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Millennials 'Benefit and Suffer' From Hyperconnected Lives

March 5, 2012 12:25 by vstgerard

(From MSNBC) -- Millennials—the always-connected generation, those born between 1981 and 2000—have such a "thirst for instant gratification and quick fixes" that they're at risk of making poor life decisions based on findings from a fast Google search or a text message response from a friend.

That's the worst-case scenario, according to 42 percent of the 1,021 Internet "experts" from think tanks, research groups, corporations and universities queried by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University in a new study, "Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives."

Those who are growing up in "today’s networked world and counting on the Internet as their external brain will be nimble analysts and decision-makers who will do well," some experts told Pew. But others "expect that constantly connected teens and young adults will thirst for instant gratification and often make quick, shallow choices."

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The Time Has Come to Embrace Millennial Perspectives


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2012 ICF Global Coaching Study Reveals True Size of a Growing Industry

February 9, 2012 11:32 by vstgerard

(From ICF) -- Newly published research on professional coaching shows coaching is growing globally. Information just released from the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study commissioned by the International Coach Federation (ICF) shows an estimated 47,500 professional coaches worldwide.

The newly released figure–the most accurate estimation of the total number of coaches in the world–is a significant increase over the results of the 2007 ICF Global Coaching Study, which estimated 30,000 professional coaches worldwide.

“The study shows that people everywhere are turning to professional coaching for the positive difference it can make in their lives and communities,” said ICF President and Master Certified Coach Janet M. Harvey. “ICF is committed to ensuring that consumers of coaching get the quality of coaching they deserve.”

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Cultivate a Coaching Culture

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ASTD Archive Image of the Day: Understanding Misunderstandings, Circa 1983

February 7, 2012 12:48 by aallen

This image, which appeared in the August 1983 Training and Development Journal, depicts ineffective communication. The inability to get one's message across can be frustrating for all parties involved. Human communication is complex, and teaching the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing requires continuous attention.

Does your organization have a training initiative for effective communication? If so, is everyone expected to attend?

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Survey: Lack of 'Soft Skills' Holds Back Job Applicants

February 6, 2012 12:52 by vstgerard

(From Marion Star) -- Showing up on time and demonstrating other basic work ethics were the skills most lacking in people seeking employment in Ohio last year, according to a Marion CAN DO! survey.

The results of the survey are based on the responses of 81 companies in Marion, Ohio. "Can I say it's a widespread problem? No, I cannot," said Craig Thompson, president for CAN DO!, economic development agent for the city and county. "Can I say it's endemic to Marion? No, it's not. I've heard it from my other colleagues in central Ohio, the same concerns, as well as in my previous position in Oregon, that soft skills are lacking in the workforce."

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Soft Skills: A Case for Higher Education and Workplace Training

September 2011 themed issue on soft skills


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ASTD Archive Image of the Day: Effective Writing? LOL, Circa 1990

February 6, 2012 09:07 by aallen

This image, which appeared in the August 1990 Training & Develoment Journal, is especially poignant given today's world of texting and Twitter. How are your employees' writing skills? Do they write clearly, effectively, and impressively?

Writing has become a major skill set in today's world, especially with the slang and short hand that is used in the TEXT and Twitter worlds.

Do you send your employees to writing classes? Are you confident they could put together a successful proposal, write a meaningful email, and communicate effectively with customers?

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ASTD Archive Image of the Day: From Video to Virtual, Circa 1967

February 2, 2012 13:28 by aallen

This image appeared in the September 1967 issue of Training and Development Journal.  How many of you remember the days of film reels and videotapes. It wasn't that long ago when we were taping things off of television using VCR tapes. Now everything is digitized and can be recorded the a DVR.

A lot of the training that was being videotaped in the 1960s is now being created as a simulation as part of a virtual training session. Instead of watching someone perform an action on a video, many trainees can go through the motions using a simulation of the action. They can make mistakes safely and re-do actions until they are familiar with the process.

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ASTD Archive Image of the Day: Converting to Television, Circa 1977

February 1, 2012 08:53 by aallen

This illustration appeared in the May 1977 issue of Training and Development Journal under the headline, "What to Do When Your Training Manual Becomes Televised." The article highlighted a few simple rules for converting from one medium to another. In 1977 that medium was television, but some of these rules could apply today to mobile learning, social media tools, and others, such as make it digestible, make it visual, and plan ahead.

What are some key rules you apply when coverting your training to a mobile device? How has Gen Y changed the way training is delivered?

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ASTD Archive Image of the Day: Discrimination on the Golf Course, Circa 1991

January 31, 2012 16:04 by aallen

This image, which appeared in the April 1991 Training & Development Journal, highlighted the discimination that holds some women out of key positions in the workplace. In the 1990s, some of the world's golf courses barred women from participating--and Augusta National in Georgia still does--and that discimination was another obstacle that women faced when trying to move into leadership positions.

What challenges do women face today when trying to gain leadership positions within their organizations?

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Survey Reveals Middle Managers Are Under the Most Stress

January 30, 2012 11:30 by vstgerard

Nearly half of middle managers say that they are under excessive pressure every week, according to results from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) quarterly Employee Outlook survey. CIPD surveyed 2,000 middle managers in the United Kingdom.

Middle managers are particularly unhappy with their work-life balance; just 44 percent agree they are satisfied with their work-life balance, compared with 70 percent among nonmanagers.
In addition, middle managers worry most about their job security. One in three (29 percent) think it is likely they could lose their job as a result of the economic downturn, compared with 21 percent of employees with no managerial responsibility and 15 percent of senior managers.

“Middle managers are often caught in the middle between delivering strategic objectives and managing under-pressure line managers,” said Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD. “It is also important to remember the crucial role these managers play in managing change, translating the objectives of senior managers into actions, and motivating others.”

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Spending on L&D in 2011 Decreased in the U.K., but Increased in the U.S.

January 24, 2012 14:08 by vstgerard

While U.S. investment in learning and development increased during the past year, as revealed by ASTD’s 2011 State of the Industry Report (SOIR), the United Kingdom saw training budgets decrease. This according to the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) 2011 Learning and Talent Development Survey.

According to The Guardian, “Of the 601 organisations polled, 78% of public sector managers said they had less money to spend on training budgets in 2011 than the previous year – and the same percentage believed this budget would fall further in 2012.” In addition, the CIPD survey reveals that two-fifths of organizations reported that funds available for learning and development has decreased over the past 12 months.

The SOIR indicates that in the United States the average amount spent per employee on learning and development activities and infrastructure increased by 13 percent from 2010 to 2011.

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The 2011 State of the Industry: Increased Commitment to Workplace Learning


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