Training today doesn’t look like it did years ago. The tools, technology, and research help us to deliver better, more engaging development experiences. Today we’re going to take a look at four critical weaknesses of traditional training programs. You might recognize some of your own organization’s training practices, so take some time to consider if…

NASCAR just had one of their biggest races of the season, The Daytona 500, and there were all kinds of headlines that surrounded the event: The #3 car, driven by Dale Earnhardt, Sr., being driven for the first time since his untimely death A 6-hour rain delay Dale Earnhardt, Jr., winning the race and ending…

Managers cannot do it all; nor should they be expected to. And for managers to create and maintain an environment of efficiency, learning, fairness and excellence, they have to learn how to get their teams active and involved.  They must delegate. It’s been said that the ability to delegate determines one’s success. Equally as important to the…

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to take part in the Tough Mudder in Dallas. Now when I told people I was going to complete this race, many told me I was crazy. However, I saw it differently. I saw it as an opportunity to take part in something challenging and fun. Fast forward…

Gamify That Training Process After reading my colleague – coconspirator and PIC mate, Janine Truitt’s article “Building Training Programs for Effective Learning and Development” I was inspired. You see in my practitioner days my major responsibility was training and development. I loved it. I got a buzz out of making the old process new, better…

Today’s post is from guest blogger Heather Kinzie. Heather has been a Human Resources professional for nearly 20 years.  She likes to make things better so she develops/presents training courses and facilitates team/process/strategy improvement events.  Her clients benefit from her expertise and her insight but moreover, they appreciate her pragmatic and often brutally honest thoughts,…

In a day and time when budgets are being cut and every dime has to be accounted for, it’s critical that everyone is able to show how they impact a company’s bottom line. It’s especially hard when you have departments like HR who clearly have value, but because they are not a “profit center”, it’s…

When I think of effective training, my mind journeys back to the original version of The Karate Kid from (1984). After Daniel and Mr. Miyagi meet, they share an exchange where Mr. Miyagi writes this post: Miyagi: Problem: attitude. Daniel: No the problem is, I’m getting my ass kicked every other day, that’s the problem….

The Wobble, a popular line dance much like the Electric Slide, was the focus of a recent conversation that I was having with a few of my fellow PICers. And like the dance itself, the talk got me thinking about learning and leadership. I’ve been in many a Wobble. And a successful Wobble can decide…

Remember in high school when you had book report due and you never found the time…correction…never MADE the time to read the book?  How did that usually work out for you? You think Siskel and Ebert were as successful as they were by just watching movie trailers?  No, they MADE time to watch the movies…

There are a set of words which has been trending for the past several years across the business scene:  big data. You know, the use of data to assist the organization make decisions, analyze its customers and employees, and just be all about smarter in the marketplace. In fact, the wave of data being requested…

When looking at teams and evaluating performance and success, we oftentimes overlook the unsung and unlikely heroes and heroines that may not be the biggest, fastest or strongest. There are employees that are expected to succeed and sometimes fall short because the expectations are set too high. There are others that may have a sense…