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SumTotal Recognized for Exceptional Learning Technology

December 14, 2010 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- SumTotal® Systems, Inc., the global leader in complete talent management solutions, today announced it was recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Elearning! Media Group in this year's Best of Elearning!. SumTotal is helping its global customers achieve their business objectives by continuing to accelerate the pace of innovation with groundbreaking technology advancements in learning and talent management software.

"We received over 1,700 nominations this year for the Best of Elearning! and awarded 65 solutions. To make the cut as a finalist and earn an award of excellence is quite an honor," said Catherine Upton, Publisher, Elearning! Media Group.

Elearning! Media Group, the industry voice of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, established the "Best of Elearning!" six years ago and awards are based on input directly from its vast reader community. In 2011, The Best of Elearning! Awards will be honored at the Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo on September 27-29, 2011 at the Hilton Anaheim at the Convention Center.

"We are honored to be recognized for this prominent award," said John Borgerding, CEO of SumTotal Systems. "SumTotal's mission is clear – deliver real value to customers with our highly innovative HR technology solutions. Our focus on customers and their achievement is what drives us and our market momentum. This award is further testament to our dedication to the industry and our customers."

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Korn/Ferry International Named HR Consulting Firm of the Year at China Staff Awards 2010

December 14, 2010 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Korn/Ferry International, a premier global provider of talent management solutions, has won the HR Consulting Firm of the Year award in the category of Talent Management at the recent China Staff Awards 2010.

Organized by CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, the China Staff Awards, established in 1998, recognizes individuals and companies whose dedication to the HR profession is acknowledged by their peers.

"We are thrilled to win the award for HR Consulting Firm of the Year under the Talent Management category," said Jack Lim, managing director of Korn/Ferry's Leadership and Talent Consulting business in Greater China. "The award is a testament and recognition of the work we do with our clients to help them continually build their capabilities and talent pipeline, in order to remain agile in a fast changing environment."

In recognizing Korn/Ferry, the panel of judges noted that "Korn/Ferry's research-based talent management solutions have come at a critical time in the China market and worldwide. We recognize them for their quality services in the areas of identifying best fit talent, leadership assessment, and customized development programs. Korn/Ferry leverages unique methodologies to attract, identify and develop high-potential leaders who learn quickly, navigate change and drive the changes needed in the market."

The HR Consulting Firm of the Year award recognizes the firm that offers cohesive and effective HR management solutions in areas such as HR Strategy, cost & budget, organizational development, leadership development, succession planning, HR technology and workforce planning. These solutions must not have only helped clients create a high-performance work environment, but also proved to result in measurable benefits to the client company. Previous winners of this award include Hewitt Associates Consulting and Mercer Human Resources Consulting.

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BDO USA Recognized for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility

December 14, 2010 12:30 by Ann Pace

BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organizations, today announced that thirty-three of its offices have been recognized in 2010 with the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.  Twenty-six of the offices were named winners of the award and seven others were cited for honorable mention.  Sloan awards are presented to companies that offer excellent workplace flexibility practices and use flexibility as a business tool to strategically enhance organizational effectiveness and benefit employees.  The Sloan Awards are part of When Work Works, an ongoing initiative of the Families and Work Institute in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the Twiga Foundation, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  This is the second consecutive year that more than 30 of BDO’s offices have been honored.

“Five years ago we introduced BDO Flex, a management strategy critical to solving broad business challenges in a global marketplace and a tool that enables us to work smarter in a competitive, “do more with less” business environment.  These awards, which take into account both the personal and business benefits of flexibility, recognize the success our strategy.” said Jack Weisbaum, CEO of BDO (U.S.).  “The Sloan Awards are especially gratifying because they utilize an employee survey as a major part of the evaluation process.”


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Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development Ranked by Leadership Excellence Magazine

December 2, 2010 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- For the fifth consecutive year Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) has been ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine as a Top Leadership Development Program within a large consulting group for 2010-2011. For over 25 years, Leadership Excellence has been a top publisher of best practices, thought provoking ideas, and trends from experienced consultants, trainers, and business leaders.

“It is always an honor and privilege to be recognized for the hard work that goes into developing a world-class immersion program for today’s global leaders,” said Phil Harkins, CEO of Linkage. “I am very proud of the Linkage team for earning this year’s rankings, and gracious for Leadership Excellence granting us their high rank of Top Leadership Development Program within a large consulting group for 2010-2011.”

