Why Development Planning Shouldn’t be an Afterthought

April 9, 2020

Most of us who have spent time in the HR or training space understand development planning often manifests itself as an ugly compromise within organizations. Those who see learning and development as a line-item expense, rather than an investment in future performance, fight to minimize the impact development planning has in terms of taking people…

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Meridian Debuts Career Development, Enhanced Privacy and Compliance Features

April 27, 2018

Reston, Va. – April 27, 2018 – Meridian Knowledge Solutions, a leading cloud-based learning management system (LMS) provider, announces the availability of Meridian LMSTMversion 18.1. In this release, Meridian applies their long-term focus on learning to innovative ways for users to organize and oversee their own career development paths, increased flexibility and functionality in employee career…

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What's New in Meridian Global LMS 17.2

June 22, 2017

The 2017 Summer Release of Meridian Global LMS adds seamless integration with OpenSesame’s eLearning Marketplace, exciting new gamification capabilities and effortless efficiency advancements.   Reston, Va. – June 24, 2017 – Meridian Knowledge Solutions, a leading learning management system (LMS) provider, today announced the availability of Meridian Global LMS® version 17.2. With the newest release…

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Powerful Practices: Alignment

June 20, 2017

Welcome to the Powerful Practices Top 10 Series. My next few blog posts will highlight top Learning & Development challenges, their criticality, best practices for resolution, and how Meridian Global Learning Management System can position you for success. Alignment.  It’s almost a taboo topic in business now-a-days. We all know we have to do it,…

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The Anatomy of a Great RFP Requirement

April 27, 2017

When I’m not giving demos or travelling to tradeshows to meet potential and existing clients, I spend the majority of each day evaluating client RFPs and RFP requirements to determine if our product and solution provide a good fit for your various business needs.   After doing this for a decade, I estimate I have…

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Back to school, Back to learning

August 25, 2016

It’s that time of year! Across the country, students are heading back to school (and parents are rejoicing!). With new backpacks, supplies and books in tow, students are ready to kick off the school year. The long days of summer might be winding down, but there’s no denying there’s a certain refreshing energy in the air this…

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3 Tips to Make More Time for Learning

June 28, 2016

In any given week, employees dedicate about 1% of their time to learning and development. I did the math, during the average 40-hour workweek only 24 minutes can be carved out for learning. Yet, learning and development consistently rank as top priorities for both employers and employees.   People want to learn; they want to…

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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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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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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. 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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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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ICYMI: How to improve learning skills, get out of a career rut, and transfer knowledge to millennials

January 22, 2016

We live in the 24 hour, 7 days a week, constant news cycle. So, it’s hard to stay on top of the latest trends, research and advice on workplace trends and business culture. Or is it? In case you missed it (ICYMI), here’s three of my favorite articles this week that are all about how…

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ICYMI: How to become an agile learner, give honest feedback & more

January 8, 2016

In case you’ve been busy with your nose against the grindstone this week, don’t worry! We’ve been trolling the internet looking for the top articles on leadership development, learning and workplace culture. In case you missed it, here are the top articles that sparked our interest this week.   4 Ways to Become a Better…

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