Articles by Steven Lowenthal

Kineo Releases a New Solution for Developing Front-Line Managers

Kineo US and The Oxford Group have collaborated to deliver ManagementPlus , a new approach to developing front-line managers that leads participants through change journeys which culminates in demonstrated proficiency on the job. “Our conversations with leadership development managers uncovered that they were frustrated with today’s offerings, …

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Putting the Rapid into Interactive Video

Video is back and it’s back in a big way. In fact, it’s gone interactive. When some of us got started in this business, the boring talking-head at screen left video was all the rage. But then the Internet came along and with it bandwidth concerns. And so video took a back seat for a long time. Interactive Video But it’s 2016 and we’re a YouTube …

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Four Big Questions for the Future of L&D

In the President’s State of the Union address last week, President Obama posed four big questions for the United States to address in order to meet the challenges of the future. While I can‘t promise his level of eloquence, I think it’s worth considering what four big questions we need to consider regarding the future of the learning and development …

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Is Rapid Elearning Right for You?

Care about elearning? Do you care about the little things – like cost, speed and control? Then you might at a minimum be intrigued by rapid elearning, or quick-delivery elearning. The promises of rapid elearning are certainly compelling: Reduced cost Less time Increased ability to respond to organizational needs Greater control …

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Trend Spotting: 5 Noteworthy L&D Trends from ATD 2015

Last week I spent three days at the ATD International Conference in Orlando along with 10,000 other training and development professionals. We gathered to share ideas while industry providers rolled out loads of new products and services.   My biggest takeaway? The pace of change in the industry continues to accelerate. I walked away excited …

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Mentored Tasks: Support Learners Where They Are

Let’s play pretend. Imagine that you‘re a sales manager for a major pharmaceutical company. Six months ago you rolled out a new process to help your sales representatives assess RFPs (requests for proposals) and opportunities to determine the likelihood of winning the business. The process is built around reviewing a customer’s RFP, completing three …

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8 Ways to Focus Your Learning Strategy on Managers

Employees turn to their managers for cues on what strategies and priorities are important within a company. For example, when a call center wants to improve its customer service, managers must work with agents to change the style of conversations with its customers. Likewise, when a company wants to focus on cultivating existing clients versus …

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5 Things CLOs are Thinking About Now

Last week I attended the CLO Exchange in San Diego where senior learning and development, and talent management executives from Starbucks, Estee Lauder, AmEx and other global organizations shared their challenges and plans. The following are five themes that emerged from the discussions.  Real Change Takes Time Turns out all of those …

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