This year’s rankings were a result of evaluation of over 1,000 leadership development organizations to determine the best leadership development programs and practices. This year’s criteria for ranking fell within seven principles: vision/mission, involvement and participation, measurement and accountability, design, content, and curriculum, presenters, presentations, and delivery, take-home value, and outreach.

Leadership Excellence honors companies for their efforts and encourages them to keep enhancing their leadership programs and practices.

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Allegis Group Honored for Excellence in Talent Management

November 30, 2010 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- Allegis Group, the world’s largest privately held staffing company, today announced it received the “Best Overall Use of Product” award at Plateau Systems’ annual Insights User Conference.

Plateau’s Customer Excellence Awards honor companies that are creating outstanding value and meeting business challenges in their organizations through the use of Plateau’s fully unified Talent Management Suite. Finalists submitted videos for consideration and winners were selected by Insights 2010 attendees using a live voting process.

Allegis Group received the “Best Overall Use of Product” award, which honors a Plateau customer that has deployed a solution that extensively uses the most functional areas of Plateau’s software to support business needs. As a Plateau customer, Allegis Group uses the Talent Management Suite to meet its strategic talent development goals based on alignment of performance and learning across its family of companies, which includes TEKsystems, Allegis Group Services, Aerotek, MarketSource, Stephen James Associates, and Major, Lindsey & Africa.

Director of Professional Development at TEKsystems, Christopher Harry said, “We are honored to have been recognized by our peers with this award. Allegis Group and its operating companies were all built around the foundation of attracting, retaining and developing top talent. This award is a testament to our continued commitment to that strategy and our people.”

Harry continued, “Plateau’s talent management tools have enabled a singular view across our human capital practices. As we continue to grow as an international corporation, this system has been able to scale to support us and adapt to our advancing processes while continuing to provide the ease-of-use we require from a learning management and performance system.”

Additional winners of Plateau Systems’ 8th Annual Customer Excellence Awards include CaridianBCT, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and ImClone Systems. Video highlights of the event are available on Plateau’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/plateausystems.

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Latitude Learning and Chrysler Group LLC Receives Bronze Award for Best Use of Web 2.0 Tools for Learning

November 23, 2010 13:30 by Ann Pace

Latitude Learning, provider of the industry leading open-source learning management system (LMS) LatitudeLearning.com and the Chrysler Group, one of the world's leading automotive companies, today announced they are bronze award winners for Best Use of Web 2.0 Tools for Learning from Brandon Hall Research.

The award was presented at Brandon Hall’s DevLearn | 10 conference.

Latitude Learning designed and launched Chrysler Academy 2.0 on behalf of the Chrysler Group. The CA 2.0 LMS leverages Web 2.0 tools such as RSS feeds, audio and video Webcasts, blogs, forums and peer-to-peer networking to educate and create social capital. The LMS scales to support more than 300,000 users, so it can continue to service the growing global community of Chrysler employees, dealers and suppliers.

“We are excited to be named bronze award winners by Brandon Hall Research in the prestigious Best Use of Web 2.0 Tools for Learning awards,” said Latitude CEO Jeff Walter. “We are extremely fortunate to partner with a client like the Chrysler Group that appreciates how leveraging Web 2.0 tools within an LMS provides a superior learning platform.”

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Paradigm Learning Wins W³ Silver Award for Outstanding Interactive Website Development

November 18, 2010 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- Paradigm Learning received a 2010 W³ Silver Award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts for outstanding interactive website development. The W³ Awards honored Paradigm Learning and some of the best interactive agencies, designers and creators worldwide, selected from more than 3,000 entrants.

Paradigm Learning, a leader in corporate education and communications, worked with Share Our Strength® and ConAgra Foods® Foundation to develop a Discovery Map®, a colorful, graphically intriguing and content-rich illustration. The partnership’s map visually communicates issues related to childhood hunger in the United States. The Discovery Map was then formatted for use on the web.

The interactive website garnered the team its W³ Award reflected the key message of the Share Our Strength organization, which is to capture the hearts, minds, support and commitment of lobbyists and government officials, the public at large, community and religious organizations, and corporations and other sponsors.

