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Suite Synchronicity: Exploring the Relationship and Alignment between the CLO and Executive Team

December 16, 2011 09:45 by Erin McGill

Suite Synchronicity: Exploring the Relationship and Alignment between the CLO and the Executive Team
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Suite Synchronicity: Exploring the Relationship and Alignment between the CLO and the Executive Team focuses on interviews with learning leaders who have successfully fostered and sustained positive and influential learning practices and relationships at high-performing organizations. Sponsored by SkillSoft, this report, also examines the relationship and alignment between the chief learning officer and the executive team from the perspective of successful executive-level learning practitioners. The insights, experiences, and recommendations of participants are explored to inform readers of the best practices, methodologies, and advice for aligning the CLO with the executive team and the learning function with the business strategy.

In several high-performing organizations, learning is a high priority to the executive suite, due to the efforts of some very resourceful and strategic-minded learning executives. In this report, they shared not only the secrets of their success, but in many cases also shared failures and the lessons learned from them. Like the CEO, these learning executives can never forget the importance of “the bottom line.” For CLOs who have managed to integrate learning into the strategic fabric of the organization, they’ve done so by ensuring that their efforts have business impact. They’ve spent the time to understand the business, to form relationships with the right people internally, and to “align” their learning programs with the business initiatives in order to enable business impact.

To learn more, download the full report from the ASTD Bookstore.


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Five Workplace Trends for 2012

December 15, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From Talent Management) -- The recession has impacted how individuals view work and the workplace. Though it may appear little has changed as employees who’ve managed to keep their jobs hunker down, try not to get noticed and wait things out, the workplace continues to evolve as new trends emerge. Leaders must proactively address these trends to ensure their organizations evolve toward growth.

Here are a few workplace trends talent leaders can expect to see in the upcoming year:

Movement from management principles to leadership values. Employees are savvy, and although they have been relatively quiet waiting for things to return to normal from the recession, they’ve been carefully watching. Cookie-cutter, old-school or command-and-control approaches to managing people are becoming less effective; employees can determine when an organization’s walk doesn’t fit the talk, and they are getting impatient working for managers who are less self-aware than they are. Instead, individuals today must lead with values such as collaboration and shared purpose. By engaging the workforce in a compelling shared vision and engaging their hearts as well as their minds, leaders can reap the best results.

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Emotional Intelligence: The Benefits of Singing the Blues

November 14, 2011 15:34 by vstgerard

(From CNN) -- The concepts of emotional intelligence (EI), self-worth, authenticity, and employee meditation rooms might conjure up thoughts of new-age healing centers. But the benefits of tapping employees' emotional happiness mean the ideas are now being picked up by mainstream corporations.

Brochner Hotels, one of Copenhagen’s oldest and most successful boutique hotel chains, is one business discovering the benefits of EI. Karim Nielsen, the chain's CEO, says he introduced the strategy to shift the company's culture. Nielsen points to a reluctance, at times, of staff members to engage with customers, to sell its products and promote the brand. "The front desk is like a stop sign they don't go beyond," he says.

Now, Nielsen is sending all hotel employees through EI training to help them become more open and confident, understand their own limitations and fears, and to boost their self-worth and comfort in dealing with other people.

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Friendly Workplace Tied to Longer Life

August 8, 2011 14:00 by Ann Pace

(From The Huffington Post) -- Being friendly with your colleagues does more than help your standing when it comes to office politics; new research suggests it can help you live longer, too.

A small study published in the journal Health Psychology found that people who said they didn't have good social support at work were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to die over a 20-year-period.

"We spend most of our waking hours at work, and we don't have much time to meet our friends during the weekdays," Dr. Sharon Toker, of Tel Aviv University, told The Telegraph. "Work should be a place where people can get necessary emotional support."

The study included 820 adults ages 25 to 65 who worked 8.8 hours a day, on average. Researchers looked at their mental and physical risk factors -- like smoking, obesity and depression -- and included people in the study who came from a diverse range of fields, like finance, manufacturing and health care, The Telegraph reported.

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Mobile Learning: Learning in the Palm of Your Hand is now available

June 3, 2011 10:26 by Erin McGill

It is no secret that mobile computing is here, but what does that mean for learning professionals and the learning function? How will it affect instructional design? What influence, if any, will device manufacturers, platform providers, and software developers have on mobile learning’s future? ASTD and i4cp partnered to investigate the topic and the resulting report, Mobile Learning: Learning in the Palm of Your Hand, addresses these questions.

Mobile Learning: Learning in the Palm of Your Hand finds that while the future of mobile learning is speculative, it is clear that organizations have no alternative but to at least begin addressing the implications of the incorporation of mobile technology into their learning strategies – it is simply a matter of time and technology.

For the Study, 85% of respondents indicated their company provides mobile devices to at least some of the workforce, but less than 30 % did so with tablets. Tablets still lack the ubiquitous mobility of a phone. As with laptops, a user must make the conscious decision to carry a tablet with them.  Mobile phone usage is less deliberate. This gets to the heart of just-in-time learning – a person often needs information when they least expect it. Mobile devices provide the medium for learning ubiquity: anytime, anyplace.

Some of the other concepts examined in the study include:

•native applications vs. the mobile web
•mobile learning vs. the classroom
•mobile learning vs. performance support
•mobile learning vs. virtual learning.

Mobile Learning: Learning in the Palm of Your Hand is now available for download at the ASTD Bookstore.


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Study: Workers agree that company culture matters

October 4, 2010 13:47 by jllorens

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As many companies continue to focus on recession management strategies such as cutting costs and increasing operational efficiencies, Randstad’s latest Work Watch survey reveals company culture is a critical driver of business success. In fact, two thirds of working adults (66 percent) believe that company culture is very important to the success of their organizations.

The survey also found that employees believe company culture has the greatest impact on employee morale (35 percent), followed by employee productivity (22 percent). Twenty-three percent of younger workers, ages 18 to 34, say it plays the biggest role in building job satisfaction.

While company culture may be the secret weapon companies need to retain workers and increase productivity and morale, it has suffered during the past two years. According to survey respondents, 59 percent believe that recent economic events have had a negative impact on company culture. With layoffs, reduced benefits and wages, morale has suffered and many workers are feeling disengaged from their employers.

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