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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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5 Ways to Make Your Compliance Elearning Go Beyond the Screen

We've all been here. We take a course because we have to. We go through the motions and then that's it. Nothing transfers into our day-to-day lives. This is a common challenge for compliance training. Employers put all the effort into getting people to take compliance modules – but then there are no follow-up activities to support the knowledge transfer. …

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If You Build It, They Will Come...Won’t They?

Once upon a time, this may have been the case. However the reality is, they don’t. But why aren’t your learners queuing up to access your learning? Because employees (and people generally) are busy and have multiple choices of how to spend their time; how can they spend it learning if they don't even know the learning exists? Say Goodbye To The …

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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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Learning Portals: Why You Should Be An Early Adopter

I still remember the day I was forced to get my first iPhone. Yes, forced. It was with great dread and doubt that I signed the dotted line and committed myself to the new era of computing. I didn’t want to; I was happy with my phone that made calls and did nothing else. That’s why my first iPhone was the 3GS, meaning I waited 3 whole years after the …

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Discussing Open Source at #OSOS15

I recently had the opportunity to attended the Open Source Open Society Conference 2015 in Wellington, and the chance to hear keynotes from Chris Kelly from Github, Lillian Grace from WikiNZ and many other respected Open Source advocates, outlining the relevance and demand of open source solutions.

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Debunking the Myths of Onboarding

When your new staff members think about your corporate onboarding program, which of these statements is closer... "What a great experience! Coming to work here was definitely the right decision!" or "Onboarding? Oh, you mean those compliance courses I had to take just before that session I had to go through on how to fill out expense reports?". …

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5 Tips For Success With Leadership Blends [INFOGRAPHIC]

How important are your leaders within your organisation? Effective managers and leaders can improve employee performance by 25% and retention by a staggering 40% . Aren't they worth investing in?  If you want to build better leaders today and develop the skills of your leaders of tomorrow, then creating a programme of training using blended learning …

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6 Tips for Front-line Leadership Development

It’s not controversial to say that the front line matters. Market researchers consistently agree that companies are increasing their investment in developing front-line leaders, i.e., those who directly manage line employees. According to Bersin , companies tripled investment from 2009 to 2012. According to Training Magazine , “Management/Supervisory …

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Targeted Training Investment - Part II

This is Part II of a two-part description of a rapid, crowdsourced approach to conducting performance assessment. Part I described the problem we faced and what we achieved. Here, we describe how we executed the approach. Where We Left Off In Part I, we described how we wanted to conduct a performance assessment to help size and target a large …

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Apprentices Have Their Say At The Apprenticeships4England Debate

It’s fair to say that the hot topic on every political party’s lips at the moment is Apprenticeships. Some vowing to create and deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and others fighting to match such statements. But with all this media attention around apprenticeships, has anyone actually asked what the apprentices of today think? On Tuesday …

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What We Learned at LT15

Last week saw over 8,500 visitors pass through the doors of London’s Olympia to visit the Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference.  Returning for its 18th year, the increase in attendance is further evidence that companies are investing in technology to achieve greater return on their L&D investment. On Stand 144, we had …

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Learning Insights for the New Year [SLIDES & RECORDING]

We’re one month into 2015. This year is going to move rapidly. Are your learning programs ready to make an impact? With continuous changes and heavy demands, thinking beyond the everyday scope may seem daunting. You may think, I have a strategy, I’m ready. But is this the same old strategy as last year? Change may be in order. Perhaps, …

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ATD TechKnowledge 2015: What's Old? What's New?

It was mid-January in Las Vegas. ATD TechKnowledge 2015 was underway. There I was, escaping from the cold of New England, armed with a laptop, a smartphone, and a general sense of enthusiasm. This was my sixth TK conference, and I wanted to answer a couple questions: What's new in the eLearning industry? Where are things going? Here's what I uncovered:  …

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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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Why I Loved 2014: My Top 6 Highlights

May of 2014 marked my fifth year with Kineo and the fifth year of Kineo operations in the U.S. Personally, this represents quite a milestone, as I've now worked for Kineo longer than any other organization in my life. Good news is I'm in no way done. In fact, I feel like singing! So, what else stood out to me this year? Let's take a look. Working …

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Getting Gaming Right [INTERVIEW]

Gaming is everywhere. It’s the new mobile learning – pushing from years of abstract theory and concept into a real corporate reality. And we were thrilled to be right there front and centre with gaming at the Learning Awards 2014, picking up the gold award for best learning game with our client, McDonald’s UK. We love …

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The 5 Missing Skills From Your L&D Team

At City & Guilds Kineo, and in the broader City & Guilds group, we focus a lot on the skills crisis in the UK and the global economy. The mismatch between the skills employers need and what would-be employees bring to the table is always staggering.  We’ve just spent 4 exhilarating days at the Skills Show, where over 70,000 young …

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5 Ways to Increase Your Workplace Innovation

How can you spur innovation? Recently, I attended an internal workshop on strategy and growth, and my workgroup was asked to tackle this very question. We quickly came to the conclusion that innovation and learning are closely aligned; that is, creating the condition for innovation requires creating a "learning culture," or a culture in which new …

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Reflections From Director Matt Fox

With my time at City & Guilds Kineo coming to an end, I’ve been reflecting on the experience of the last nine years. From start up to a global business. From four people to over 200. From half a million turnover to over £20million. From humble beginnings offering consultancy advice, all the way to pioneering new ways of designing and building …

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Award-winning Qualifications at Topps Tiles

Topps Tiles, a City & Guilds Kineo customer, recently won the 2014 Adult Learners' Week National Employer Award  for commitment to learning and development of their employees.  Topps Tiles have 330 stores across the UK and 1400 retail colleagues. Since bringing their learning and development in house and becoming a City & …

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