Based on recent research that suggests people learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. The winning interactive website leveraged the advantages of discovery learning to convey more effectively the needs of hungry children and the steps that anyone can take to help.

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Vericare Takes Top Workplace Excellence Award

November 16, 2010 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Vericare won the Grand Prize and was named overall winner in the prestigious 2010 Workplace Excellence Awards, which recognize innovative and exceptional human resources practices. The awards are sponsored by the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management. Vericare's win was the first time in the 11-year history of the awards that a small company took the Grand Prize and won by unanimous vote.

Vericare was selected from 87 employee-nominated companies, honored at the recent awards ceremony. San Diego-based Vericare is the nation's leading provider of integrated behavioral healthcare services in skilled nursing facilities.

"Vericare has earned this top Workplace Excellence recognition thanks to our clinicians' single-minded focus on quality, appropriate treatment and responsiveness to patient needs.   I am proud of every member of the Vericare team across the country and their unwavering commitment to clinical excellence, integrity and compassionate care," says David C. Flaugh, President and CEO. "Our employees make our success possible and we are extremely grateful to their contributions in making Vericare one of San Diego's most respected employers and the leader in our industry."

"Vericare's success is based in a large part on our ability to execute a focused recruitment, hiring and onboarding strategy. Our Advanced Clinical Excellence (ACE) Initiative, which led to our Workplace Excellence win, quickly and effectively integrates new practitioners in the clinical setting, providing them with the flexibility, autonomy, and opportunity to successfully practice clinical excellence and patient- focused care with integrity," says Human Resources Director Molly Chase. The ACE initiative was developed with the assistance of the Alliance for Organizational Excellence consultant Sandy Asch.

Vericare employs more than 500 licensed behavioral healthcare professionals, including psychologists, advanced practice nurses, clinical social workers and psychiatrists, serving patients at thousands of skilled care facilities across the U.S. The company provides behavioral healthcare services to elderly patients in California, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana and Delaware, Tennessee and North Carolina.

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Teleos Names Europe's Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises

November 9, 2010 14:30 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- Teleos, in association with The KNOW Network, has announced the Winners in the 10th European Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) study. For the third time, Siemens has been recognized as the Overall European MAKE Winner.

This year's European MAKE Winners are (in alphabetical order):

-- Endesa (Spain)

-- GlaxoSmithKline (United Kingdom)

-- Nokia (Finland)

-- Royal Dutch Shell (the Netherlands)

-- SAP (Germany)

-- Schlumberger (France/the Netherlands/USA)

-- Siemens (Germany)

-- Telefonica (Spain)

-- Unilever (the Netherlands/United Kingdom)

Key findings include:

-- European companies are failing to transform their extensive know-how into competitive advantage.

-- European MAKE leaders excel at maximizing the value of brands and intellectual assets.

-- European MAKE organizations are struggling to match their Asian and North American competitors in managing customer knowledge.

-- European organizations are facing leadership challenges in recruiting, developing and managing knowledge workers.

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Korn/Ferry Earns No. 1 Ranking in Leadership Development

November 4, 2010 14:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Korn/Ferry International, a premier global provider of talent management solutions, has earned the No. 1 position on the 2010 Best in Leadership Development ranking of consultants, trainers, and coaches from Leadership Excellence magazine. This is the second consecutive year Korn/Ferry's Leadership and Talent Consulting team has topped the list.

"We rank Korn/Ferry number one in 2010 Leadership Development capabilities primarily because of the impressive results they achieve with their clients," shared Ken Shelton, CEO and Editor of Leadership Excellence magazine.

Korn/Ferry's Leadership and Talent Consulting (LTC) business works in partnership with CEOs and CHROs to link their business strategy with their talent strategy. Leadership/executive development is a core element of LTC's client solutions, which also include strategic alignment and organizational effectiveness, and talent management and performance management.

"In today's fast changing world, leaders must become increasingly agile, constantly building their own capabilities and those of their talent pipeline," commented Ana Dutra, CEO of Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent consulting.  "Our clients come to LTC because we know how to grow effective leaders from the C-Suite down. It's wonderful to be recognized, now two years in a row, for our client work from such a prestigious publication as Leadership Excellence."

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