Corporate training and development has been through quite a journey. Twenty years ago companies built physical universities (GE’s Crotonville, Accenture St. Charles), hired faculty and college professors, and sent their employees to courses. During my time at IBM in the 1980s, I flew to education centers all over the country, sitting in front ... Read more»
This week Kenexa, one of the largest and most successful HR and talent acquisition consulting companies, announced the acquisition of Outstart, a pioneering company in the market for e-learning tools, learning management, collaboration, and mobile learning solutions. This represents a major move for Kenexa, putting the company firmly into the market for training tools, ... Read more»
This month we are launching The High Impact Learning Organization®, a research study which has been more than three years in development. During this time we have interviewed hundreds of corporate HR and training leaders and reviewed in-depth trends of more than 780 global organizations.
Audio Overview of this research: click here.
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This week we talked with five top Chief Learning Officers representing training leadership at EMC, Extra Space Storage, MetLife, Textron, and Trinity Health. This group of learning leaders will be discussing their L&D strategies and solutions at our upcoming research conference.
One of the biggest topics we discussed was how to build a corporate ... Read more»
On February 26, 2008 Starbucks embarked on an interesting experiment in enterprise learning: the company shut down all its US stores for several hours to train 135,000 employees in a single shot. The goal of this program was to “reenergize our focus on the things that have made us the leading roaster and retailer of ... Read more»
We are clearly entering some form of economic slowdown. Our most recent index of talent management executives (January of 2008) showed some significant changes from May of 2007: 21% greater interest in cost-reduction, 18% lower focus on product introductions, and a significant increase in focus on building new leadership (18% increase). So let’s assume your ... Read more»
I recently had a conversation with the CLO of one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, who told me that “The CLO Role as we know it is dead.”
I have to somewhat agree. Over the last two years some very interesting shifts have taken place in the corporate training market: more and ... Read more»
As we look ahead to 2008, many pundits are trying to predict the direction of the US and world economy. Today we see that the US unemployment rate ticked up to 5% and the job creation rate (18,000 for December) was at its lowest level in four years. The unemployment rate is affected by many ... Read more»
An interesting trend is occurring in 2008. Over the last 7-8 years organizations have been working very hard to create a “federated” model for training, which centralizes certain core functions (e.g. LMS administration, leadership development, compliance, tuition reimbursement, catalog content) and decentralizes key training areas in sales, onboarding, customer service, and operations.
This organization model ... Read more»
Much has been written in the last few years about “informal learning” and the need for a culture of learning in organizations. We know from our research that today’s tight labor market and the changing demographics of the workforce are creating an even greater and greater need for a new model. Let me discuss our ... Read more»