. I can relate, having attended my share of workshops where I’ve found myself thinking, “Really?! Move about the room and act like MONKEYS?” (Seriously. One time, a group of us were […]

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Your Leadership Development Back-To-School Supplies List

August 13, 2012

In my part of the world, summertime is very brief. Consequently, I’ve noticed a trend in my consulting work: corporate training schedules mirror the traditional K-12 educational model.  When it comes to leadership development training, companies essentially “take the summer off” because many employee vacations are crammed into the space between the Memorial Day and […]

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Adult Learning and Training Workshops – It’s Not an Oxymoron

June 29, 2012

Adults like to learn. No, really, it’s true. If you’re skeptical of this statement, it’s most likely because you’ve shown up to facilitate a training session and felt like you’ve walked into some sort of hostile takeover situation. There is a way to help turn things around: respect your learner’s adult-ness. By doing this, you […]

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Stand Up-Sit Down Meeting Energizer

September 20, 2011

If you’ve ever hosted a day-long meeting or workshop, you know that even the best gatherings sometimes experience a dip in energy.  To reboot the vigor in the conference room, here’s a quick and easy “energizer” that helps revitalize people without being too cheesy. It works best with a group of at least ten people. It’s called […]

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Fun with Factoids Icebreaker

April 5, 2011

As a learning facilitator, I have a toolbox full of ice breakers, team builders and group facilitation techniques that have served me well over the years. Just the other day, I freshened up one of my favorite standbys called “Fun with Factoids” with the addition of audience voting technology. It worked so well that I […]

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My Take on “If I Could Change 1 Thing About HR . . .”

February 14, 2011

About a month ago, Michael Carty, editor for the United Kingdom’s XpertHR Employment Intelligence blog reached out to introduce himself and inquired if I would contribute an article to his blog series “If I Could Change One Thing About HR. . .”  I asked if he would consider a contribution that explores training and development. […]

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What We Teach How We Learn

October 21, 2010

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a resource that focuses on my core passion: helping people grow professionally. Learning and development professional Benjamin McCall has launched a new e-book called What We Teach How We Learn. The book features ten essays from people in the world of learning and development. Inside this book, you […]

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Leaders: Maximize Employee Training

September 24, 2010

“How do we begin to change the culture of expectations in our organizations where instead of being held accountable for participating in learning and development activities, people will be held accountable for applying and using and changing their job performance?” —Robert Brinkerhoff   This quote appeared in the August 2010 issue of T+D magazine. Brinkerhoff […]

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