Learning: Keep it short, small and sweet!

June 21, 2016

Recently I’ve been thinking of a famous quote popularly attributed to Mark Twain and the French mathematician Blaise Pascal, which states: “I’m sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I didn’t have time to write a short one.”   While many historians doubt the veracity of the quote, it has been employed to illustrate…

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3 Takeaways from ATD 2016

June 14, 2016

The ATD International Conference and Exposition is undoubtedly one of the best shows for learning and development pros to attend, and this year was no exception. Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Denver and attend 26 sessions at ATD. From the opening keynote to the individual sessions this is a great show…

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Shining The Light: The Compliance Needs of Highly-regulated Industries

May 24, 2016

As I looked out my rain soaked window of Meridian’s headquarters, located in northern Virginia last week, I started thinking about the National Zoo and how hard it would be to build an ark. I mean Noah and Evan Almighty was able to do it, right?   For those of you following the national weather,…

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Spring into Learning: 3 Tips to Jump-start Your Learning Goals

May 18, 2016

Spring is more than a new season, it’s a time of renewal. Days are longer, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the air is filled with the sound of birds chirping. Opportunities are sprouting all around us. As we anticipate the growth and rejuvenation that comes with spring, businesses are looking forward to brighter days…

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Why Employees Aren’t Wasting Time on Learning

May 10, 2016

In a dream world, we’d all devote countless hours to our professional development. Who doesn’t want to brush up on old skills and learn something new? It would only make us better contributors, right?   Here’s the rub: the modern learner only has about 1% of their day they can devote to learning and development activities.¹…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Creating an Engaging Training Program

April 27, 2016

It is no secret that today’s workforce is distracted. According to a 2013 Towards Maturity report, 88% of employees don’t have time, or make time, to engage with learning and development (L&D) offerings. When you add in the fact that the average attention span for adults engaging with learning is only 8.25 seconds* (…….sorry, what…

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Embrace Change or Fall Victim to Irrelevance

April 19, 2016

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that “Change is the only constant in life,” and that is true more than ever in business. The pace of change seems to be moving faster than ever, and organizations of all sizes are struggling to stay ahead of the change or even keep up.   Compare the 2015 Fortune…

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How to Build a Marketing Strategy for Your Learning Programs

April 13, 2016

A whopping 64% of learning leaders reported their people are not aware of the learning and development opportunities available in their organization.¹  This scenario alone is enough to bring L&D teams to tears. After working so hard to select, build and implement a learning management system (LMS) and then fill it full of fantastic, creative…

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Binge-worthy Learning

March 31, 2016

I watched the first season of Narcos in less than three days. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Over the next week I’ll probably knock out the newest season of House of Cards, and my calendar is already blocked off to binge on Orange is the New Black the weekend of June 17th.   Binge-watching…

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How to Inject Social Into Your Learning and Development Programs

March 29, 2016

Does social learning = a better trained, more informed and engaged workforce?   In theory, yes. But are organizations actually doing social?   According to Bersin, 80% of corporate learning occurs through informal approaches, which include coaching, mentoring, communities of practice, use of expert directories and (you guessed it!) social networking.   By connecting employees…

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Making the Move to a Corporate University

March 24, 2016

When thinking about the concept of a corporate university, we often first think of large corporations with famous universities, such as GE’s Crontonville University, McDonald’s Hamburger University or Disney University, to name a few. But, and here is the kicker, you don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to establish a corporate university that…

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Top 7 Non-techie Tips for a More Productive Day

March 15, 2016

We all have those days when our to-do lists number in the double digits, and we feel like there’s just not enough time to get everything done. And we all understand the role productivity plays in our success at work. Research shows it even boosts employee morale! (It just feels good to get things accomplished,…

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How Training Creates Raving Fans and Loyal Customers

March 10, 2016

Is your learning management system (LMS) living up to its full potential? If you’re only using your LMS to train internal folks, it may not be!   The benefits of leveraging an LMS to deliver learning and development (L&D) training courses across organizations are far and wide. Strong L&D programs can reduce onboarding times, boost…

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IYCMI: Every Day is Employee Appreciation Day

March 4, 2016

In case you missed it (ICYMI), today is employee appreciation day! If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking: “Wow, there’s a holiday for everything nowadays!” and “Shouldn’t every day be employee appreciation day?”   Celebrating Employee Appreciation is very important – not just for employees but also for leaders to realize that their employees are a…

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If you grow them, they will stay

March 1, 2016

Here’s a not-so-dirty little secret: If you don’t invest in your employees’ skills and development, they’re going to look for it somewhere else.   We recently sat down with Kris Dunn, CHRO of Kinetix, and Ed Nathanson, founder of Red Pill Talent to talk about how organizations with strong learning and development programs are able…

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The Power of a Doodle

February 24, 2016

How doodling sparks creativity and increases knowledge retention in individuals and teams.   Doodling isn’t child’s play, though history may argue otherwise.   Doodling has long been described as a foolish, meaningless activity; something one does to distract themselves from what they should be focused on. Often people think of doodles as nothing more than…

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#ICYMI: 2016 is The Year of Enablement

February 19, 2016

In case you missed it, New York Fashion Week wrapped up this week. For all you non-fashionistas, NYFW is everything in the fashion world. The world’s leading fashion houses (and super models) take the stage, debuting their new line of clothes, accessories and styles. Everyone ohhs and ahhs. Trends are born. Art is inspired. Bloggers…

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5 Characteristics of Leaders People Want to Follow

February 18, 2016

It seems like everywhere you look there’s a new blog, report or book on leadership trends and tips. From Harvard Business Review research on how to be a stronger, better leader, to Inc. and Fast Company articles listing the common traits of truly exceptional people – leadership advice is in no short supply. Even our…

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How to Avoid Drowning in a Pool of Non-Compliance

February 11, 2016

Compliance is like water, if you don’t know how to manage it, you’re going to drown. If you carefully and proactively manage it, you’re going to thrive.   High-consequence industries can’t afford to turn a blind eye and ignore government regulations, especially in life sciences. The repercussions of a compliance fallout are costly, and I’m…

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ICYMI: Performance reviews are out, frequent check-ins are in

February 5, 2016

It’s that time of year again, HR has kicked off the annual performance review process. It’s your opportunity to have irrelevant meaningful conversations full of constructive feedback about your performance over the past year. Or, is it?   Each year managers and employees alike relentlessly complain about what they consider a tedious, unnecessary and unrewarding…

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