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Video Games Are Tomorrow's Answer To Executive Training

March 15, 2012 14:30 by Ann Pace

(From Fast Company) -- Playing video games is often viewed as a sedentary or slothful activity. But as educators, thought leaders and the world’s largest corporations secretly know, gaming is also potentially the best thing to happen to management training since the advent of company off-sites and career workshops. With the world’s largest firms quickly turning to principles of “gamification” to educate new recruits, be forewarned: Blistered thumbs may be a signature hallmark of tomorrow’s most successful executives.

Credit conceptual frameworks and gameplay elements that inherently teach players how to manage limited resources, respond to stressful simulations and problem-solve in real-time within a variety of both plausible and fantasy contexts. Even traditional titles found on GameStop’s shelves teach kids basic everyday management skills, claims Ian Bogost, associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and founder of software maker Persuasive Games. “Look at World of Warcraft: You’ve got 11-year-olds who are learning to delegate responsibility, promote teamwork and steer groups of people toward a common goal.”

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World-Class CEOs Are Made, Not Born

May 5, 2011 12:45 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- Experts devoted to the study of leadership point to character and competence cultivated over decades as precursors to success. RHR International, a leader in the field of senior executive performance, believes it is possible to accelerate this cultivation timeline as well as the development results.

In part one (“Defining World-Class Performance Dimensions”) of a 2-part edition of its publication, Executive Insight, RHR International outlined the criteria that define world-class leadership performance in the Chief Executive position:

  • Ensure the right company strategy and direction
  • Make the right investment of company resources
  • Maintain unwavering focus on talent
  • Create customer and stakeholder value
  • Manage “moments of truth” with wisdom and skill

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Pat Galagan quoted in WSJ Article "Training Without a Campus"

April 15, 2009 10:32 by jllorens

The Wall Street Journal quoted ASTD Executive Editor Pat Galagan in an article titled "Training Without a Campus".  Here's Pat's quote:

"'Executive-education consultancies are going the extra mile to quickly pull together custom programs as a way to court companies and meet demand for company-specific executive training,' says Pat Galagan, executive editor at the American Society for Training and Development, an Alexandria, Va., trade association for workplace learning professionals."

Good article.  Check it out.

Pat Galagan in T+D:

 


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